This past January, OIP issued guidance to all agencies on implementation of a new FOIA reporting requirement. As announced by OIP, all agencies are now required to post four key FOIA statistics each quarter of the fiscal year which are then also displayed on FOIA.gov. Agencies began posting their quarterly reports for Quarter 1 of Fiscal Year 2013 in January 2013. On January 28, 2013, the Department launched a new feature on FOIA.gov that displays each agency's quarterly report data. As detailed in OIP's Quarterly Reporting Guidance, agencies are now required to report on the following four statistics on a quarterly basis:
- the number of requests received during the reporting period,
- the number of requests processed during the reporting period,
- the number of requests in an agency’s backlog at the end of the reporting period, and
- the progress being made to close the agency’s ten overall oldest pending FOIA requests from the prior fiscal year.
Quarter 2, Fiscal Year 2013: May 3, 2013 Quarter 3, Fiscal Year 2013: July 26, 2013 Quarter 4, Fiscal Year 2014: October 25, 2013OIP has updated its Quarterly Reporting Guidance to include this schedule of deadlines and to address frequently asked questions. If your agency has additional questions about this updated guidance or about the quarterly reporting requirements in general, you can contact OIP’s Quarterly Reports Team at DOJ.OIP.FOIA@usdoj.gov.