One for the "delays" category, this ProPublica report from Michael Grabell on waiting four years for a request from the Transportation Security Administration on reports on passenger complaints:
When I made a similar FOIA request in 2008, I assumed the TSA would respond in a few months. Government agencies have about a month to respond to public record requests, though they often take longer. I figured even if their response took months, I'd be able to repeat it regularly to get a timely, inside look as to what passengers were complaining about and find out about incidents that required some more digging.
Boy, was I wrong.
Slow responses to requests to federal agencies is the norm; if ProPublica had wanted to speed up this process, they could have gone to court.
As Joshua Schachter once wrote about something that wasn't going very fast:
I guess that's better than having a FOIA request in an inner loop, though.