State Dept Stalls FOIA Request About Stalling FOIA Requests


The State Department has taken over three years on a FOIA request about how long it takes to process FOIA requests


Agency has revised the estimated completion date for its estimated completion date methodology seven times


Back in 2013, a young Shawn Musgrave filed a FOIA request with the State Department for its cables regarding former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. To his surprise, he was given an estimated completion date (ECD) of December 2015 – a full 18 months of processing time.


Curious about where the agency got that oddly specific number from – and with plenty of time on his hands – Shawn filed a follow-up request for any documentation outlining State’s methodology for estimating FOIA completion date.


…we are still waiting for the State Department to tell us how long it takes to process its FOIA requests.