Entity: Department of Agriculture

FOIA to USDA Seeking Calendars of Officials in Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

July 30, 2019
FOIA to the U.S. Department Agriculture seeking calendars of officials in the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, including Director Mike Beatty and Program Manager Torey Ian Powell.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications Regarding New Guidance Regarding SNAP Benefits

July 17, 2019
FOIA to the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking records regarding USDA’s guidance to SNAP Regional Directors relating to disqualification from SNAP benefits.

No Records Response from USDA Regarding Political Appointee Resumes

July 1, 2019
No Records Response from USDA Regarding Political Appointee Resumes. With scores of new individuals joining the government in key positions during 2017, American Oversight sought these records to better understand the backgrounds of new appointees.

USDA Records of Communications Between Rebeckah Adcock and CropLife America

June 28, 2019
U.S. Department of Agriculture records of communications between Rebeckah Adcock and her former employer CropLife America.

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Trump Family Influence over Minnesota Mining Project

June 25, 2019
American Oversight today sued for records related to the decision to renew the leases for a Chilean mining company headed by the family of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's landlord.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOI and USDA – Twin Metals

June 25, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Forest Service seeking records related to the Twin Metals mining lease granted to Antofagasta in the Boundary Waters wilderness.

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.