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Documents Show Early 2020 Coronavirus Data-Tracking Disconnect Between Florida Health Department and CDC

The records obtained by American Oversight show that for at least a month in the spring of 2020, Florida officials resisted using the CDC’s system to track Covid-19 data.
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House Pandemic Subcommittee Obtains Evidence of Trump White House Involvement in Controversial CARES Act Loan

October 13, 2021
Citing supporting documents obtained by American Oversight, the subcommittee released new evidence that the White House may have played a direct role in helping a trucking company secure a massive pandemic loan.
Line of YRC trucks behind a hand grasping for money. Coronavirus in the background.

Covid-19 Oversight News: 2021’s Death Toll, Private-Sector Bailouts, and Scrutiny of Trucking Company’s Pandemic Loan

October 12, 2021
American Oversight’s Covid-19 Oversight Hub provides news and policy resources to help you keep track of investigations into the government’s pandemic response. The project brings together a public documents database, an oversight tracker of important ongoing investigations and litigation, regular news updates, and deeper dives into key issues.

The Trump Administration’s March 2020 Covid-19 Mailers Originally Included Mask-Wearing Guidance

September 30, 2021
Emails obtained by American Oversight reveal that during early confusion about face coverings last spring, the Trump White House omitted a line about wearing masks from postcards sent to U.S. households.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Booster Shots, CARES Act Funds, and Trump Administration Pandemic Response

September 28, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our bi-weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

News Roundup: The Evolution of the Big Lie

September 16, 2021
This week saw two major victories for transparency in Arizona and Pennsylvania — and new developments in the partisan election investigation in Wisconsin.

Covid-19 Oversight News: The Summer Surge, Vaccine Mandates, and Masking in Schools

September 14, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our bi-weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

News Roundup: A Web of (Big) Lies

September 10, 2021
As lawmakers in various states move forward with their own sham election investigations, a web of familiar voter-fraud conspiracists have been linking up to promote the Big Lie.

News Roundup: The Big Lie’s Infiltration of State Governments

September 3, 2021
On Tuesday, the Arizona Senate released tens of thousands of pages of records related to its partisan election "audit."

Covid-19 Oversight News: Soaring Hospitalizations, Booster Shots, and Full Approval for Pfizer Vaccine

August 24, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our bi-weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

News Roundup: Victories for Transparency and Preparations for Disinformation

August 20, 2021
As the "audit" has dragged on for months, the Arizona Senate has resisted transparency about the operation.

News Roundup: Warming Planet, Surging Pandemic, and Election-Undermining Reviews

August 13, 2021
It's been a busy news week, from the fast-growing U.S. surge in Covid-19 cases and the new "code red" report on global warming to news about efforts past and present to undermine the 2020 presidential election.

News Roundup: The Resurgent Pandemic and Partisan Election Reviews

July 29, 2021
The Delta variant's spread across the U.S. has created a pandemic of the unvaccinated and, like many aspects of the past year and a half, one that each state is experiencing differently.

Records Reveal Private-Sector Pandemic Requests from Spring 2020

July 28, 2021
In these records, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin exchanged emails with top executives at large corporations, including General Electric and Ford.

In the Documents: The Pandemic in Florida GEO Group Prisons

July 28, 2021
New documents reveal how the private prison contractor reacted to the pandemic in its early days last spring

Covid-19 Oversight News: Millions Remain Unvaccinated as Delta Spreads, House Expands Investigation into Trump Administration

July 26, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our bi-weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Cases Rise, New Documents Show Conditions in ICE Detention Centers

July 19, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

New Documents Reveal More Details About Conditions in ICE Facilities During the Pandemic

July 13, 2021
As the pandemic surged in spring 2020, immigrants held in custody in Buffalo and Miami reported serious mental health and medical issues, as well as a lack of access to crucial supplies, such as soap and face masks.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Vaccinations Fall Along Partisan Lines, New CDC Guidance on Schools

July 12, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Delta Variant Spread, Pandemic Surges in Detention Centers

July 6, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

News Roundup: What We Already Know About the Arizona ‘Audit’

July 1, 2021
It's already clear that any "findings" from the partisan operation will be dubious at best.

In the Documents: Early Covid-19 Testing Struggles in Florida

July 1, 2021
American Oversight has obtained records regarding the country's limited testing supply in March 2020 and its impact on Florida health officials' response.

Covid-19 Oversight News: The Pandemic in Nursing Homes, Relief for Renters, and Cases Among Secret Service Officers

June 28, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Slowing Vaccine Rates, New Coronavirus Variant, and Emergent BioSolutions’ Big Year

June 21, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

News Roundup: From the Trump White House to Wisconsin

June 17, 2021
New emails released to Congress show the former president exerting pressure on Justice Department officials to support his baseless fraud claims. The lies haven't disappeared.

New Communications Offer Glimpse into U.S.-China Tensions Last Spring

June 15, 2021
In records obtained by American Oversight, U.S. officials discussed a Chinese official’s warning that remarks referencing the “Wuhan virus” would limit cooperation between the two countries.

Covid-19 Oversight News: The Delta Variant, Vaccine Challenges, and Covid-Spreading Deportations to Guatemala

June 14, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

In the Documents: Covid-19’s Spread in Bureau of Indian Education Schools

June 14, 2021
American Oversight has obtained detailed statistics of Covid-19 cases and deaths among employees in certain BIE schools during 2020.

Covid-19 Oversight News: 600,000 U.S. Lives Lost, Disparities in Vaccinations

June 7, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Vaccine Eligibility, Covid-19 Origins, and New Pandemic Communications

June 1, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

News Roundup: Sham Audits and the Fruits of Disinformation

May 27, 2021
American Oversight's fight for transparency in the Arizona Senate's sham "audit" of ballots cast in Maricopa County continued this week, with the court on Thursday scheduling an oral argument for July 7 in our lawsuit seeking the release of planning documents and records of related communications.

New Records Include Private Executives’ Emails with Hahn, Kushner

May 27, 2021
American Oversight has obtained new emails from 2020 in which Trump officials fielded requests from private-sector representatives, in some cases requesting assistance from top public health officials.

Records Show Frustration at FDA as Agency Prepared to Authorize Convalescent Plasma Treatment

May 26, 2021
American Oversight has obtained records from the summer of 2020 in which FDA officials expressed frustration with scientists at the NIH days before the planned authorization of convalescent plasma as a Covid-19 treatment, a decision heavily promoted by Trump.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Emergent BioSolutions, Hydroxychloroquine Communications, and the Pandemic in Nursing Homes

May 24, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

News Roundup: The Arizona Audit’s Ongoing Threat to Democracy

May 20, 2021
Every week seems to bring alarming and often incredible news from the Arizona election audit. American Oversight is now suing the Arizona Senate for related records.

Emails from Spring 2020 Show Prominent TV Personalities Sending Requests About Hydroxychloroquine Trials

May 18, 2021
American Oversight has obtained records in which Dr. Mehmet Oz asked for federal assistance with obtaining hydroxychloroquine, a drug dubiously promoted by Trump as a coronavirus treatment.

Covid-19 Oversight News: New Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Individuals, Scrutiny of Air Purifiers Sold to Schools, and WHO Report on Global Response

May 17, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

News Roundup: The Jan. 6 Attack and the Big Lie

May 13, 2021
Top officials testified this week in a hearing about the deadly Jan. 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, one of the most glaring consequences of the stolen election lie.

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

May 11, 2021
American Oversight has obtained more communications showing that last April, the poultry industry pushed the Department of Agriculture to loosen regulations, resulting in crowded working conditions in poultry plants.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Airborne Transmission, Vaccine Patents, and State Strategies to Incentivize Vaccinations

May 10, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

New Documents Show CDC Officials Dealing with Early Covid Testing Problems

April 29, 2021
American Oversight obtained more than 2,000 pages of documents from the early months of the pandemic that illustrate the CDC’s struggles to create and implement reliable Covid-19 testing.

Newly Obtained Emails Include Private-Sector Executives’ Pandemic-Related Communications with Kushner, Mnuchin

April 9, 2021
Kushner’s task force, which relied on private companies to address pandemic challenges, raised questions about undue influence and created confusion among federal officials.

News Roundup: Georgia’s Attack on Voting Rights

April 1, 2021
As the nation reacts to the voting restrictions signed into law in Georgia, threats to democracy are alive across the country.

News Roundup: The Big Lie Becomes Big Policy

March 25, 2021
The sheer number of voting-restriction bills currently floating in state legislatures makes it hard to keep track of where each proposal stands. But they all point to the fact that conservative leaders and fundraisers have increasingly adopted such restrictions as a primary policy position.

News Roundup: The Lie Lives On

March 4, 2021
This week, we obtained copies of phony electoral vote certifications and DHS records from the day of the Jan. 6 attack, and the Transportation Department released a report on former Secretary Chao’s misuse of her position.

Investigations Update: Texas Energy Crisis, Covid-19 in Poultry Plants, and New Legislation in Missouri

February 23, 2021
See the latest in our investigations into the recent power outage in Texas, industry influence over the Trump administration’s coronavirus response, and Missouri legislation that protects drivers who hit protesters with their cars.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

News Roundup: Whose Stockpile, and Which States?

April 3, 2020
It shouldn’t be surprising that the president, who downplayed the crisis until just a few weeks ago, is once again avoiding taking responsibility.

News Roundup: Continuing Our Investigation of Coronavirus Response

March 13, 2020
As we all take steps to mitigate the severity of the outbreak, American Oversight is continuing to investigate the Trump administration’s troublingly inadequate response to the crisis.

News Roundup: Rising Coronavirus Fears and Sinking Public Trust

March 6, 2020
The uncertainty and fear surrounding the coronavirus have laid bare the deadly consequences of President Donald Trump’s demand for obsequious loyalty and a refusal to take responsibility for mistakes.