In my line of work it is called metadata and without it you really can't do a whole lot with a database. It is hard to work with a database when you don't know what's in it.
Anyway the group was told it would cost about $111,930 to get the metadata of database.
The immigration agency says the bill is based on a charge of $130.00 an hour for an estimated 861 hours of work to retrieve the information. And the agency warned that the final bill could go higher.
So it would take almost 5 man months to get the metadata (again, that's not the actual data) so it would appear we have a system to store citizenship applications and no one seems to know what is in fact in it...
Sometimes I really get why people are worried about the feds getting deeper into healthcare.