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U.S. Department of Labor Freedom of Information Act Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT ANNUAL REPORT
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015
October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015

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.

Although FOIA processes at DOL are decentralized, departmental oversight is provided by the Office of Information Services (OIS), which operates under the supervision of the Solicitor of Labor, the Department's Chief FOIA Officer. OIS provides agency-wide 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.

The Department received a total of 16,792 initial requests for records during Fiscal Year 2015, a 4% increase from the 16,106 requests received in FY2014. See Table V(A) in the FY2014 and FY2015 Reports. During FY2015, the Department processed 17,104 initial FOIA requests which represented increased processing of 389 requests (or a 2% increase) from the 16,715 requests processed in FY2014. Id. Because the increase in processed requests was smaller than the increase in incoming requests, at year’s end, total requests in “backlog” status (meaning not processed within statutory time limits) had increased from 561 at the end of FY2014 to 593 at the end of FY2015. See Table XII(A) in the FY2014 and FY2015 Reports. Additional information about the Department’s FOIA program is available online at http://www.dol.gov/dol/foia/

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 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 in both 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 a 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 foiarequests@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
    Job Corps (part of ETA), 1-800-733-JOBS
  17. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), 1100 Wilson Boulevard, 21st Floor, Arlington, Virginia 22209, (202) 693-9424
  18. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), (202) 693-1897
  19. Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), (202) 693-8655
  20. Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), (202) 693-4745
  21. Employees' Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB), (202) 693-5028
  22. Administrative Review Board (ARB), (202) 693-5028
  23. Benefits Review Board (BRB), (202) 693-5028
  24. Wage and Hour Division (WHD), (202) 693-0388
  25. 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 one to forty-eight 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.

Component Abbreviation

Component Name

ADJ BDS

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

ALJ

Office of Administrative Law Judges

ASP

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy

BLS

Bureau of Labor Statistics

CFO

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

EBSA

Employee Benefits Security Administration

ETA

Employment and Training Administration

EXEC SEC

Executive Secreatriat

ILAB

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

MSHA

Mine Safety and Health Administration

OASAM

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

OCIA

Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs

ODEP

Office of Disability Employment Policy

OFCCP

Office of Federal Contract Compliance

OIG

Office of Inspector General

OLMS

Office of Labor-Management Standards

OPA

Office of Public Affairs

OSEC

Office of the Secretary

OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OWCP

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

SOL

Office fo the Solicitor

VETS

Veterans' Employment and Training Services

WB

Women's Bureau

WHD

Wage and Hour Division

2. Definition of Terms Used in This Report.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)
  8. Full Grant an agency decision to disclose all records in full in response to a FOIA request.
  9. 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.
  10. Median Number the middle, not average, number. For example, of 3, 7, and 14, the median number is 7.
  11. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Pending Request or Pending Administrative Appeal a request or administrative appeal for which an agency has not taken final action in all respects.
  14. 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.
  15. Processed Request or Processed Administrative Appeal a request or administrative appeal for which an agency has taken final action in all respects.
  16. Range in Number of Daysthe lowest and highest number of days to process requests or administrative appeals.
  17. 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.

  1. Exemption 1: classified national defense and foreign relations information
  2. Exemption 2: internal agency rules and practices
  3. Exemption 3: information that is prohibited from disclosure by another federal law
  4. Exemption 4: trade secrets and other confidential business information
  5. Exemption 5: inter-agency or intra-agency communications that are protected by legal privileges
  6. Exemption 6: information involving matters of personal privacy
  7. 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
  8. Exemption 8: information relating to the supervision of financial institutions
  9. 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

30 U.S.C. Ā§ 813(g)

Complaint information relating to mine inspections

None

MSHA

5

44 U.S.C. Ā§ 3501 Note

Confidential respondent data to BLS survey

None

BLS

2

Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e), enacted by Act of July 30, 1997, Pub. L. No. 98-78, 941 Stat. 13

Certain records pertaining to grand jury proceedings

Sussman v. USMS, 494 F. 3d 1106, 1113 (D.C. Cir. 2007); Fund for Constitutional Gov't v. Nat'l Archives and Records Serv., 656 F. 2d 856, 867-68 (D.C. Cir. 1981); Durham v. U.S. Atty. Gen., No. 06-843, 2008 WL 620744, at *2 (E.D. Tex. Mar. 3, 2008); Cozen O'Connor v. U.S. Dep't of Treasury, 570 F. Supp. 2d 749, 776 (E.D. Pa. 2008).

OIG

5

DOL OVERALL

12

V. A. FOIA REQUESTS

Agency

Number of Requests Pending as of Start of Fiscal Year

Number of Requests Received in Fiscal Year

Number of Requests Processed in Fiscal Year

Number of Requests Pending as of End of Fiscal Year

ADJ BDS

3

32

35

0

ALJ

6

121

117

10

ASP

9

11

17

3

BLS

2

38

39

1

CFO

1

3

3

1

EBSA

89

507

540

56

ETA

76

1,649

1,653

72

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

ILAB

8

13

17

4

MSHA

118

1,300

1,307

111

OASAM

24

169

157

36

OCIA

4

29

14

19

ODEP

0

7

6

1

OFCCP

34

183

185

32

OIG

17

83

60

40

OLMS

10

91

95

6

OPA

6

18

20

4

OSEC

5

55

50

10

OSHA

617

9,123

9,325

415

OWCP

42

430

410

62

SOL

19

53

64

8

VETS

12

144

150

6

WB

2

7

8

1

WHD

511

2,726

2,832

405

AGENCY OVERALL

1,615

16,792

17,104

1,303

As noted in the Executive Summary, during fiscal year 2015, as part of DOL's continuing review of SIMS-FOIA data, DOL identified 428 FOIA requests that were received during FY2014 but that were not placed into active processing and tracking status until after the end of fiscal year 2014. This means that the 1,187 FOIA requests that the FY2014 DOL Annual FOIA report reported as pending at the end of FY2014 must be increased by 428 requests, and so the chart above reports that DOL had 1,615 requests pending at the start of FY2015.

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

Agency # of Full Grants # of Partial Grants / Partial Denials Number of Full Denials Based on Exemptions # of Full Denials Based on Reasons Other than Exemptions TOTAL
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

ADJ BDS

14

0

0

14

0

6

0

1

0

0

0

0

35

ALJ

105

3

1

3

0

2

1

0

0

1

1

0

117

ASP

4

0

0

8

0

0

0

0

1

3

1

0

17

BLS

8

3

2

19

1

0

0

0

1

4

1

0

39

CFO

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

3

EBSA

131

73

18

116

110

31

4

8

7

4

38

0

540

ETA

148

720

14

454

71

23

35

3

85

40

60

0

1,653

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

14

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

MSHA

317

720

117

74

1

21

20

6

3

5

23

0

1,307

OASAM

51

46

7

21

3

4

2

1

1

19

2

0

157

OCIA

9

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

ODEP

3

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

OFCCP

41

63

6

45

3

6

7

2

2

2

8

0

185

OIG

8

19

3

23

4

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

60

OLMS

6

28

20

23

0

1

0

1

14

2

0

0

95

OPA

0

0

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

OSEC

10

10

0

25

0

1

0

0

4

0

0

0

50

OSHA

420

4,152

1,462

2,049

309

175

59

56

48

146

449

0

9,325

OWCP

210

21

16

69

5

3

14

6

32

9

25

0

410

SOL

10

14

4

15

3

6

0

0

2

7

3

0

64

VETS

16

93

7

16

3

4

3

1

1

1

5

0

150

WB

1

0

0

6

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

8

WHD

67

1,498

192

572

12

155

6

23

16

121

170

0

2,832

AGENCY OVERALL

1,594

7,468

1,890

3,556

525

440

151

110

217

366

787

0

17,104

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

Agency / Component Description of "Other" Reasons for Denials from Chart B(1) TOTAL
ADJ BDS N/A 0
ALJ N/A 0
ASP N/A 0
BLS N/A 0
CFO N/A 0
EBSA N/A 0
ETA N/A 0
EXEC SEC N/A 0
ILAB N/A 0
MSHA N/A 0
OASAM N/A 0
OCIA N/A 0
ODEP N/A 0
OFCCP N/A 0
OIG N/A 0
OLMS N/A 0
OPA N/A 0
OSEC N/A 0
OSHA N/A 0
OWCP N/A 0
SOL N/A 0
VETS N/A 0
WB N/A 0
WHD N/A 0
DOL OVERALL 0

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

Agency 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

ADJ BDS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

1

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

2

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

1

0

6

16

60

16

1

29

1

19

0

0

0

ETA

0

1

0

85

2

679

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

MSHA

0

7

5

21

153

124

161

15

594

85

5

0

0

0

OASAM

0

2

0

16

3

25

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OFCCP

0

5

0

18

18

9

3

2

57

7

35

0

0

0

OIG

0

0

5

0

2

12

1

0

19

1

1

0

0

0

OLMS

0

0

0

15

21

15

15

0

25

20

25

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

2

5

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSHA

0

22

0

2,697

2,459

1,081

1,694

80

3,784

1,870

164

2

0

0

OWCP

0

5

0

3

3

34

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

2

15

3

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

1

0

4

56

30

19

3

42

44

15

1

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

0

0

0

1,121

479

19

233

4

1,395

451

1,276

1

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

0

44

12

3,992

3,221

2,117

2,149

105

5,949

2,481

1,541

4

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

ADJ BDS

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

BLS

1

1

2

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

EBSA

10

14

14

10

ETA

43

43

32

54

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

MSHA

23

14

13

24

OASAM

13

5

10

8

OCIA

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

OFCCP

8

5

5

8

OIG

1

0

1

0

OLMS

3

7

3

7

OPA

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

1

0

1

OSHA

119

163

86

196

OWCP

87

83

79

91

SOL

2

4

2

4

VETS

6

12

6

12

WB

0

0

0

0

WHD

23

52

44

31

AGENCY OVERALL

339

404

297

446

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

ADJ BDS

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

2

2

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

0

1

13

14

ETA

0

0

9

23

32

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

MSHA

3

5

3

2

13

OASAM

1

1

2

6

10

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

OFCCP

0

0

0

5

5

OIG

0

1

0

0

1

OLMS

1

0

1

1

3

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

OSHA

9

1

32

44

86

OWCP

0

1

16

62

79

SOL

0

0

0

2

2

VETS

0

2

0

4

6

WB

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

0

1

20

23

44

AGENCY OVERALL

14

12

84

187

297

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

Agency 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

ADJ BDS

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

ASP

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

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ETA

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

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

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

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OFCCP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OIG

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

OLMS

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

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

OSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

6

1

0

0

0

0

OWCP

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

AGENCY OVERALL

0

0

0

0

1

2

13

0

10

3

1

0

0

0

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

Agency 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

ADJ BDS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

1

5

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

2

ETA

2

0

5

2

0

11

0

1

0

0

2

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

MSHA

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

OCIA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OFCCP

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

OIG

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OLMS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSHA

1

0

29

0

0

5

0

4

0

0

5

OWCP

2

0

4

3

0

17

0

0

0

0

36

SOL

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

VETS

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

0

0

9

0

0

11

0

1

0

0

2

AGENCY OVERALL

5

1

65

5

0

50

0

6

0

0

55

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

Component Description of "Other" Reasons for Denial on Appeal from Chart C (2) Number of Times "Other" Reason Was Relied Upon TOTAL

ADJ BDS

N/A

0

0

ALJ

N/A

0

0

ASP

N/A

0

0

BLS

N/A

0

0

CFO

N/A

0

0

EBSA

Moot

2

2

ETA

Appeal untimely

1

2

Moot

1

EXEC SEC

N/A

0

0

ILAB

N/A

0

0

MSHA

N/A

0

0

OASAM

Moot

4

4

OCIA

N/A

0

0

ODEP

N/A

0

0

OFCCP

Moot

1

1

OIG

N/A

0

0

OLMS

N/A

0

0

OPA

N/A

0

0

OSEC

N/A

0

0

OSHA

Appeal untimely

1

5

Moot

4

OWCP

Moot

36

36

SOL

Moot

1

1

VETS

Moot

2

2

WB

N/A

0

0

WHD

Moot

2

2

AGENCY OVERALL

   

55

C. (4) Response Time for Administrative Appeals

Component Median Number of Days Average Number of Days Lowest Number of Days Highest Number of Days

ADJ BDS

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

ALJ

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

ASP

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

BLS

184.00

184.50

4.00

365.00

CFO

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

EBSA

52.00

181.50

6.00

425.00

ETA

26.00

100.90

1.00

476.00

EXEC SEC

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

ILAB

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

MSHA

212.00

313.40

3.00

1,145.00

OASAM

212.00

313.40

3.00

1,145.00

OCIA

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

ODEP

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

OFCCP

428.00

408.20

8.00

658.00

OIG

958.00

958.00

958.00

958.00

OLMS

145.00

233.00

84.00

470.00

OPA

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

OSEC

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

OSHA

101.00

206.10

1.00

810.00

OWCP

57.00

145.10

1.00

958.00

SOL

39.00

39.00

17.00

61.00

VETS

363.00

348.50

4.00

648.00

WB

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

WHD

46.00

134.60

1.00

645.00

AGENCY OVERALL

66.00

174.70

0.00

1,145.00

C. (5) Ten Oldest Pending Administrative Appeals

Agency / Component

 

10th Oldest Appeal

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Appeal

ADJ BDS

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ASP

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CFO

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

Date of Appeal

2015-09-16

2015-05-15

2015-03-23

2015-03-16

2015-02-09

2014-03-27

2014-02-24

2013-09-26

2013-03-04

2012-12-11

Number of Days Pending

10

95

134

139

163

381

404

504

649

704

ETA

Date of Appeal

2014-01-10

2014-01-10

2013-12-20

2013-12-12

2013-12-12

2013-11-27

2013-08-19

2013-02-22

2013-02-07

2012-08-09

Number of Days Pending

443

443

446

452

452

462

531

655

665

788

EXEC SEC

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

MSHA

Date of Appeal

2014-08-08

2014-07-31

2014-07-31

2014-03-18

2014-02-10

2014-01-14

2013-06-12

2013-03-18

2013-03-04

2013-01-17

Number of Days Pending

287

293

293

388

413

431

578

639

649

679

OASAM

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

2015-06-11

2014-06-30

2014-06-18

2014-06-03

2014-05-21

2014-01-17

2013-11-19

2012-07-10

Number of Days Pending

0

0

77

315

323

326

342

428

468

810

OCIA

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OFCCP

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

2015-09-22

2015-05-18

2015-05-14

2014-03-18

2013-09-18

2013-07-03

2013-07-03

2012-11-06

Number of Days Pending

0

0

6

94

96

388

510

563

563

727

OIG

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OLMS

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-07-21

2015-05-14

2015-03-16

2015-01-29

2014-10-27

2014-01-14

2013-09-09

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

50

96

139

170

233

431

517

OPA

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-09-15

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

OSHA

Date of Appeal

2013-07-15

2013-07-03

2013-07-03

2013-07-03

2013-03-01

2013-01-18

2013-01-04

2012-11-06

2012-09-04

2012-07-18

Number of Days Pending

556

563

563

563

649

678

688

727

771

804

OWCP

Date of Appeal

2012-08-09

2012-06-15

2012-04-13

2012-04-03

2011-12-06

2011-12-06

2011-12-06

2011-12-06

2011-12-06

2011-11-21

Number of Days Pending

788

826

864

878

959

959

959

959

959

969

SOL

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-05-08

2015-01-28

2013-09-09

2012-11-06

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

171

517

727

VETS

Date of Appeal

2015-07-21

2015-07-21

2015-07-08

2015-05-20

2015-05-08

2015-04-14

2015-03-23

2014-09-19

2014-06-18

2013-02-07

Number of Days Pending

50

50

59

92

100

118

134

258

323

665

WB

Date of Appeal

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

Date of Appeal

2014-07-03

2014-04-24

2014-03-18

2014-01-14

2013-11-19

2013-10-22

2013-09-18

2013-09-09

2013-05-01

2013-05-01

Number of Days Pending

312

361

388

431

468

487

510

517

607

607

AGENCY OVERALL

Date of Appeal

2012-07-10

2012-06-15

2012-04-23

2012-04-03

2011-12-06

2011-12-06

2011-12-06

2011-12-06

2011-12-06

2011-11-21

Number of Days Pending

810

826

864

878

959

959

959

959

959

969

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

A. Processed Requests - Response Time for All Processed Perfected Requests

Agency / Component

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

Median Number of Days

Average Number of Days

Lowest Number of Days

Highest Number of Days

Median Number of Days

Average Number of Days

Lowest Number of Days

Highest Number of Days

Median Number of Days

Average Number of Days

Lowest Number of Days

Highest Number of Days

ADJ BDS

9

14.5

3

87

45

45

45

45

79.5

70

6

115

ALJ

5

13.3

1

212

4

19.5

1

253

1.5

1.5

1

2

ASP

107

182.7

9

459

157

172.5

11

365

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

BLS

16

19.1

1

86

20

30.7

10

88

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

12

92.7

1

265

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

EBSA

12

20.3

1

262

16

51.6

1

497

214

143

1

214

ETA

6

9.3

1

72

9

15.5

1

348

14.5

14.5

10

19

EXEC SEC

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

ILAB

35.5

107.8

10

331

82

104.8

15

404

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MSHA

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

11

22.1

1

760

376

316.2

3

710

OASAM

26.5

36.9

3

122

31

50.7

1

576

5

5

3

7

OCIA

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

58

114.1

9

630

17

17

17

17

ODEP

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

20.5

35

15

99

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OFCCP

14

24.2

1

98

23

48.3

1

550

13

13

13

13

OIG

4

9

0

100

162

182

10

558

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OLMS

11

14.6

3

28

26

39.1

1

320

3

3

2

4

OPA

20

34.9

1

110

19

22.3

9

42

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OSEC

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

25.5

44.5

3

285

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OSHA

4

20.1

1

2515

8

30.8

1

1686

5.5

9.7

1

56

OWCP

6

19.5

1

261

16

21.2

1

136

9

9

9

9

SOL

11

13

3

25

63

97.6

1

459

67.5

67.5

44

91

VETS

17

16.8

1

99

15

19.7

1

100

14

14.8

7

24

WB

24

35.5

8

114

92

92

19

165

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

WHD

14

50.7

1

2148

20

57

1

1833

7

17.1

2

85

AGENCY OVERALL

7

26.4

1

2515

11

32.7

1

1833

7

45

1

710

Due to a system limitation, the charts in this section may contain information about unperfected requests.

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

Agency / Component

SIMPLE

COMPLEX

EXPEDITED PROCESSING

Median Number of Days

Average Number of Days

Lowest Number of Days

Highest Number of Days

Median Number of Days

Average Number of Days

Lowest Number of Days

Highest Number of Days

Median Number of Days

Average Number of Days

Lowest Number of Days

Highest Number of Days

ADJ BDS

8

9.7

3

21

45

45

45

45

25

25

6

44

ALJ

5

13.5

1

212

4

21.5

1

253

1.5

1.5

1.5

2

ASP

9

41.3

9

106

27

27

27

27

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

BLS

19

19.3

16

23

26

41.1

10

88

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

CFO

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

12

12

12

12

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

EBSA

20

25.6

1

262

22

68.1

1

497

72

95.6

1

214

ETA

10

11.7

1

72

9

16.3

1

348

19

19

19

19

EXEC SEC

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

ILAB

35.5

107.8

10

331

82

104.8

15

404

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MSHA

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

11

22.9

1

760

376

348.6

8

710

OASAM

26

42

6

122

31.5

58.1

2

576

5

5

3

7

OCIA

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

83.5

83.3

25

133

17

17

17

17

ODEP

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

38

52.7

21

99

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OFCCP

17

16.6

6

35

27

54.4

1

550

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OIG

2

19

1

100

72

182

10

588

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OLMS

24.5

24.5

23

26

33

53.2

2

209

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OPA

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OSEC

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

72.5

71.8

5

285

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

OSHA

9

18.7

1

1202

13

24.2

1

1592

3

11.1

1

56

OWCP

10

52.3

1

261

16

21.3

1

136

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

SOL

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

115

97.5

3

197

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

VETS

17

17.4

1

99

15.5

21.4

1

100

14

14.8

7

24

WB

18

18

18

18

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

WHD

17

30.1

1

429

23

46.7

1

659

7

17.1

2

85

AGENCY OVERALL

11

22

1

1202

14

28.1

1

1592

7

46.6

1

710

Due to a system limitation, the charts in this section may contain information about unperfected requests.

C. Processed Requests - Response Time in Day Increments

SIMPLE REQUESTS

Agency / Component

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

ADJ BDS

25

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

ALJ

53

5

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

61

ASP

3

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

3

1

2

13

BLS

17

5

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

187

64

5

3

2

3

3

0

0

0

4

0

0

271

ETA

638

75

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

717

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

6

MSHA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

5

7

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

OCIA

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

OFCCP

17

4

1

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

OIG

41

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

45

OLMS

13

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

22

OPA

8

4

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

OSEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSHA

3,472

437

120

79

28

18

12

10

13

5

6

7

26

4,233

OWCP

22

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

25

SOL

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

VETS

42

5

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

48

WB

3

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

WHD

1,036

335

89

26

18

13

7

16

10

11

32

14

36

1,643

AGENCY OVERALL

5,585

965

221

112

56

40

23

27

23

16

48

23

64

7,203

Due to a system limitation, the charts in this section may contain information about unperfected requests.

COMPLEX REQUESTS

Agency / Component

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

ADJ BDS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

ALJ

48

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

54

ASP

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

4

BLS

9

3

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

CFO

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

EBSA

160

33

10

14

5

5

7

2

8

1

10

6

3

264

ETA

740

133

21

24

8

2

1

2

1

0

1

1

0

934

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

1

0

1

3

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

11

MSHA

1,019

149

40

25

14

6

10

6

5

1

15

5

2

1,297

OASAM

33

55

16

11

9

3

4

4

1

0

2

0

1

139

OCIA

2

1

4

0

0

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

13

ODEP

3

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

OFCCP

73

32

12

9

9

10

4

1

0

2

6

0

1

159

OIG

2

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

2

2

1

2

15

OLMS

29

23

5

6

3

1

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

71

OPA

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

OSEC

20

10

6

2

8

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

50

OSHA

3,844

596

173

103

67

45

33

24

13

10

30

17

67

5,022

OWCP

265

80

16

8

2

6

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

384

SOL

16

7

3

6

4

3

6

5

2

1

3

2

1

59

VETS

73

16

5

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

98

WB

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

WHD

588

273

94

57

26

23

16

16

10

9

23

9

35

1,179

AGENCY OVERALL

6,931

1,417

411

273

164

113

90

61

44

26

98

43

114

9,785

Due to a system limitation, the charts in this section may contain information about unperfected requests.

REQUESTS GRANTED EXPEDITED PROCESSING

Agency / Component

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

ADJ BDS

1

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

ALJ

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

ASP

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

CFO

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

5

ETA

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

EXEC SEC

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

MSHA

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

4

9

OASAM

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

OCIA

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

ODEP

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OFCCP

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

OIG

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OLMS

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

OPA

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

OSHA

54

6

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

63

OWCP

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

SOL

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

VETS

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

WB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

8

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

AGENCY OVERALL

80

8

5

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

3

1

4

108

Due to a system limitation, the charts in this section may contain information about unperfected requests.

D. Pending Requests - All Pending Perfected Requests

Agency / Component

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

ADJ BDS

0

N/A

N/A

0

N/A

N/A

0

N/A

N/A

ALJ

2

8

8

8

8.5

21

0

N/A

N/A

ASP

0

N/A

N/A

3

177

85

0

N/A

N/A

BLS

0

N/A

N/A

1

85

85

0

N/A

N/A

CFO

0

N/A

N/A

1

54

54

0

N/A

N/A

EBSA

15

29

215.3

40

65.5

75.3

1

280

280

ETA

20

37.5

11.9

51

8

10

0

N/A

N/A

EXEC SEC

0

N/A

N/A

0

N/A

N/A

0

N/A

N/A

ILAB

0

N/A

N/A

4

174.5

62.3

0

N/A

N/A

MSHA

0

N/A

N/A

111

17

70.2

0

N/A

N/A

OASAM

1

466

466

35

102

96.7

0

N/A

N/A

OCIA

0

N/A

N/A

19

84

120.5

0

N/A

N/A

ODEP

0

N/A

N/A

1

35

35

0

N/A

N/A

OFCCP

0

N/A

N/A

32

50

106.8

0

N/A

N/A

OIG

1

74

74

39

120

180

0

N/A

N/A

OLMS

0

N/A

N/A

6

97

137.8

0

N/A

N/A

OPA

0

N/A

N/A

4

675

555.8

0

N/A

N/A

OSEC

0

N/A

N/A

10

26.5

36.8

0

N/A

N/A

OSHA

15

11

41.5

389

16

25.5

0

N/A

N/A

OWCP

0

N/A

N/A

62

15

28.5

0

N/A

N/A

SOL

0

N/A

N/A

8

154.5

212.9

0

N/A

N/A

VETS

0

N/A

N/A

6

4

10.7

0

N/A

N/A

WB

0

N/A

N/A

1

115

115

0

N/A

N/A

WHD

15

394

307.7

389

47

117.6

0

N/A

N/A

AGENCY OVERALL

69

37.5

186.1

428

54

71.3

1

280

280

E. Pending Requests - Ten Oldest Pending Perfected Requests

Agency / Component

 

10th Oldest Request

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Request

ADJ BDS

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

Date of Receipt

2015-09-29

2015-09-25

2015-09-23

2015-09-22

2015-09-21

2015-09-16

2015-09-14

2015-07-23

2015-07-23

2015-07-01

Number of Days Pending

2

4

6

6

7

11

12

40

40

62

ASP

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-02-06

2015-01-15

2013-10-17

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

74

177

178

BLS

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-06-02

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

85

CFO

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

Date of Receipt

2015-02-22

2015-02-22

2015-01-14

2015-01-14

2015-01-14

2015-01-13

2014-08-18

2014-06-10

2014-06-10

2014-05-01

Number of Days Pending

152

152

172

172

172

173

280

290

290

352

ETA

Date of Receipt

2015-08-05

2015-08-03

2015-07-29

2015-07-24

2015-07-24

2015-07-22

2015-07-22

2015-07-22

2015-05-20

2015-05-15

Number of Days Pending

16

35

36

37

45

46

46

50

51

55

EXEC SEC

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-05-18

2015-01-25

2015-01-20

2012-04-04

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

28

173

174

180

MSHA

Date of Receipt

2014-08-08

2014-07-30

2014-07-10

2014-05-27

2014-05-22

2014-05-22

2014-04-29

2014-03-28

2013-05-06

2013-05-06

Number of Days Pending

288

295

300

340

342

342

343

372

605

605

OASAM

Date of Receipt

2015-03-07

2015-03-05

2015-02-20

2015-01-28

2014-04-29

2014-04-29

2013-11-20

2013-11-19

2013-07-30

2013-07-29

Number of Days Pending

141

143

147

170

171

171

466

467

468

539

OCIA

Date of Receipt

2015-06-01

2015-05-01

2015-04-13

2015-04-04

2015-03-02

2015-02-27

2015-01-14

2015-01-13

2015-01-12

2013-04-20

Number of Days Pending

84

97

111

116

141

141

172

173

174

614

ODEP

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-08-10

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

35

OFCCP

Date of Receipt

2015-02-06

2015-01-05

2014-12-03

2014-11-20

2014-11-14

2014-08-20

2014-07-01

2014-05-20

2014-04-23

2013-12-02

Number of Days Pending

76

187

209

214

221

279

308

343

362

458

OIG

Date of Receipt

2014-10-21

2014-09-08

2014-08-25

2014-07-31

2014-07-30

2014-07-14

2014-06-09

2014-05-30

2014-04-03

2013-03-04

Number of Days Pending

237

267

276

293

294

306

330

336

376

649

OLMS

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-07-28

2015-06-30

2015-06-15

2015-04-13

2015-01-15

2014-05-15

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

46

64

76

118

177

346

OPA

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-08-26

2013-02-12

2013-02-11

2012-04-27

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

688

692

852

OSEC

Date of Receipt

2015-09-16

2015-09-14

2015-09-02

2015-08-27

2015-08-27

2015-08-20

2015-07-29

2015-07-21

2015-06-10

2015-02-06

Number of Days Pending

11

13

14

24

24

29

45

51

79

80

OSHA

Date of Receipt

2014-09-14

2014-07-29

2014-06-24

2014-06-02

2014-05-22

2014-04-22

2013-09-11

2012-04-04

2010-08-13

2010-08-13

Number of Days Pending

240

292

293

293

342

364

516

550

1291

1291

OWCP

Date of Receipt

2014-10-01

2014-10-01

2014-07-14

2014-06-03

2014-02-10

2014-01-28

2014-01-28

2013-03-13

2013-01-15

2012-04-16

Number of Days Pending

228

250

251

326

327

328

328

330

400

450

SOL

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-08-24

2015-08-05

2015-05-04

2015-02-19

2015-02-06

2014-08-18

2014-02-10

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

25

40

102

148

150

279

405

VETS

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-09-29

2015-09-28

2015-09-27

2015-09-24

2015-09-15

2015-07-30

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

2

3

3

5

11

40

WB

Date of Receipt

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-04-16

Number of Days Pending

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

115

WHD

Date of Receipt

2013-04-08

2013-01-28

2013-01-28

2012-05-07

2012-03-27

2012-03-11

2012-02-17

2012-01-11

2011-09-20

2010-08-19

Number of Days Pending

625

674

675

855

884

895

910

934

1000

1284

AGENCY OVERALL

Date of Receipt

2012-04-04

2012-04-04

2012-03-27

2012-03-11

2012-02-17

2012-01-11

2011-09-20

2010-08-19

2010-08-13

2010-08-13

Number of Days Pending

550

550

884

895

910

934

1000

1284

1291

1291

Due to a system limitation, the charts in this section may contain information about unperfected requests.

Some work day ranges reported appear to be out of sequence based on the date of the receipt of the request. However, this is attributed to requests that have been tolled¯ for clarification or to resolve fee matters consistent with the provisions of the statute.

As a part of reviewing data in the Departmental FOIA tracking system, DOL located 428 initial FOIA requests that remained pending in the system as of the end of FY2014 and requiring further action, many of which were received in prior years. Whereas DOL's FY2014 report identified the 10 oldest pending requests it believed to be pending at the end of FY2013, with addition of the additional 428 FOIA requests identified as part of the data review, DOL has identified and this chart includes 2 requests that should have been previously reported as among the 10 oldest pending requests.

VIII. REQUESTS FOR EXPEDITED PROCESSING AND REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVER

A. Requests for Expedited Processing

Agency / Component

Number Granted

Number Denied

Median Number of Days to Adjudicate

Average Number of Days to Adjudicate

Number Adjudicated Within Ten Calendar Days

ADJ BDS

0

1

2

2

1

ALJ

2

15

7

11.4

15

ASP

0

0

N/A

N/A

0

BLS

0

0

N/A

N/A

0

CFO

0

0

N/A

N/A

0

EBSA

5

29

8

53.5

19

ETA

2

34

7

16.4

24

EXEC SEC

0

0

N/A

N/A

0

ILAB

0

1

14

14

0

MSHA

7

8

31

108.3

3

OASAM

2

4

72

103.8

2

OCIA

1

0

20

20

0

ODEP

0

0

N/A

N/A

0

OFCCP

0

2

28

28

0

OIG

0

7

4

5

7

OLMS

0

3

7

36.7

2

OPA

0

0

N/A

N/A

0

OSEC

0

6

66.5

85.8

1

OSHA

37

160

9

95.4

107

OWCP

1

9

32.5

57

1

SOL

2

3

36

29

1

VETS

2

3

9

12.6

3

WB

0

0

N/A

N/A

0

WHD

6

86

15

92

37

AGENCY OVERALL

67

371

10

77.7

223

B. Requests for Fee Waiver

Agency / Component

Number Granted

Number Denied

Median Number of Days to Adjudicate

Average Number of Days to Adjudicate

ADJ BDS

0

4

68.5

61.8

ALJ

5

14

5

18.2

ASP

0

4

106.5

131.8

BLS

0

14

15

19.4

CFO

0

0

N/A

N/A

EBSA

7

27

19

25.6

ETA

14

137

7

15.9

EXEC SEC

0

0

N/A

N/A

ILAB

5

0

69

124.6

MSHA

40

14

30

41.4

OASAM

11

11

84

80.2

OCIA

8

0

83.5

139.8

ODEP

1

2

38

52.3

OFCCP

1

31

13

48.4

OIG

18

0

4

4

OLMS

10

15

22

20.4

OPA

0

4

17

18.8

OSEC

24

2

34

46.7

OSHA

216

330

10

49.8

OWCP

23

42

24

34.3

SOL

2

19

32

71.8

VETS

7

5

31.5

50.2

WB

0

2

19

19

WHD

119

303

19

56.5

AGENCY OVERALL

511

980

14

47

IX. FOIA PERSONNEL AND COSTS

Agency / Component

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

ADJ BDS

0

0.45

0.45

$14,500.00

$0.00

$14,500.00

ALJ

0

1

1

$100,293.00

$0.00

$100,293.00

ASP

0

0.5

0.5

$45,821.00

$0.00

$45,821.00

BLS

0

0.4

0.4

$35,880.00

$0.00

$35,880.00

CFO

0

0.3

0.3

$45,000.00

$0.00

$45,000.00

EBSA

0

3.13

3.13

$311,713.00

$0.00

$311,713.00

ETA

8

9.36

17.36

$1,814,325.00

$0.00

$1,814,325.00

EXEC SEC

0

0.35

0.35

$41,000.00

$0.00

$41,000.00

ILAB

0

0.1

0.1

$7,600.00

$0.00

$7,600.00

MSHA

5

23.14

28.14

$3,326,046.00

$0.00

$3,326,046.00

OASAM

0

4.86

4.86

$555,691.00

$0.00

$555,691.00

OCIA

0

0.45

0.45

$105,583.00

$0.00

$105,583.00

ODEP

0

0.05

0.05

$5,930.00

$0.00

$5,930.00

OFCCP

1

5.6

6.6

$654,506.00

$0.00

$654,506.00

OIG

1

0

1

$133,000.00

$0.00

$133,000.00

OLMS

0

1

1

$67,257.00

$0.00

$67,257.00

OPA

0

0.5

0.5

$49,000.00

$0.00

$49,000.00

OSEC

0

0.25

0.25

$32,643.00

$0.00

$32,643.00

OSHA

5

95.01

100.01

$5,855,109.00

$0.00

$5,855,109.00

OWCP

2

2.27

4.27

$436,508.00

$0.00

$436,508.00

SOL

11

4.13

15.13

$1,209,298.00

$429,237.00

$1,638,535.00

VETS

1

0.35

1.35

$247,384.00

$0.00

$247,384.00

WB

0

0.25

0.25

$26,500.00

$0.00

$26,500.00

WHD

6

0.86

6.86

$548,136.00

$0.00

$548,136.00

AGENCY OVERALL

40

154.31

194.31

$15,668,723.00

$429,237.00

$16,097,960.00

X. FEES COLLECTED FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS

Agency / Component

Total Amount of Fees Collected

Percentage of Total Costs

ADJ BDS

$0.00

0.00%

ALJ

$729.87

0.73%

ASP

$0.00

0.00%

BLS

$0.00

0.00%

CFO

$0.00

0.00%

EBSA

$2,874.25

0.92%

ETA

$2,631.65

0.15%

EXEC SEC

$0.00

0.00%

ILAB

$0.00

0.00%

MSHA

$31,133.37

0.94%

OASAM

$274.90

0.05%

OCIA

$0.00

0.00%

ODEP

$0.00

0.00%

OFCCP

$817.55

0.12%

OIG

$0.00

0.00%

OLMS

$160.00

0.24%

OPA

$0.00

0.00%

OSEC

$0.00

0.00%

OSHA

$135,052.00

2.31%

OWCP

$2,529.75

0.58%

SOL

$0.00

0.00%

VETS

$4,818.71

1.95%

WB

$0.00

0.00%

WHD

$12,402.29

2.26%

AGENCY OVERALL

$193,424.34

1.23%

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

Agency / Component

Number of Backlogged Requests as of End of Fiscal Year

Number of Backlogged Appeals as of End of Fiscal Year

ADJ BDS

0

0

ALJ

3

0

ASP

2

0

BLS

1

0

CFO

1

0

EBSA

41

9

ETA

9

53

EXEC SEC

0

0

ILAB

1

0

MSHA

42

23

OASAM

27

8

OCIA

19

0

ODEP

1

0

OFCCP

18

7

OIG

39

0

OLMS

6

7

OPA

4

0

OSEC

7

0

OSHA

97

176

OWCP

8

79

SOL

7

4

VETS

0

11

WB

1

0

WHD

259

28

AGENCY OVERALL

593

405

DOL experienced an increase from 561 backlogged initial FOIA requests pending at the end of FY2014, up to 593 backlogged pending as of the end of FY2015. This is attributed, in part, to the addition of 428 pending requests that had not, but should have, been included in the FY2014 Annual FOIA report as discussed in the Executive Summary. DOL's FOIA staff will continue to work toward more consistent use of the Department's FOIA tracking system and a sustained effort toward backlog reduction throughout the Department's 23 FOIA components.

DOL experienced an increase from 316 backlogged administrative appeals pending at the end of FY2014, up to 405 backlogged pending as of the end of FY2015. While the Department completed more FOIA appeals in FY2015 than in FY2014 (297 this year, vs. 277 in FY2014), the backlog nonetheless rose due to the continuing high number of incoming FOIA appeals, the complexity of some appeal requests, and the limited number of staff available to address FOIA appeals.

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

Agency / Component

Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies that were Pending at the Agency 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 the Agency During the Fiscal Year

Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies that were Pending at the Agency as of End
of the Fiscal Year

ADJ BDS

0

2

2

0

ALJ

0

1

0

1

ASP

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

0

0

0

CFO

0

0

0

0

EBSA

0

2

2

0

ETA

0

4

4

0

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

MSHA

0

0

0

0

OASAM

0

0

0

0

OCIA

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

OIG

0

0

0

0

OLMS

0

5

5

0

OPA

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

0

0

0

OSHA

6

48

51

3

OWCP

0

2

2

0

SOL

0

1

1

0

VETS

0

1

1

0

WB

0

0

0

0

WHD

3

6

6

3

AGENCY OVERALL

9

72

74

7

As a part of the review of data in Departmental FOIA tracking system, DOL located 428 requests that remained pending in the system and requiring further action, many of which were received in prior years. Among those are five additional consultations originating with OSHA and one additional consultation originating with WHD, which should have been previously reported.

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

Agency / Component

 

10th Oldest Consultation

9th

8th

7th

6th

5th

4th

3rd

2nd

Oldest Consultation

ADJ BDS

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ALJ

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-09-25

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

ASP

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

BLS

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EBSA

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ETA

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

EXEC SEC

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ILAB

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

MSHA

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OASAM

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OCIA

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ODEP

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OFCCP

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OIG

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OLMS

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OPA

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSEC

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

OSHA

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-09-14

2010-08-13

2010-08-13

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

1283

1283

OWCP

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SOL

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

VETS

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WB

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

WHD

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-09-04

2015-01-28

2014-10-06

Number of Days

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

170

246

AGENCY OVERALL

Date

N/A

N/A

N/A

2015-09-25

2015-09-14

2015-09-04

2015-01-28

2014-10-06

2010-08-13

2010-08-13

Number of Days

0

0

0

3

12

17

170

246

1283

1283

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

Agency / Component

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

ADJ BDS

47

32

46

35

ALJ

152

121

149

117

ASP

4

11

11

17

BLS

27

38

26

39

CFO

23

3

23

3

EBSA

450

507

472

540

ETA

1,545

1,649

1,639

1,653

EXEC SEC

1

0

1

0

ILAB

4

13

5

17

MSHA

1,565

1,300

1,545

1,307

OASAM

211

169

226

157

OCIA

23

29

30

14

ODEP

5

7

6

6

OFCCP

188

183

188

185

OIG

71

83

72

60

OLMS

84

91

83

95

OPA

5

18

7

20

OSEC

25

55

26

50

OSHA

8,330

9,123

8,520

9,325

OWCP

374

430

495

410

SOL

95

53

101

64

VETS

138

144

153

150

WB

7

7

6

8

WHD

2,732

2,726

2,885

2,832

AGENCY OVERALL

16,106

16,792

16,715

17,104

BACKLOG REQUEST COMPARISONS

Agency / Component

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

ADJ BDS

0

0

ALJ

3

3

ASP

3

2

BLS

0

1

CFO

0

1

EBSA

32

41

ETA

5

9

EXEC SEC

0

0

ILAB

0

1

MSHA

59

42

OASAM

23

27

OCIA

3

19

ODEP

0

1

OFCCP

14

18

OIG

15

39

OLMS

6

6

OPA

4

4

OSEC

5

7

OSHA

109

97

OWCP

7

8

SOL

10

7

VETS

0

0

WB

1

1

WHD

262

259

AGENCY OVERALL

561

593

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

Agency / Component

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

ADJ BDS

1

0

1

0

ALJ

0

0

0

0

ASP

0

0

0

0

BLS

0

1

0

2

CFO

0

0

0

0

EBSA

8

14

9

14

ETA

52

43

27

32

EXEC SEC

0

0

0

0

ILAB

0

0

0

0

MSHA

21

14

12

13

OASAM

7

5

7

10

OCIA

0

0

0

0

ODEP

0

0

0

0

OFCCP

2

5

1

5

OIG

1

0

2

1

OLMS

1

7

2

3

OPA

0

0

0

0

OSEC

0

1

0

0

OSHA

113

163

48

86

OWCP

167

83

147

79

SOL

0

4

2

2

VETS

3

12

3

6

WB

0

0

0

0

WHD

24

52

16

44

AGENCY OVERALL

400

404

277

297

BACKLOG APPEALS COMPARISONS

Agency / Component

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

ADJ BDS

0

0

ALJ

0

0

ASP

0

0

BLS

1

0

CFO

0

0

EBSA

10

9

ETA

39

53

EXEC SEC

0

0

ILAB

0

0

MSHA

20

23

OASAM

13

8

OCIA

0

0

ODEP

0

0

OFCCP

8

7

OIG

1

0

OLMS

3

7

OPA

0

0

OSEC

0

0

OSHA

112

176

OWCP

84

79

SOL

2

4

VETS

2

11

WB

0

0

WHD

21

28

AGENCY OVERALL

316

405

F. Discussion of Other FOIA Activities (optional)

As a part of the overall improvement of DOL's decentralized FOIA program, under direction of the Chief FOIA Officer, OIS continues to promote initiatives that are aimed at improving the FOIA administrative processes across DOL. The Department 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 robust process measures to closely monitor the timeliness of FOIA processing and backlog reduction.

As discussed in prior reports DOL continues to analyze and review the data that resulted from our audit of the Department's FOIA data and located an additional number of FOIA requests that had not been properly logged into the FOIA tracking system. The success of this initiative reaffirms our commitment to providing and publishing the most accurate data for the purposes of FOIA reporting, ensured that all FOIA requests received by the Department are answered as accurately and completely as possible and gave an opportunity for OIS to continue addressing data reconciliation issues and make it a part of our regularly scheduled program reviews. In light of all this, the Department still managed to process more requests than it received, close all of the 10 oldest FOIA requests reported in the FY2012 report and exceed the required goals for backlog reduction.

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M. Patricia Smith
Chief FOIA Officer