Entity: Department of the Interior

News Roundup: Impeachment Votes and Sonny Perdue’s Georgia Connections

November 1, 2019
As the impeachment inquiry gears up for its more public phase, American Oversight is continuing to look into ethics and influence issues at agencies like the Department of Agriculture.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

In the Documents: Interior Department Officials Arranging VIP Tours for Trump Administration Figures and Allies

October 31, 2019
Documents uncovered by American Oversight reveal new instances in which the line between extending courtesies to notable figures and abusing agency privileges may have been crossed.

News Roundup: From the Top Down

September 27, 2019
Efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the president's perceived rivals have been known for months. We want to know how many were involved.
(White House Photo)

Using FOIA to Fight Trump Administration Obstruction

September 27, 2019
We obtained documents that show the coziness between political appointees and the fossil fuel industry — and provide an example of the administration's failure to cooperate fully with congressional oversight requests.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Communications Between Recreation Czar Rick May and Western Spirit Cycling CEO Ashley Korenblat

September 26, 2019
FOIA request to the Department of the Interior seeking communications between Senior Advisor Rick May and Ashley Korenblat, managing director at Public Land Solutions and CEO at Western Spirit Cycling. May’s calendars revealed that he maintained frequent contact with Korenblat, but did not reveal the nature of their communications. Accordingly, American Oversight is seeking records from January 2018 through the present.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Communications Between Recreation Czar Rick May and Land Transfer Advocate Fred Ferguson

September 26, 2019
FOIA request to the Department of the Interior seeking communications between Senior Advisor Rick May and land transfer advocate Fred Ferguson or any other employee of Vista Outdoor. May’s calendars revealed that he met with Ferguson, but did not reveal the nature of their meeting. Accordingly, American Oversight is seeking records from January 2018 through the present.

No Records Response from USGS Regarding Communications with Industry Groups

September 25, 2019
The United States Geological Survey stated that it had no records of communications with industry groups. American Oversight filed this request following a change in computer-generated models that the agency uses to model climate change.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Communications Between Joe Balash and Oil Search Ltd.

September 19, 2019
FOIA request to the Department of the Interior seeking communications between former Assistant Secretary Joe Balash and his new employer, Oil Search Ltd. American Oversight seeks information with the potential to reveal, at a minimum, whether and to what extent the former Assistant Secretary afforded his new employer any preferential access or treatment in his official capacity, where he was responsible for land and minerals management. The public deserves confidence that DOI’s decisions relating to mining and energy have been made without undue outside influence.

FOIA to BLM Seeking Records Regarding the Communications and Activities of Acting Director Pendley

September 19, 2019
FOIA request to the Bureau of Land Management seeking records relating to communications between Acting Director Pendley and industry interests, as well as ethics determinations relating to Acting Director Pendley.

News Roundup: Remain in Mexico’s Harmful Effects and Trump’s Dangerous Impatience

August 30, 2019
Immigration officials frequently don't offer language assistance to asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico, and Trump's rush for a border wall before 2020 raises concerns.