Entity: Department of the Interior

No Records Response from the USFWS Regarding Communications with Fisher Industries or We Build the Wall

April 1, 2020
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region stated it had no records of communications between select officials and representatives of Fisher Industries or We Build the Wall. Fisher Sand and Gravel won a $400 million contract to build a span of new barrier in Arizona.

DOI Calendar Entries Responsive to Request for Records Concerning Border Wall

March 27, 2020
Records of calendar invitations from the Department of the Interior responsive to American Oversight's initial request for communications between select officials and representatives of Fisher Sand and Gravel, a construction company contracted to build a portion of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, or representatives of We Build the Wall, an organization raising private funds to build sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

News Roundup: Rising Coronavirus Fears and Sinking Public Trust

March 6, 2020
The uncertainty and fear surrounding the coronavirus have laid bare the deadly consequences of President Donald Trump’s demand for obsequious loyalty and a refusal to take responsibility for mistakes.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Records Relating to Staffing Impacts of BLM’s Relocation

March 2, 2020
FOIA request to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) seeking records to shed light on the impact on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staffing from the plan to relocate the agency’s headquarters to Colorado.

FOIA to BLM Seeking Records Relating to Staffing Impacts of BLM’s Relocation

March 2, 2020
FOIA request to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeking records to shed light on the impact on BLM staffing from the plan to relocate the agency’s headquarters to Colorado.

News Roundup: Launching Our Investigation of Trump’s Authoritarian Purges

February 28, 2020
Loyalty over truth and political advantage over public service and safety are hallmarks of authoritarianism.

Complaint: Western Values Project v. DOI – David Bernhardt’s Communications and Travel Records

February 28, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of Western Values Project against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s communications, including phone call logs, text messages, a list of Google documents shared with Bernhardt, and emails from both his professional and personal email addresses. This lawsuit also seeks travel records processed by ConcurGov from January to June 2019.

No Records Response from DOI Regarding Communications with Matthew Schlapp

February 28, 2020
The Department of the Interior (DOI) stated that it had no records in response to American Oversight's request for communications with Matt Schlapp or with his lobbying firm Cove Strategies. which has registered new clients since President Trump took office and has contacted agencies regarding trade and casino issues.

FOIAs to Multiple Agencies Seeking Communications Regarding White House Efforts to Retaliate Against Officials Based on Political Loyalty

February 25, 2020
FOIAs to multiple agencies seeking communications of White House liaisons regarding any efforts to target officials based on perceptions of insufficient political loyalty to the president.

News Roundup: The Post-Impeachment Purge and the Knock of Authoritarianism

February 21, 2020
If news about White House complacency in the face of foreign election interference doesn’t get your attention, here are some other items for your consideration.