Entity: Department of Agriculture

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.

No Records Response Concerning USDA’s Pesticides Data Program

February 12, 2018
Partial no records response to to our FOIA filed with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) regarding USDA's Pesticides Data Program. The NRR response was for the portion of the request relating to people in the Office of the Secretary.

FOIA to Multiple Entities Seeking Oaths of Office

January 19, 2018
FOIA to multiple entities seeking oaths of office.

NRR From USDA Regarding Trump Organization Guidance

November 30, 2017
NRR from USDA in response to our FOIA requesting guidance from the agency to its staff regarding staying at/the use of Trump Organization properties, emails regarding staying at/the use of Trump Organization properties, and records sufficient to demonstrate costs.

FOIA to USDA for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

November 28, 2017
Updated FOIA request to USDA seeking resumes and job titles for political appointees hired by President Trump after March 16, 2017. This FOIA updates a previous request submitted by American Oversight seeking this information.