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Wisconsin Official’s Emails from Spring 2020 Reveal Deep Frustration with Trump Administration over PPE Shortages

January 13, 2021
Other records obtained by American Oversight show communications regarding plans for Vice President Mike Pence’s visits to Wisconsin in 2020.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Covid-19 at the Capitol and Vaccine Confusion in the States

January 11, 2021
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Covid-19 Oversight News: Lagging Vaccine Distribution and Rising Cases

January 5, 2021
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Investigations Update: Trump’s Election-Stealing Efforts in Georgia, DeJoy’s Communications, and Giroir’s Covid-19 Text Messages

January 5, 2021
See the latest in our investigations into voter suppression in Georgia, the president’s efforts to overturn election results, and the postmaster general’s communications.

In the Documents: HHS’s Pandemic Relief Contracts with UnitedHealth Group

January 4, 2021
The records also contain meeting invitations that raise questions about potential conflicts of interest.

Nevada Health Department Records from Summer and Fall Highlight Confusion over CDC’s Initial Vaccine Instructions

December 23, 2020
Records obtained by American Oversight include communications about proposed vaccine distribution plans and state officials’ reactions to those plans.

Covid-19 Oversight News: More Americans Receive Vaccines, A Second Relief Bill, and Congress Investigates Political Interference

December 21, 2020
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News Roundup: The Long Month Ahead

December 17, 2020
With just over a month left in his administration, there is still plenty of time for President Donald Trump to cause lasting damage.

Documents from March and April Reveal Cozy White House Private-Sector Communications About Pandemic

December 16, 2020
Documents recently obtained by American Oversight add further color to reports of private individuals and groups — some with ties to the president — being granted privileged access to propose pandemic actions.

Investigations Update: Political Interference in Coronavirus Data, Texas Election Lawsuit, and State Officials’ Voter-Fraud Allegations

December 15, 2020
See the latest in our investigation into attempts to overturn election results and efforts to meddle with pandemic-related scientific work.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Vaccine Distribution Begins, CDC Record Preservation, and PPP Failures

December 14, 2020
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The CDC Director Reportedly Ordered Staff to Delete Email from Trump Political Appointee — We’re Demanding the Administration Preserve Those Records

December 11, 2020
We’re calling on the CDC and HHS to ensure the email is recovered, as required by federal law.

News Roundup: A Litany of Failures

December 10, 2020
The past nine months have seen their share of difficult, frustrating, and even infuriating news. But the past week has aptly captured the administration’s failure to control the pandemic, and the tragic results of that failure, as few previous weeks have.

Documents Reveal Meat-Processing Industry Involvement in Federal Food Assistance Program

December 10, 2020
In October, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an additional $500 million in contracts as part of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, extending the program for a fourth round.

American Oversight Sues for Trump Administration Communications with Pfizer

December 9, 2020
The lawsuit was filed the same week as news outlets reported that over the summer the administration turned down an offer from Pfizer to purchase additional doses of its vaccine.

Investigations Update: Preservation of White House Communications, Federally Deputized Portland Police, Trump Aide Banned from DOJ

December 8, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into the Trump administration’s compliance with document preservation laws, law enforcement’s response to social unrest, and Covid-19 precautions at the state level.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Vaccine Distribution, State-by-State Discrepancies, and the Worsening Crisis

December 7, 2020
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News Roundup: As Covid-19 Rages, Trump Offers Rants and Reprieves

December 3, 2020
As the president remains focused on conspiracies and loyalty, the U.S. is facing a dire stage of the pandemic.

In the Documents: Federal and Local Governments’ Communications from Early Months of Pandemic Show Confusion, Frustration

December 2, 2020
Here’s a summary of coronavirus-related records that American Oversight has published in the last month.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Skyrocketing Cases, Planning for a Vaccine, and Supreme Court Ruling Against Pandemic Restrictions

November 30, 2020
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Veterans Affairs Documents Reveal More Details About Agency’s PPE Shortages

November 25, 2020
American Oversight obtained records that shed more light on the VA’s struggles during the first few months of the pandemic.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Rising Case Numbers, Vaccine Progress, and the Pandemic in Prisons

November 23, 2020
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News Roundup: Overstepping Authority and Undermining Democracy

November 19, 2020
It’s now been nearly two weeks since Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election, but President Trump and his most partisan supporters continue their attempts to thwart the will of U.S. voters.

Bureau of Prisons Records Provide New Details on Prison Officials’ Response to Pandemic

November 18, 2020
American Oversight has obtained documents that provide more information on how the Federal Bureau of Prisons missed key early opportunities to mitigate the virus’ spread within facilities.

Investigations Update: ‘Sharpiegate,’ the Census, and Barr’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Investigations

November 17, 2020
See the latest in our investigations of the Justice Department’s voter fraud probes, the rush to finish the census, and criminal charges against protesters.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Pandemic Surge, Vaccine Contracts, and Another White House Outbreak

November 16, 2020
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Pfizer’s Big Vaccine Announcement

November 13, 2020
This week, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech became the first company to release positive results from a late-stage coronavirus vaccine trial.

News Roundup: Trump’s Warped Priorities

November 12, 2020
As the nation rapidly approaches a quarter of a million deaths, President Trump is consumed with delegitimizing the election by pushing dangerous and unfounded claims about voter fraud.

Covid-19 Oversight News: The Pandemic Surges, Dubious Tests and Treatments, and Change on the Horizon

November 9, 2020
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Preguntas Abiertas Sobre los Aliados de Trump

November 4, 2020
Se ha dicho con verdad: "Dime con quién andas y te diré quien eres." En el caso del Presidente Donald Trump, un dicho que revela el círculo de corrupción que él ha creado a su alrededor. Veamos los funcionarios de la mayor confianza de Trump, empezando con los miembros de su gabinete y su familia. Así revelamos los tentáculos de la corrupción.

In the Documents: White House Pandemic Communications Efforts

November 2, 2020
Since the early days of the pandemic, the White House has often exhibited more apparent concern with managing public relations than with controlling the virus.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Hospital Data Collection, Vaccine Costs, and Politics Over Public Health

November 2, 2020
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CDC Releases Hundreds of Pages of Records in American Oversight Lawsuit

October 30, 2020
On Friday, the CDC released more than 700 pages of records sought by American Oversight in our lawsuit for the pandemic-related communications of top officials.

More Documents from Washington State During Early Months of Pandemic Reveal Confusion, Poor Coordination

October 30, 2020
American Oversight has obtained additional records that add to the picture of poor coordination on the part of federal agencies during the early months of the pandemic.

News Roundup: Out of Control

October 30, 2020
The pandemic continues to hit new case records, and the Trump administration is finding new ways to flout longstanding ethics requirements.

Open Questions About Trump Administration Policies

October 29, 2020
The tragically botched pandemic response and devastating practice of separating immigrant families are just some of the Trump administration’s actions that bear further scrutiny.

Investigations Update: Poll Watchers, Vaccine Communications, and Continued Political Interference in Pandemic Response

October 27, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into state elections operations, political interference in the pandemic response, and the executive order to cease federal diversity and inclusion training.

Covid-19 Oversight News: FDA Resistance, CDC Guidelines, and Avoidable Tragedy

October 26, 2020
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News Roundup: Pompeo’s Emails and Barrett’s Nomination

October 22, 2020
If there were any hopes that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would, after having been accused of Hatch Act violations this summer, tone down his political activities as the election drew nearer, his recent pledge to release the emails of former Secretary Hillary Clinton has put those expectations to rest.

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

October 20, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into the misuse of government resources for political purposes, the administration’s pandemic response, and voting rights in the states.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Politicization at the FDA and CDC, and the Oversight Commission’s Delayed September Report

October 19, 2020
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Emails Provide a Glimpse of Trump Administration Officials’ Heavy-Handed Involvement in HHS Communications

October 19, 2020
New documents obtained by American Oversight reveal more information about the extent to which White House officials and Trump administration political appointees interfered with press materials and communications at scientific agencies.

News Roundup: Restricting the Vote

October 15, 2020
As the election draws nearer, political observers are increasingly turning attention to poll results in states across the country. But of course, poll numbers don’t mean much if ballots aren’t counted — or if people can’t vote in the first place.

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

October 13, 2020
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News Roundup: The Real Dangers

October 8, 2020
Trump’s three-day stay at the hospital and the outbreak at the White House have done little to moderate his antagonistic politics or even make him take the pandemic seriously.

FDA Releases Covid-19 Vaccine Guidelines Following American Oversight FOIA Request

October 7, 2020
The new safety guidelines — strenuously opposed by the White House — make it unlikely that a vaccine will be authorized before Election Day.

CDC Emails from Spring Show Growing Gap Between Scientists and White House

October 7, 2020
The emails include the sharing of WHO reports as well as a discussion about how to promote the agency’s spring guidance on wearing masks.

American Oversight Launches Investigation of White House Coronavirus Outbreak

October 7, 2020
The president’s Covid-19 diagnosis was just one of many confirmed cases among high-level officials and White House staffers.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Outbreak at the White House, Political Interference at the CDC

October 5, 2020
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Secretary Azar Faces Lawmakers’ Questions About Mask-Wearing, Controversial Celebrity Ad Campaign

October 2, 2020
On Friday morning, as the nation reeled from the news that the president had tested positive for the coronavirus, the health secretary testified before a House subcommittee.

The Secret Service Said It Had No Assessments of Presidential Travel’s Impact on Agents

October 1, 2020
The U.S. Secret Service told us in August that it had no records responsive to our request.

Investigations Update: Coronavirus Safety Measures, USAGM Lobbying, and Voting by Mail Alarmism

September 29, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into the White House’s control of Covid-19 information, influence and access at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, and Trump’s Supreme Court pick.

Covid-19 Oversight News: FDA Vaccine Guidelines, Slaoui’s Conflicts, and HHS’s Star-Studded Ad Campaign

September 28, 2020
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New Congressional Report, Hearings Focus on Shortcomings in Fed’s Pandemic Response

September 25, 2020
Secretary Mnuchin and Fed Chair Powell testify before Congress, and the coronavirus subcommittee finds major problems with the Fed’s corporate bond purchases.

Redfield, Fauci, Hahn Testify at Senate Hearing

September 24, 2020
During Wednesday’s hearing, leaders of the nation’s health and science agencies discussed the vaccine timeline and recent changes to guidelines.

New GAO Report Finds Supply and Testing Shortages Are Weakening Federal Pandemic Response

September 23, 2020
The Government Accountability Office’s latest Covid-19 report details significant supply-chain issues are still an issue nearly half a year into the crisis.

Investigations Update: New Kentucky Voter Fraud Task Force Lawsuit, and Our Supreme Court Short List Investigation

September 23, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into Trump’s potential Supreme Court nominees, the CDC’s removal of updated Covid-19 guidelines, and foreign interference in U.S. elections.

This Week’s Covid-Related Congressional Hearings

September 22, 2020
Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill this week for hearings in the House and Senate.

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

September 21, 2020
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Redfield’s Mask and Vaccine Comments Become New Target of Trump’s Rejection of Science

September 17, 2020
President Donald Trump has once again this week put himself at odds with his own scientists — in this case, CDC Director Robert Redfield.

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

September 15, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into the postmaster general’s calendars, the administration’s alarmist claims about voter fraud, and the decision to put a Trump-signed letter in food aid boxes.

Watchdog Groups Request Information from HHS, DOD on Covid-19 Vaccine Contracts

September 15, 2020
Along with Accountable Pharma and Lower Drug Prices Now, we filed FOIA requests for the release of written agreements between federal agencies and Pfizer, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Pasteur, and Novavax.

American Oversight Sues USPS for Postmaster General DeJoy’s Calendars

September 15, 2020
The public is entitled to see how DeJoy is spending his time and who has been influencing his decisions.

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

September 14, 2020
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News Roundup: What Trump Knew, and What We Know

September 10, 2020
We’ve known for months that President Donald Trump has been downplaying the severity of the coronavirus. In the spring, we knew that Covid-19 wasn’t just like the seasonal flu, despite Trump’s reassurances that it was. And we’ve known that the pandemic won’t just “disappear,” no matter how many times the president insists it will.

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

September 10, 2020
Reports from Good Jobs First and Congress highlight the importance of rigorous oversight of coronavirus relief programs.

At Senate Hearing, Surgeon General Denies Politicization in Vaccine Process

September 9, 2020
During a Senate hearing, the NIH director and the U.S. surgeon general faced questions about rising concerns that vaccine development is being politicized by the president’s aggressive timeline.

House and Senate Hold Coronavirus Hearings

September 9, 2020
The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the Senate HELP Committee are holding hearings related to the pandemic on Wednesday. Find links here.

Covid-19 Oversight News: The Administration’s Vaccine Timeline, PPP Loan Fraud, and Coronavirus Task Force Reports

September 8, 2020
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Investigations Update: Operation Legend, Crossfire Hurricane, and the Rush for a Coronavirus Vaccine

September 1, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into the Trump administration’s politicized Operation Legend, the rush for school reopenings and a Covid-19 vaccine, and partisan FBI responses to congressional requests.

The Latest in American Oversight’s Covid-19 Investigations

August 20, 2020
The suspension of asylum, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and early guidance on the coronavirus — read the latest on what we've uncovered.

New Coronavirus Relief Bill Includes Nearly $2 Billion for Trump-Requested FBI Headquarters Project

July 29, 2020
See the latest records we’ve obtained in our investigation into Trump’s interference in the FBI headquarters relocation plan.

News Roundup: The Political Theater of ‘Operation Legend’

July 24, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, the Trump administration has sought to distract from the rising death toll and dwindling medical stockpile with “Operation Legend."

News Roundup: Transparency in Hospital Data, and Barr’s Meetings with Giuliani and Gowdy

July 17, 2020
The ongoing sidelining of science is especially harmful when it is accompanied by efforts to control public information.

News Roundup: Sidelining Safety and Science

July 10, 2020
The disconnect between the Trump administration’s posture and the reality on the ground — and the advice of health experts and scientists — has reached a disturbing degree.

‘We’ve All Given Up Getting a Straight Answer from You Guys’: Frustrated Emails Between Illinois Governor’s Office and White House

July 9, 2020
American Oversight obtained March emails between a White House official and the Illinois governor's office that show the mounting anger over the lack of a federal leadership.

Tulsa Health Officials Initially Estimated Trump Rally Would Directly Lead to 2 to 9 Deaths

July 2, 2020
The numbers, based on initial estimates of 19,000 attendees, put the decision to hold such a large indoor event in a stark light.

American Oversight Sues Treasury for Records Related to Coronavirus Stimulus

July 1, 2020
The pandemic has created an unprecedented opportunity for kickbacks and cronyism in the disbursement of relief funds. We’re investigating.

Investigations Update: Family Separation, Unmarked Law Enforcement, and Trump’s Campaign Rallies

June 30, 2020
Here’s a look at the investigations our team has been pursuing through public records requests and Freedom of Information Act litigation in the last week.

The Federal Government’s Latest Attempt to Delay the Release of Coronavirus Documents

June 23, 2020
Federal agencies have indicated they are attempting to delay the release of records related to White House efforts to control information — for up to two years.

News Roundup: The Administration’s Failure to Confront Two National Crises

June 19, 2020
The Trump administration's responses to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and to nationwide protests against systemic racism in law enforcement have been both harmful and insufficient.

American Oversight Sues ICE for Records of Detention Center Complaints

June 18, 2020
As cases surge in immigration detention facilities, American Oversight is suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records related to grievances filed at various centers since March.

New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Jared Kushner’s Failed Coronavirus Supply Chain Task Force

June 18, 2020
Jared Kushner was tasked with managing the supply chain of lifesaving equipment and Americans paid the price. The public deserves to know why.

Wisconsin Documents Offer Window into Early Uncertainty over Covid-19

June 17, 2020
Newly obtained records cast a troubling shadow over the government’s deficient early efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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

June 12, 2020
As stirring protests against police brutality gripped the nation’s attention and as the coronavirus continued its tragic spread through multiple states, Georgia held a chaotic primary election.

News Roundup: Trump and Barr Unleash Attack on Protesters — and the Constitution

June 5, 2020
The irony of protests against police brutality being met with violent escalation by law enforcement is perhaps matched only by the authoritarianism of the president and attorney general.

News Roundup: A Somber Week After Memorial Day

May 29, 2020
As states across the country enter various phases of “reopening,” sobering news about the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to emerge.

News Roundup: One Firing, Multiple Scandals

May 22, 2020
Trump's firing of the State Department's inspector general has unearthed a series of concerning stories about the conduct of the very person who pressed for the firing — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

American Oversight Sues Administration for Documentation of Detention Center Covid Response

May 21, 2020
American Oversight sued the administration on Thursday for failing to release documents regarding the impact of the coronavirus on vulnerable populations in prisons and immigration detention centers.

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.

The CDC Has Been Illegally Rejecting Valid FOIA Requests. We’re Suing.

May 15, 2020
American Oversight filed a lawsuit over the agency’s illegal practice of rejecting valid Freedom of Information Act requests — including for documents related to the coronavirus pandemic.

News Roundup: Who Will Watch the Inspectors General?

May 8, 2020
Every week seems to bring a new example of President Donald Trump’s disdain — or fear — of independent oversight.

American Oversight Sues Treasury, State and HHS for Coronavirus Communications

May 6, 2020
The lawsuit seeks seeks the release of emails sent by senior appointees including Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Azar, and Secretary Pompeo.

News Roundup: Protecting the Right to Vote During a Pandemic

May 1, 2020
Like many things in today’s politics, mail-in voting has become a political flashpoint as the November election gets closer.

News Roundup: Miracle Drugs and Trump’s Alternate Reality

April 24, 2020
Trump has seemingly failed to learn that no amount of political spin can minimize his administration’s mismanaged pandemic response.

An Update on American Oversight’s Coronavirus Investigation: New Lawsuits and Requests

April 23, 2020
With three lawsuits and more than 400 public records requests filed, American Oversight intends to get to the bottom of what has been happening behind the scenes in the Trump administration’s mismanaged pandemic response.

News Roundup: Corruption and Coronavirus

April 10, 2020
Trump is apparently counting on the public to be too distracted by the coronavirus to pay much attention to his continuing dictator-like purges of government officials and his brazen rejection of oversight.

American Oversight Sues for Coronavirus-Related Records

April 10, 2020
American Oversight today sued the Trump administration for failing to release records detailing early coronavirus testing decisions.