Entity: Department of Education

Department of Education Resumes Reveal Pro-Charter School Bias

April 10, 2019
American Oversight has obtained Department of Education resumes that offer yet another example of how DeVos has prioritized charter schools and for-profit institutions over public education.

ED Communications about the Agency’s Audit of Navient

April 9, 2019
Department of Education Office of Inspector General communications between agency officials and Navient regarding the agency's audit of the loan servicer and Federal Student Aid.

ED Records of Expenditures at Trump-Owned Properties

April 4, 2019
Department of Education records regarding agency expenditures at Trump-owned properties. American Oversight sought records from multiple agencies regarding both expenditures at Trump-owned properties and any guidance about making those expenditures.

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Senior Officials’ Calendars

April 1, 2019
American Oversight's lawsuit against several agencies seeking calendars following previous request for senior officials' calendars. Some of the requests are seeking calendars from mid-2018 and others' date back to the beginning of the administration.

No Records Response from ED Regarding Ballard Partners Communications

March 29, 2019
The Department of Education (ED) stated that the Office of the Inspector General had no records responsive to American Oversight's FOIA request for communications with the Trump-connected lobbying firm Ballard Partners.

FOIA to ED Seeking Records Regarding Relationship with Navient

March 28, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking records reflecting any common interest agreement between the Department of Education and loan servicer Navient. Navient Corporation has reportedly invoked “common interest privilege” to block disclosure of records in a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lawsuit.

FOIA to ED Seeking Records Regarding Response to Senator Warren’s Criticism of Navient

March 28, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking communications related to a report by Senator Warren that demonstrated failures in Navient Corporation’s student loan servicing practices. On the same day the report was issued, the Department of Education released a statement defending Navient Corporation.

FOIA to ED Office of the Inspector General Seeking Navient Communications

March 28, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education Office of the Inspector General seeking records reflecting communications between the OIG and Navient Corporation. The OIG reissued an audit report regarding Federal Student Aid, reportedly on the basis of additional documentation Navient provided.

FOIA to Education Seeking Communications with Men’s Rights Activists

March 19, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking communications with Kursat Pekgoz and other individuals and entities involved in advocating for so-called men’s rights issues.

No Records Response from ED regarding Zais Communications

March 19, 2019
The Department of Education stated that it had no records responsive to several FOIA requests submitted by American Oversight seeking copies of communications between Deputy Secretary Mitchell Zais and various outside entities and individuals. ED's response appears to indicate that the department did not fully process American Oversight's request.