Entity: Department of Agriculture

News Roundup: The Trump Administration and the Hatch Act

June 14, 2019
Like many norms in the Trump era, the prohibition on federal employees engaging in political activity while at work has been routinely tested by this administration.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

FOIA to USDA Seeking Rural Development Seeking Calendars for Senior Officials

June 12, 2019
FOIA to USDA Rural Development asking for calendars of former Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications in Light of Hatch Act Guidance

June 10, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Agriculture seeking communications of Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh containing pro-Trump phrases to determine if the OSC's new Hatch Act guidance, which prohibits discussions of impeachment and resistance, also applies to pro-Trump speech.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications in Light of Hatch Act Guidance

June 7, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Agriculture seeking communications of Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh containing pro-Trump phrases to determine if the OSC's new Hatch Act guidance, which prohibits discussions of impeachment and resistance, also applies to pro-Trump speech.

News Roundup: Casinos and Questions

May 10, 2019
Climate change, the Mueller report, and three new lawsuits.
Donald Trump and Matt Schlapp in 2018 (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications Regarding Federal Climate Change Reports

May 9, 2019
FOIA to USDA seeking communications relating to U.S. Global Change Research Program reports confirming the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change.

No Records Response from USDA Regarding Communications Pardon of the Hammonds

May 6, 2019
USDA stated that it had no records of communications about the circumstances of Dwight and Steven Hammond's presidential pardons.

No Records Response from the USDA Regarding Congressional and External Communications About the Protection of Threatened and Endangered Species

May 6, 2019
USDA stated that it had no records of communications between Klippenstein and some Congressional offices about protection of threatened and endangered species, and no records of external Klippenstein communications containing certain key words.

No Records Response from USDA Regarding Boyden Gray Communications

May 1, 2019
USDA stated that it had no records of communications between Boyden Gray and Sonny Purdue, Heidi Green, or Ray Starling.

USDA Records Regarding a Report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

April 29, 2019
USDA communications in response to our FOIA request seeking records about a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.