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But the CJOG study looking behind those numbers, and points out that for individual requesters, the waiting time has barely improved at most agencies, and has actually lengthened at some others.
CJOG, a coalition of more than 30 journalism-related organizations, found that the overall backlog fell to 33% of requests processed from a record 39%, but that was because of big reductions at a few agencies such as Housing and Urban Development, which managed to knock its backlog to 10% from an astounding 188%.
When ASNE and CJOG come looking for more help, we will weigh each request individually.
CJOG will track candidate responses to questions and coverage and compile them on its Website.
"Comparing reports year-to-year and across agencies--which no agency does in its reporting--it's clear that in many cases FOIA simply isn't working as intended," said CJOG coordinator Pete Weitzel.
To view the entire report and charts, go to the CJOG Web site, www.cjog.net.
Subsequent agency objections caused further delays, and CJOG withheld support pending any rewrites prior to bill's introduction.
CJOG analyzed the FOIA requests made to federal agencies during the fiscal year ended Sept.
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