Case Number: 20-1259

USDA Records Regarding Agency Relocation Cost-Benefit Analyses

May 24, 2021
Records from the USDA in response to American Oversight's request for records reflecting cost-benefit analyses of relocating USDA employees. The initial FOIA request for these records was filed in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

USDA Records Concerning the Relocation of Agency Offices to Kansas City

August 31, 2020
Records from the Department of Agriculture regarding the relocation of agency offices. These records include a cost-benefit analysis justifying the agency's decision to move two offices to Kansas City.

USDA Records Related to Site Visits for Relocation of Agency Office

August 17, 2020
Department of Agriculture records related to site visits pursuant to the relocation of two agency offices to Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to Kansas City, USDA officials also visited Raleigh, North Carolina, and Indianapolis, Indiana, as potential locations for the move.

GSA Records Related to Site Visits for Office Relocations

June 1, 2020
U.S. General Services Administration records related to site visits for the relocation of two U.S. Department of Agriculture offices outside the Washington, D.C. area. These records include itineraries for visits to North Carolina and Indiana, but do not include the itinerary for the winning location, which was Kansas City, Missouri. The initial FOIA request for these records was filed in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

News Roundup: The Subversion of Justice at the Justice Department

May 15, 2020
From investigations into the president’s perceived enemies to interference in the criminal cases of Trump allies like Flynn and Roger Stone, the ongoing politicization of the department is a dangerous threat to the rule of law.

Complaint: American Oversight and Union of Concerned Scientists v. USDA and GSA — USDA Kansas City Relocation

May 13, 2020
Lawsuit filed by the Union of Concerned Scientists and American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the General Services Administration for records — including site visit records, cost analyses, and decision memos — regarding the relocation of USDA offices to 805 Pennsylvania Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The building selected for the relocation is co-owned by a business belonging to Michael Merriman, a prominent Repblican donor in Kansas and Missouri.

No Records Response from USDA Regarding Communications with Specific Individuals or Congress in June 2019

May 11, 2020
Department of Agriculture stated that it had no records of email communications between specified custodians and individuals with a congressional email address during a week in June 2019.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Records Related to Relocation Cost-Benefit Analyses

March 4, 2020
FOIA to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeking records reflecting cost benefit analyses of relocating USDA employees. This request was filed in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Final Decision Memoranda Relating to Relocation to Kansas City Region

March 4, 2020
FOIA to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeking all final decision memoranda relating to the relocation of the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the Kansas City Region. This request was filed in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

FOIA to USDA Seeking All Records Reflecting USDA Relocation Site Visits

March 4, 2020
FOIA to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeking all records reflecting site visits to the location finalists for the relocation of the USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This request was filed in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists.