American Oversight Sues Labor Department for Records on Efforts to Roll Back Overtime and Fiduciary Rules

Watchdog Group Seeks Release of DOL Communications and Records Related to Attempts to Weaken Obama-Era Regulations Protecting Workers and Investors  

Non-partisan watchdog group American Oversight today sued the Department of the Labor (DOL) to force the release of records related to ongoing efforts to undo the ‘overtime rule’ and the ‘fiduciary rule,’ two Obama-era regulations put in place to expand the number of workers eligible for overtime pay, and protect investors, respectively.

“The Department of Labor’s attempts to roll back the overtime and fiduciary rules are yet additional examples of how the Trump administration has sided with well-connected businesses over the working Americans whose interests the president claims to represent,” said American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers. “The public has a right to know why the Trump administration believes four million Americans should work for free, and why it’s okay for investment professionals to act in their own financial interests instead of their clients’. Since the administration is staying mum, American Oversight is suing to find out what’s been going on behind closed doors.”

Since taking office, both President Trump and Labor Secretary Acosta have sought to weaken and roll back the fiduciary and overtime rules put in place by President Obama. The overtime rule mandated that salaried employees making less than $47,476 annually be eligible to receive overtime. The fiduciary rule required investment advisors to make decisions based on their clients’ best interests.

American Oversight submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to DOL on July 21st, requesting communications and documents regarding proposed changes to these two rules. After DOL failed to adequately respond to the FOIA request, American Oversight filed suit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to force the release of relevant documents.

Click HERE to view the complaint.

Related Blog Posts

May 11, 2021

The Poultry Industry’s Influence on the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic

Department of Agriculture
April 5, 2021

Covid-19 Oversight News: Increasing Case Numbers, Updated CDC Guidance, and the Pandemic in Prisons

April 1, 2021

News Roundup: Georgia’s Attack on Voting Rights

Department of Agriculture, Department of Justice, DOJ - Office of Information Policy
March 25, 2021

Yellen, Powell Testify About Covid-19 Stimulus, CARES Act on Capitol Hill

Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve
March 19, 2021

One Year of the Coronavirus Pandemic: Covid-19 in Meat-Packing Plants

HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 2, 2021

Investigations Update: Covid-19 Outbreaks in Meatpacking Facilities, New Arizona Voting-Restriction Bills

Arizona House of Representatives, Arizona Senate, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Georgia, Georgia Building Authority, Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Technology Authority, New Mexico - Otero County, Oklahoma - Canadian County, South Dakota Office of the Governor
February 9, 2021

Investigations Update: Florida Vaccine Distribution, Anti-Protest Measures, and Trump’s Efforts to Overturn Georgia’s Election Results

Federal Election Commission, Florida, Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Office of the Governor, Florida Senate, Georgia, Georgia Attorney General, National Archives and Records Administration, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Senate
February 8, 2021

Covid-19 Oversight News: Vaccine Inequity, Super Bowl Parties, and CARES Act Oversight

February 4, 2021

Where Did the Money Go? A Summary of Findings from CARES Act Investigations

January 5, 2021

Covid-19 Oversight News: Lagging Vaccine Distribution and Rising Cases

December 10, 2020

News Roundup: A Litany of Failures

Department of Health and Human Services
December 2, 2020

Mnuchin, Powell Appear on Capitol Hill to Discuss Lending Programs

Congress, Federal Reserve
October 20, 2020

Investigations Update: Hatch Act Violations, Covid-19 Vaccine Contracts, and South Carolina Ballots

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, DOD - Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - U.S. Department of the Navy, DOI - Fish and Wildlife Service, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, North Carolina, North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina Senate, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Senate, South Carolina - Georgetown County, South Carolina - Richland County, South Carolina Election Committee, Treasury - Comptroller of the Currency, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Senate
October 13, 2020

Covid-19 Oversight News: Trump’s Florida Rally, New FDA Vaccine Guidelines, and Covid-19 in Detention Centers

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Small Business Administration
October 6, 2020

Investigations Update: The White House Outbreak, the Administration’s Naturalization Policy, and Texas’ Ballot Drop Boxes

Arizona Secretary of State, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Iowa Secretary of State, Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, New Mexico Secretary of State, North Carolina, Texas, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State, United States Postal Service, White House - Office of Management and Budget
October 1, 2020

News Roundup: White Nationalism, Voter Suppression, and Trump’s Taxes

Commerce - Census Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Treasury - Internal Revenue Service, United States Postal Service
September 25, 2020

New Congressional Report, Hearings Focus on Shortcomings in Fed’s Pandemic Response

Congress, Federal Reserve
September 22, 2020

This Week’s Covid-Related Congressional Hearings

September 21, 2020

Covid-19 Oversight News: CDC Flip-Flops, Azar’s ‘Power Grab,’ and Vaccine Trial Plans

Department of Health and Human Services, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Food and Drug Administration
September 16, 2020

Emails Reveal Meat Industry Influence Over Government’s Pandemic Response

Department of Agriculture, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 15, 2020

Investigations Update: DeJoy’s Calendars, Barr’s False Voting Fraud Story, and Delays in Prescription Deliveries

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Veterans Affairs, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, United States Postal Service, VA - Veterans Health Administration
September 14, 2020

Covid-19 Oversight News: Scientific Integrity Concerns and Anti-Immigration Opportunism

September 10, 2020

News Roundup: What Trump Knew, and What We Know

Congress, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, State Office of the Inspector General, United States Postal Service, VA - Veterans Health Administration, White House
September 10, 2020

New Reports Find Billions in CARES Act Funding Went to Companies with Histories of Misconduct

Congress, Department of Commerce, Department of the Treasury, Small Business Administration, White House
September 1, 2020

Investigations Update: Operation Legend, Crossfire Hurricane, and the Rush for a Coronavirus Vaccine

Arizona Department of Health Services, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - National Security Division, Federal Communications Commission, Georgia - Sumter County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Illinois - Chicago Mayor's Office, Illinois - Chicago Police Department, Illinois - Office of the Governor, Missouri - Kansas City Mayor's Office, Missouri - Office of the Governor, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, New Mexico - Albuquerque Mayor's Office, New Mexico - Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico Office of the Governor, North Carolina, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Ohio - City of Cleveland Mayor's Office, Ohio - Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio Office of the Governor, United States Postal Service, USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service, White House, Wisconsin - Milwaukee County, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Mayor's Office, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Office of the Governor
August 25, 2020

Investigations Update: Attorney General Barr’s Conduct, Airline Industry Influence, and Trump’s Suggestion to Postpone the Election

Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, DOT - Federal Aviation Administration, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Postal Service
August 18, 2020

Investigations Update: Postal Service Sabotage, Covid-19 Operation Warp Speed, and Portland Protest Deployment Costs

Central Intelligence Agency, Colorado Attorney General, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of State, DHS - Federal Protective Service, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - United States Coast Guard, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, DOL - Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, White House - Office of Management and Budget
July 14, 2020

Investigations Update: Militarization of Police, Covid-19 in Migrant Detention Centers, and Barr’s Political Interference

Central Intelligence Agency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DOD - Defense Logistics Agency, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, Florida - Palm Beach County, General Services Administration
June 12, 2020

News Roundup: Georgia’s Disastrous Election, the Administration’s Alarming Protest Response, and Barr’s Troubling Tenure

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Office of Intelligence and Analysis, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, District of Columbia Mayor's Office, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, DOD - Defense Intelligence Agency, DOD - Department of the Air Force, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DOJ - Civil Division, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - Justice Management Division, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Florida - Miami-Dade County, Florida Department of State, Maryland - Baltimore Mayor's Office, Nevada Secretary of State, New Jersey Department of Human Services, New York City Department for the Aging, New York City Office of the Mayor, New York Police Department, New York State Department of Health, New York State Office for the Aging, North Carolina, North Carolina House of Representatives, North Carolina Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Secretary of State, Ohio Senate, State Office of the Inspector General, Texas Secretary of State, United States Postal Service, White House - Office of Management and Budget, Wisconsin Elections Commission
May 15, 2020

News Roundup: The Subversion of Justice at the Justice Department

Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, DOT - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Department of Corrections, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Louisiana - New Orleans Mayor's Office, Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana Office of the Governor, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City Office of the Mayor, New York Office of the Governor, New York State Department of Health, Small Business Administration, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, United States Postal Service, White House - Office of Management and Budget, Wisconsin Elections Commission
May 8, 2020

News Roundup: Who Will Watch the Inspectors General?

Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - United States Coast Guard, DOD - Department of the Air Force, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - U.S. Department of the Navy, DOD - U.S. Marine Corps, DOJ - Civil Division, DOJ - Criminal Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Election Commission, Georgia - Troup County, Georgia Attorney General, Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Treasury - Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Agency for International Development, White House - Office of Management and Budget
May 1, 2020

News Roundup: Protecting the Right to Vote During a Pandemic

Arizona - Yuma County, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - Richmond County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Indiana Secretary of State, Iowa Secretary of State, Kentucky Secretary of State, Kentucky State Board of Elections, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, New Jersey - Essex County, New Orleans, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State, Wisconsin Elections Commission
March 13, 2020

News Roundup: Continuing Our Investigation of Coronavirus Response

Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, Georgia Secretary of State, Texas Secretary of State, Washington State Department of Health, Wisconsin
March 3, 2020

In the Documents: Ballard Partners Communications with Labor Department Regarding Investigation into Client

Department of Labor
February 21, 2020

News Roundup: The Post-Impeachment Purge and the Knock of Authoritarianism

Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOI - Fish and Wildlife Service, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, White House - Office of Management and Budget
January 17, 2020

News Roundup: The Evidence Continues to Mount

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia - Clayton County, Georgia - Hancock County, Georgia - Jefferson County, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
November 27, 2019

News Roundup: Thankful for FOIA

Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Kentucky Office of the Governor, USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service
November 8, 2019

News Roundup: Ukraine-Related Documents, Hurdles for Asylum-Seekers, and Chad Wolf’s Involvement in Family Separation

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Office of the Governor, White House - Office of Management and Budget
Show all related posts