Entity: Department of Agriculture

USDA Communications with Mindy Brashears Prior to Her Joining the Administration

April 19, 2019
Mindy Brashears was nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which regulates beef and pork products. Dr. Brashears holds multiple patents related to meat decontamination and has ties to the industry. American Oversight submitted a FOIA request to investigate to whether Dr. Brashears had previous contact with the USDA related to her intellectual property or her relationships with such industry groups.

No Records Response from USDA Regarding communications with Jeffrey Clark and Jeffrey Wood

April 9, 2019
United States Department of Agriculture stated that it had no records of communications with Jeffrey Bossert or Jeffrey Woods. American Oversight asked for these records because Bossert and Woods served as attorneys for the fossil fuel industry before joining the Department of Justice.

News Roundup: Turning to the Courts

April 5, 2019
The Trump administration has proved uniquely uncooperative with Congress’ requests. This week, House committees exercised their subpoena power.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications with Florida-Based Groups

April 5, 2019
FOIA to the USDA seeking records of communications between Farm Service Agency State Executive Director for Florida and Florida-based groups to shed light on any potential influence of political appointees' former campaign donors.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications with Oklahoma-Based Groups

April 5, 2019
FOIA to the USDA seeking records of communications between State Executive Director for Oklahoma Scott Biggs with Oklahoma-based groups to shed light on any potential influence of political appointees' former campaign donors.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications with Oregon-Based Groups

April 5, 2019
FOIA to USDA seeking records of communications between USDA Rural Development State Director for Oregon John E. Huffman and Oregon-based groups to shed light on any potential influence of political appointees' former campaign donors.

FOIA to USDA Regarding Potential Hatch Act Violations

April 5, 2019
FOIA to the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking records related to Hatch Act enforcement.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Regarding the Impact of the Partial Government Shutdown on Agency Operations and Research

April 4, 2019
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking records related to the impact of the partial government shutdown on agency operations, scientific research, and public safety programs.

FOIA to U.S. Forest Service Regarding the Impact of the Partial Government Shutdown on Agency Operations and Research

April 4, 2019
FOIA to U.S. Forest Service seeking records related to the impact of the partial government shutdown on Agency operations and research.

USDA Calendars for Brandon Lipps and Maggie Lyons from July 2017 through April 2018

April 2, 2019
U.S. Department of Agriculture calendars for Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services Brandon Lipps and Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary Maggie Lyons, covering July 2017 through April 2018.