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FISCAL YEAR 2010 REPORT OF THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION ON ITS ADMINISTRATION OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. §552

I. Basic Information Regarding Report

  1. Name, title, address and telephone number of person to be contacted with questions about the report

    Stephanie D. Garner
    Assistant Legal Counsel/FOIA Public Liaison
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Office of Legal Counsel
    131 M Street, NE
    Suite 5NW02E
    Washington, D.C. 20507
    (202) 663-4640
    (202) 663-7026 (TTY)
    (202) 663-4679 (fax)
    FOIA@eeoc.gov (e-mail)

  2. Electronic address for report: http://www.eeoc.gov/foia/index.html
  3. How to obtain a copy of the report in paper form

    A paper copy of the report may be requested by submitting a written request to:

    Stephanie D. Garner
    Assistant Legal Counsel/FOIA Public Liaison
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Office of Legal Counsel
    131 M Street, NE
    Suite 5NW02E
    Washington, D.C. 20507
    (202) 663-4640
    (202) 663-7026 (TTY)
    (202) 663-4679 (fax)
    FOIA@eeoc.gov (e-mail)

II. How To Make A FOIA Request

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests should be made in accordance with the Commission’s regulations at 29 C.F.R. §1610.7. The regulations can be accessed at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_10/29cfr1610_10.html

  1. Names, address, and telephone numbers of all individual agency components and offices that receive FOIA requests

    See 29 C.F.R. §1610.4 and the agency’s FOIA web page at http://www.eeoc.gov/foia/contacts.html for the EEOC FOIA contacts.

  2. Brief description of why some requests are not granted

    The majority of fiscal year 2009 FOIA requests received by the Commission were for materials contained in the Commission’s investigative case files that involved charges of discrimination filed pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e, et. seq., the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 621-633, the Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d), and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101-213. Sections 706(b) and 709(e) of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e-5(b) and 8(e), and §107 of the ADA, 42 U.S.C. § 12117 prohibit Commission employees from making Title VII or ADA charges, conciliation materials, required reports and case file information public. In certain instances, parties to the charge are entitled access to the disclosable portions of the charge file. Examples of non-disclosable material in charge files are discussed in detail in section XII of this report.

III. ACRONYMS, DEFINITIONS, AND EXEMPTIONS

  1. Acronyms used in this report:
    1. EEOC – Equal employment Opportunity Commission.
    2. E-FOIA – Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments, 5 U.S.C. § 552, Pub. L. No. 104-231, 110 Stat 3048.
    3. FAQ – frequently asked questions
    4. FTS - FOIA Tracking System. The FTS tracks all incoming FOIA requests and appeals, as well as requests submitted through the Requester Service Center. The FTS also captures information required for the Annual FOIA Report.
  2. Definitions 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 it. That agency, in turn, will then respond to the FOIA requester.
    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 Days – the lowest and highest number of days to process requests or administrative appeals.
    17. Section 83 – refers to Section 83 of the EEOC Compliance Manual Section I which provides for access to relevant case files by charging parties, aggrieved persons on whose behalf a charge has been filed, and entities against whom charges have been filed. 29 C.F.R.§ 1610.17(d).
    18. 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. Concise Descriptions of 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
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e-5, 2000e-8 Title VII charges, conciliation materials, required reports and case file information EEOC v. Associated Dry Goods Corp., 449 U.S. 590 (1981) Atlanta
29 2,497
Birmingham
241
Charlotte
24
Chicago
45
Dallas
171
Houston
61
Indianapolis
425
Los Angeles
94
Memphis
318
Miami
247
New York
33
OLC/HDQ 96
Philadelphia 251
Phoenix
88
San Francisco
345
St. Louis
19
WFO 10

**Note: Since the FY ’08 report, Charlotte and the Washington Field Office have become two separate FOIA components. Data for them is reported separately.

Statute Type of Information withheld Case Citation Number of Times Relied upon per Component Total Number of Times Relied upon by Agency
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12117 ADA charges, conciliation materials, required reports and case file information EEOC v. Associated Dry Goods Corp., 449 U.S. 590 (1981) Atlanta
30 3,987
Birmingham
313
Charlotte
24
Chicago
81
Dallas
356
Houston
133
Indianapolis
534
Los Angeles
148
Memphis
797
Miami 262
New York
87
OLC/HDQ
269
Philadelphia 329
Phoenix
181
San Francisco
377
St. Louis
37
WFO 29

V. FOIA Requests

A. Received, Processed and Pending FOIA Requests, both perfected and non-perfected

  Number of Requests Pending as of Start of Fiscal Year 2011 Number of Requests Received in Fiscal Year 2010 Number of Requests Processed in Fiscal Year 2010 Number of Requests Pending as of End of Fiscal Year 2010
Atlanta
35 603 589 49
Birmingham
93 949 932 110
Charlotte
44 1,135 1,059 120
Chicago
41 938 938 41
Dallas
50 1,847 1,767 130
Houston
48 940 900 88
Indianapolis
102 2,429 2,409 122
Los Angeles
15 725 740 0
Memphis
59 787 809 37
Miami
187 1,586 1,706 67
New York
79 676 620 135
OLC/HDQ
19 401 381 39
Philadelphia 35 1,431 1,336 130
Phoenix
27 458 467 18
San Francisco
15 571 541 45
St. Louis
50 1,038 1,015 73
WFO 6 138 134 10
AGENCY OVERALL 905 16,652 16,343 1,214

*Footnote: Any difference in the number of requests pending at the end of fiscal year 2009 and the number pending at the beginning of fiscal year 2010 is attributable to corrections to the business rules for calculating report data in the EEOC FOIA Tracking System (FTS). The former business rules did not properly factor out holidays and weekends, or calculate days from the date a request was perfected.

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

  Number of Full Grants Number of Partial Grants/ Partial Denials Number of Full Denials Based on Exemptions Number of Full Denials Based on Reasons Other than Exemptions  
        No Records All Records Referred to Another Component or Agency Request Withdrawn Fee-Related Reason Records not Reasonably Described Improper FOIA Request for Other Reasons Not Agency Record Duplicate Request Other TOTAL
Atlanta
2 430 47 2 1 4 0 0 1 3 21 78 589
Birmingham
2 6993 161 6 0 6 0 10 4 1 14 29 932
Charlotte
5 964 32 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 3 50 1,059
Chicago
47 634 108 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 3 136 938
Dallas
205 1,178 140 8 5 20 3 1 8 2 16 181 1,767
Houston
8 726 85 5 0 3 0 3 0 1 6 63 900
Indianapolis
202 1,568 133 66 33 5 0 1 48 2 111 240 2,409
Los Angeles
22 331 109 165 0 1 1 0 19 0 10 82 740
Memphis
16 677 86 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 16 809
Miami
159 723 424 8 3 3 0 2 21 0 28 335 1,706
New York
12 430 57 5 2 1 0 0 8 0 5 100 620
OLC/HDQ
92 33 92 51 12 2 2 11 14 0 12 60 381
Philadelphia
4 942 149 19 64 6 7 8 1 3 22 111 1,336
Phoenix
21 303 95 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 36 467
San Francisco
24 400 55 22 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 36 541
St. Louis
85 803 70 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 8 45 1,015
WFO 2 68 23 3 10 0 0 0 0 6 4 18 134
AGENCY OVERALL 908 10,909 1,866 383 140 61 13 36 126 19 266 1,616 16,343


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

Component Description of “Other” Reasons for Denials from Chart B(1) & Number of Times Those Reasons Were Relied Upon TOTAL
Converted to Section 83 Files Lost Files Destroyed
Atlanta
60 10 8 78
Birmingham
0 23 6 29
Charlotte 0 50 0 50
Chicago 0 64 72 136
Dallas
45 94 42 181
Houston
0 43 20 63
Indianapolis
1 122 117 240
Los Angeles
0 39 43 82
Memphis
0 10 6 16
Miami
9 298 28 335
New York 0 51 49 100
OLC/HDQ
0 1 59 60
Philadelphia
1 67 43 111
Phoenix
0 34 2 36
San Francisco
0 29 7 36
St. Louis
0 42 3 45
WFO 3 15 0 18
AGENCY OVERALL 119 992 505 1,616

V.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
Atlanta 0 0 29 0 430 3 19 0 38 11 0 0 0 0
Birmingham 0 0 241 1 685 0 45 0 385 0 0 0 0 0
Charlotte 0 1 24 1 958 3 29 0 381 1 0 0 0 0
Chicago 0 1 45 4 632 71 63 13 350 3 0 0 0 0
Dallas 0 0 171 10 1,136 81 57 1 566 5 0 0 0 0
Houston 0 0 61 0 726 242 75 2 203 1 0 0 0 0
Indianapolis 0 0 425 10 1,503 362 71 1 282 1 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles 0 0 94 0 324 319 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Memphis 0 0 318 1 675 335 216 1 440 0 0 0 0 0
Miami 0 0 247 2 658 35 190 0 191 7 0 0 0 0
New York 0 0 33 2 385 18 27 2 91 1 0 0 0 0
OLC/HDQ 0 0 96 2 10 46 0 0 101 0 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia 0 0 251 1 941 78 106 0 605 3 0 0 0 0
Phoenix 0 0 88 3 243 199 65 0 137 0 0 0 0 0
San Francisco 0 0 345 0 402 292 48 1 295 0 0 0 0 0
St. Louis 0 0 19 1 803 3 80 0 50 2 0 0 0 0
WFO 0 0 10 0 71 1 9 0 54 0 0 0 0 0
AGENCY OVERALL 0 2 2,497 38 10,582 2,008 1,163 21 4,169 35 0 0 0 0

Note: EEOC rarely uses Exemption (b)(7)F) and never uses Exemptions 1, 8 and 9.

VI. ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS OF INITIAL DETERMINATIONS OF FOIA REQUESTS

The EEOC Legal Counsel adjudicates all administrative appeals.

VI.A. Received, Processed and Pending Administrative Appeals

Number of Appeals Pending as of Start of Fiscal Year 2010 Number of Appeals Received in Fiscal Year 2010 Number of Appeals Processed in Fiscal Year 2010 Number of Appeals Pending as of End of Fiscal Year 2010
30 313 302 41

FOOTNOTE: Any difference in the number of appeals pending at the end of the fiscal year 2009 and the number pending at the beginning of fiscal year 2010 is attributable to corrections to the business rules for calculating report data in the EEOC FOIA Tracking System (FTS). The former business rules did not properly factor our holidays and weekends, or calculate days from the date an appeal was perfected.

VI.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
121 86 56 39 302

VI.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 0 95 0 3 3 25 0 21 0 0 0 0 0

VI.C.(2) Reasons for Denial on Appeal – Reasons Other than Exemptions

No Records Records Referred as 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 *See Chart at C.(3)
5 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 8

VI.C.(3) Reasons for Denial on Appeal – “Other” Reasons form 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
Lost 5
Section 83 3

VI.C.(4) Response Time for Administrative Appeals

Median Number of Days Average Number of Days Lowest Number of Days Highest Number of Days
16 16 1 34

VI.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 2010-09-29 2010-09-29 2010-09-29 2010-09-28 2010-09-27 2010-09-22 2010-09-22 2010-09-22 2010-09-21 2010-09-01
Number of Days Pending 1 1 1 2 2 5 5 5 7 19

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

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

  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
Atlanta 1 5.4618 1 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Birmingham 17 16.30472 1 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charlotte 19 18.57637 1 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chicago 16 13.6918 1 157 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dallas 4 7.715014 1 76 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Houston 16 12.98775 1 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indianapolis 5 5.769131 1 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles 1 1.971545 1 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Memphis 17 14.94981 1 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miami 1 13.47897 1 240 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York 13 15.10075 1 128 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
OLC/HDQ 17 18.75529 1 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia 9 13.59789 1 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Phoenix 8 8.369369 1 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
San Francisco 13 11.89591 1 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
St. Louis 17 14.23941 1 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WFO 12 11.84733 1 83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AGENCY OVERALL 9 11.46504 1 240 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1

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

  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
Atlanta 1 5.928241 1 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Birmingham 18 16.97309 1 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charlotte 19 19.37799 1 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chicago 17 15.25331 1 80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dallas 5 8.321506 1 76 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Houston 16 14.02589 1 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indianapolis 6 5.969336 1 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles 1 2.563739 1 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Memphis 17 15.87013 1 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miami 1 15.53968 1 182 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York 15 16.07407 1 116 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
OLC/HDQ 19 23.408 1 150 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia 11 13.84277 1 87 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Phoenix 9 8.737654 1 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
San Francisco 13 12.20755 1 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
St. Louis 18 14.84459 1 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WFO 14 13.04286 1 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AGENCY OVERALL 12 12.42674 1 182 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1

VII.C. Processed Requests – Response Time in Day Increments for Perfected Requests

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
Atlanta 586 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 589
Birmingham 648 269 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 932
Charlotte 855 181 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,041
Chicago 861 36 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 902
Dallas 1,610 105 46 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,765
Houston 882 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 898
Indianapolis 2,285 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2,313
Los Angeles 737 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 738
Memphis 783 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 797
Miami 1,223 311 57 36 12 7 4 8 3 1 2 0 0 1,664
New York 447 56 15 8 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 536
OLC/HDQ 231 78 15 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 331
Philadelphia 1,029 240 44 9 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,328
Phoenix 437 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 444
San Francisco 477 58 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 538
St. Louis 1,008 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,015
WFO 131 131 127 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 393
AGENCY OVERALL 14,230 1,541 328 68 20 14 6 11 3 1 2 0 0 16,224

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
Atlanta
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Birmingham
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charlotte
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chicago
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dallas
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indianapolis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Memphis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miami 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
OLC/HDQ
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Phoenix
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
San Francisco
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WFO
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AGENCY OVERALL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


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
Atlanta
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Birmingham
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charlotte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chicago
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dallas
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Houston
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indianapolis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Memphis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miami
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
OLC/HDQ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philadelphis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Phoenix
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
San Francisco
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WFO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AGENCY OVERALL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

VII.D. Pending Requests – All Pending Perfected Requests*

  SIMPLE COMPLEX EXPEDITED PROCESSING
Number Pending Median Number of Days Average Number of Days Number Pending Median Number of Days Average Number of Days Number Pending Median Number of Days Average Number of Days
Atlanta 49 16 15.6122449 0 0 0 0 0 0
Birmingham 105 21 21.9809524 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charlotte 117 19 20.017094 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chicago 41 16 17.0487805 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dallas 129 13 17.503876 0 0 0 0 0 0
Houston 85 18 17.6117647 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indianapolis 105 9 10.0095238 0 0 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Memphis 35 15 14.8285714 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miami 63 21 22.1428571 0 0 0 0 0 0
New York 65 46 50.9076923 0 0 0 0 0 0
OLC/HDQ 36 24.5 30.1944444 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philadelphia 129 22 21.3100775 0 0 0 0 0 0
Phoenix 18 14.5 14.2222222 0 0 0 0 0 0
San Francisco 40 15 18.825 0 0 0 0 0 0
St. Louis 72 19 17.25 0 0 0 0 0 0
WFO 10 18.5 18.2 0 0 0 0 0 0
AGENCY OVERALL 881 18 17.6651532 0 0 0 0 0 0


VII.E. Pending Requests – Ten Oldest Pending Perfected Requests

  10th Oldest Request and Number of Days Pending 9th 8th 7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd Oldest Request and Number of Days Pending
Atlanta 2010-09-16
9
2010-09-10
13
2010-09-10
13
2010-09-08
15
2010-09-07
16
2010-09-07
16
2010-09-07
16
2010-09-03
17
2010-09-03
17
2010-09-02
18
Birmingham 2010-09-07
16
2010-09-03
17
2010-09-03
17
2010-09-03
17
2010-09-03
17
2010-09-02
18
2010-09-02
18
2010-09-01
19
2010-08-30
21
2010-08-26
23
Charlotte 2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
Chicago 2010-09-17
8
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-14
11
2010-09-14
11
2010-09-10
13
2010-09-08
15
2010-05-27
86
Dallas 2010-08-27
22
2010-08-27
22
2010-08-26
23
2010-08-26
23
2010-08-25
24
2010-08-24
25
2010-08-23
26
2010-08-23
26
2010-08-23
26
2010-08-03
40
Houston 2010-09-07
17
2010-09-07
17
2010-09-07
17
2010-09-03
17
2010-09-01
17
2010-09-03
18
2010-09-03
18
2010-09-02
19
2010-09-02
19
2010-07-26
46
Indianapolis 2010-09-14
11
2010-09-14
11
2010-09-14
11
2010-09-14
11
2010-09-14
11
2010-09-14
11
2010-09-14
11
2010-09-14
11
2010-09-13
12
2010-09-09
14
Los Angeles N/A
0
N/A
0
N/A
0
N/A
0
N/A
0
N/A
0
N/A
0
N/A
0
N/A
0
N/A
0
Memphis 2010-09-20
7
2010-09-20
7
2010-09-20
7
2010-09-20
7
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-16
9
2010-09-16
9
Miami 2010-09-08
16
2010-09-07
16
2010-09-08
16
2010-09-08
16
2010-09-08
16
2010-09-08
16
2010-09-07
17
2010-09-03
17
2010-08-31
21
2010-06-10
77
New York 2010-06-16
73
2010-06-14
75
2010-06-01
84
2010-06-01
84
2010-06-01
84
2010-05-23
90
2010-05-23
90
2010-05-16
95
2010-05-16
95
2010-04-09
120
OLC/HDQ 2010-08-30
22
2010-08-26
24
2010-07-27
25
2010-08-25
25
2010-08-23
27
2010-08-23
27
2010-08-17
31
2010-08-09
37
2010-08-04
40
2010-07-21
51
Philadelphia 2010-08-25
24
2010-08-24
25
2010-08-17
30
2010-08-13
32
2010-08-10
35
2010-07-13
55
2010-06-10
77
2010-04-21
112
2010-04-02
125
2010-03-23
133
Phoenix 2010-09-22
5
2010-09-21
6
2010-09-21
6
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-16
9
2010-09-15
10
2010-05-14
11
2010-09-09
14
2010-09-09
14
San Francisco 2010-09-21
6
2010-09-22
6
2010-09-20
7
2010-09-20
7
2010-09-20
7
2010-09-20
7
2010-09-09
14
2010-09-09
14
2010-09-07
16
2010-07-07
60
St. Louis 2010-09-03
17
2010-09-03
17
2010-09-02
18
2010-09-02
18
2010-09-02
18
2010-09-02
18
2010-09-02
18
2010-09-02
18
2010-09-02
18
2010-09-02
18
WFO 2010-09-27
2
2010-09-27
2
2010-09-27
2
2010-09-27
2
2010-09-20
7
2010-09-17
8
2010-09-16
9
2010-09-09
14
2010-09-07
16
2010-09-07
16
AGENCY OVERALL 2010-06-01
84
2010-05-27
86
2010-05-23
90
2010-05-23
90
2010-05-16
95
2010-05-16
95
2010-04-21
112
2010-04-09
120
2010-04-02
125
2010-03-23
133

NOTE: The following offices tolled FOIA requests in the FOIA Tracking System, resulting in errors in the DOJ Dashboard: Houston -5th oldest pending perfected request dated 9/3/2010; Miami - 8th oldest pending perfected request dated 9/8/2010; OLC/HDQ -7thoOldest pending perfected request dated, 8/25/2010; and San Francisco - 9th oldest pending perfected request dated 9/22/2010.

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 Calendar Days
Atlanta
0 0 0 0 0
Birmingham
0 0 0 0 0
Charlotte
0 0 0 0 0
Chicago
0 0 0 0 0
Dallas
0 0 0 0 0
Houston
0 0 0 0 0
Indianapolis
0 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles
0 0 0 0 0
Memphis
0 0 0 0 0
Miami
0 0 0 0 0
New York
0 0 0 0 0
OLC/HDQ 1 39 0 2.69 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0
Phoenix 0 0 0 0 0
San Francisco
0 0 0 0 0
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 0
WFO 0 0 0 0 0
AGENCY OVERALL 1 39 0 2.69 0


VIII.B. Requests for Fee Waiver*


Number Granted Number Denied Median Number of Days to Adjudicate Average Number of Days to Adjudicate
Atlanta
1 1 1 1
Birmingham
0 0 0 0
Charlotte
0 8 0 0
Chicago
2 0 7.5 7.5
Dallas 0 2 0 0
Houston
1 0 0 0
Indianapolis
0 0 0 0
Los Angeles
0 0 0 0
Memphis
0 0 0 0
Miami
0 4 0 0
New York
0 13 0 0
OLC/HDQ
0 3 0 0
Philadelphia
0 1 0 0
Phoenix
0 0 0 0
San Francisco
0 4 0 0
St. Louis
0 0 0 0
WFO 0 0 4 0.5
AGENCY OVERALL 0 36 4 0.5


IX. FOIA PERSONNEL AND COSTS

  PERSONNEL COSTS
Number of “Full-Time FOIA Employees” Number of “Equivalent Full-Time FOIA Employees” Total Number of Full-Time FOIA Staff” Processing Costs Litigation-Related Costs Total Costs
Atlanta 2 0 2 $89,080.29 $0.00 $89,080.29
Birmingham 2 0 2 $164,242.00 $0.00 $164,242.00
Charlotte 1 0 1 $62,490.92 $0.00 $62,490.92
Chicago 1 2.15 3.15 $68,384.10 $0.00 $68,384.10
Dallas 3 0.9 3.9 $157,888.18 $0.00 $157,888.18
Houston 1 0.65 1.65 $102,722.53 $725.88 $103,448.41
Indianapolis 3 1.85 4.85 $140,276.18 $1,109.00 $141,385.18
Los Angeles 3 0 3 $133,421.92 $846.86 $134,268.78
Memphis 2 0 2 $121,624.08 $0.00 $121,624.08
Miami 3 0 3 $101,493.39 $0.00 $101,493.39
New York 1 0 1 $53,674.10 $0.00 $53,674.10
OLC/HDQ 0 0.75 0.75 $432,212.44 $0.00 $432,212.44
Philadelphia 4 1 5 $148,172.36 $0.00 $148,172.36
Phoenix 1 0.5 1.5 $4,390.75 $0.00 $4,390.75
San Francisco 1 0.15 1.15 $44,329.80 $0.00 $44,329.80
St. Louis 1 0 1 $147,269.52 $0.00 $147,269.52
WFO 0 0.75 0.75 $104,139.13 $0.00 $104,139.13
AGENCY OVERALL 29 8.7 37.7 $2,075,811.69 $2,681.74 $2,078,493.43

Note: EEOC expended $2,681.74 preparing a brief in response to a FOIA lawsuit filed against the Houston, Los Angeles, and Indianapolis District Office.

X. FEES COLLECTED FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS

  Total Amount of Fees Collected Percentage of Total Costs
Atlanta $1,180.72 1.33%
Birmingham $332.99 0.20%
Charlotte $2,453.66 3.93%
Chicago $1,953.62 2.86%
Dallas $5,160.94 3.27%
Houston $7,109.60 6.92%
Indianapolis $9,519.01 6.79%
Los Angeles $3,115.95 2.34%
Memphis $6,625.15 5.45%
Miami $50.90 0.05%
New York $1,293.10 2.41%
OLC/HDQ $1,715.84  
Philadelphia $370.15 0.25%
Phoenix $0.00 0.00%
San Francisco $1,298.60 2.93%
St. Louis $843.89 0.57%
WFO $1,009.12 0.97%
AGENCY OVERALL $44,003.24 2.12%

XI. FOIA REGULATIONS

EEOC FOIA regulations can be accessed on the World Wide Web at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_10/29cfr1610_10.html

XII. BACKLOGS, CONSULTATIONS, AND COMPARISONS

A. Backlogs of FOIA Requests and Administrative Appeals

  Number of Backlogged Requests as of End of Fiscal Year Number of Backlogged Appeals as of End of Fiscal Year
Atlanta
0 0
Birmingham
2 0
Charlotte
0 0
Chicago 1 0
Dallas 10 0
Houston
1 0
Indianapolis
1 0
Los Angeles
0 0
Memphis
0 0
Miami
2 0
New York 40 0
OLC/HDQ
12 8
Philadelphia
16 0
Phoenix
0 0
San Francisco
2 0
St. Louis
0 0
WFO 0 0
AGENCY OVERALL 87 8

Note: Headquarters is the only office that processes FOIA appeals.

XII.B. Consultations of FOIA Requests – Received, Processed, and Pending Consultations

  Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies that Were Pending at Your 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 Your Agency During the Fiscal Year Number of Consultations Received from Other Agencies that Were Pending at Your Agency as of End of the Fiscal Year
Atlanta
0 0 0 0
Birmingham
0 0 0 0
Charlotte
0 0 0 0
Chicago
0 0 0 0
Dallas
0 0 0 0
Houston
0 0 0 0
Indianapolis
0 0 0 0
Los Angeles
0 0 0 0
Memphis 0 0 0 0
Miami
0 0 0 0
New York
0 0 0 0
OLC/HDQ
0 0 0 0
Philadelphia
0 0 0 0
Phoenix 0 0 0 0
San Francisco
0 0 0 0
St. Louis
0 0 0 0
WFO 0 0 0 0
AGENCY OVERALL 0 0 0 0

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

Note: EEOC did not receive any consultations from other agencies during Fiscal Year 2010.

XII.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 Report Number Processed During Fiscal Year from Last Year’s Annual Report Number Processed During Fiscal Year from Current Annual Report
Atlanta 695 603 660 589
Birmingham 880 949 787 932
Charlotte 696 1,135 652 1,059
Chicago 710 938 669 938
Dallas 1,991 1,847 1,942 1,767
Houston 969 940 921 900
Indianapolis 2,517 2,429 2,421 2,409
Los Angeles 630 725 619 740
Memphis 1,025 787 967 809
Miami 1,711 1,586 1,532 1,706
New York 740 676 664 620
OLC/HDQ 410 401 391 381
Philadelphia 1,419 1,431 1,386 1,336
Phoenix 181 458 154 467
San Francisco 250 571 239 541
St. Louis 1,072 1,038 1,022 1,015
WFO 94 138 88 134
AGENCY OVERALL 15,990 16,652 15,114 16,343


  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
Atlanta
1 0
Birmingham
0 2
Charlotte
3 0
Chicago
7 1
Dallas
3 10
Houston
0 1
Indianapolis
3 1
Los Angeles
0 0
Memphis
0 0
Miami
88 2
New York
16 40
OLC/HDQ
4 12
Philadelphia
5 16
Phoenix
1 0
San Francisco
1 2
St. Louis
0 0
WFO 4 0
AGENCY OVERALL 136 87

XII.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 Year Annual Report
OLC/HDQ 335 313 302 302
AGENCY OVERALL 335 313 302 302




  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
OLC/HDQ 1 8
AGENCY OVERALL 1 8

XII.F. Discussion of Other FOIA Activities (Optional)