NARA: Shutdown Delayed FOIA Request Processing

Statute doesn't actually allow extensions due to government shutdown or even inclement weather


Freedom of Information Act processing at many agencies has been delayed because the majority of FOIA professionals were furloughed as non-excepted employees during the government's 16 day shutdown.

Unfortunately, the FOIA statute does not address government shutdowns, writes Kristen Mitchell, a facilitator at the National Archives and Records Administration's office of government information services, in an Oct. 24 blog post.