Entity: Department of Education

ED Office of Civil Rights Staffing Records from FY 2017-18

April 6, 2018
Documents from ED containing information related to staffing levels at ED OCR in FY 2017-18 requested by American Oversight following reports that Office of Civil Rights staff will be reduced. The response also responds partly to our FOIA ED-18-0005 because it includes ED OCR staffing levels from FY 2012-16. The response is missing staffing levels for FY 2008-11, which we also requested.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Regarding Trump Appointees Accusing Career Staff of Disloyalty

March 29, 2018
Following reports that high-level Trump administration officials expressed concern about the “loyalty” of career civil servants at the State Department, and even explored ways to “purge” some of those career employees from their positions. American Oversight submitted this FOIA to determine whether similar conversations occurred at other agencies.

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Appointee Resumes

March 22, 2018
American Oversight sued 18 agencies in order to force the release of resumes for political appointees across the Trump administration. This is the second lawsuit that American Oversight has filed seeking appointee resumes. FOIA requests included in this complaint cover appointees who joined the administration in the time period follow the first sets of resumes we obtained in 2017.

No Records Response From Education Regarding Gainful Employment Rule

March 16, 2018
No records response to our FOIA request seeking information related the gainful employment rule and whether it was signed or adopted by Secretary DeVos or other Education employees.

New Lawsuit: How Much are Cabinet Officials Spending on Office Upgrades

March 14, 2018
After uncovering new details about office renovation expenses at HUD and the EPA, American Oversight filed a broad, multi-agency lawsuit to find out how much taxpayer money senior Trump administration officials – including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross – have spent to upgrade their personal offices. 

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Office Renovation Expenses

March 14, 2018
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against 16 federal agencies seeking records of expenditures made to upgrade or renovate the offices of senior political appointees. 

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Senior Official Calendars

March 8, 2018
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight seeking calendars for senior political appointees at Commerce, Education, EPA, DOE, DHS, Interior, Labor, DOT, HHS, HUD, SBA, State, Treasury, and USDA.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Senior Staff Calendars from January – July 2017

March 6, 2018
Calendars for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and senior political appointees at the Department of Education, covering the time period from each official's appointment through mid-July, 2017. This document production includes more complete versions of the calendars than the previous copies that ED released in response to American Oversight's FOIA litigation.

FOIA Seeking Additional Production of DeVos/ Education Calendars

February 13, 2018
FOIA seeking additional records related an Education entry “a 60-slide deck of the words to use, and the words to lose, regarding parental choice, vouchers, charter schools, teacher pay, and all the other issues in education reform.”