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FOIA Lawsuits Change

Top 10 Federal Agencies Experiencing Largest Growth in the Number of FOIA Lawsuits Filed

Fiscal Year 2011

The Department of Veterans Affairs led the federal government in the largest
jump in the number of FOIA court suits filed against it during FY 2011. The
Central Intelligence Agency and the Social Security Administration were tied for
second place experiencing the next largest growth in FOIA actions filed against
them.





Top 10 Federal Agencies Experiencing Largest Growth in the Number of FOIA Lawsuits Filed

*Counts each time an agency and/or subagency was sued. Suing an agency official along with the agency is only counted once.
FY
2011
Rank
Organization Number FOIA Suits Filed* Percent Change
FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2011 vs. FY 2010
Total (All Agencies) 417 457 9.6%
1 Department of Veterans Affairs 5 9 80.0%
2 Central Intelligence Agency 10 16 60.0%
2 Social Security Administration 5 8 60.0%
4 U.S. Department of Labor 9 13 44.4%
5 Department of Homeland Security 47 64 36.2%
6 U.S. Department of Agriculture 9 12 33.3%
7 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 8 10 25.0%
8 Department of Defense 46 55 19.6%
9 Department of Health and Human Services 24 28 16.7%
10 U.S. Department of Justice 133 147 10.5%
11 Department of Commerce 7 7 0.0%
12 Department of State 22 18 -18.2%
13 United States Department of the Treasury 33 20 -39.4%
14 Office of the Director of National Intelligence 5 3 -40.0%
14 Securities and Exchange Commission 5 3 -40.0%
16 U.S. Department of the Interior 23 12 -47.8%
17 Federal Reserve Board 6 2 -66.7%
Not Ranked: Agencies with fewer than 5 FOIA suits in FY 2010 in name order      
Council on Environmental Quality 1 0 -100.0%
Department of Education 3 8 166.7%
Department of Energy 3 6 100.0%
Department of Housing and Urban Development 4 10 150.0%
Department of Transportation 2 1 -50.0%
Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget 1 3 200.0%
Federal Communications Commission 3 2 -33.3%
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 0 -100.0%
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 1 0 -100.0%
Federal Housing Finance Agency 1 0 -100.0%
Federal Trade Commission 0 1 -
Legal Services Corporation 0 1 -
Merit Systems Protection Board 0 1 -
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 4 4 0.0%
National Archives & Records Administration 0 2 -
National Credit Union Administration 0 1 -
National Labor Relations Board 1 3 200.0%
National Science Foundation 0 2 -
National Transportation Safety Board 1 0 -100.0%
Office of Personnel Management 4 2 -50.0%
Office of Science and Technology Policy 0 1 -
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 0 1 -
Peace Corps 0 1 -
Pension Benefit Guaranty  Corporation 1 0 -100.0%
U.S Office of Special Counsel 2 0 -100.0%
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 0 1 -
U.S. General Services Administration 1 0 -100.0%
U.S. Small Business Administration 1 1 0.0%
United States Agency for International Development 2 1 -50.0%
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1 2 100.0%
United States Postal Service 1 1 0.0%
Unites States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission 1 2 100.0%

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