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Table 1 Outcomes of Freedom of Information Act requests to Department of Health and Human Services Agencies, 2008–2017a, b

From: Systematic overview of Freedom of Information Act requests to the Department of Health and Human Services from 2008 to 2017

Year 2008–20092010–20112012–20132014–20152016–2017Total, 2008–2017
CMSFOIA requests received, No.76333 (71.4%)*98702 (75.2%)*104788 (77.4%)*52927 (60.6%)*35933 (51.9%)*368683 (69.6%)*
FOIA requests processed, No.73966 (63.3%)*104993 (75.0%)*105426 (77.3%)*53180 (60.8%)*37163 (52.5%)*374728 (67.9%)*
 Fully granted, No.60059 (81.2%)58598 (55.8%)64404 (61.1%)17428 (32.8%)8825 (23.7%)209314 (55.9%)
 Partially granted/
partially denied, No.
118 (0.2%)1520 (1.4%)1678 (1.6%)7294 (13.7%)5895 (15.9%)16505 (4.4%)
 Fully denied (exemptions), No.2925 (4.0%)13061 (12.4%)10795 (10.2%)11164 (21.0%)11318 (30.5%)49263 (13.1%)
 Fully denied (non-exemptions), No.10864 (14.7%)31784 (30.3%)28549 (27.1%)17294 (32.5%)11125 (29.9%)99616 (26.6%)
Backlogged requests, No.207895494313245152352N/A
FDAFOIA requests received, No.19769 (18.5%)*18991 (14.5%)*19588 (14.5%)*20182 (23.1%)*21436 (31.0%)*99966 (18.9%)*
FOIA requests processed, No.32435 (27.7%)*20481 (14.6%)*20194 (14.8%)*20336 (23.2%)*21492 (30.4%)*114938 (20.8%)*
 Fully granted, No.19965 (61.6%)14754 (72.0%)14939 (74.0%)15858 (78.0%)16448 (76.5%)81964 (71.3%)
 Partially granted/
partially denied, No.
226 (0.7%)300 (1.5%)381 (1.9%)232 (1.1%)161 (0.7%)1300 (1.1%)
 Fully denied (exemptions), No.190 (0.6%)175 (0.9%)353 (1.7%)367 (1.8%)335 (1.6%)1420 (1.2%)
 Fully denied (non-exemptions), No.12054 (37.2%)5252 (25.6%)4521 (22.4%)3879 (19.1%)4548 (21.2%)30254 (26.3%)
Backlogged requests, No.113868112490949544527N/A
Other HHS agenciesFOIA requests received, No.10761 (10.1%)*13577 (10.3%)*11007 (8.1%)*14259 (16.3%)*11841 (17.1%)*61445 (11.6%)*
FOIA requests processed, No.10519 (9.0%)*14565 (10.4%)*10761 (7.9%)*13963 (16.0%)*12082 (17.1%)*61890 (11.2%)*
 Fully granted, No.3673 (34.9%)4884 (33.5%)3612 (33.6%)3815 (27.3%)3410 (28.2%)19394 (31.3%)
 Partially granted/partially denied, No.1591 (15.1%)2206 (15.1%)2050 (19.1%)4124 (29.5%)3045 (25.2%)13016 (21.0%)
 Fully denied (exemptions), No.213 (2.0%)273 (1.9%)352 (3.3%)519 (3.7%)670 (5.5%)2027 (3.3%)
 Fully denied (non-exemptions), No.5042 (47.9%)7232 (49.7%)4747 (44.1%)5505 (39.4%)4957 (41.0%)27483 (44.4%)
Backlogged requests, No.46562475279834712185N/A
  1. CMS, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; HHS, Department of Health and Human Services; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; FOIA, Freedom of Information Act
  2. aOther HHS agencies in the analysis include the following: Administration on Aging, Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Inspector General, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  3. bThe number of FOIA requests processed exceeds the number of FOIA requests received because some FOIA requests received prior to 2008 were processed in 2008 or afterwards
  4. *Percentages of the HHS totals; all other percentages are of respective HHS agency totals
  5. Some backlogged requests may be counted twice within each 2-year increment