Entity: Department of Agriculture

Complaint: American Oversight and Union of Concerned Scientists v. USDA and GSA — USDA Kansas City Relocation

May 13, 2020
Lawsuit filed by the Union of Concerned Scientists and American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the General Services Administration for records — including site visit records, cost analyses, and decision memos — regarding the relocation of USDA offices to 805 Pennsylvania Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The building selected for the relocation is co-owned by a business belonging to Michael Merriman, a prominent Repblican donor in Kansas and Missouri.

No Records Response from USDA Regarding Communications with Specific Individuals or Congress in June 2019

May 11, 2020
Department of Agriculture stated that it had no records of email communications between specified custodians and individuals with a congressional email address during a week in June 2019.

News Roundup: Protecting the Right to Vote During a Pandemic

May 1, 2020
Like many things in today’s politics, mail-in voting has become a political flashpoint as the November election gets closer.

News Roundup: Miracle Drugs and Trump’s Alternate Reality

April 24, 2020
Trump has seemingly failed to learn that no amount of political spin can minimize his administration’s mismanaged pandemic response.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Assessments and Directives Regarding SNAP Benefits and School-Provided Lunches

April 24, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Agriculture seeking assessments and directives relating to SNAP benefits and school-provided lunches.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Email Communications with the Executive Office of the President

April 24, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Agriculture seeking email communications between agency officials and the Executive Office of the President.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Email Communications Relating to Coronavirus

April 24, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Agriculture seeking email communications sent by agency officials containing key terms relating to COVID-19.

An Update on American Oversight’s Coronavirus Investigation: New Lawsuits and Requests

April 23, 2020
With three lawsuits and more than 400 public records requests filed, American Oversight intends to get to the bottom of what has been happening behind the scenes in the Trump administration’s mismanaged pandemic response.
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USDA Communications With Alaska State Officials Regarding Roadless Rule

April 21, 2020
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture of communications about the Roadless Rule. American Oversight sought these records to shed light on reporting from the Washington Post that President Trump instructed Secretary Perdue to exempt Tongass from the Roadless Rule.

USDA Communications with the White House Regarding Tongass National Forest

April 21, 2020
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight's request for communications with White House officials regarding the Tongass National Forest. American Oversight sought these records in light of news reports that President Trump instructed Secretary Perdue to exempt Tongass from the Roadless Rule.