FOI release

FOI Team structure

19255 We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following: 1) I am interested in the grades of the members…




We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:

1) I am interested in the grades of the members of the FOI team at your department and its structure. I would like snapshots of this information on 1 January and 1 July for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

2) I would like the full job titles and grades of members of the team. If you are able to provide a brief job description (some of  the team may be monitoring stats, some might be doing FOI requests, etc, although I know that these are fluid), then that would be helpful. I am only interested in your centralised FOI team, not any FOI officials or contacts that you may have within policy teams.

3) I am also interested to know about the functions of the leader/senior official/head of your freedom of information team, in that I would like to know for the June months of the four years how many FOI cases have been undertaken by the FOI team leader, how many internal reviews and how many ICO cases.

We released the following information on 1 August 2011.


Question 1: IAT staffing 2009-2011

              G7 SEO HEO
Jan 2009  1    3    5
July 2009  1    3    5
Jan 2010  1    5    10
July 2010  1    5    9
Jan 2011  1    5     7
July 2011  1    4     8

Question 2:  Job titles and descriptions:

Information Access Manager (Grade 7)

Develop the department’s ability to meet its obligations under Data Protection (DPA) and Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation, leading on implementation of policy, overseeing departmental performance, and managing a team of experts handling high level, complex and cross-cutting cases

Information Rights Consultant (SEO)

To investigate and respond to complex requests for information and complaints relating to information access requests (Freedom of Information (FOI) , Data Protection (DPA) , Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and to handle appeals against such cases.
To manage Home Office performance in dealing with access requests.
To improve understanding of Information Access issues across the department and to provide advice and assistance to others on individual cases.

Information Rights Caseworker (HEO)

To respond to requests for information, internal reviews, and Information Commissioner Office procedural complaints made under the statutory access regimes (Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Data Protection Act (DPA), and Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs).
To Act as a point of expert advice and assistance for defined areas of the department on information access issues.

Question 3:Team leader

The team leader is responsible for overseeing all functions within the team.  This includes quality assuring all internal reviews, responses to ICO cases and Tribunal work. The team leader has not directly undertaken any FOI cases during the month of June.