A request for records may be expedited upon the requester's demonstration of a compelling need. Compelling need means that the failure to obtain the records on an expedited basis could pose an imminent threat to the life or physical safety of an individual, or that the requester is primarily engaged in the dissemination of information and there is an urgency to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal government activity. A request will not be expedited simply because a requester is facing a court deadline.
A request for expedited processing must set forth the reasons why the request should be expedited. The requester must certify that the reasons given for seeking expedited processing of his request are true and correct to the best of his knowledge and belief. The EEOC will notify the requester of its decision whether to grant expedited processing within ten days after receiving the certified request. If the EEOC denies the request for expedited processing, the requester will be advised of his right to submit an administrative appeal, which will be handled expeditiously.