Enacted in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, gives any person the right to access federal agency records or information. The FOIA is based on the presumption that the government and its information belong to the people.
A 1996 amendment to the FOIA, required federal agencies to make many types of records available online.
Internally, agencies produce reports that offer other FOIA staff members status updates, reports, statistics, etc. about the ongoing effort to deal with the onslaught of FOIA Requests they receive from the public.
In November of 2016, I requested all internal FOIA Status Reports from the IRS, for the years 2015 and 2016. I was surprised to receive nearly 8,000 pages of responsive records!
I have archived them below for reference. This is a very large data dump, so it is very difficult to truly break it all down and index, but this should give you a starting point. Not all PDF files are currently searchable.
Currently, the contents are organized exactly how they were given to me and in the same format.
- 2015 AFOIA Backlog Report April-June Sealed/
- 2015 AFOIA Backlog Report Jan-March Sealed/
- 2015 AFOIA Backlog Report July-Sept Sealed/
- 2015 AFOIA Backlog Report Oct-Dec Sealed/
- 2015 MAG Reports/
- 2015 Weekly Inventory Reports/
- 2016 AFOIA Backlog Report Apr-Jun Sealed/
- 2016 AFOIA Backlog Report Jan-Mar Sealed/
- 2016 AFOIA Backlog Report July-Sept Sealed/
- 2016 AFOIA Backlog Report Oct-Nov Sealed/
- 2016 MAG Reports/
- 2016 Weely Inventory Reports/
IRS FOIA Response for Case #17307-0087 [2 Pages, 0.5MB]