Entity: Department of Commerce

Celebrating Government Transparency This Fourth of July

July 4, 2019
As Trump attempts to turn what has traditionally been a nonpartisan celebration into a party for donors, we're celebrating the power that an informed public can have in a democracy.

News Roundup: Setbacks for Freedom of Information

June 28, 2019
Supreme Court decisions, limits on FOIA, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's D.C. landlord.
(Photo: Paul A. Fagan)

NOAA Records Regarding Absence from the AMA Annual Conference Due to the 2019 Government Shutdown

June 25, 2019
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records regarding their absence at the American Meteorological Association annual conference in January 2019 as a result of the federal government shutdown.

FOIA to NOAA Seeking Email Communications with Raytheon Lobbyists

June 25, 2019
FOIA to NOAA seeking email communications with Raytheon lobbyists, including former lobbyist and current Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper

FOIA to Commerce Seeking Records Reflecting Communications Between the Agency and the White House Counsel Staff Regarding Congressional Oversight

June 24, 2019
FOIA to Commerce seeking records reflecting communications between the agency and the White House Counsel staff regarding congressional oversight in light of the administration's unprecedented efforts to resist oversight.

News Roundup: Hicks, Barr, Ross and Congressional Oversight

June 21, 2019
American Oversight is investigating the extent to which federal agencies are following the lead of the president in defying legislative branch oversight.

No Records Response from Commerce ITA Regarding Talking Points for Nuclear Exports Plan with Saudi Arabia

June 20, 2019
The Commerce Department's International Trade Administration stated that it had no records of talking points mentioning certain key words, such as "Marshall Plan" and "Westinghouse." American Oversight sought these records after a report by the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform revealed how, in the early days of the Trump administration, senior White House officials worked outside standard policymaking processes to advance a nuclear exports plan involving sharing nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia. The report highlights serious conflict of interest concerns and extensive undue influence from officials outside government. It also notes that President Trump reportedly held a meeting on the topic of sharing nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia as recently as February 12, 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 Commerce Seeking Communications Between Senior Appointees and Zekelman Industries

June 12, 2019
FOIA to Commerce Department seeking email communications and calendar entries for meetings between senior appointees and Zekelman Industries.

FOIA to Commerce Seeking Communications Between Agency Lawyers and the White House Regarding Congressional Oversight

June 11, 2019
FOIA to Commerce seeking communications between agency lawyers and the White House in light of the administration's unprecedented efforts to resist congressional oversight.