The number of requests under the Freedom of Information Act that the Securities and Exchange Commission fully granted jumped 36 percent in fiscal year 2011 compared to the prior year, the commission’s Chief FOIA Officer Barry Walters said in a March 9 report.

The report said the office’s backlog of FOIA requests continued to decrease, “and the number of requests pending at the end of the fiscal year was the lowest it has been in 9 years.” In FY 2011, the SEC managed to close the 10 oldest requests that were pending at the end of FY 2010, the...