Entity: Department of Commerce

Investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Attack: One Year Later

January 6, 2022
There are still many unanswered questions about that dark day for U.S. democracy. Here is a look at what we’ve uncovered through public records requests and litigation, as well as what we’re still seeking to learn.

Commerce Calendars for Secretary Wilbur Ross and High-Ranking Agency Officials

August 4, 2021
Records from the Department of Commerce of calendar entries for Secretary Wilbur Ross that span January through December 2018.

American Oversight v. Census Bureau – Officials’ Communications with Trump White House and Other External Parties

August 3, 2021
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Census Bureau seeking the release of communications with White House officials during litigation over the decennial census cut-off date. This lawsuit also seeks the external communications of specific bureau officials who served under the Trump administration, including Benjamin Overholt, Eric Mayfield, Nathaniel Cogley, Adam Korzeniewski.

Census Bureau Records in Response to Request for Emails with Thomas Hofeller and Mark Neuman

July 29, 2021
Records from the Census Bureau in response to American Oversight's request for all email communications between specified agency personnel involved in discussions about the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census and Thomas Hofeller or A. Mark Neuman.

Commerce Records Reflecting Communications Between the Census Bureau and White House Regarding Immigrants and the U.S. Census

June 23, 2021
Records from the U.S. Department of Commerce in response to American Oversight's request for Census Bureau communications with the White House in the week before President Trump issued a memorandum preventing the bureau from including undocumented immigrants in its count for the purposes of reapportionment.

Commerce Communications for Wilbur Ross Containing Terms Related to Aluminum

June 8, 2021
Records from the U.S. Department of Commerce in response to American Oversight's request for communications from appointees in the offices of the International Trade Administration containing terms related to aluminum.

Commerce Emails about Secretary Ross’s Navigator Shipping Holdings

April 26, 2021
Department of Commerce emails about Secretary Wilbur Ross's holdings in Navigator Shipping and parent company Invesco. American Oversight sought these records because there have been questions about whether Ross fully divested from the company according to his ethics agreement.

Documents Show Far-Right Influence at Trump Commerce Department

March 30, 2021
In one email to former Secretary Ross, the head of an anti-immigration group lamented “the shift of political power” brought by immigration; other emails indicate outside efforts to place appointees at the department.

FOIA to Census Bureau Seeking Calendars of Senior Trump Administration Officials

March 26, 2021
FOIA request to the Census Bureau seeking calendars for top Trump administration officials spanning March 2020 through January 2021.

Commerce Communications with the Center for Immigration Studies and other External Groups

March 24, 2021
Records from the Department of Commerce seeking Commerce in response to American Oversight's request for officials’ email communications with external individuals and entities. These records include communications with the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies and affiliates of the Federalist Society.