FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

ANNUAL REPORT

FISCAL YEAR 1998

(Report Period: October 1, 1997 through September 30, 1998)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

During the report period, fiscal year (FY) 1998, a total of 106,191 public requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) were completed by the Department of Defense (DoD). In the processing of these cases, the Department of Defense fully denied 2,065 and partially denied 9,998 out of 106,191 requests on the basis of FOIA exemptions. Of those exemptions, 7% were for classified information; 5% for internal rules and practices; 6% for statutory exemptions; 7% for proprietary data; 12% for deliberative material; 31% for privacy information; and 32% for law enforcement investigations. Thirty-three thousand two hundred twenty five (33,225) requests could not be filled in whole or in part for other reasons, such as lack of records, referral to another agency, or lack of specificity sufficient to identify the requested records. There were 1,098 actions taken on appeals of denied requests (38 granted, 118 partially denied, 647 fully denied, and 305 not filled for other reasons, as mentioned earlier).

The total DoD operating cost associated with the processing of requests during this report period was $39,585,688.97. The average cost of processing a single case during this period was approximately $372.78. Fee collections for records provided to the public amounted to $689,154.55.