Entity: Department of Commerce

Investigations Update: State and Local Officials Involved in Capitol Attack

January 26, 2021
See the latest in our investigations into the events leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, including the involvement of state attorneys general and local government officials.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Records Concerning Political Appointees Converting to Career Status

January 21, 2021
FOIA records request to multiple agencies seeking SF-50s for political appointees converting to career status, as well as records to identify requests and responses from the Office of Personnel Management regarding passing over preference eligibles.

FOIA to the Census Bureau Seeking External Communications of Select Former Bureau Officials

January 1, 2021
FOIA request to the Census Bureau seeking the external communications of former Trump administration political officials, including Benjamin Overholt, Eric Mayfield, Nathaniel Cogley, Adam Korzeniewski.

Letter to Multiple Agencies Concerning Federal Workers’ Whistleblower Rights

December 21, 2020
Government Accountability Project and American Oversight joint letter to 25 federal agencies concerning the whistleblower rights of federal workers and agency responsibility to inform them of their rights during presidential transitions of power.

News Roundup: The Long Month Ahead

December 17, 2020
With just over a month left in his administration, there is still plenty of time for President Donald Trump to cause lasting damage.

Commerce Inspector General Records Regarding Complaints Made by Census Enumerators

December 16, 2020
Records from the Commerce Department's Office of the Inspector General in response to American Oversight's request for records reflecting tips or complaints made by census enumerators. These records include summaries of submitted complaints.

Commerce Communications with Businesses Linked to Wilbur Ross Investments

December 4, 2020
Commerce department emails with entities that Secretary Wilbur Ross listed in his ethics agreement as having invested in. American Oversight sought these records to see whether and to what extent Secretary Ross was using his position to financially benefit himself and those close to him.

Investigations Update: ‘Burrowing In,’ Medicaid Block Grants, and Pennsylvania County Election Certifications

December 1, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into troubling appointments, Oklahoma’s withdrawn block grant waiver application, and the administration’s attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census apportionment.

Commerce Calendars for Secretary Wilbur Ross from January 2017 to December 2018

November 23, 2020
Records from the Department of Commerce in response to American Oversight's request for records concerning steel tariffs and meetings with representatives of the steel industry. These records include calendars for Secretary Wilbur Ross from January 2017 to December 2018.

Commerce ITA NAFTA Renegotiation Talking Points and Emails

November 23, 2020
Records from the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration regarding the NAFTA renegotiations, including emails, talking points, and briefing memos for senior staff. Obtained via FOIA by American Oversight.