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.

DOI Ethics Correspondence for Secretary Bernhardt

October 18, 2019
Department of Interior records in response to our FOIA seeking ethics waivers, recusals, or authorizations for Secretary Bernhardt during his tenure as deputy secretary.

USGS Records Regarding the Impact of the 2019 Government Shutdown

October 11, 2019
Records from the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey regarding the impacts of the federal government shutdown that lasted from December 2018 until January 2019. 

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 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.

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.

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.