Entity: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Emails Show Political Interference with FOIA and Resistance to Transparency at HUD

August 14, 2018
Documents obtained by American Oversight show that Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials circumvented standard Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policies to deal with politically-sensitive requests related to the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and complained about inquiries from members of Congress.

FOIA to HUD Seeking Communications Between HUD and Various Outside Entities

July 17, 2018
FOIA to HUD seeking communications between Secretary Benjamin Carson; his chief of staff; or any political appointees in the Office of the Secretary or the Office of Public Affairs and a variety of construction companies and corporations. This FOIA was submitted to shed light on Ben Caron's family involvement at the agency.

HUD Communications Regarding Candy Carson Travel and Other Agency Resources

July 16, 2018
Housing and Urban Development records regarding Candy Carson's involvement at the agency, including records about her travel, HUD meeting attendance, HUD documents and resources shared with her.

No Records Response From HUD Regarding Communications With Armstrong Williams and Sinclair Media

July 10, 2018
Housing and Urban Development stated that it had no records of communications with Armstrong Williams or Sinclair Media for a particular set of custodians. This is an interim response; additional custodians are currently being searched/reviewed.

HUD Communications Between Certain Employees and White House Employees

July 5, 2018
Housing and Urban Development communications between Beth van Duyne, John Gibbs, Christopher Bourne, or Lynne Patton and anyone in the Executive Office of the President.

HUD Political Appointee Oaths of Office

May 18, 2018
Oaths of office and ethics pledges signed by political appointees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD Emails Regarding the Handling of FOIA Requests

May 14, 2018
HUD records of communications sent or received by political appointees or SES staff regarding FOIA requests. The documents are largely Congressional communications about the FOIA process.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Communications to Determine Cohen’s Influence

May 11, 2018
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking to shed light on whether or not Michael Cohen or any of his associates have influenced federal activities, including whether they have received special treatment for their high-paying clients. American Oversight is seeking communications between any appointee and the following: Michael Cohen, Essential Consultants, Corey Lewandowski, Jason Osborne, Mike Rubino, Barry Bennett, Turnberry Solutions LLC, and Avenue Strategies.

HUD Memo Regarding the Installation of a Security System of Carson’s Home

May 1, 2018
Record of a memo from HUD regarding Secretary Ben Carson's request to have the agency pay for the installation of a security system at the Carson home.