Entity: Department of Agriculture

USDA Emails with Congressmember Tom Emmer Regarding Twin Metals in 2018 and 2019


June 24, 2019
U.S Department of Agriculture emails with Congressman Tom Emmer regarding Twin Metals. These documents detail three calls between Minnesota Congressional members and USDA regarding Twin Metals, which occurred in March 2018 as well as February and March 2019.


News Roundup: The Trump Administration and the Hatch Act

June 14, 2019
Like many norms in the Trump era, the prohibition on federal employees engaging in political activity while at work has been routinely tested by this administration.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

FOIA to USDA Seeking Rural Development Seeking Calendars for Senior Officials

June 12, 2019
FOIA to USDA Rural Development asking for calendars of former Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications in Light of Hatch Act Guidance

June 10, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Agriculture seeking communications of Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh containing pro-Trump phrases to determine if the OSC's new Hatch Act guidance, which prohibits discussions of impeachment and resistance, also applies to pro-Trump speech.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications in Light of Hatch Act Guidance

June 7, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Agriculture seeking communications of Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh containing pro-Trump phrases to determine if the OSC's new Hatch Act guidance, which prohibits discussions of impeachment and resistance, also applies to pro-Trump speech.

USFS Records of Communications Regarding Trump’s Tweets About Wildfires

June 6, 2019
The Department of Agriculture's Forest Service records in response to our FOIA seeking communications regarding President Trump's tweets about California wildfires.

USDA Records of Employee Comments on the Forum “My Two Cents”

May 28, 2019
U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Resource Service records in response to our FOIA seeking employee comments on the forum, "My Two Cents."

USDA Emails with Pesticide Industry and Trade Groups Regarding Pesticides

May 13, 2019
U.S. Department of Agriculture emails with American Farm Bureau Federation, CropLife America, Dow, and FMC concerning pesticides. We submitted this FOIA to get information about EPA’s decision to deny a petition to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, despite Obama Administration concluding that the pesticide may cause birth defects.

News Roundup: Casinos and Questions

May 10, 2019
Climate change, the Mueller report, and three new lawsuits.
Donald Trump and Matt Schlapp in 2018 (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

No Records Response from USDA regarding Skype communications between Nick Ayers and agency officials

May 10, 2019
United States Department of Agriculture stated that it had no records of Skype communications between Nick Ayers and agency officials.