Entity: Department of Agriculture

FOIA to USDA Regarding the Appointment of Mindy Brashears

August 9, 2018
FOIA to USDA seeking communications between USDA political appointees and Mindy Brashears in order to shed light on her appointment to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service given her ties to the industry.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Scheduler Communications

June 14, 2018
FOIA to USDA seeking email communications between all schedulers and advance team personnel for Secretary Sonny Perdue and any external entities or individuals, including any Georgia state officials. This FOIA is seeking records to shed light on the priorities of high-ranking government officials within the agency.

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Communications

May 24, 2018
Communications regarding the USDA's Pesticide Data Program sent between officials at the Agriculture Marketing Service and various agriculture industry groups and organizations.

USDA Agency Guidelines

April 26, 2018
Records in response to our request for policies or restrictions given to employees regarding communicating with Congress or the press.

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.

USDA Political Appointee Oaths of Office

March 15, 2018
Ethics pledges and appointment affidavits signed by political appointees at the Department of Agriculture.

New Lawsuit: How Much are Cabinet Officials Spending on Office Upgrades

March 14, 2018
After uncovering new details about office renovation expenses at HUD and the EPA, American Oversight filed a broad, multi-agency lawsuit to find out how much taxpayer money senior Trump administration officials – including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross – have spent to upgrade their personal offices. 

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Office Renovation Expenses

March 14, 2018
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against 16 federal agencies seeking records of expenditures made to upgrade or renovate the offices of senior political appointees. 

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Senior Official Calendars

March 8, 2018
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight seeking calendars for senior political appointees at Commerce, Education, EPA, DOE, DHS, Interior, Labor, DOT, HHS, HUD, SBA, State, Treasury, and USDA.

FOIA to USDA Regarding USDA’s Pesticide Data Program and Industry Influence

February 12, 2018
FOIA to USDA seeking communications regarding USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) between the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service’s officials and employees.