Exploring the Cost of a FOIA Request

How much do FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests cost the U.S. Government? How many requests does each department receive? How much does each department spend processing FOIA requests? What agencies are the most efficient at processing requests? Find out all of this and more in Michael and Molly’s Buzzfeed OpenLabs FOIA Data Hackathon Data Visualization!!!


The U.S Government Spent $448,961,678 Processing FOIA Requests in 2015


U.S Department/Agencies Processed 769,898 FOIA Requests in 2015


The Cost Per Request is Highly Variable