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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
169 Suits filed against DHS in FY 2020
1291 Suits filed since 2001
320 Suits still pending
1010 Suits closed
206 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
TrackPending CasesClosed Cases
All46,557 cases
average 256 days pending
2,246 cases
average 362 days to close
Simple3,398 cases
average 19 days pending
1,717 cases
average 14 days to close
Expedited14 cases
average 193 days pending
4 cases
average 32 days to close
Complex9,956 cases
average 177 days pending
14,223 cases
average 331 days to close


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