FOIA Schizophrenia

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
By: Jonathan MontagJ.D.

I have it heard it said that the way to induce schizophrenia in people is to tell them things and assert them as true that are objectively and obviously not true. The USCIS website  is posting the following information about how long it takes to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act request which allows a person to see their government file:

Current Average FOIA Request Processing Times (All times in business days)

USCIS uses a three-track system to process FOIA requests.

Track One (47 days): Simple requests;

Track Two (76 days): Complex inquiries that normally necessitate additional search and review time; and

Track Three (53 days): Requests by individuals scheduled for a hearing before an immigration judge.

These statistics do not comport with my experience, but to confirm, I checked some pending requests in my office. I checked on a Track 3 FOIA request on June 1, 2011, and it was 48th on a queue of 2087 requests. I checked today and it was 35th on a queue of 1835 requests. In 13 days it advanced 13 business days. USCIS received the request on January 24, 2011, which was 98 business days ago.

It has been 98 days, 45 more than the posted 53 days and no response yet. Advancing a day each business day, it will take 35 more business days to reach my request. This is a total of 133 days, which two and a half times the posted number of days.

I checked another FOIA request I filed on February 16, 2011, and is a Track Two request. It has been 86 business days since I filed it, which is more than the promised 76 days. Today, the website says the case is 7894th in a queue of 31,652. When I checked on June 2, 2011, it was 9901st in a queue of 31, 212. This means the request advanced 2007 in twelve days. The reports are delayed, so, saying the report shows this advance in 10 days, the queue is advancing 200 per day. That would mean it will take another 39 days to reach my request, which means a total of 125 days, which is about 65 percent longer than advertised.

Lucky I don’t believe everything I read or I’d have to go on psych meds. Posted June 21, 2011.

 


 

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