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Table 3 Number of times exemptions applied to Freedom of Information Act requests, 2008–2017

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

AgencyEx. 1aEx. 2bEx. 3cEx. 4dEx. 5eEx. 6fEx. 7gEx. 8hEx. 9iTotal
CMS0 (0.0%)128 (0.2%)191 (0.3%)1440 (2.3%)451 (0.7%)54644 (86.1%)6606 (10.4%)0 (0.0%)0 (0.0%)63460
FDA0 (0.0%)23 (0.6%)420 (11.6%)1310 (36.1%)265 (7.3%)316 (8.7%)1290 (35.6%)0 (0.0%)0 (0.0%)3624
Other HHS agencies1 (0.0%)329 (1.3%)666 (2.7%)5111 (20.6%)3333 (13.4%)11294 (45.5%)4063 (16.4%)0 (0.0%)0 (0.0%)24797
HHS total1 (0.0%)480 (0.5%)1277 (1.4%)7861 (8.6%)4049 (4.4%)66254 (72.1%)11959 (13.0%)0 (0.0%)0 (0.0%)91881
  1. aExemption 1: Classified national defense and foreign relations information
  2. bExemption 2: Information related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency
  3. cExemption 3: Information that is prohibited from disclosure by another federal law
  4. dExemption 4: Trade secrets or other confidential commercial information
  5. eExemption 5: Inter-agency or intra-agency communications that are protected by legal privileges
  6. fExemption 6: Information that, if disclosed, would invade another individual's personal privacy
  7. gExemption 7: Information compiled for law enforcement purposes that:
  8. 7(A). Could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings
  9. 7(B). Would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication
  10. 7(C). Could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy
  11. 7(D). Could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source
  12. 7(E). Would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law
  13. 7(F). Could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual
  14. hExemption 8: Information that concerns the supervision of financial institutions
  15. iExemption 9: Geological information on wells