News Roundup: Transparency and Oversight Are More Important Than Ever

March 27, 2020
During ordinary times, government transparency maintains a functioning democracy. But during the coronavirus outbreak, it can also save lives.

USDA Records of Secretary Perdue’s Emails Sent to Non-Government Email Addresses

March 20, 2020
Records of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s sent communications to non-government email addresses. American Oversight sought these records to shed light on Perdue’s actions and communications during his tenure as secretary. These records contain communications with Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her husband Jeffrey Sprecher, with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky before his appointment to the agency.

FOIA to the Federal Reserve Board Seeking Calendars

March 10, 2020
FOIA request to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors seeking calendars for Chairman Jerome Powell, Vice Chair Richard Clarida, Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles, and Member Michelle Bowman.

American Oversight Sues for Communications of Two Top Interior Department Officials

February 20, 2020
On Thursday, American Oversight sued the Department of the Interior for the communications of Interior Solicitor Daniel Jorjani and BLM Acting Director William Pendley.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOI – Pendley’s and Jorjani’s Industry-Related Communications

February 20, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for the communications of DOI Solicitor Daniel Jorjani and Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William Pendley, including communications with specific groups representing energy industry interests. This lawsuit also seeks Pendley’s calendars and ethics documents.

Commerce Calendars for Secretary Wilbur Ross and High-Ranking Agency Officials

February 18, 2020
Records from the Department of Commerce of calendar entries for Secretary Wilbur Ross that span January through December 2018.

DHS Records of Calendars for Senior Staff

February 11, 2020
Records from the Department of Homeland Security of calendar entries for senior staff at the agency. These records contain calendar information for Barbara Gonzalez in 2017 and in 2019.

No Records Response from EPA Regarding the Director for the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative Calendars

February 11, 2020
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for calendars for the Director for the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative.

DOL Secretary Acosta’s Calendars

January 31, 2020
Department of Labor calendar entries for Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta covering the timeframe May through July 2017.

USDA Records of External Emails from Secretary Perdue’s Schedulers

January 30, 2020
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) records of external emails from schedulers working for Secretary Sonny Perdue.