Entity: Council on Environmental Quality

News Roundup: From the Top Down

September 27, 2019
Efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the president's perceived rivals have been known for months. We want to know how many were involved.
(White House Photo)

CEQ Emails Regarding Potential Attempts to Purge Career Employees

April 4, 2019
Council on Environmental Quality records attempting to discern whether political appointees targeted career employees they perceived to be disloyal to the current administration.

CEQ Resumes and Ethics Waivers from 2017-2019 


March 26, 2019
Council on Environmental Quality resumes and ethics waivers. Resumes are from Alex Hergott, David E Sorensen, Mary B. Neumayr, and Mario Loyola.The Ethics waiver was written by CEQ Attorney Advisor Howard Sun for Viktoria Seale. These documents are from CEQ officials with a start date 2017-2019

No Records Response from CEQ for Happer Communications

March 19, 2019
The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's FOIA request for communications between CEQ employees and Dr. William Happer. In early 2019, the White House announced it intended to create a new committee, headed by Happer, to challenge established climate science.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Communications with Ballard Partners

February 14, 2019
FOIA Request to multiple agencies lobbied by lobbying firm Ballard Partners seeking communications with Trump administration political appointees. Florida-based Ballard Partners has grown rapidly due to its connections with the Trump administration, and this request seeks to uncover Ballard's influence on the administration.

CEQ Official Urged Senators to Voice Support for President’s Infrastructure Plans

January 18, 2019
Former CEQ official Alex Herrgott pushed Senate staffers in 2018 to ask their bosses to voice support for the administration’s infrastructure plans, going so far as to feed them lines.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on infrastructure initiative at inland waterway site Wednesday June 7, 2017, at Rivertown Marina in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Communications Regarding Ivanka Trump’s Use of Personal Email

November 20, 2018
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking communications with the agencies, the White House, and Ivanka Trump’s law firms regarding Ivanka Trump and her use of personal email.

Council on Environmental Quality Communications With Congressional Staff About Infrastructure Proposals

May 28, 2018
Emails between Alex Herrgott, associate director of infrastructure for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and congressional staff regarding the president's infrastructure plan.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Regarding Trump Appointees Accusing Career Staff of Disloyalty

March 29, 2018
Following reports that high-level Trump administration officials expressed concern about the “loyalty” of career civil servants at the State Department, and even explored ways to “purge” some of those career employees from their positions. American Oversight submitted this FOIA to determine whether similar conversations occurred at other agencies.

FOIA to CEQ Regarding Toll Roads Under the Trump Administration’s Infrastructure Plan

March 28, 2018
FOIA to CEQ seeking communications regarding the Trump administration's infrastructure plan and toll roads.