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HRSA Fiscal Year 2008

Freedom of Information Annual Report 


I. AGENCY: Health Resources and Services Administration

REPORT PREPARED BY: Thomas Flavin

TITLE: FOIA Officer

ADDRESS: 5600 Fishers Lane, Parklawn Bldg. 14-18

PHONE NUMBER: 301-443-2865

ELECTRONIC ADDRESS FOR THIS REPORT ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB: http://www.hrsa.gov/foia/annual08.htm

ADDRESS FOR PAPER COPIES OF THIS REPORT:

Freedom of Information Officer
Office of Communications
Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS
5600 Fishers Lane, Rm. 14-27
Rockville, MD 20857

II. HOW TO MAKE A FOIA REQUEST:

Please see HHS Guide to Information Resources at: http://www.hhs.gov/about/infoguid.html#foia

2. Brief description of why some requests are not granted:
Documents requested were protected by an exemption and release would have caused harm to the interest protected by the exemption.


III. ACRONYMS, DEFINITIONS, AND EXEMPTIONS:

1. Agency-specific acronyms or other terms:

HHS - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
OPDIVs - Operating Divisions of HHS
OS - Office of the Secretary, HHS
OASPA - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, HHS
AoA - Administration on Aging
ACF - Administration for Children and Families
AHRQ - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
ATSDR - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
FDA - Food and Drug Administration
HRSA - Health Resources and Services Administration
IHS - Indian Health Service
NIH - National Institutes of Health
OIG - Office of the Inspector General
OPHS - Office of Public Health and Science
PHS - Public Health Service
PRO - Professional Review Organization
PSC - Program Support Center
SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

2. Basic terms (from FOIA UPDATE, Summer 1997):

a. Administrative Appeal – a request to a federal agency asking that it review at a higher administrative level a FOIA determination made by the agency at the initial request level.

b. Average Number – the number obtained by dividing the sum of a group of numbers by the quantity of numbers in the group. For example, of 3, 7, and 14, the average number is 8.

c. Backlog – the number of requests or administrative appeals that are pending at an agency at the end of the fiscal year that are beyond the statutory time period for a response.

d. Component – for agencies that process requests on a decentralized basis, a “component” is an entity, also sometimes referred to as an Office, Division, Bureau, Center, or Directorate, within the agency that processes FOIA requests. The FOIA now requires that agencies include in their annual re[port data for both the agency overall and for each principal component of the agency.

e. Consultation – the procedure whereby the agency responding to a FOIA request first forwards a record to another agency for its review because that agency has an interest in the document. Once the agency in receipt of the consultation finishes its review of the record, it responds back to the agency that forwarded it. That Agency, in turn, will then respond to the FOIA requester.

f. Exemption 3 Statute – a federal statute that exempts information from disclosure and which the agency relies on to withhold information under subsection (b)(3) of the FOIA.

g. FOIA Request – a FOIA request is generally a request to a federal agency for access to records concerning another person (i.e., a “third-party” request), or concerning an organization, or a particular topic of interest. FOIA requests also include requests made by requesters seeking records concerning themselves (i.e., “first-party” requests) when those requesters are not subject to the Privacy Act, such as non-U.S. citizens. Moreover, because all first-party requesters should be afforded the benefit of both the access provisions of the FOIA as well as those of the Privacy Act, FOIA requests also include any first-party requests where an agency determines that it must search beyond its Privacy Act “systems of records” or where a Privacy Act exemption applies, and the agency looks to FOIA to afford the greatest possible access. All requests which require the agency to utilize the FOIA in responding to the requester are included in this Report. Additionally, a FOIA request includes records referred to the agency for processing and direct response to the requester. It does not, however, include records for which the agency has received a consultation from another agency. (Consultations are reported separately in Section XII of this Report.)

h. Full Grant - an agency decision to disclose all records in full in response to a FOIA request.

i. Full Denial - an agency decision not to release any records in response to a FOIA request because the records are exempt in their entireties under one or more of the FOIA exemptions, or because of a procedural reason, such as when no records could be located.

j. Median Number - Median Number – the middle, not average, number. For example, of 3, 7, and 14, the median number is 7.

k. Multi-Track Processing – a system in which simple requests requiring relatively minimal review are placed in one processing track and more voluminous and complex requests are placed in one or more other tracks. Requests granted expedited processing are placed in yet another track. Requests in each track are processed on a first in/first out basis.
i. Expedited Processing – an agency will process a FOIA request on an expedited basis when a requester satisfies the requirements for expedited processing as set forth in the statute and in agency regulations.
ii. Simple Request – a FOIA request that an agency using multi-track processing places in its fastest (non-expedited) track based on the low volume and/or simplicity of the records requested.
iii. Complex Request – a FOIA request that an agency using multi-track processing places in a slower track based on the high volume and/or complexity of the records requested.

l. Partial Grant/Partial Denial – in response to a FOIA request, an agency decision to disclose portions of the records and to withhold other portions that are exempt under the FOIA, or to otherwise deny a portion of the request for a procedural reason.

m. Pending Request or Pending Administrative Appeal – a request or administrative appeal for which an agency has not taken final action in all respects.

n. Perfected Request – a request for records which reasonably describes such records and is made in accordance with published rules stating the time, place, fees (if any) and procedures to be followed.

o. Processed Request or Processed Administrative Appeal – a request or administrative appeal for which an agency has taken final action in all respects.

p. Range in Number of Days – the lowest and highest number of days to process requests or administrative appeals.

q. Time Limits – the time period in the statute for an agency to respond to a FOIA request (ordinarily twenty working days from receipt of a perfected FOIA request).

3. Include the following concise descriptions of the nine FOIA exemptions:

a. Exemption 1: classified national defense and foreign relations information

b. Exemption 2: internal agency rules and practices

c. Exemption 3: information that is prohibited from disclosure by another federal law

d. Exemption 4: trade secrets and other confidential business information

e. Exemption 5: inter-agency or intra-agency communications that are protected by legal privileges

f. Exemption 6: information involving matters of personal privacy

g. Exemption 7: records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, to the extent that the production of those records (A) could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings, (B) would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication, (C) could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, (D) could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source, (E) would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or (F) could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual

h. Exemption 8: information relating to the supervision of financial institutions

i. Exemption 9: geological information on wells


IV. EXEMPTION 3 STATUTES

42 U.S.C. 300aa12 (d) (4) (A) - National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act; prohibits release of information submitted to a special master or court proceeding without the express consent of the person submitting the information.

TABLE: IV. - Exemption 3 Statutes 

StatuteType of
Information
Withheld
Case CitationNumber of Times
Relied upon per
Component
Total Number of
Times Relied
upon by Agency

42 U.S.C.
300aa12 (d) (4) (A)

Records
presented at to a
Special Master in
court proceedings
under the
National
Childhood
Vaccine Injury
Compensation
Act.
Diane and Craig
Arpino on behalf
of Joseph Craig
Arpino, Somers
Point, New
Jersey, Court of
Federal Claims
Number
040005V
11

 


V. FOIA Requests

A. Numbers of initial requests (line 1 + line 2 - line 3 = line 4):

  1. Number of requests pending as of start of fiscal year: 23
  2. Number of requests received in fiscal year: 305
  3. Number of requests processed in fiscal year: 303
  4. Number of requests pending as of end of fiscal year: 24

TABLE: Part V. A. - Received, Processed and Pending FOIA Requests

 Number of Requests
Pending as of Start
of Fiscal Year
Number of Requests
Received in Fiscal
Year
Number of Requests
Processed in Fiscal
Year
Number of Requests
Pending as of End of
Fiscal Year

HRSA

2330530323

 

B. (1) Disposition of FOIA Requests:

  1. Number of full grants: 294
  2. Number of partial grants: 11
  3. Number of full denials based on Exemptions: 0
  4. Number of Full Denials Based on Reasons Other than Exemptions
    (Total):
    a. No records:
    b. Referrals:
    c. Request withdrawn:
    d. Fee-related reason:
    e. Records not reasonably described:
    f. Improper FOIA request for some other reason:
    g. Not an agency record:
    h. Duplicate request:
    i. Other (specify):

TABLE: V. B. (1) - Disposition of all FOIA Requests – All Processed Requests

 No. of
Full Grants
No.
of
Partial Grants
/Partial Denials
No.
of
Full
Denials Based
on
Exemp-
tions
Number of Full Denials Based on Reasons Other than ExemptionsTOTAL
No
Records
All Records
Referred
to
Another
Componentor Agency
Request
Withdrawn
Fee-
Related Reason
Records
not
Reasonably Described
Improper FOIA
Request
for
Other
Reason
Not
Agency Record
Duplicate RequestOther
*Explain
in
chart
below

HRSA

294110167004110325

 

B. (2) Disposition of FOIA Requests – Other

B. (3) Disposition of FOIA Requests - Number of times exemptions applied

Exemption 1: 0
Exemption 2: 0
Exemption 3: 1
Exemption 4: 5
Exemption 5: 5
Exemption 6: 1
Exemption 7(A): 1
Exemption 7(B):
Exemption 7(C):
Exemption 7(D):
Exemption 7(E):
Exemption 7(F):
Exemption 8: 0
Exemption 9: 0

TABLE: HRSA V. B. (3) - Disposition of FOIA Requests – Number of Times Exemptions Applied

 Ex.
1
Ex.
2
Ex.
3
Ex.
4
Ex.
5
Ex.
6
Ex.
7(A)
Ex.
7(B)
Ex.
7(C)
Ex.
7(D)
Ex.
7(E)
Ex.
7(F)
Ex.
8
Ex.
9

HRSA

00155110000000

 


VI. ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS OF INITIAL DETERMINATIONS OF FOIA REQUESTS

A. Received, Processed and Pending Administrative Appeals: 0

  1. Number of appeals pending as of start of Fiscal Year
  2. Number of appeals received in Fiscal Year:
  3. Number of appeals processed in Fiscal Year:
  4. Number appeals pending as of end of Fiscal Year

B. Disposition of Administrative Appeals – All Processed Appeals: 0

  1. Number affirmed on appeal
  2. Number partially affirmed TABLE: VII. A.and partially reversed/remanded on appeal
  3. Number completely reversed/remanded on appeal
  4. Number of appeals closed for other reasons

C. (1) Reasons for denial on Appeal – Number of Times Exemptions applied

Exemption 1:
Exemption 2:
Exemption 3:
Exemption 4:
Exemption 5:
Exemption 6:
Exemption 7
- Exemption 7(A):
- Exemption 7(B):
- Exemption 7(C):
- Exemption 7(D):
- Exemption 7(E):
- Exemption 7(F):
Exemption 8: 0
Exemption 9: 0

C. (2) Reasons for denial on Appeal – Reasons other than exemptions

a. No records:
b. Referrals:
c. Request withdrawn:
d. Fee-related reason:
e. Records not reasonably described:
f. Improper request for other reason:
g. Not an agency record:
h. Duplicate request:
i. Request in litigation:
j. Appeal based solely on denial of request for expedited processing:

C. (3) Reasons for denial on Appeal - Other

Administrative closures, records previously released to appellant

C. (4) Response time for administrative appeals

a. Median number of days:
b. Average number of days:
c. Lowest Number of days:
d. Highest number of days:

C. (5) Ten Oldest Pending Appeals


VII. FOIA REQUESTS: RESPONSE TIME FOR PROCESSED AND PENDING REQUESTS

A. Processed Requests – Response Time for All Processed Perfected Requests
B. Processed Requests – Response Time for Perfected Requests in Which Information Was Granted
C. Processed Requests – Response Time in Day Increments
D. Pending Requests – All Pending Perfected Requests
E. Pending Requests – Ten Oldest Pending Perfected Requests

 

TABLE: VII. A. - FOIA Requests: Response Time for Processed and Pending Requests

 SIMPLECOMPLEXEXPEDITED PROCESSING
Median
Number
of Days
Average
Number
of Days
Lowest
Number
of Days
Highest
Number
of Days
Median
Number
of Days
Average
Number
of Days
Lowest
Number
of Days
Highest
Number
of Days
Median
Number
of Days
Average
Number
of Days
Lowest
Number
of Days
Highest
Number
of Days

HRSA

0000151812390000

 

TABLE: VII. B. - Processed Requests - Response Time for Perfected Requests in Which Information Was Granted

 SIMPLECOMPLEXEXPEDITED PROCESSING
Median
Number of Days
Average
Number of Days
Lowest
Number of Days
Highest
Number of Days
Median
Number of Days
Average
Number of Days
Lowest
Number of Days
Highest
Number of Days
Median
Number of Days
Average
Number of Days
Lowest
Number of Days
Highest
Number of Days

HRSA

    15181239    

 

TABLE: VII. C. - Processed Requests – Response Time in Day Increments (Simple Requests) 

 1–20
Days
21 – 40
Days
41 – 60
Days
61 – 80
Days
81- 100
Days
101-120
Days
121-140
Days
141-160
Days
161-180
Days
181-200
Days
201-300
Days
301-400
Days
401+
Days
TOTAL

HRSA

000000000001000

 

TABLE: VII. C. - Processed Requests – Response Time (Complex Requests) 

 1–20
Days
21 – 40
Days
41 – 60
Days
61 – 80
Days
81- 100
Days
101-120
Days
121-140
Days
141-160
Days
161-180
Days
181-200
Days
201-300
Days
301-400
Days
401+
Days
TOTAL

HRSA

23752841     1   

 

TABLE: VII. C. - Processed Requests – Response Time (Requests Granted Expedited Processing) 

 1–20
Days
21 – 40
Days
41 – 60
Days
61 – 80
Days
81- 100
Days
101-120
Days
121-140
Days
141-160
Days
161-180
Days
181-200
Days
201-300
Days
301-400
Days
401+
Days
TOTAL

HRSA

00000000000000

 

TABLE: VII. D. - Pending Requests – All Pending Perfected Requests 

 SimpleComplexExpedited Processing
Number
Pending
Median
Number
Of Days
Average
Number
Of Days
Number
Pending
Median
Number
Of Days
Average
Number
Of Days
Number
Pending
Median
Number
Of Days
Average
Number
Of Days

HRSA

   34459   

 

TABLE: VII. E. - Pending Requests - Ten Oldest Pending Perfected Requests 

 10th
Oldest
Request
and
Number
of Days
Pending
9th8th7th6th5th4th3rd2ndOldest
Request
and
Number
of Days
Pending

HRSA

0000000

9/2/08

40

8/28/08

44

7/16/08

73

 


VIII. REQUESTS FOE EXPEDITED PROCESSING AND REQUESTS FOR FEE WAIVER

A. Requests for Expedited Processing
B. Requests for Fee Waiver

TABLE: VIII. A. - Requests for Expedited Processing 

 Number
Granted
Number
Denied
Median
Number of
Days to
Adjudicate
Average
Number of
Days to
Adjudicate
Number
Adjudicated
Within Ten
Calendar Days

HRSA

0    

 

TABLE: VIII. B. - Requests for Fee Waiver 

 Number GrantedNumber GrantedMedian Number
of Days to
Adjudicate
Average Number
of Days to
Adjudicate

HRSA

0   

 


IX. FOIA PERSONNEL AND COSTS

A. Personnel
B. Costs

TABLE: IX. B. - Costs 

 PersonnelCosts
Number of
"Full-Time
FOIA
Employees"
Number of
"Equivalent
Full-Time
FOIA
Employees"
Total
Number of
Full-Time
FOIA
Staff“
Processing
Costs
Litigation-
Related Costs
Total Costs

HRSA

2.52.52.5$49,4000$49,400

 


X. FEES COLLECTED FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS

TABLE: Part X. - Fees Collected 

 Total Amount of Fees CollectedPercentage of Total Costs

HRSA

$5,068.71

1.5%

 


XI. FOIA REGULATIONS: http://www.hhs.gov/foia/45cfr5.html.


XII. BACKLOGS, CONSULTATIONS, AND COMPARISONS

A. Backlogs of FOIA Requests and Administrative Appeals
B. Consultations on FOIA Requests – Received, Processed, and Pending Consultations
C. Consultations on FOIA Requests – Ten Oldest Consultations Received from Other Agencies and Pending at Your Agency
D. Comparison of Numbers of Requests from Previous and Current Annual Report – Requests Received, Processed, and Backlogged
E. Comparison of Numbers of Administrative Appeals from Previous and Current Annual Report – Appeals Received, Processed, and Backlogged

TABLE: Part XII. A. - Backlogs 

 Number of Backlogged
Requests as of End of
Fiscal Year
Number of Backlogged
Appeals as of End of
Fiscal Year

HRSA

3 

 

TABLE: XII. B. - Consultations on FOIA Requests Received, Processed, and Pending 

 Number of
Consultations
Received from
Other Agencies
that Were
Pending at Your
Agency as of
Start of the Fiscal
Year
Number of
Consultations
Received from
Other Agencies
During the Fiscal
Year
Number of
Consultations
Received from
Other Agencies
that Were
Processed by
Your Agency
During the Fiscal
Year
Number of
Consultations
Received from
Other Agencies
that Were
Pending at Your
Agency as of End
of the Fiscal Year

HRSA

0000

 

TABLE: XII. C. - Consultations on FOIA Requests- Ten Oldest Consultations Received from Other Agencies and Pending at your Agency 

 10th
Oldest
Request
And
Number
of Days
Pending
9th8th7th6th5th4th3rd2ndOldest
Request
And
Number
of Days
Pending

HRSA

0000000000

 

TABLE: XII. D. 3 - FOR 2009

 Number of Backlogged Requests as of
End of the Fiscal Year from Previous
Annual Report
Number of Backlogged Requests as of
End of the Fiscal Year from Current
Annual Report

HRSA

5

3

 

TABLE: XII. E. 1 - Comparison of Numbers of Administrative Appeals from Previous and Current Annual Report – Appeals Received, Processed, and Backlogged 

 Number of Appeals ReceivedNumber of Appeals Processed
Number
Received During
Fiscal Year from
Last Year's
Annual Report
Number
Received During
Fiscal Year from
Current Annual
Report
Number
Processed During
Fiscal Year from
Last Year's
Annual Report
Number
Processed During
Fiscal Year from
Current Annual
Report

HRSA

0000