As the fiscal year draws to a close, the Office of Information Policy (OIP) looks to the beginning of the FOIA reporting season. Today, OIP announces the deadlines for the submission of agencies' Fiscal Year 2022 Annual FOIA Reports, Fiscal Year 2023 Quarterly FOIA Reports, and 2023 Chief FOIA Officer Reports, along with updated resources.
These three reports serve a vital role in illustrating the steps taken and the progress made by agencies in administering the FOIA, and provide valuable information about how agencies promote efficiency, make more information available proactively, and use technology to improve FOIA administration.
Agencies are required to submit their Fiscal Year 2022 Annual FOIA Reports using the FOIA.gov Annual Report Tool. OIP has continued to refine this tool in light of agency feedback. OIP has also updated the Department of Justice Annual FOIA Report Handbook, a key resource that agencies should consult when compiling their Annual FOIA Reports. Agency personnel responsible for completing their agency's report are encouraged to attend OIP's Annual FOIA Report Refresher Training on October 4, 2022.
Agencies should take note of the following deadlines, which are also summarized in Agency Reporting Obligations At-A-Glance, to ensure that they can satisfy all FOIA reporting obligations in the upcoming year:
FISCAL YEAR 2022 ANNUAL FOIA REPORT
November 14, 2022 – Agencies are required to submit their Fiscal Year 2022 Annual FOIA Report to OIP for review and clearance through FOIA.gov.
No later than March 1, 2023 – Agencies are required to post the final human readable and NIEM-XML versions of their Fiscal Year 2022 Annual FOIA Report on their websites.
FISCAL YEAR 2023 QUARTERLY FOIA REPORTS
January 27, 2023 – Quarter 1 data is required to be posted.
April 28, 2023 – Quarter 2 data is required to be posted.
July 28, 2023 – Quarter 3 data is required to be posted.
October 27, 2023 – Quarter 4 data is required to be posted.
For guidance on the requirements for completing the Quarterly Reports, please see OIP’s guidance on quarterly reporting (updated October 2021).
2023 CHIEF FOIA OFFICER REPORTS
January 17, 2023 – Deadline for agencies receiving more than 50 requests in Fiscal Year 2021 to submit their 2023 Chief FOIA Officer Reports to OIP for review and clearance.
February 10, 2023 – Deadline for agencies receiving 50 requests or less that choose to report to submit their Chief FOIA Officer Report to OIP.
March 13, 2023 – Agencies are required to post their 2023 Chief FOIA Officer Reports online.
For guidance on the requirements for completing the 2023 Chief FOIA Officer Report, please see OIP's 2023 Chief FOIA Officer Report Guidelines.
If you have any questions regarding any of the deadlines noted above or the requirements for any of the reports, please contact OIP’s FOIA Compliance Team at (202) 514-3642 (FOIA). You can also find all of these reporting deadlines on the Reports page of OIP’s website.