Entity: Department of Agriculture

News Roundup: The Administration’s Failure to Confront Two National Crises

June 19, 2020
The Trump administration's responses to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and to nationwide protests against systemic racism in law enforcement have been both harmful and insufficient.

No Records Response from USDA for Analyses of SNAP Benefits and School-Provided Lunch

June 19, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for assessments and directives relating to SNAP benefits and school-provided lunches.

No Records Response from USDA Regarding Ethics Documents and Communications for Devon Westhill

June 15, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture stated it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for the resume and ethics documents for Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights Devon Westhill, as well as communications with think tanks.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Copies of Hard Copy Records Shared with Congress Regarding Relocation

June 11, 2020
FOIA request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeking copies of hard copy records related to the USDA relocation shared with or delivered to members of Congress between June 10, 2019, and June 15, 2019.

USDA Records Related to Hatch Act Enforcement

June 5, 2020
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding enforcement of the Hatch Act. This record includes guidance, newsletters, and FOIA reports.

No Records Response from USFS Regarding Communications Pertaining to Climate Assessments

May 29, 2020
The United States Forestry Service stated it had no records responsive to our request for communications from top officials containing key terms pertaining to reports addressing the worsening effects of global climate change.

USDA Emails Between Agency Officials and Stephen Miller

May 23, 2020
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reflecting communications between senior agency officials and White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller.

USDA Emails with Palantir Representatives from 2017 to 2019


May 22, 2020
U.S. Department of Agriculture emails with Palantir Technologies, a data analysis company that threatens people’s right to privacy. Palantir Technologies has contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and others. These records are from 2017 to 2019.

USDA Communications with Secretary Perdue’s Family Email Domain

May 18, 2020
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight's request for Secretary Perdue’s email communications with family members working for Perdue, Inc., and Perdue email domains. American Oversight seeks these records to shed light on Secretary Perdue’s actions and communications during his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture.

News Roundup: The Subversion of Justice at the Justice Department

May 15, 2020
From investigations into the president’s perceived enemies to interference in the criminal cases of Trump allies like Flynn and Roger Stone, the ongoing politicization of the department is a dangerous threat to the rule of law.