Department of Justice's Responses to Public Records Requests



The Office of Open Government takes very seriously its mission of openness and transparency at the Department of Justice. In order to provide more information about the Office's performance, the following policies and reports will be periodically updated on this website:


Public Records Requests Internal Protocols

The Office of Open Government employs the following protocols when responding to a request for DOJ records.

Office of Open Government Outline and Public Records Request Response Protocol


Weekly Public Records Request Snapshot

The Office of Open Government compiles this list of pending requests at the beginning of every week. It does not account for or include requests that DOJ received and to which DOJ responded between the weekly lists’ publication dates. The list also does not include pending public records postings for officer involved critical incidents, pending family and victim requests related to such incidents, and other agency public records assists.

Public Records Snapshot


Average Response Times to Public Records Requests

The Office of Open Government tracks its performance by, among other things, calculating its average response time. The most recent reports are posted below, and measure the response time for all requests closed out in that period.



February 2019 Average Response Time

January 2019 Average Response Time



2018 Annual Report

December 2018 Average Response Time

November 2018 Average Response Time

October 2018 Average Response Time

September 2018 Average Response Time

August 2018 Average Response Time

July 2018 Average Response Time

2018 Mid-Year Report

June 2018 Average Response Time

May 2018 Average Response Time

April 2018 Average Response Time

March 2018 Average Response Time

February 2018 Average Response Time

January 2018 Average Response Time

2017 Annual Report and Results


Responses to Public Records Requests

In the interest of transparency and efficiency, the Office of Open Government posts specific responses to public-records requests that may be of particular public interest, or may be the subject of multiple requests for the same records. For records released related to Officer Involved Critical Incidents, please follow this link.  


December 2018

Dec 20 2018
General Records Release - Sun Prairie Explosion (July 10, 2018)

September 2018

Sep 26 2018
Matthew Murray - Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory Bureau Needs Assessment Report
Sep 21 2018
James Wigderson - Former DOJ Employee Information

August 2018

Aug 10 2018
Thomas Kamenick - Public Records Fees Methodology

July 2018

Jul 25 2018
Briana Reilly - Public Records Requests 2015-Present
Jul 16 2018
Katelyn Ferral - OSG Budget, SG Emails, DLS Brief Checklist

June 2018

Jun 29 2018
Todd Richmond - Crime Laboratory Turnaround Times
Jun 29 2018
Joanna Beilman-Dulin - OSG Legal Conference Attendance Part 1
Jun 29 2018
Joanna Beilman-Dulin - OSG Legal Conference Attendance Part 2
Jun 21 2018
Joanna Beilman-Dulin - 2017 ADF Summit (SG)