Entity: Department of Agriculture

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.

USDA Records Regarding Communications with White House About Farm Bailouts

March 12, 2021
Records from the U.S Department of Agriculture in response to American oversight's request for records related to the 2018 and 2019 farm bailouts, particularly records related to the White House’s involvement in the bailouts.

Investigations Update: Covid-19 Outbreaks in Meatpacking Facilities, New Arizona Voting-Restriction Bills

March 2, 2021
See the latest in our investigations into worker safety and health in meatpacking facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, voting restrictions in the states, and Stephen Miller’s influence over immigration policy.

FOIA Request to USDA Seeking Communications with Meat Industry Representatives

February 24, 2021
FOIA request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking communications between former top agency officials and representatives of meat-processing companies or trade associations.

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.

FOIA Request to USDA Seeking Communications Regarding New Poultry Inspection System

February 17, 2021
FOIA records request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking communications sent by former top agency officials containing key terms regarding a new poultry inspection system, including a proposed rules change allowing an increase in eviscerator line speeds at poultry processing plants.

FOIA Request to USDA Seeking Assessments Regarding New Poultry Inspection System

February 17, 2021
FOIA records request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking communications sent by former top agency officials containing key terms regarding a new poultry inspection system, including a proposed rules change allowing an increase in eviscerator line speeds at poultry processing plants.

USDA Communications with Protein Industry Groups

February 16, 2021
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight's request for officials' communications with protein industry groups, such as Smithfield Foods. This initial request also sought communications with state government officials with Covid-19 outbreaks in their jurisdictions.

USDA Email Communications Regarding Agency Relocation

February 5, 2021
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight's request for communications regarding the agency relocation.

USDA Records Regarding Agency Relocation Cost-Benefit Analyses

January 29, 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.