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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT ANNUAL REPORT
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010
October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010


The Department received a total of 17,398 initial requests for records during fiscal year 2010.

I.    Basic Information Regarding Report.

A.    For questions concerning this report, please contact Ramona Branch Oliver, Director, Office of Information Services, Office of the Solicitor, Room N-2428, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, telephone number (202) 693-5391.

B.    The electronic address for this report is on the World Wide Web at http://www.dol.gov/dol/foia/main.htm.

C.    You may obtain a paper copy of this report by writing to Ms. Oliver at the above address.

II.    How to Make a FOIA Request.

    The Department of Labor is organized into divisions and agencies often referred to as "components." Within the Labor Department, 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.

    Requesters who cannot determine the proper disclosure officer to which the request should be addressed may direct the request to the Office of the Solicitor, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room N-2428, Washington, D.C. 20210 or by e-mail to foiarequest@dol.gov.

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 head of each component is responsible for making records in their custody or in the custody of component units within their organizations 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 (202) 693-7277.
2.    Office of the Solicitor (SOL), (202) 693-5527.
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 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

(Office of Workers' Compensation (OWCP) 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) 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)

(Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) 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 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
71 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 975-4057

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 ranges generally 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.

    Another reason for not granting a FOIA request is that the 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 (ARB, BRB, ECAB)

2.

ALJ

Office of Administrative Law Judges

3.

ASP

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy

4.

OPA

Office of Public Affairs

5.

CFO

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

6.

EBSA

Employee Benefits Security Administration

7.

OFCCP

Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs

8.

OLMS

Office of Labor Management Standards

9.

OWCP

Office of Workers Compensation Programs

10.

WHD

Wage and Hour Division

11.

ETA

Employment and Training Administration

12.

ILAB

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

13.

BLS

Bureau of Labor Statistics

14.

MSHA

Mine Safety and Health Administration

15.

OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

16.

OASAM

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

17.

OCIA

Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs

18.

ODEP

Office of Disability Employment Policy

19.

OIG

Office of Inspector General

20.

SOL

Office of the Solicitor

21.

VETS

Veterans' Employment and Training Service

22.

WB

Women's Bureau

23.

DOL

U.S. Department of Labor

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

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

Complaint Information

None

MSHA -5

5

312(b) Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, Section 323(b), [30 U.S.C. 872(b)]

Mine Maps

None

MSHA 1

1

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

Grand Jury

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 1

1

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

Confidential Respondent Data to BLS Survey

None

BLS 8

8

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 U.S.C. 666(f)

Advance Notice Of Inspection

None

OSHA 81

81

Department of Labor (DOL) Overall

 

 

 

96

V.    FOIA REQUESTS

A.    Number of Initial Requests.

 

Number of Requests Pending as of Start of Fiscal Year [2]

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

436

8463

8613

286

OFCCP [1]

28

270

285

13

OLMS [1]

11

88

96

3

OWCP [1]

20

270

284

6

WHD [1]

171

1,942

1,915

198

MSHA

133

1,990

1,920

203

EBSA

101

2,290

2,332

59

ETA [3]

99

1,309

1,345

63

OASAM

61

314

334

41

ALJ

5

142

144

3

VETS

6

114

112

8

OIG

16

77

84

9

BLS

2

22

20

4

Adj Bds

1

21

21

1

WB

0

11

11

0

ODEP

0

2

2

0

ASP

54

5

43

16

OCIA

0

1

1

0

ILAB

1

11

12

0

CFO

2

17

17

2

OPA

0

9

4

5

SOL

23

30

30

23

DOL OVERALL

1,170

17,398

17,625

943

Note: Due to Departmental restructuring, effective February 2010, the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is no longer a component within the Department of Labor. During FY 2010 and prior to its absorption into OASAM, that agency received zero FOIA requests and had no requests pending.

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
Reason-ably
Described

Improper
FOIA
Request
for Other
Reason

Not
Agency
Record

Duplicate
Request

Other
*Explain
in chart
below

TOTAL

OSHA

664

4,020

1,176

1,842

167

221

77

104

17

108

216

1

8613

OFCCP

70

98

14

73

5

9

11

0

3

2

0

0

285

OLMS

11

32

17

19

0

0

1

1

15

0

0

0

96

OWCP

153

17

15

29

1

7

2

3

5

6

12

34

284

WHD

81

989

135

472

7

39

1

1

14

11

142

23

1915

MSHA

842

798

86

79

0

42

34

3

2

3

31

0

1920

EBSA

1,833

112

32

161

20

34

4

33

7

3

35

58

2332

ETA

506

161

16

327

11

9

112

5

24

21

42

111

1345

OASAM

42

93

4

30

0

51

42

0

23

37

12

0

334

ALJ

97

11

0

18

3

3

1

0

1

2

4

4

144

VETS

20

77

3

1

0

0

3

0

0

3

2

3

112

OIG

8

29

8

16

16

1

0

2

2

0

0

2

84

BLS

4

3

6

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

Adj Bds

10

1

0

3

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

WB

2

1

0

7

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

11

ODEP

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

ASP

1

1

0

9

0

4

0

0

0

6

1

21

43

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

ILAB

3

2

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

CFO

2

3

0

8

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

17

OPA

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

SOL

7

6

0

8

0

2

1

1

0

4

0

1

30

DOL OVERALL

4,358

6,454

1,512

3,120

232

428

289

153

114

210

497

258

17,625

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

 

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

TOTAL

OSHA

1 Agency is not required to reformat document requester is requesting.

1

OFCCP

0

0

OLMS

0

0

OWCP

34 Not requests for information

34

WHD

23 Duplicate assignments

23

MSHA

0

0

EBSA

58 During FY 2010, EBSA made available on-line the full data set of Form 5500 data. Requests for this data were denied after it was made available on-line. Requesters were informed of the URL where the data was posted.

58

ETA

111 Lower level office duplicate deletions

111

OASAM

0

0

ALJ

4 transcripts not yet in OALJ's possession

4

VETS

2 FOIA addressed by another region
1 Open Case Investigation

3

OIG

2 Records located were not responsive to the request

2

BLS

0

0

Adj Bds

0

0

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

21 Agency previously responded

21

OCIA

0

0

ILAB

0

0

CFO

0

0

OPA

0

0

SOL

1 SOL was consulted to review and provide advice only concerning potentially responsive records. No processing required by SOL staff.

1

DOL OVERALL

 

258

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

529

81

3,028

3,056

1,302

1,211

77

3,709

1,679

193

4

0

0

OFCCP

0

13

0

39

18

19

16

0

93

2

61

0

0

0

OLMS

0

22

0

18

18

20

6

0

44

13

22

0

0

0

OWCP

0

4

0

9

6

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

0

16

2

308

715

53

166

3

869

688

594

0

0

0

MSHA

0

3

6

18

186

386

103

1

261

177

1

0

0

0

EBSA

0

15

0

14

26

65

25

1

42

7

20

0

0

0

ETA

0

0

0

27

29

151

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

49

0

56

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

1

0

4

70

35

9

0

34

17

0

0

0

0

OIG

0

6

2

1

5

16

3

0

27

0

1

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

6

6

1

8

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

1

0

0

0

1

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

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

1

0

0

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

0

0

0

6

2

3

0

4

2

0

0

0

0

DOL OVERALL

0

611

97

3,522

4,136

2,149

1,543

82

5,085

2,585

894

4

0

0

VI.    ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS OF INITIAL DETERMINATIONS OF FOIA REQUESTS

A.    Numbers of appeals.

 

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

90

148

177

61

OFCCP

3

4

4

3

OLMS

0

11

5

6

OWCP

23

41

44

20

WHD

15

29

31

13

MSHA

4

20

12

12

EBSA

3

13

16

0

ETA

32

59

76

15

OASAM

4

10

11

3

ALJ

1

1

0

2

VETS

5

7

7

5

OIG

4

5

7

2

BLS

0

2

2

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

1

2

3

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

SOL

2

1

3

0

DOL OVERALL

188 (3 were ESA)

353

398

143

B.    Disposition of Administrative Appeals All Processed Appeals

 

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

13

89

2

73

177

OFCCP

0

1

0

3

4

OLMS

2

1

0

2

5

OWCP

3

1

0

40

44

WHD

1

7

2

21

31

MSHA

3

4

0

5

12

EBSA

2

2

0

12

16

ETA

2

1

0

73

76

OASAM

0

0

1

10

11

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

1

0

6

7

OIG

1

2

0

4

7

BLS

0

0

0

2

2

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

3

3

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

1

2

3

DOL OVERALL

27

109

6

256

398

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

0

1

0

23

7

3

22

0

111

56

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

48

2

55

6

0

27

3

7

0

0

108

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

1.7(A), now closed

6

2. remand for proper response

46

3. supplemental response by agency

21

4. untimely appeal

3

5. not a proper appeal

2

6. abandoned

8

7. found records, remand

10

8. records destroyed

1

9. constructive denial, agency responded

11

C.(4)    Response Time for Administrative Appeals

Median Number of Days

Average Number of Days

Lowest Number of Days

Highest Number of Days

81.5

219.74

0

1,687

C.(5)    Ten Oldest Pending Administrative Appeals

 

10th Oldest Appeal

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Appeal

Date of Receipt of Ten Oldest Appeals

07/16/08

07/10/08

07/07/08

05/14/08

05/14/08

05/02/08

05/02/08

04/11/08

02/19/08

05/22/07

Number of Days Pending

807

813

816

870

870

882

882

903

955

1228

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 # Of Days

Lowest # Of Days

Highest # Of Days

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average # Of Days

Lowest # Of Days

Highest # Of Days

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average # Of Days

Lowest # Of Days

Highest # Of Days

OSHA

4,718

5

16

0

474

3799

8

19.7

0

475

96

4

13.7

0

244

OFCCP

131

3.5

9.2

1

93

152

21

33.1

1

271

2

13

13.5

2

25

OLMS

24

9

8.7

0

37

70

12

27.9

0

223

2

6

6.5

1

12

OWCP

42

12

41.5

1

281

239

11

27

0

278

3

24

34

2

77

WHD

1214

10

17.7

1

523

678

27

37.6

0

273

23

6

8.6

1

41

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

1891

10

17.3

0

519

29

31

51.2

2

438

EBSA

1513

3

5.4

0

52

815

9

19.7

0

245

4

0

1.9

0

13

ETA

634

10

19.4

0

300

603

17

25.7

0

425

17

19

29.4

4

160

OASAM

0

0

0

0

0

333

20

32

1

301

1

92

92

92

92

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

129

4

9.7

1

326

15

2

6.8

1

29

VETS

53

14

13.1

1

28

51

12

26.34

1

252

8

5

4.4

1

45

OIG

60

20

28

0

186

18

48

86

1

242

6

17

22

1

41

BLS

16

14

35.6

11

334

3

69

76.7

19

148

1

9

9

9

9

Adj Bds

21

4

6

1

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

5

6

5

12

13

3

13.7

10.3

10

21

3

8

7

8

12

ODEP

2

4

2

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

8

2

3

3

5

35

2

1

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

12

13

19.4

5

63

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

17

15

31.2

3

100

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

4

6

6

3

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

1

38

38

38

38

26

27

103.4

1

792

3

24

34.3

2

77

DOL OVERALL

8,447

4.5

11.6

0

523

8,874

12

27.4

0

792

213

5.5

15.1

0

438

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

 

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average # Of Days

Lowest # Of Days

Highest # Of Days

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average # Of Days

Lowest # Of Days

Highest # Of Days

# of Requests Processed

Median # Of Days

Average # Of Days

Lowest # Of Days

Highest # Of Days

OSHA

2,622

9

20

0

294

2,022

11

23.6

0

475

40

6

14.6

1

244

OFCCP

66

4

10

1

93

101

17

35.2

1

271

1

25

25

25

25

OLMS

10

6

6

2

10

32

11

29.8

0

223

1

1

1

1

1

OWCP

17

17

56

6

239

153

12

25

0

276

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

369

16

19.8

1

523

678

37

43.3

0

273

23

6

9.5

1

41

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

1,611

11

17.4

0

519

29

23

55.5

2

438

EBSA

1,506

8

10.4

0

47

435

17

25.9

1

187

4

9

8.3

5

11

ETA

667

11

16.7

0

281

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

0

0

134

19

34

1

301

1

92

92

92

92

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

105

4

6.5

1

64

3

3

8.5

1

29

VETS

50

13

11.73

1

28

39

21

23.19

1

70

8

5

10.66

1

45

OIG

24

37

42

4

186

10

127

130

9

242

3

1

26

1

41

BLS

5

19

96.8

14

334

1

69

78.7

19

148

1

9

9

9

9

Adj Bds

11

4

6

2

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

3

11

8

12

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

2

4

2

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

1

3

3

3

3

1

3

3

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

5

20

33.8

19

63

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

5

35

43.2

7

90

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

1

38

38

38

38

12

25

57

6

224

0

0

0

0

0

DOL OVERALL

5,354

5

15.74

0

523

5,344

11.5

27.7

0

519

114

0.5

11.8

0

438

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

3,822

495

145

71

49

35

24

18

14

8

36

0

1

4,718

OFCCP

114

9

6

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

131

OLMS

23

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

OWCP

30

3

1

1

0

2

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

42

WHD

831

267

68

19

10

12

3

1

1

0

1

0

1

1,214

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

1,460

48

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1,513

ETA

506

65

16

16

9

10

2

4

2

2

2

0

0

634

OASAM

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

45

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

53

OIG

30

22

2

0

2

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

60

BLS

14

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

16

Adj Bds

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

WB

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

ODEP

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

ASP

0

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

OCIA

1

0

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

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

SOL

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

DOL OVERALL

6,908

928

242

108

71

61

32

24

17

11

42

1

2

8,447

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

2,910

479

150

80

41

23

37

14

11

4

42

7

1

3,799

OFCCP

71

41

16

9

7

1

3

0

1

1

2

0

0

152

OLMS

48

11

1

2

4

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

69

OWCP

179

30

5

3

7

1

3

1

0

0

10

0

0

239

WHD

242

194

110

60

38

15

4

2

3

3

7

0

0

678

MSHA

1,549

214

48

27

18

6

5

6

4

2

7

3

2

1,891

EBSA

644

100

21

11

7

5

2

10

11

4

2

0

0

817

ETA

350

171

44

13

11

0

2

2

1

0

6

2

1

603

OASAM

126

91

27

11

15

16

15

7

11

3

10

1

0

333

ALJ

119

5

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

129

VETS

35

11

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

50

OIG

6

2

2

0

1

2

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

18

BLS

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

35

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

35

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

10

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

CFO

10

3

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

9

6

2

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

2

2

1

26

DOL OVERALL

6,311

1,359

466

225

153

70

72

44

42

18

93

16

5

8,874

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

82

7

2

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

96

OFCCP

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

OLMS

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

OWCP

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

WHD

20

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

MSHA

12

5

7

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

29

EBSA

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

ETA

8

5

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

17

OASAM

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

ALJ

10

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

VETS

6

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

OIG

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

BLS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

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

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

DOL OVERALL

155

29

15

7

2

0

0

1

1

0

1

1

1

213

D.    Pending Requests All Pending Perfected Requests

 

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

# Pending

Median # Of Days

Average # Of Days

# Pending

Median # Of Days

Average # Of Days

# Pending

Median # Of Days

Average # Of Days

OSHA

120

11

44.4

164

27

71

2

16

16.5

OFCCP

0

0

0

13

36

70.5

0

0

0

OLMS

0

0

0

3

20

6.8

0

0

0

OWCP

2

195

195.5

4

80

114.1

0

0

0

WHD

56

16

43

141

22

60.3

1

8

8

MSHA

0

0

0

194

24

55.4

9

77

69.9

EBSA

42

6

5.3

17

8

12.2

0

0

0

ETA

16

3

4.4

47

11

16.1

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

41

60

76.21

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

3

8

6.7

0

0

0

VETS

1

10

10

6

4

7.98

1

9

9

OIG

1

209

209

8

72

140

0

0

0

BLS

4

6

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Adj Bds

1

410

410

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

0

0

0

16

740

671.4

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

2

158

158.5

0

0

0

OPA

5

486

480

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

23

268

203.1

0

0

0

DOL OVERALL

248

0

63.9

682

15.5

75.9

13

0

4.7

E.    Pending Requests Ten Oldest Pending Perfected Requests

 

10th Oldest Request and # of Days Pending

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Request and
# of Days Pending

OSHA

4-2-09
378

4-2-09
378

4-1-09
379

2-20-09
407

2-19-09
408

2-18-09
409

2-9-09
415

1-30-09
420

12-29-08
442

11-12-08
473

OFCCP

8-17-10
25

8-13-10
31

8-13-10
31

8-11-10
36

7-20-10
47

7-19-10
52

7-16-10
54

3-29-10
130

2-1-10
161

6-26-09
318

OLMS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9-16-10
7

8-13-10
10

8-13-10
10

OWCP

0

0

0

0

9-14-10
7

8-10-10
37

8-10-10
37

5-26-10
89

5-26-10
89

2-19-10
148

WHD

10-20-09
235

10-13-09
243

8-21-09
279

8-13-09
285

6-15-09
318

6-2-09
327

3-3-09
400

12-1-08
456

1-23-07
919

10-5-06
997

MSHA

2-16-10
160

12-28-09
180

11-24-09
212

8-18-09
270

8-17-09
282

6-29-09
309

6-29-09
309

6-8-09
317

9-25-07
751

8-13-07
787

EBSA

9-15-10
11

9-14-10
12

9-14-10
12

9-10-10
14

9-9-10
14

9-3-10
15

9-1-10
18

8-31-10
22

6-24-10
68

6-7-10
81

ETA

8-24-10
18

8-24-10
23

8-20-10
26

8-20-10
29

8-19-10
29

8-17-10
30

8-13-10
30

7-14-10
56

7-1-10
64

7-1-10
64

OASAM

8-17-10
69

8-12-2010
69

7-22-10
72

6-30-10
77

6-25-10
78

6-10-10
93

3-9-10
181

3-9-10
181

1-27-10
209

1-14-10
220

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9-30-10
1

9-21-10
8

9-16-10
11

VETS

0

0

9-27-10
3

9-27-10
3

9-27-10
3

9-26-10
4

9-23-10
6

9-21-10
9

9-21-10
9

9-7-10
18

OIG

0

6-28-10
66

6-18-10
72

5-27-10
87

5-21-10
91

1-11-10
183

1-8-10
184

12-2-09
209

12-01-09
210

10-30-09
230

BLS

0

0

0

0

0

0

9-29-10
2

9-29-10
2

9-17-10
10

9-17-10
10

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

09-25-09
415

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

11-27-07
714

11-27-07
714

9-4-07
763

8-29-07
766

6-11-07
826

6-8-07
832

5-9-07
844

3-27-07
875

2-15-07
905

11-15-06
973

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

8-19-10
30

2-25-10
144

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

8-19-10
30

11-24-08
459

10-09-08
486

11-28-07
714

11-27-07
714

SOL

8-4-09
292

7-29-09
296

7-20-09
301

7-6-09
308

3-27-09
376

3-17-09
381

2-6-09
416

1-8-09
426

9-4-08
518

8-22-08
528

DOL OVERALL

9-4-07
763

8-29-07
766

8-13-07
787

6-11-07
826

6-8-07
832

5-9-07
844

3-27-07
875

2-15-07
905

11-15-06
973

10-5-06
997

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

96

74

10

23.4

71

OFCCP

2

10

17

21.3

4

OLMS

2

2

1

4.8

3

OWCP

3

17

20

31.3

6

WHD

23

27

9

19.6

20

MSHA

29

23

8

30.8

30

EBSA

4

1

1

4.2

4

ETA

17

64

9

25.8

38

OASAM

1

0

92

92

0

ALJ

15

1

2

5.6

12

VETS

8

1

9

9.5

1

OIG

6

2

0

0

3

BLS

1

0

11

11

0

Adj Bds

0

3

3

3

3

WB

3

0

5

5

3

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

12

2019

1889

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

1

11

11

0

CFO

0

3

17

46.3

1

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

3

0

68

68

0

DOL OVERALL

213

241

9

104.6

199

B.    Requests for Fee Waiver

 

Number Granted

Number Denied

Median Number of Days to Adjudicate

Average Number of Days to Adjudicate

OSHA

179

102

8

31.1

OFCCP

13

20

32

33.9

OLMS

1

8

1

14.2

OWCP

15

18

10

17

WHD

53

50

7

17.8

MSHA

29

23

10

49.7

EBSA

0

2

25

25.5

ETA

35

91

7

16.8

OASAM

0

0

0

0

ALJ

10

6

3

9.2

VETS

0

0

0

0

OIG

23

0

0

1

BLS

1

3

21

30.3

Adj Bds

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

ODEP

2

0

4

2

ASP

0

13

1158

996.2

OCIA

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

3

10

10.3

CFO

0

4

9

25

OPA

0

0

0

0

SOL

4

1

4

29.2

DOL OVERALL

365

344

5.5

59.5

IX.    FOIA PERSONNEL AND COSTS

 

PERSONNEL

COSTS

# of "Full-Time FOIA Employees"

# of "Equivalent Full-Time FOIA Employees"

Total # of "Full-Time FOIA Staff"

Processing Costs

Litigation-Related Costs

Total Costs

OSHA

10

54.5

64.5

5,632,203.00

0

5,632,203.00

OFCCP

0

3.55

3.55

347,018.50

0

347,018.50

OLMS

1

0

1

94,000.00

0

94,000.00

OWCP

1

3.50

4.50

365,696.50

0

365,696.50

WHD

9

0

9

678,000.00

0

678,000.00

MSHA

3

18.9

21.9

1,944,810.00

0

1,944,810.00

EBSA

4

3.03

7.03

754,717.00

0

754,717.00

ETA

0

11.53

11.53

968,348.84

0

968,348.84

OASAM

1

1.8

2.8

246,729.37

0

246,729.37

ALJ

0

.81

.81

70,846.47

0

70,846.47

VETS

0

1.79

1.79

192,920.00

0

192,920.00

OIG

1

0

1

126,000.00

0

126,000.00

BLS

0

.15

.15

17,520.00

0

17,520.00

Adj Bds

0

.20

.20

8,900.00

0

8,900.00

WB

0

.45

.45

47,700.00

0

47,700.00

ODEP

0

.05

.05

5,350.00

0

5,350.00

ASP

0

.35

.35

76,770.00

0

76,770.00

OCIA

0

.20

.20

16,600.00

0

16,600.00

ILAB

0

.25

.25

26,000.00

0

26,000.00

CFO

0

.2

.2

25,000.00

0

25,000.00

OPA

0

.01

.01

300.00

0

300.00

SOL

13

.70

13.70

890,000.00

485,000.00

1,375,000.00

DOL OVERALL

43

101.97

144.97

$12,535,429.68

$485,000.00

$13,020,429.68

X.    FEES COLLECTED FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS

 

Total Amount of Fees Collected

Percentage of Total Costs

OSHA

162,986.01

2.89%

OFCCP

4,757.60

1.37%

OLMS

710.05

.76%

OWCP

2,380.35

.65%

WHD

16,733.00

2.47%

MSHA

65,232.01

3.35%

EBSA

24,043.00

3.19%

ETA

5,764.34

.60%

OASAM

405.39

.16%

ALJ

3,357.84

4.47%

VETS

1,174.90

.61%

OIG

0

0

BLS

0

0

Adj Bds

1,627.50

18.29%

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

0

0

OCIA

0

0

ILAB

0

0

CFO

0

0

OPA

0

0

SOL

1,262.45

.14%

DOL OVERALL

$290,434.44

2.32%

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

198

69

OFCCP

10

4

OLMS

2

2

OWCP

5

19

WHD

90

12

MSHA

112

12

EBSA

2

0

ETA

10

14

OASAM

21

3

ALJ

0

2

VETS

1

5

OIG

9

0

BLS

0

0

Adj Bds

1

1

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

16

0

OCIA

0

0

ILAB

0

0

CFO

2

0

OPA

4

0

SOL

20

0

DOL OVERALL

503

143

    The U.S. Department of Labor has exceeded its FY 2010 backlog reduction goal of 10% for initial FOIA requests. Since the end of FY09, DOL has reduced its FOIA backlog by 18.7%.

    The U.S. Department of Labor continues to work to reduce the number of appeals pending with the agency. Since the end of FY09, DOL has reduced its backlog of FOIA appeals by 19.6%.

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

5

30

28

7

OFCCP

0

0

0

0

OLMS

8

52

58

2

OWCP

0

0

0

0

WHD

2

4

6

0

MSHA

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

0

0

0

ETA

1

2

3

0

OASAM

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

0

0

0

OIG

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

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

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

DOL OVERALL

16 [4]

88

95

9

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

 

10th Oldest Consultation and # of Days Pending

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Consultation and # of Days Pending

OSHA

0

0

0

9-23-10
2

8-20-10
28

8-13-10
31

8-13-10
31

8-13-10
31

8-12-10
32

8-2-10
34

OFCCP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OLMS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8-13-10
31

8-13-10
31

OWCP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

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

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

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

DOL
OVERALL

N/A

9-23-10
2

8-20-10
28

8-13-10
31

8-13-10
31

8-13-10
31

8-13-10
31

8-13-10
31

8-12-10
32

8-2-10
34

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

8,328

8,463

8,618

8,613

OFCCP

349

270

341

285

OLMS

112

88

117

96

OWCP

623

270

629

284

WHD

1,349

1,942

1,328

1,915

MSHA

1,620

1,990

1,571

1,920

EBSA

2,400

2,290

2,319

2,332

ETA

1,251

1,309

1,243

1,345

OASAM

259

314

225

334

ALJ

120

142

125

144

VETS

116

114

116

112

OIG

82

77

66

84

BLS

25

22

23

20

Adj Bds

23

21

24

21

WB

8

11

8

11

ODEP

0

2

0

2

ASP

2

5

3

43

OCIA

0

1

0

1

ILAB

14

11

15

12

CFO

12

17

12

17

OPA

4

9

4

4

SOL

25

30

18

30

DOL OVERALL

16,722

17,398

16,805

17,625

BACKLOG REQUEST COMPARISONS

 

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

249

198

OFCCP

9

10

OLMS

3

2

OWCP

0

5

WHD

166

90

MSHA

41

112

EBSA

35

2

ETA

37

10

OASAM

57

21

ALJ

1

0

VETS

0

1

OIG

9

9

BLS

2

0

Adj Bds

0

1

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

0

16

OCIA

0

0

ILAB

0

0

CFO

0

2

OPA

0

4

SOL

10

20

DOL OVERALL

619

503

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

 

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

147

148

173

177

OFCCP

5

4

8

4

OLMS

3

11

6

5

OWCP

59

41

54

44

WHD

20

29

17

31

MSHA

13

20

13

12

EBSA

6

13

9

16

ETA

52

59

43

76

OASAM

6

10

7

11

ALJ

0

1

0

0

VETS

10

7

10

7

OIG

3

5

1

7

BLS

1

2

1

2

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

0

2

0

3

OPA

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

1

0

3

DOL OVERALL

325

353

342

398

BACKLOG APPEALS COMPARISONS

 

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

90

69

OFCCP

3

4

OLMS

0

2

OWCP

20

19

WHD

15

12

MSHA

4

12

EBSA

3

0

ETA

31

14

OASAM

4

3

ALJ

1

2

VETS

5

5

OIG

4

0

BLS

0

0

Adj Bds

0

1

WB

0

0

ODEP

0

0

ASP

0

0

OCIA

0

0

ILAB

0

0

CFO

1

0

OPA

0

0

SOL

2

0

DOL OVERALL

183

143

F.    Discussion of Other FOIA Activities (optional)

During FY10, the Office of Information Services (OIS) was formed within the Office of the Solicitor's Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services (MALS) to support the Chief FOIA Officer's role in galvanizing DOL FOIA program improvement efforts. OIS is responsible for effectuating agency-wide oversight, leadership and guidance to ensure compliance with FOIA and the Privacy Act. OIS is actively working with agency components to ensure that new FOIA related performance measures are met and improvements in FOIA administration across the Department are achieved. Specifically, the Chief FOIA Officer has been tasked to work with DOL component agencies to increase timeliness of FOIA responses, reduce DOL's backlog of pending FOIA requests, ensure the accuracy of data entered in the DOL FOIA tracking system, and review the effectiveness of each agency's FOIA processes in order to benchmark best practices, indentify any deficiencies and make recommendations for programmatic improvements.

DOL is also working towards improved customer service to our internal and external customers, by providing clear and consistent FOIA responses, and increasing 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.

Signed at Washington, D.C. this 31-st day of January 2011.

___signed________
M. Patricia Smith
Chief FOIA Officer


Footnotes

[1]    Effective October 2009, the Employment Standards Administration (ESA) is no longer in existence. All four of the subcomponents of the former ESA OFCCP, OLMS, OWCP and WHD are now free standing agency components within the Department of Labor.

[2]    As of Fiscal Year 2010 each DOL agency component, including regional and district offices, is using the Department's FOIA tracking system. We are now relying on that system for most of the data reported in this year's report. DOL believes that the consistent use of the system, in lieu of disparate tracking methodologies, allows for more accurate reporting of the agency's FOIA activities. We also believe that use of the system has allowed us to identify 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 1,065 to 1,170 requests pending from last fiscal year.

[3]    As of November 2009, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) was reorganized to include the formerly free standing Office of Job Corps. FY 2010 data provided for ETA includes data from the formerly independent Job Corps.

[4]    As of Fiscal Year 2010 each DOL agency component, including regional and district offices, is using the Department's FOIA tracking system. We are now relying on that system for most of the data reported in this year's report. DOL believes that the consistent use of the system, in lieu of disparate tracking methodologies, allows for more accurate reporting of the agency's FOIA activities. We also believe that use of the system has allowed us to identify requests that may not have been counted in last year's FOIA report. Accordingly, the number of "Consultations" pending at the start of the Fiscal Year is different from what was initially reported as the number pending in last year's FOIA report. This report has been updated to reflect a change from 6 to 16 "Consultations" pending from last fiscal year.