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This past January, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Julia Frifield appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (HOGR) to testify on the State Department’s response to Congressional requests for documents in 2015. Below is extracted from her prepared testimony (PDF):
160,000 pages: provided to the Committee for its investigation of embassy construction
6,000 pages: provided to the Committee on the Jakarta New Embassy Compound
5,000 constituent cases: response provided to members of Congress – everything from lost passports to missing constituents overseas to helping with visas for constituents’ family members.
2,500 briefings: provided to the Hill on foreign policy issues
2,137 Consular Notifications pages: provided to the Committee on overseas construction
1,700 Congressional letters: provided response to congressional inquiries
536: Congressional Member and staff delegation trips abroad.
168 Hearings: Congressional hearings where State Department officials appeared in 2015
21 staffers: people dedicated to processing documents with support from new legal and information technology personnel for the Congressional Document Production Branch.
9 Investigations: currently with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the State Department is working on
1 Congressional Document Production Branch: new unit created at the State Department to “enabling us to respond to more committees simultaneously than ever before.”