I finally got a response out of the US Department of State about when I might expect a response to my January 2009 Freedom of Information Act request. Here it is:
I have spoken with my staff members of my office and since then your information have been discussed with the Program Analyst and they are aware of your request. At this point I have nothing new to report but everyone is working hard to satisfy your request and I hope this information was helpful.
I don’t know in what alternate universe that would be considered “information” or how one could harbor a rational hope that it could be “helpful.” At first reading one might take it as a mildly encouraging reply, but this is the same stuff they’ve been feeding me for months.