Entity: Department of Education

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.

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.

FOIA to Education Seeking Communications Regarding Credit Hour Definition

March 19, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking communications with stakeholders interested in the department’s definition of a “credit hour” and possible revisions to that definition.

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.

FOIA to Education Seeking Communications with Club for Growth

March 1, 2019
FOIA to Education seeking communications of high-level agency officials with the Club for Growth Foundation and related entities.

FOIA to Education Seeking Records of Fireside Chat at Club for Growth Foundation

March 1, 2019
FOIA to Education seeking materials related to a "Fireside Chat" attended by Secretary Betsy at the Club for Growth Foundation, including prepared remarks, talking points, transcripts, and recordings.