Entity: Department of the Interior

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.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Communications with Trump Campaign Interests

August 30, 2019
FOIA Request to Department of Interior seeking communications from agency officials to President Trump’s reelection campaign or other interests supporting the president’s reelection.

No Records Response from DOI Regarding Communications with Lobbyist Matthew Schlapp Concerning Health and Trade Issues

August 30, 2019
The Department of the Interior stated that it had no communications with Matthew Schlapp or with his lobbying firm Cove StrategiesÑwhich has registered new clients since President Trump took office and has contacted agencies regarding trade and casino issues.

FOIA to USGS Seeking Communications with Industry Groups

August 28, 2019
FOIA request to the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey seeking communications from political appointees to industry groups.

News Roundup: Political Appointees, Lobbyists and Those In Between

August 23, 2019
This week, we sued the VA for failing to preserve emails that top VA officials sent from personal email accounts to three members of Mar-a-Lago.

Complaint: Western Values Project v. DOI — David Bernhardt’s Communications with Former Employers and Clients

August 21, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of Western Values Project against the Department of the Interior for communications between Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and his former clients during his career as a lobbyist for the oil and gas industry.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Communications with Former Secretary Zinke

August 21, 2019
FOIA to the Department of the Interior seeking email and WhatsApp communications between senior officials and former Secretary Ryan Zinke.

News Roundup: Investigating the Administration’s Response to Domestic Terrorism

August 9, 2019
American Oversight has been investigating the administration’s response to domestic terrorism and acts of violence.

DOI Records Regarding Offshore Drilling and Communications with Coastal States and Outside Influences

August 7, 2019
Department of Interior's response to FOIA request seeking records regarding offshore drilling and the influences on the administration’s decisions regarding whether and where offshore drilling would be allowed. These records include correspondence between Senator Rubio's office (R-FL) and Secretary Zinke's staff, as well as information on Secretary Zinke's participation in the American Petroleum Institute meeting in March 2017.

DOI Calendars of Senior Political Appointees Vincent DeVito, Andrea Travnicek, and Rick May

July 31, 2019
Department of Interior calendars for senior political appointees Vincent DeVito, Andrea Travnicek, and Rick May. Timeframe includes March 2017 through February 2019.