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U.S. Department of Labor Freedom of Information Act Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT ANNUAL REPORT
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011
October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Department of Labor (DOL) has a decentralized Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program in which each component agency responds directly to FOIA requests implicating its programs and activities. This allows for more accurate, complete, and timely responses to the public. While this report reflects FOIA activities at the Departmental level, it also distinguishes the volume and timeliness of each DOL component as it carries out its respective responsibilities under the FOIA.

In FY 2010, DOL established the Office of Information Services (OIS), which is overseen by the Solicitor of Labor, the Department's Chief FOIA Officer. The OIS is the focal point for the coordination of FOIA program improvement efforts at DOL. OIS provides agency-wide oversight, leadership and guidance to ensure compliance with FOIA, particularly to increase the quality, and timeliness of FOIA responses; reduce the backlog of pending FOIA requests; and review the effectiveness of each agency's FOIA processes in order to benchmark best practices, and make recommendations for programmatic improvements. Additional information about the Department's FOIA program is available online at http://www.dol.gov/dol/foia/.

One of the initiatives advanced by OIS is the consistent use of the Department's centralized FOIA tracking database, the Secretary's Information Management System for FOIA or "SIMS-FOIA." DOL component agencies have utilized SIMS-FOIA in their FOIA processing to an increasing degree in the years since the database's launch in FY 2006. The system assigns a unique SIMS-FOIA number to each logged request. As part of the logging process, users enter information describing the request and various processing milestones that are required in this report. In past years, DOL agency components have used both SIMS-FOIA and other manual or automated tracking methodologies in the preparation of the annual FOIA report. However, with this report, for the first time DOL is using SIMS-FOIA as the sole source of data for its FOIA reporting requirements. Because the agency is not relying on manual or other tracking systems, there are some discrepancies between the data in this report and in the data reported in FY 2010. This report incorporates footnotes and other explanatory information to reconcile those differences.

The Department received a total of 18,012 initial requests for records during Fiscal Year 2011, a slight increase from the 17,398 received in FY2010. The Department also increased the number of FOIA requests processed from 17,625 in FY2010 to 18,129 in FY2011.

I.    Basic Information Regarding Report.

A.    For questions concerning this report, please contact Ramona Branch Oliver, Director, Office of Information Services (OIS), Office of the Solicitor, Room N-2420, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, telephone number (202) 693-5391, fax number 202-693-5389.

B.    The electronic address for this report is http://www.dol.gov/dol/foia/main.htm.

C.    You may obtain a paper copy of this report by visiting the DOL website or by contacting OIS using the contact information above.

II.    How to Make a FOIA Request.

    The Department of Labor is organized into divisions and agencies often referred to as components. Each component processes its own FOIA requests. Therefore, a request will receive the fastest possible response if it is addressed directly to the disclosure officer for the component that a requester believes has the records.

    The DOL "Guide to Submitting a Request Under FOIA" provides general information about the FOIA program at DOL and provides basic information on how to submit a FOIA request. The Guide also contains links to the DOL agency components both in the national and regional offices, a brief description of expected response times and reasons why some requests cannot be granted by DOL. This Guide is available on DOL's website at http://www.dol.gov/dol/foia/guide6.htm

    Requesters who cannot determine the proper disclosure officer to whom the request should be addressed may direct the request to the Office of Information Services (OIS), Office of the Solicitor, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room N-2420, Washington, D.C. 20210, by e-mail to foiarequest@dol.gov or by fax to 202-693-5389.

    A.    The following list contains the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the individual agency components and offices in the national and regional offices of the Department of Labor. The disclosure officer for each component is responsible for making records in the custody of that component available for inspection and copying, in accordance with the provisions of the FOIA. Unless otherwise specified, the mailing address for the following national office components is as follows:

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20210

1.    Office of the Secretary (OSEC), (202) 693-7277.
2.    Office of the Solicitor (SOL), (202) 693-5391.
3.    Office of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ), 800 K Street, N.W., Suite N-400, Washington, D.C. 20001-8002, (202) 693-7440.
4.    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), (202) 693-7277.
5.    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP), (202) 693-5925.
6.    Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), (202) 693-6806.
7.    Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs (OCIA), (202) 693-4630.
8.    Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), (202) 693-4930.
9.    Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), (202) 693-1145.
10.    Office of Inspector General (OIG), (202) 693-5113.
11.    Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS), (202) 693-0123.
12.    Office of Public Affairs (OPA), (202) 693-4654.
13.    Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), (202) 693-0934.
14.    Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), (202) 693-4770.
15.    Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Postal Square Building, Room 4040, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20212-0001, (202) 691-7628.
16    Employment and Training Administration (ETA), (202) 693-3140.
17.    Job Corps (part of ETA), 1-800-733-JOBS.
18.    Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), 1100 Wilson Boulevard, 21st Floor, Arlington, Virginia 22209, (202) 693-9424.
19.    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), (202) 693-1897.
20.    Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), (202) 693-8655.
21.    Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), (202) 693-4745.
22.    Employees' Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB), (202) 693-5028.
23.    Administrative Review Board (ARB), (202) 693-5028.
24.    Benefits Review Board (BRB), (202) 693-5028.
25.    Wage and Hour Division (WHD), (202) 693-0388.
26.    Women's Bureau (WB), (202) 693-6735.

    The addresses and telephone numbers for the various regional offices for the Department's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) are listed below.

Region I:

U.S. Department of Labor
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
One Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02203
(617) 565-1991
(For Wage and Hour Division only: Contact Region III)

Region II:

U.S. Department of Labor
201 Varick Street
New York, New York 10014
(212) 337-2215
(For Wage and Hour Division only: Contact Region III)

Region III:

U.S. Department of Labor
The Curtis Center, Suite 600 East
170 S. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-3305
(215) 861-5030

Region IV:

U.S. Department of Labor
Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 562-2018

For Office of Workers' Compensation (OWCP) in Region IV only:
U.S. Department of Labor
214 N. Hogan Street, Suite 1006
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
(904) 357-4725

Region V:

U.S. Department of Labor
Kluczynski Federal Building
230 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 353-8373

For OWCP, Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) in Region V only:
U.S. Department of Labor
1240 East Ninth Street, Room 851
Cleveland, Ohio 44199
(216) 357-5372

Region VI:

U.S. Department of Labor
525 Griffin Square Building
Griffin & Young Streets
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 767-6800

Region VII:

U.S. Department of Labor
City Center Square Building
1100 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105-2112
(816) 426-3891
(For Wage and Hour Division only: Contact Region V)

For Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in Region VII only:
U.S. Department of Labor
1100 Main Street, Suite 860
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
(816) 502-0370

Region VIII:

U.S. Department of Labor
1999 Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 844-1700
(For Wage and Hour Division and OFCCP: Contact Region VI)

For OWCP in Region VII only:
U.S. Department of Labor
1999 Broadway, Suite 600
Denver, Colorado 80201
(720) 264-3038

The mailing address for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Director of the Regional Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training in Region VIII is:

Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
U.S. Custom House
721 - 19th Street, Room 465
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 844-4791

Region IX:

U.S. Department of Labor
90 7th Street, Suite 18-300
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 625-7804

(415) 625-7799 (fax)

U.S. Department of Labor
1111 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101-3212
(415) 975-4057

(For Wage and Hour Division: Contact San Francisco)

    B.    Agency response time.

    The agency's response time generally ranges from five to fifty days. Complex requests usually take more time.

    C.    Why some requests are not granted.

    A FOIA request can be made for any agency record. This does not mean, however, that the Labor Department will disclose every record sought. There are statutory exemptions that authorize the withholding of certain information. In addition, the agency cannot comply with a FOIA request if there are no responsive records. Further, FOIA does not require agencies to do research for the requester, to analyze data, to answer questions, or to create records in order to respond to a FOIA request.

III.    Definitions of Terms and Acronyms Used in the Report

    1.    Agency-specific acronyms or other terms.

1.

ADJ BDS

Adjudicatory Boards includes the Administrative Review Board (ARB), Benefits Review Board (BRB), and Employees' Compensation Appeal Board (ECAB)

2.

ALJ

Office of Administrative Law Judges

3.

ASP

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy

4.

BLS

Bureau of Labor Statistics

5.

CFO

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

6.

EBSA

Employee Benefits Security Administration

7.

ETA

Employment and Training Administration

8.

Exec Sec

Executive Secretariat

9.

ILAB

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

10.

MSHA

Mine Safety and Health Administration

11.

OASAM

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

12.

OCIA

Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs

13.

ODEP

Office of Disability Employment Policy

14.

OFCCP

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

15.

OIG

Office of Inspector General

16.

OLMS

Office of Labor Management Standards

17.

OPA

Office of Public Affairs

18.

OSEC

Office of the Secretary

19.

OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

20.

OWCP

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

21.

SOL

Office of the Solicitor

22.

VETS

Veterans' Employment and Training Service

23.

WB

Women's Bureau

24.

WHD

Wage and Hour Division

    2.    Definition of Terms Used in This Report.

a.    Administrative Appeal a request to a federal agency asking that it review at a higher administrative level a FOIA determination made by the agency at the initial request level.

b.    Average Number the number obtained by dividing the sum of a group of numbers by the quantity of numbers in the group. For example, of 3, 7, and 14, the average number is 8.

c.    Backlog the number of requests or administrative appeals that are pending at an agency at the end of the fiscal year that are beyond the statutory time period for a response.

d.    Component for agencies that process requests on a decentralized basis, a "component" is an entity, also sometimes referred to as an Office, Division, Bureau, Center, or Directorate, within the agency that processes FOIA requests. The FOIA now requires that agencies include in their Annual FOIA Report data for both the agency overall and for each principal component of the agency.

e.    Consultation the procedure whereby the agency responding to a FOIA request first forwards a record to another agency for its review because that other agency has an interest in the document. Once the agency in receipt of the consultation finishes its review of the record, it responds back to the agency that forwarded.

f.    Exemption 3 Statute a federal statute that exempts information from disclosure and which the agency relies on to withhold information under subsection (b)(3) of the FOIA.

g.    FOIA Request a FOIA request is generally a request to a federal agency for access to records concerning another person (i.e., a "third-party" request), or concerning an organization, or a particular topic of interest. FOIA requests also include requests made by requesters seeking records concerning themselves (i.e., "first-party" requests) when those requesters are not subject to the Privacy Act, such as non-U.S. citizens. Moreover, because all first-party requesters should be afforded the benefit of both the access provisions of the FOIA as well as those of the Privacy Act, FOIA requests also include any first-party requests where an agency determines that it must search beyond its Privacy Act "systems of records" or where a Privacy Act exemption applies, and the agency looks to FOIA to afford the greatest possible access. All requests which require the agency to utilize the FOIA in responding to the requester are included in this Report. Additionally, a FOIA request includes records referred to the agency for processing and direct response to the requester. It does not, however, include records for which the agency has received a consultation from another agency. (Consultations are reported separately in Section XII of this Report.)

h.    Full Grant an agency decision to disclose all records in full in response to a FOIA request.

i.    Full Denial an agency decision not to release any records in response to a FOIA request because the records are exempt in their entireties under one or more of the FOIA exemptions, or because of a procedural reason, such as when no records could be located.

j.    Median Number the middle, not average, number. For example, of 3, 7, and 14, the median number is 7.

k.    Multi-Track Processing a system in which simple requests requiring relatively minimal review are placed in one processing track and more voluminous and complex requests are placed in one or more other tracks. Requests granted expedited processing are placed in yet another track. Requests in each track are processed on a first in/first out basis.

i.    Expedited Processing an agency will process a FOIA request on an expedited basis when a requester satisfies the requirements for expedited processing as set forth in the statute and in agency regulations.

ii.    Simple Request a FOIA request that an agency using multi-track processing places in its fastest (non-expedited) track based on the low volume and/or simplicity of the records requested.

iii.    Complex Request a FOIA request that an agency using multi- track processing places in a slower track based on the high volume and/or complexity of the records requested.

l.    Partial Grant/Partial Denial in response to a FOIA request, an agency decision to disclose portions of the records and to withhold other portions that are exempt under the FOIA, or to otherwise deny a portion of the request for a procedural reason.

m.    Pending Request or Pending Administrative Appeal a request or administrative appeal for which an agency has not taken final action in all respects.

n.    Perfected Request a request for records which reasonably describes such records and is made in accordance with published rules stating the time, place, fees (if any) and procedures to be followed.

o.    Processed Request or Processed Administrative Appeal a request or administrative appeal for which an agency has taken final action in all respects.

p.    Range in Number of Days the lowest and highest number of days to process requests or administrative appeals.

q.    Time Limits the time period in the statute for an agency to respond to a FOIA request (ordinarily twenty working days from receipt of a perfected FOIA request).

    3.    Nine FOIA Exemptions.

a.    Exemption 1: classified national defense and foreign relations information

b.    Exemption 2: internal agency rules and practices

c.    Exemption 3: information that is prohibited from disclosure by another federal law

d.    Exemption 4: trade secrets and other confidential business information

e.    Exemption 5: inter-agency or intra-agency communications that are protected by legal privileges

f.    Exemption 6: information involving matters of personal privacy

g.    Exemption 7: records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, to the extent that the production of those records (A) could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings, (B) would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication, (C) could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, (D) could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source, (E) would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or (F) could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual

h.    Exemption 8: information relating to the supervision of financial institutions

i.    Exemption 9: geological information on wells

IV.    EXEMPTION 3 STATUTES

Statute

Type of Information Withheld

Case Citation

Number of Times Relied Upon Per Component

Total Number of Times Relied Upon By Agency

Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, Section 103(g)(1), 30 U.S.C. 813(g)

Complaint Information

& Interviews of Miners

None

MSHA

5

41 USC 253b(m)(1)

Contractor Proposals

Hornbostel v. U.S. Dep't of the Interior, 305 F. Supp. 2d 21, 30 (D.D.C. 2003), summary affirmance granted, No. 03-5257, 2004 WL 1900562 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 25, 2004).

OASAM

1

Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e), enacted by Act of July 30, 1997, Pub. L. No. 98-78, 91 Stat. 319

Grand Jury Proceedings

Sussman v. USMC, 494 F. 3d 1106, 1113 (D.C. Cir. 2007); Fund for Constitutional Gov't v. NARS, 656 F.2d 856, 867-68 (D.C. Cir. 1981)

OIG

2

Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002, Title V of Public Law 107-347

Confidential Respondent Data to BLS Survey

None

BLS

2

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 USC 666(f)

Advance Notice Of Inspection

None

OSHA

52

DOL
OVERALL

 

 

 

62

V.    A.     FOIA REQUESTS

 

Number of Requests Pending as of Start of Fiscal Year [1]

Number of Requests Received in Fiscal Year

Number of Requests Processed in Fiscal Year

Number of Requests Pending as of End of Fiscal Year

OSHA

441

8,251

8,324

368

OFCCP

14

396

375

35

OLMS

7

120

126

1

OWCP

22

380

382

20

WHD

224

2,241

2,116

349

MSHA

199

2,225

2,252

172

EBSA

62

1,721

1,719

64

ETA

97

1,770

1,800

67

OASAM [2]

83

282

345

20

ALJ

2

183

179

6

VETS

17

118

129

6

OIG

9

84

79

14

BLS

4

13

17

0

Adj Bds

1

28

28

1

WB

0

24

24

0

ODEP

0

1

1

0

ASP

25

19

42

2

OCIA

1

27

24

4

ILAB

0

17

17

0

CFO

2

18

20

0

OPA

3

1

3

1

SOL

27

55

72

10

OSEC [2]

20

32

51

1

EXEC SEC

0

6

4

2

DOL
OVERALL

1,260

18,012

18,129

1,143

    B.    (1) Disposition of FOIA Requests All Processed Requests

 

 

Number of Full Grants

Number of Partial Grants/Partial Denials

Number of Full Denials Based on Exemptions

Number of Full Denials Based on Reasons Other than Exemptions

 

 

 

 

No Records

All Records Referred to Another Component or Agency

Request Withdrawn

Fee Related Reason

Records not Reasonably Described

Improper FOIA Request for Other Reason

Not Agency Record

Duplicate Request

Other
*Explain in chart below

TOTAL

OSHA

599

3,901

1,017

1,683

169

141

41

75

30

84

170

414

8,324

OFCCP

37

88

13

132

21

9

38

3

2

16

15

1

375

OLMS

9

30

29

32

6

9

0

0

8

1

1

1

126

OWCP

185

17

12

92

2

1

3

4

7

1

13

45

382

WHD

132

1,094

167

483

9

39

5

1

13

7

125

41

2,116

MSHA

815

974

88

196

4

96

28

6

4

5

36

0

2,252

EBSA

1,225

105

28

188

23

29

1

35

9

10

23

43

1,719

ETA

469

416

8

438

0

34

86

33

37

57

65

157

1,800

OASAM

69

71

5

80

0

31

6

0

4

62

1

16

345

ALJ

108

19

4

32

2

2

0

0

1

4

4

3

179

VETS

27

85

4

8

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

129

OIG

13

21

13

25

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

3

79

BLS

4

3

0

6

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

17

Adj Bds

11

0

0

10

0

6

0

0

0

1

0

0

28

WB

2

1

0

16

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

24

ODEP

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

ASP

2

0

0

17

0

1

0

0

0

4

0

18

42

OCIA

5

6

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

24

ILAB

2

3

0

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

CFO

1

2

0

14

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

20

OPA

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

SOL

11

17

2

16

2

11

0

1

1

4

0

7

72

OSEC

10

11

0

28

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

51

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

DOL
OVERALL

3,737

6,864

1,390

3,522

245

414

208

160

116

264

454

755

18,129

    B.    (2) Disposition of FOIA Requests "Other" Reasons for "Full Denials Based on Reasons Other than Exemptions" from Section V, B (1) Chart

Component

Description of "Other" Reasons for Denials from Chart B (1) & Number of Times Those Reasons Were Relied Upon

TOTAL

OSHA

(19) Requester was asked to narrow search with no response; (43) Request transferred; (18) Duplicate request; (39) Records destroyed; (289) Case file not closed/still open; (3) Information available on public website (3) Overtaken by litigation.

414

OFCCP

1 Closed and reopened as a new FOIA.

1

OLMS

1 Request overbroad.

1

OWCP

(27) Request not perfected; (3) Under contest/investigation; (15) Duplicate request.

45

WHD

(12) Requester was asked to narrow search with no response; (24) Request not perfected; (1) Requester is a fugitive; (4) Records destroyed.

41

MSHA

0

0

EBSA

(12) Requester was asked to narrow search with no response; (27) Requests not perfected; (3) Records destroyed in 1997; (1) Transferred to another office.

43

ETA

(21) Duplicate requests; (4) Records destroyed; (50) Requester was asked to narrow search with no response; (66) Request not perfected; (16) Misdirected FOIAs.

157

OASAM

(16) Requester was asked to narrow search with no response.

16

ALJ

(3)Transcripts not received from reporting company; premature requests.

3

VETS

(1) Request in violation of Privacy Act; (1) Regional response to requester already provided.

2

OIG

(3) Records located were not responsive to the request.

3

BLS

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

WB

(1) Request not perfected.

1

ODEP

0

0

ASP

(18) Duplicate requests.

18

OCIA

0

0

ILAB

0

0

CFO

0

0

OPA

0

0

SOL

(2) Not a FOIA assignment, SOL subcomponent was merely giving legal advice to another component responsible for processing; (1) Reassignment; (1) Request was misrouted to SOL; (1) Request was resolved in litigation; (2) Duplicate request.

7

OSEC

(1) Requester referred to public website for information.

1

EXEC SEC

(2) Departmental Search Conducted (not a request for processing).

2

DOL
OVERALL

 

755

    B.    (3) Disposition of FOIA Requests Number of Times Exemptions Applied

 

Ex.

1

Ex.

2

Ex.

3

Ex.

4

Ex.

5

Ex.

6

Ex.

7(A)

Ex.

7(B)

Ex.

7(C)

Ex.

7(D)

Ex.

7(E)

Ex.

7(F)

Ex.

8

Ex.

9

OSHA

0

311

52

2,910

2,714

1,145

1,052

57

3,746

1,717

222

3

0

0

OFCCP

0

11

0

32

21

31

11

1

75

5

41

0

0

0

OLMS

0

11

0

4

16

29

8

0

38

10

14

0

0

0

OWCP

0

0

0

0

2

24

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

0

58

0

412

356

63

211

3

988

664

677

0

0

0

MSHA

0

19

5

23

199

289

128

54

520

191

2

0

0

0

EBSA

0

3

0

14

23

73

23

0

44

3

18

0

0

0

ETA

0

5

0

28

112

341

1

0

5

2

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

2

1

37

5

28

2

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

1

0

22

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

0

0

6

52

17

10

4

42

20

2

0

0

0

OIG

0

2

2

5

4

19

2

0

28

3

2

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

1

0

0

9

7

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

1

2

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

0

423

62

3,474

3,516

2,108

1,449

119

5,492

2,615

981

3

0

0

VI.    A.    ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS OF INITIAL DETERMINATIONS OF FOIA REQUESTS

Component

Number of Appeals Pending as of Start of Fiscal Year

Number of Appeals Received in Fiscal Year

Number of Appeals Processed in Fiscal Year

Number of Appeals Pending as of End of Fiscal Year

OSHA

61

120

162

19

OFCCP

3

6

8

1

OLMS

6

10

13

3

OWCP

20

54

55

19

WHD

13

35

40

8

MSHA

12

24

24

12

EBSA

0

13

10

3

ETA

15

50

57

8

OASAM

3

15

11

7

ALJ

2

1

2

1

VETS

5

7

9

3

OIG

2

1

0

3

BLS

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

1

0

0

1

WB

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

2

2

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

143

338

393

88

    B.    Disposition of Administrative Appeals All Processed Appeals

Component

Number Affirmed on Appeal

Number Partially Affirmed & Partially Reversed/Remanded on Appeal

Number Completely Reversed/Remanded on Appeal

Number of Appeals Closed for Other Reasons

TOTAL

OSHA

9

67

3

83

162

OFCCP

1

1

0

6

8

OLMS

1

2

0

10

13

OWCP

0

3

0

52

55

WHD

3

5

0

32

40

MSHA

2

5

1

16

24

EBSA

0

1

1

8

10

ETA

0

0

0

57

57

OASAM

1

0

1

9

11

ALJ

0

0

0

2

2

VETS

0

5

0

4

9

OIG

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

2

2

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

17

89

6

281

393

    C.    (1) Reasons for Denial on Appeal Number of Times Exemptions Applied

 

Ex.

1

Ex.

2

Ex.

3

Ex.

4

Ex.

5

Ex.

6

Ex.

7(A)

Ex.

7(B)

Ex.

7(C)

Ex.

7(D)

Ex.

7(E)

Ex.

7(F)

Ex.

8

Ex.

9

OSHA

0

0

0

16

2

1

8

0

64

33

1

0

0

0

OFCCP

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OLMS

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

OWCP

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

WHD

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

8

1

0

0

0

0

MSHA

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

ETA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

OIG

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

0

0

0

17

8

5

11

0

83

38

1

0

0

0

    C.    (2) Reasons for Denial on Appeal Reasons Other Than Exemptions

 

No Records

Records Referred at Initial Request Level

Request Withdrawn

Fee-Related Reason

Records not Reasonably Described

Improper Request for Other Reasons

Not Agency Record

Duplicate Request or Appeal

Request in Litigation

Appeal Based Solely on Denial of Request for Expedited Processing

Other

*Explain in chart below

OSHA

9

0

18

0

1

4

1

7

0

0

43

OFCCP

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

OLMS

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

8

OWCP

1

0

9

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

36

WHD

0

1

1

0

0

3

2

3

0

0

22

MSHA

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

12

EBSA

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

6

ETA

28

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

26

OASAM

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

7

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

VETS

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

OIG

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

40

3

35

1

1

16

3

17

0

0

166

    C.    (3) Reasons for Denial On Appeal "Other" Reasons from Section VI, C (2) Chart

Description of "Other" Reasons for Denial on Appeal from Chart C (2) & Number of Times Those Reasons Were Relied Upon

TOTAL

    1.    Constructive denial, agency responded

    2.    Moot because documents provided in litigation

    3.    Abandoned

    4.    Supplemental decision issued by component after appeal filed

    5.    Dismissed as untimely

    6.    Appeal of 7(A) decision, investigation closed

    7.    Not within FOIA appeal jurisdiction

    8.    Remand because agency decision inadequate

21

5

11

32

9

13

1

74

    C.    (4) Response Time for Administrative Appeals

Median Number of Days

Average Number of Days

Lowest Number of Days

Highest Number of Days

30

99.54

0

2,058

    C.    (5) Ten Oldest Pending Administrative Appeals

 

10th Oldest Appeal and Number of Days Pending

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Appeal

OSHA

06/24/10

463

06/09/10

478

06/08/10

479

04/19/10

529

03/19/10

560

11/11/09

627

08/19/09

772

05/05/09

878

04/23/09

890

04/15/09

898

OFCCP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

05/03/11

150

04/11/11

172

08/28/09

763

OLMS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

07/22/11

70

06/24/10

463

01/11/10

627

OWCP

04/11/11

172

04/11/11

172

03/08/11

206

12/21/10

283

09/16/10

379

08/19/10

407

07/09/10

448

04/24/10

521

08/05/09

786

01/09/09

994

WHD

0

0

03/09/11

205

03/09/11

205

01/04/11

269

12/02/10

302

10/14/10

351

07/19/10

438

03/10/10

569

11/04/09

695

MSHA

09/19/11

42

08/08/11

53

08/08/11

53

05/09/11

144

04/21/11

162

01/10/11

263

12/20/10

282

10/15/10

350

03/15/10

564

10/21/09

709

EBSA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

02/14/11

228

12/07/10

297

11/19/10

315

ETA

0

0

09/01/11

29

08/25/11

36

04/12/11

171

03/09/11

205

03/08/11

206

09/15/11

380

08/20/11

406

07/15/11

442

OASAM

0

0

0

0

08/16/11

45

08/16/11

45

06/06/11

116

05/23/11

130

01/04/11

269

12/14/10

290

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

05/24/10

491

05/22/07

1,592

VETS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

01/10/11

263

09/14/11

381

09/09/11

386

OIG

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

09/19/10

376

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ADJ BDS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

11/04/09

695

10/21/09

709

08/28/09

763

08/19/09

772

08/05/09

786

05/05/09

878

04/23/09

890

04/15/09

898

01/09/09

994

05/22/07

1,592

VII.    FOIA REQUESTS: RESPONSE TIME FOR PROCESSED AND PENDING REQUESTS

    A.    Processed Requests Response Time for All Processed Perfected Requests

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Lowest Number Of Days

Highest Number Of Days

# of
Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Lowest Number Of Days

Highest Number Of Days

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Lowest Number Of Days

Highest Number Of Days

OSHA

4,633

5.0

12.9

0

502

3,559

7.0

18.4

0

488

97

5.0

9.4

1

119

OFCCP

109

2.0

10.4

1

116

265

23.5

33.7

0

462

1

3.0

3.0

3

3

OLMS

48

5.0

8.5

0

44

76

10.5

20

0

139

2

7.5

7.5

5

10

OWCP

63

10.0

46.4

2

2,025

318

19.0

38.0

0

501

1

13.0

13.0

13

13

WHD

1,341

15.0

25.4

0

230

728

26.0

42.7

1

491

46

12.0

14.0

1

47

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

2,219

13.0

24.0

0

492

32

151.5

160.4

2

345

EBSA

1,412

6.0

7.4

1

188

299

11.0

16.8

0

307

8

1.5

7.4

1

25

ETA

1,011

16.5

26.9

0

1,280

763

23.0

32.1

0

452

5

26

25.4

2

38

OASAM

32

23.0

21.7

2

195

313

35.0

50.0

0

324

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

168

2.0

4.3

1

34

11

2.0

6.4

1

43

VETS

44

12.0

12.3

1

28

83

13.0

53.7

1

495

2

8.0

8.0

4

12

OIG

58

7

10

0

33

20

37

108

1

482

1

30

30

30

30

BLS

15

17.0

15.3

3

28

1

75.0

75

75

75

1

11.0

11.0

11

11

Adj Bds

25

12.5

17.2

2

50

1

368

368

368

368

2

26.0

26.0

7

45

WB

15

41.0

42.5

2

83

9

58.0

53.9

5

124

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

1

126.0

126.0

126

126

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

13

43

214.1

11

599

29

507

424.4

13

976

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

23

36.0

39.1

7

126

1

30.0

30

30

30

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

17

17.0

21.1

6

69

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

20

17.5

57.3

3

415

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

1

895

895

895

895

2

458.5

458

16

901

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

72

63.5

142.4

3

759

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

49

84.0

23.9

6

319

2

230.0

230.0

186

274

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

4

17.5

17.8

1

35

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

8,819

5

37.7

0

1,280

9,059

24.8

214.9

0

976

214

6.25

83.2

0

901

    B.    Processed Requests Response Time for Perfected Requests in Which Information Was Granted

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Lowest Number Of Days

Highest Number Of Days

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Lowest Number Of Days

Highest Number Of Days

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Lowest Number Of Days

Highest Number Of Days

OSHA

2,293

8.0

14.5

0

316

2,122

9.0

21.7

0

488

78

4.0

9.5

1

119

OFCCP

23

2.0

10.0

1

64

102

29.0

41.2

0

462

0

0

0

0

0

OLMS

1

3.0

3.0

3

3

37

10

20.8

0

139

1

10.0

10.0

10

10

OWCP

16

10.0

14.9

2

50

186

21.0

31.3

0

201

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

736

23

32.1

0

230

452

32

48

1

491

37

9.5

14.4

1

47

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

1,763

14

25.7

0

392

26

192.5

176.7

2

345

EBSA

1,119

5.0

6.7

1

95

203

12.0

16.2

0

191

8

1.5

7.4

1

25

ETA

286

16.5

22.9

1

118

594

43.5

49.5

28

452

5

26

25.4

2

38

OASAM

12

13.0

29.3

2

195

128

33.0

42.8

1

324

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

121

2.0

4.1

1

28

6

2.0

3.2

2

9

VETS

39

12.0

12.6

1

28

71

15.0

61.6

1

495

2

8.0

8.0

4

12

OIG

19

3

12

1

29

14

74

123

1

482

1

30

30

30

30

BLS

5

20.0

18.6

14

22

1

75.0

75.0

75

75

1

11.0

11

11

11

Adj Bds

9

6.0

7.1

2

14

1

368.0

368.0

368

368

1

7.0

7.0

7

7

WB

0

0

0

0

0

3

39.0

56.0

5

124

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

1

126.0

126.0

126

126

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

2

570.5

570.5

165

976

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

11

42.0

47.6

25

126

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

5

20.0

27.8

8

69

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

3

117.0

180.7

10

415

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

28

87.5

179.4

21

759

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

20

64.5

63.6

12

179

1

274.0

274.0

274

274

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

4,558

1

7.7

0

316

5,868

32.5

174.4

0

976

167

0.8

46.1

0

345

    C.    Processed Requests Response Time in Day Increments

SIMPLE REQUESTS

 

1-20

Days

21-40

Days

41-60

Days

61-80

Days

81-100

Days

101-120

Days

121-140

Days

141-160

Days

161-180

Days

181-200

Days

201-300

Days

301-400

Days

401+

Days

TOTAL

OSHA

3,915

465

107

61

16

14

7

6

6

15

20

2

2

4,636

OFCCP

94

7

4

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

109

OLMS

43

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

48

OWCP

52

7

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

63

WHD

791

247

145

70

48

11

7

7

11

0

4

0

0

1,341

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

1,351

46

9

2

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1,412

ETA

777

177

21

14

8

9

0

0

0

1

1

1

2

1,011

OASAM

23

5

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

32

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

41

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

44

OIG

48

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

58

BLS

12

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

Adj Bds

19

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

WB

4

2

3

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

2

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

13

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

7,172

982

300

155

76

36

15

13

17

18

25

3

10

8,822

COMPLEX REQUESTS

 

1-20

Days

21-40

Days

41-60

Days

61-80

Days

81-100

Days

101-120

Days

121-140

Days

141-160

Days

161-180

Days

181-200

Days

201-300

Days

301-400

Days

401+

Days

TOTAL

OSHA

2,792

417

116

75

42

43

25

12

6

18

25

3

1

3,575

OFCCP

125

68

35

18

5

4

4

1

1

1

1

1

1

265

OLMS

55

13

0

4

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

76

OWCP

169

72

30

13

11

3

2

5

4

1

4

2

2

318

WHD

284

195

105

45

40

15

8

6

6

5

14

3

2

728

MSHA

1,577

353

104

60

31

31

14

14

6

6

14

10

1

2,221

EBSA

224

62

6

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

299

ETA

555

180

36

10

4

2

3

0

3

0

0

0

1

784

OASAM

86

101

42

25

20

11

11

5

3

4

1

4

0

313

ALJ

165

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

168

VETS

63

5

4

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

3

3

3

83

OIG

6

4

0

4

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

0

2

20

BLS

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

WB

1

3

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

ASP

5

3

2

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

15

29

OCIA

8

8

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

ILAB

12

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

CFO

11

3

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

20

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

SOL

11

17

7

5

6

4

3

3

0

0

2

4

10

72

OSEC

9

9

2

4

6

7

3

5

2

0

1

1

0

49

EXEC SEC

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

DOL
OVERALL

6,147

1,520

504

269

168

126

78

53

33

36

69

34

40

9,077

REQUESTS GRANTED EXPEDITED PROCESSING

 

1-20

Days

21-40

Days

41-60

Days

61-80

Days

81-100

Days

101-120

Days

121-140

Days

141-160

Days

161-180

Days

181-200

Days

201-300

Days

301-400

Days

401+

Days

TOTAL

OSHA

88

4

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

97

OFCCP

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

OLMS

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

OWCP

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

WHD

36

8

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

46

MSHA

2

2

1

4

3

1

3

0

3

0

8

5

0

32

EBSA

6

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

ETA

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

OASAM

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

10

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

VETS

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

OIG

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

BLS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Adj Bds

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

152

22

9

4

3

2

3

0

3

1

9

5

1

214

    D.    Pending Requests All Pending Perfected Requests

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

Number Pending

Median Number Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Number Pending

Median Number Of Days

Average Number Of Days

Number Pending

Median Number Of Days

Average Number Of Days

OSHA

74

16.0

52.3

291

13.0

47.2

0

0

0

OFCCP

0

0

0

36

45.0

53.1

0

0

0

OLMS

0

0

0

1

2.0

2.0

0

0

0

OWCP

0

0

0

22

14.0

59.0

0

0

0

WHD

9

80.0

213.9

340

27.5

45.7

0

0

0

MSHA

0

0

0

182

16.0

53.1

0

0

0

EBSA

12

6.0

129.8

52

15.5

49.3

0

0

0

ETA

27

14.0

11.0

40

15.0

25.5

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

20

22.5

113.0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

6

7.9

20.7

0

0

0

VETS

1

12.0

12.0

5

10.0

10.0

0

0

0

OIG

1

0

0

13

145

169

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

1

120.0

120.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

1

109.0

109.0

1

106.0

106.0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

4

13.5

27.0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

1

281.0

281.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

10

145.0

153.7

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

1

151.0

151.0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

2

96.5

96.5

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

127

0

38.7

1,026

13.8

49.2

0

0

0

    E.    Pending Requests Ten Oldest Pending Perfected Requests

 

10th
Oldest
Request
and
Number
of
Days
Pending

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest
Request
and
Number
of
Days
Pending

OSHA

10-21-09

489

09-23-09

508

05-29-09

589

04-01-09

627

04-01-09

627

02-20-09

658

02-19-09

659

01-30-09

671

01-13-09

683

12-29-08

693

OFCCP

07-15-11

55

05-27-11

71

05-04-11

105

04-29-11

107

04-22-11

111

04-12-11

119

04-12-11

119

04-08-11

107

01-26-11

171

08-11-10

287

OLMS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

09-28-11

2

OWCP

09-08-11

17

08-31-11

23

08-30-11

24

08-30-11

24

08-26-11

26

08-05-11

41

07-19-11

54

04-07-11

115

08-30-11

273

03-02-11

650

WHD

09-23-10

257

08-19-10

281

08-19-10

281

08-16-10

283

08-03-10

292

03-26-10

383

12-16-09

451

12-01-08

707

01-23-07

1170

10-05-06

1248

MSHA

09-20-10

255

08-27-10

275

08-13-10

285

06-08-10

332

05-27-10

339

05-11-10

351

04-27-10

361

04-07-10

375

9-25-07

1002

8-13-07

1038

EBSA

04-04-11

127

03-29-11

131

03-29-11

131

03-29-11

131

03-29-11

131

03-29-11

131

03-29-11

131

03-29-11

131

03-23-11

133

02-11-11

170

ETA

08-15-11

34

08-12-11

35

08-05-11

39

08-04-11

40

07-21-11

50

07-14-11

54

06-16-11

72

06-15-11

73

03-13-11

122

01-12-08

707

OASAM

08-22-11

20

08-22-11

20

08-02-11

35

06-27-11

68

06-20-11

70

06-20-11

70

05-11-11

91

01-12-11

182

10-26-10

231

05-31-06

1335

ALJ

0

0

0

0

09-28-11

1

09-27-11

4

09-21-11

7

09-21-11

7

08-31-11

22

06-06-11

83

VETS

0

0

0

0

09-23-11

6

09-23-11

6

09-16-11

10

09-15-11

11

09-13-11

12

08-04-11

18

OIG

09-08-11

37

07-11-11

58

07-08-11

59

04-04-11

126

03-03-11

148

02-14-10

161

06-18-10

324

05-27-10

339

12-02-09

461

12-01-09

462

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

03-02-10

120

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

04-29-11

106

03-23-11

109

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

09-21-11

7

09-01-11

12

08-31-11

15

06-14-11

74

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

08-19-11

281

SOL

09-14-11

13

07-21-11

51

06-16-11

72

04-06-11

112

03-24-11

131

02-11-11

159

01-10-11

176

09-17-10

252

08-16-10

275

08-04-10

286

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

03-01-11

151

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

07/07/11

57

03/09/11

151

DOL
OVERALL

10th
Oldest
Request
and
Number
of
Days
Pending

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest
Request
and
Number
of
Days
Pending

01-30-09

671

OSHA

01-13-09

683

OSHA

12-29-08

693

OSHA

12-01-08

707

ETA

12-01-08

707

WHD

09-25-07

1002

MSHA

08-13-07

1038

MSHA

01-23-07

1170

WHD

10-05-06

1248

WHD

05-31-06

1335

OASAM

VIII.    REQUESTS FOR EXPEDITED PROCESSING AND REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVER

    A.    Requests for Expedited Processing

 

Number Granted

Number Denied

Median Number of Days to Adjudicate

Average Number of Days to Adjudicate

Number Adjudicated Within Ten Days

OSHA

74

92

4.0

14.7

107

OFCCP

0

8

28.0

44.0

1

OLMS

2

4

77.5

72.5

1

OWCP

0

24

53.0

201.3

5

WHD

33

71

20.5

27.7

36

MSHA

32

17

8.0

19.2

30

EBSA

7

16

6.5

21.4

12

ETA

3

73

22.8

26.1

33

OASAM

0

30

43.0

84.9

1

ALJ

10

3

2.0

7.1

11

VETS

2

6

4.0

8.5

4

OIG

1

2

57

25

1

BLS

1

0

16.0

16.0

0

Adj Bds

1

2

63.0

44.3

1

WB

0

3

101.0

70.7

1

ODEP

0

1

0

0

0

ASP

0

8

1039.0

740.0

0

OCIA

1

3

57.0

67.3

0

ILAB

0

4

39.0

47.8

1

CFO

0

3

39.0

39.0

1

OPA

2

1

1303.0

879.0

0

SOL

0

5

57.5

146.5

1

OSEC

2

7

42.0

135.6

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

171

383

39

114.1

247

    B.    Requests for Fee Waiver

 

Number Granted

Number Denied

Median Number of Days to Adjudicate

Average Number of Days to Adjudicate

OSHA

180

106

7.0

17.9

OFCCP

5

31

43.0

42.3

OLMS

3

26

2.0

10.8

OWCP

16

34

27.0

35.4

WHD

40

97

18.0

44.3

MSHA

39

14

11.0

17.9

EBSA

0

18

19.0

26.8

ETA

22

112

12.5

13.5

OASAM

8

66

32.0

56.0

ALJ

8

6

5.5

8.7

VETS

7

5

2.0

18.7

OIG

18

1

14

8

BLS

0

4

15.5

15.5

Adj Bds

0

7

5.0

15.1

WB

0

11

44.0

44.0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

20

116.5

325.6

OCIA

4

1

23.0

23.3

ILAB

1

7

18.5

18.5

CFO

0

9

20.0

62.9

OPA

0

0

0

0

SOL

4

20

38.0

66.9

OSEC

20

7

109.0

95.8

EXEC SEC

0

1

14.0

14.0

DOL
OVERALL

375

603

16.8

40.9

IX.    FOIA PERSONNEL AND COSTS

PERSONNEL

COSTS

Number of "Full-Time FOIA Employees"

Number of "Equivalent Full-Time FOIA Employees"

Total Number of "Full-Time FOIA Staff"

Processing Costs

Litigation-Related Costs

Total Costs

OSHA

7

50.95

57.95

$5,091,224.00

$0.00

$5,091,224.00

OFCCP

0

4.9

4.9

$411,576.67

$0.00

$411,576.67

OLMS

0

2

2

$160,400.00

$0.00

$160,400.00

OWCP

2

4.95

6.95

$129,500.00

$0.00

$129,500.00

WHD

8

3.05

11.05

$721,334.00

$0.00

$721,334.00

MSHA

5

21

26

$2,556,049.00

$0.00

$2,556,049.00

EBSA

3

3.03

6.03

$523,804.00

$0.00

$523,804.00

ETA

0

8.75

8.75

$675,650.00

$0.00

$675,650.00

OASAM

0

6.03

6.03

$683,178.00

$0.00

$683,178.00

ALJ

0

0.81

0.81

$77,931.00

$0.00

$77,931.00

VETS

0

2.05

2.05

$211,285.00

$0.00

$211,285.00

OIG

1

0

1

$126,000.00

$0.00

$126,000.00

BLS

0

0.14

0.14

$15,062.00

$0.00

$15,062.00

Adj Bds

0

0.35

0.35

$15,000.00

$0.00

$15,000.00

WB

0

0.25

0.25

$28,000.00

$0.00

$28,000.00

ODEP

0

0.05

0.05

$5,350.00

$0.00

$5,350.00

ASP

0

0.5

0.5

$44,909.00

$0.00

$44,909.00

OCIA

0

0.65

0.65

$66,500.00

$0.00

$66,500.00

ILAB

0

0.33

0.33

$36,000.00

$0.00

$36,000.00

CFO

0

0.2

0.2

$20,000.00

$0.00

$20,000.00

OPA

0

0.4

0.4

$28,500.00

$0.00

$28,500.00

SOL

13

2.3

15.3

$1,282,498.00

$497,973.00

$1,780,471.00

OSEC

0

0.1

0.1

$15,074.00

$0.00

$15,074.00

EXEC SEC

0

0.15

0.15

$16,300.00

$0.00

$16,300.00

DOL
OVERALL

39

112.94

151.94

$13,074.203.58

$497,973.00

$13,572,176.58

X.    FEES COLLECTED FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS

 

Total Amount of Fees Collected

Percentage of Total Costs

OSHA

$154,853.33

3.04%

OFCCP

$7,443.94

1.81%

OLMS

$1,157.15

0.72%

OWCP

$635.40

0.48%

WHD

$18,960.35

2.63%

MSHA

$66,321.13

2.59%

EBSA

$16,124.14

2.29%

ETA

$19,754.39

2.92%

OASAM

$1,031.60

0.15%

ALJ

$1,210.62

1.55%

VETS

$547.30

0.26%

OIG

$0.00

0%

BLS

$0.00

0%

Adj Bds

$530.00

3.53%

WB

$0.00

0%

ODEP

$0.00

0%

ASP

$0.00

0%

OCIA

$0.00

0%

ILAB

$0.00

0%

CFO

$0.00

0%

OPA

$0.00

0%

SOL

$724.75

0.06%

OSEC

$0.00

0%

EXEC SEC

$0.00

0%

DOL
OVERALL

$289,284.10

2.21%

XI.    FOIA REGULATIONS

    U.S. Department of Labor FOIA regulations and fee schedule can be accessed via the DOL public FOIA website at the following link: http://webapps.dol.gov/FederalRegister/PdfDisplay.aspx?DocId=11855

XII.    BACKLOGS, CONSULTATIONS AND COMPARISONS

    A.    Backlogs of FOIA Requests and Administrative Appeals

 

Number of Backlogged Requests at DOL as of End of Fiscal Year

Number of Backlogged Appeals at DOL as of End of Fiscal Year

OSHA

134

19

OFCCP

29

1

OLMS

0

3

OWCP

9

19

WHD

219

8

MSHA

90

12

EBSA

24

3

ETA

45

8

OASAM

13

7

ALJ

2

1

VETS

1

3

OIG

11

2

BLS

0

0

Adj Bds

1

1

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

2

0

OCIA

3

0

ILAB

0

0

CFO

0

0

OPA

1

0

SOL

9

0

OSEC

1

0

EXEC SEC

2

0

DOL
OVERALL

596

87

  • Discuss/explain the backlog here:

The U.S. Department of Labor failed to meet its FY 2011 backlog reduction goal of 10% for initial FOIA requests. Since the end of FY10, DOL's FOIA backlog has increased by 18.5%. We attribute this increase, in part, to the decision to use the Departmental tracking system as the sole source of data for FOIA reporting. As stated previously, DOL believes that use of the system has allowed the agency to identify requests that may not have been counted in last year's FOIA report. DOL will continue to encourage the reduction of backlogged request in accordance with the Open Government Directive.

The U.S. Department of Labor continues to work to reduce the number of appeals pending with the agency, and has achieved substantial success. The number of FOIA backlogged appeals decreased 61% from 143 at the end of FY2010 to 87 at the end of FY2011.

    B.    Consultations on FOIA Requests Received, Processed, and Pending Consultations

 

Number of Consultations Received From Other Agencies That Were Pending at DOL as of Start of the Fiscal Year

Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies During the Fiscal Year

Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies that Were Processed by DOL During the Fiscal Year

Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies that Were Pending at DOL as of End of the Fiscal Year

OSHA

15

59

72

2

OFCCP

1

8

9

0

OLMS

4

9

13

0

OWCP

0

8

8

0

WHD

1

6

6

1

MSHA

1

2

2

1

EBSA

1

7

8

0

ETA

1

11

12

0

OASAM

1

6

7

0

ALJ

0

1

1

0

VETS

0

4

4

0

OIG

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

1

1

0

Adj Bds

0

2

1

1

WB

0

2

2

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

4

3

1

OCIA

0

1

1

0

ILAB

0

1

1

0

CFO

0

1

1

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

3

3

0

OSEC

1

1

2

0

EXEC SEC

0

1

1

0

DOL
OVERALL [3]

25

132

151

6

    C.    Consultations on FOIA Requests Ten Oldest Consultations Received from Other Agencies and Pending at DOL.

 

10th Oldest
Consultation
and Number
of Days
Pending

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest
Consultation
and Number
of Days
Pending

OSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

09-16-11

6

08-01-11

44

OFCCP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OLMS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OWCP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

08-18-11

31

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

08-13-10

276

EBSA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ETA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OIG

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

03-22-11

120

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

04-29-11

106

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

10th Oldest
Consultation
and Number
of Days
Pending

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest
Consultation
and Number
of Days
Pending

0

0

0

0

09-16-11

6

08-18-11

31

08-01-11

44

04-29-11

106

03-22-11

120

08-13-10

276

    D.    Comparison of Numbers of Requests from Previous and Current Annual Report Requests Received, Processed, and Backlogged

NUMBER OF REQUESTS RECEIVED

NUMBER OF REQUESTS PROCESSED

Number Received During Fiscal Year From Last Year's Annual Report

Number Received During Fiscal Year From Current Annual Report

Number Processed During Fiscal Year from Last Year's Annual Report

Number Processed During Fiscal Year From Current Annual Report

OSHA

8,463

8,251

8,613

8,324

OFCCP

270

396

285

375

OLMS

88

120

96

126

OWCP

270

380

284

382

WHD

1,942

2,241

1,915

2,116

MSHA

1,990

2,225

1,920

2,252

EBSA

2,290

1,721

2,332

1,719

ETA

1,309

1,770

1,345

1,800

OASAM

314

282

334

345

ALJ

142

183

144

179

VETS

114

118

112

129

OIG

77

84

66

79

BLS

22

13

20

17

Adj Bds

21

28

21

28

WB

11

24

11

24

ODEP

2

1

2

1

ASP

5

19

43

42

OCIA

1

27

1

24

ILAB

11

17

12

17

CFO

17

18

17

20

OPA

9

1

4

3

SOL

30

55

30

72

OSEC

0

32

0

51

EXEC SEC

0

6

0

4

DOL
OVERALL

17,398

18,012

17,607 [4]

18,129

BACKLOG REQUEST COMPARISONS

Agency

Number of Backlogged Requests as of End of the Fiscal Year from Previous Annual Report

Number of Backlogged Requests as of End of the Fiscal Year from Current Annual Report

OSHA

198

134

OFCCP

10

29

OLMS

2

0

OWCP

5

9

WHD

90

219

MSHA

112

90

EBSA

2

24

ETA

10

45

OASAM

211

13

ALJ

0

2

VETS

1

1

OIG

9

11

BLS

0

0

Adj Bds

1

1

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

16

2

OCIA

0

3

ILAB

0

0

CFO

2

0

OPA

4

1

SOL

20

9

OSEC

0

1

EXEC SEC

0

2

DOL
OVERALL

503

596

    E.    Comparison of Numbers of Administrative Appeals from Previous and Current Annual Report Appeals Received, Processed, and Backlogged.

AGENCY

NUMBER OF APPEALS RECEIVED

NUMBER OF APPEALS PROCESSED

Number Received During Fiscal Year From Last Year's Annual Report

Number Received During Fiscal Year From Current Annual Report

Number Processed During Fiscal Year from Last Year's Annual Report

Number Processed During Fiscal Year From Current Annual Report

OSHA

148

120

177

162

OFCCP

4

6

4

8

OLMS

11

10

5

13

OWCP

41

54

44

55

WHD

29

35

31

40

MSHA

20

24

12

24

EBSA

13

13

16

10

ETA

59

50

76

57

OASAM

10

15

11

11

ALJ

1

1

0

2

VETS

7

7

7

9

OIG

5

1

7

0

BLS

2

0

2

0

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

CFO

2

0

3

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

SOL

1

2

3

2

OSEC

0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

353

338

398

393

BACKLOG APPEALS COMPARISONS

AGENCY

Number of Backlogged Appeals as of End of the Fiscal Year from Previous Annual Report

Number of Backlogged Appeals as of End of the Fiscal Year from Current Annual Report

OSHA

69

19

OFCCP

4

1

OLMS

2

3

OWCP

19

19

WHD

12

8

MSHA

12

12

EBSA

0

3

ETA

14

8

OASAM

3

7

ALJ

2

1

VETS

5

3

OIG

0

2

BLS

0

0

Adj Bds

1

1

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

0

0

OCIA

0

0

ILAB

0

0

CFO

0

0

OPA

0

0

SOL

0

0

OSEC

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

DOL
OVERALL

143

87

    F.    Discussion of Other FOIA Activities (optional)

DOL continues to work towards: improved customer service to our internal and external customers by providing clear and consistent FOIA responses; increased transparency by continuing to make discretionary disclosures of information where there is no foreseeable harm; and expanding DOL affirmative disclosures through the agency website and other mechanisms. DOL has also established process measures to ensure timely FOIA processing and backlog reduction.

Signed at Washington, D.C. this 31st day of January 2012.

___signed______
M. Patricia Smith
Chief FOIA Officer


Footnotes

[1]    Each DOL agency component except the Office of Inspector General, including regional and district offices, is using the Department's FOIA tracking system known as SIMS-FOIA. We are relying solely on that system for all of the aggregate FOIA data reported in this year's report. Relying on the system, in lieu of disparate tracking methodologies, in addition to more consistent usage of the system has allowed for more accurate reporting of the agency's FOIA activities, and has resulted in the identification of requests that may not have been counted in last year's FOIA report. Accordingly, the number of requests pending at the start of the fiscal year is different from what was reported as the number pending in last year's FOIA report. This report has been updated to reflect a change from 943 to 1,260 requests pending from the prior Fiscal Year. DOL will use its central FOIA tracking system for reporting going forward.

[2]    In prior years, FOIA requests for the records maintained by entities within the Office of the Secretary (OSEC) were processed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) and included in the aggregate data reported for that component. However, during this Fiscal Year, OSEC was established as a free standing component for the purpose of FOIA.

[3]    As stated previously, DOL is relying on the Departmental FOIA tracking system, in lieu of disparate tracking methodologies, to compile data for this report. Consistent usage of the system has allowed for more accurate reporting of the agency's FOIA activities, and has resulted in the identification of requests that may have been overlooked in last year's FOIA report. Accordingly, the number of consultations pending at the start of the fiscal year has been updated to reflect a change from 9 to 25 consultations.

[4]    Consistent usage of the Departmental FOIA tracking system has allowed for more accurate reporting of the agency's FOIA activities, and has resulted in the identification of requests that may have been miscalculated in last year's FOIA report. Accordingly, the number of request processed during FY2010 has been updated to reflect a change from 17,625 to 17,607 requests processed during the prior Fiscal Year.