Hillary Clinton’s office received 240 requests under the Freedom of Information Act during her time as secretary of state, but only three of those requests received responses within the legally required timeframe, according to government watchdogs.
Of those requests, 177 are still pending, according to a report released on Thursday by the State Department’s inspector general. State took more than 500 days to respond to 55 of those requests, even though federal officials are required to respond within 20 business days.
While delays beyond that timeframe are not unique to State, the report noted, the department is among the least responsive of any federal agency to FOIA requests. It is the only one that does not notify requesters of processing delays as required by federal law, according to the report.
Despite those and other problems, the report said, State has not sent an official notice to department employees reminding them of their obligations under FOIA since March 2009, a month after Clinton took office. That notice was a message from Clinton commemorating Freedom of Information Day.