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FOIA Agency Information

General Information

Department of Homeland Security

Mission statement: "The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 230,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector"

Where Suits are Filed

Status  Year  City 
Cases filed within: 7 days 30 days over 30 days
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Docket Number Filed Case Title

Statistics on Lawsuits*

Key Indicators
144 Suits filed against DHS in FY 2019
1121 Suits filed since 2001
265 Suits still pending
895 Suits closed
165 Suits taking over 24 months
1 Suit taking over 204 months
Lawsuits Filed by Year
*based on FOIA nature of suit

Request Backlogs and Processing Times

Most Recent Data, for the Month of September 2016
TrackPending CasesClosed Cases
All6,814 cases
average 134 days pending
8,441 cases
average 41 days to close
Simple5,661 cases
average 39 days pending
8,248 cases
average 37 days to close
Expedited2 cases
average 466 days pending
0 cases
average 0 days to close
Complex1,151 cases
average 602 days pending
193 cases
average 220 days to close


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