Entity: Department of Agriculture

Why Former Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s Compliance with Federal Ethics Rules Still Needs to Be Investigated

July 2, 2021
From disappearing and reappearing assets on his financial disclosures to potentially lucrative business moves, Perdue's big-dollar financial dealings still bear scrutiny.

USDA Food Supply Chain Task Force Records

June 28, 2021
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight's request for records concerning a publicly reported Food Supply Chain Task Force.

FOIA to OPM and USDA Regarding Political Appointees Converting to Career Status

June 14, 2021
FOIA request to the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking records for political appointees converting to career status, including resumes and SF-50 forms.

USDA Records of Expenses from Perdue Trips to Swing States

June 9, 2021
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight's request for records reflecting expenses incurred from trips of top officials, including Sec. Sonny Perdue, to swing states in the run-up to the 2020 election.

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 Communications Regarding New SNAP Guidance

May 21, 2021
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight's request for records concerning agency guidance sent to SNAP Regional Directors relating to disqualification from SNAP benefits.

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.

The Politicized Origins of Trump-Signed Letters in Pandemic Food Boxes

April 22, 2021
Ivanka Trump was credited with the plan to put letters signed by the president in food aid boxes. But emails obtained by American Oversight and the Union of Concerned Scientists reveal that the idea of including Covid-19 guidelines in the letter originated elsewhere.

USDA Communications with the Georgia Poultry Federation and the National Chicken Council from February 2018 to April 2020

April 16, 2021
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight's request for communications about line speed waivers for poultry plants in Georgia. These records include agency communications with the Georgia Poultry Federation and the National Chicken Council, and span from February 2018 to April 2020.

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.