Entity: Department of Agriculture

No Records Response from USDA Regarding Communications between Political appointees in 7 Offices and Several Members of Congress _

March 14, 2019
The United States Department of Agriculture stated that it had no records of communications between political appointees in 7 offices and several members of Congress. American Oversight asked for records that will shed light on whether and to what extent USDA is engaged in the response efforts to the risks posed by the hog lagoons.

New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Agribusiness Influence on USDA School Nutrition Standards

March 7, 2019
American Oversight is suing the Department of Agriculture to force the release of documents that might reveal industry influence over the decision to weaken nutritional standards for school lunches.

Complaint: American Oversight v. USDA – Agribusiness Influence on School Lunches

March 7, 2019
American Oversight's lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture to force the release of documents that might reveal industry influence over the decision to weaken nutritional standards for school lunches.

FOIA to USDA Regarding the Decision to Lift a Mining Ban Near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

March 5, 2019
FOIA to U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting all communications regarding the decision to renew leases for mining near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications Between Secretary Perdue and Senator Perdue

February 21, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Agriculture seeking records reflecting communications between Secretary Perdue and his cousin, Senator David Perdue, as well as specific industry interests.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Communications with Ballard Partners

February 14, 2019
FOIA Request to multiple agencies lobbied by lobbying firm Ballard Partners seeking communications with Trump administration political appointees. Florida-based Ballard Partners has grown rapidly due to its connections with the Trump administration, and this request seeks to uncover Ballard's influence on the administration.

USDA Senior Political Appointee Calendars

February 11, 2019
U.S. Department of Agriculture records in response to our FOIA request for calendars of Secretary Perdue's advisor and former chief of staff, Heidi Green. Calendars span April through August 2017. American Oversight also obtained calendars for Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky, Joby Young, and Christopher Young, and calendars for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary's conference room from November 2017 through November 2018.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Records of Reimbursements Prior to the Government Shutdown

February 7, 2019
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking records of reimbursements given to appointees to expenses such as payments associated with travel, housing, the cost of government transportation, airfare, lodging, meals, per diem payments, rental vehicles, overtime payments, or any payments made via government-issued charge cards or travel from before the 35-day government shutdown.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Lobbying Communications from Jeffrey Clark and Jeffrey Wood

February 6, 2019
FOIA to U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking lobbying communications from Jeffrey Clark or Jeffrey Wood prior to their government positions.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications with C. Boyden Gray

February 4, 2019
FOIA to Department of Agriculture seeking communications between top officials and influential Republican donor and lobbyist C. Boyden Gray