Entity: Department of the Interior

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.

American Oversight Sues for Communications of Two Top Interior Department Officials

February 20, 2020
On Thursday, American Oversight sued the Department of the Interior for the communications of Interior Solicitor Daniel Jorjani and BLM Acting Director William Pendley.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOI – Pendley’s and Jorjani’s Industry-Related Communications

February 20, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for the communications of DOI Solicitor Daniel Jorjani and Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William Pendley, including communications with specific groups representing energy industry interests. This lawsuit also seeks Pendley’s calendars and ethics documents.

FOIA to USFWS Seeking Communications Between Select Officials and Individuals Associated with Wall Building on the US-Mexico Border

February 20, 2020
FOIA request to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service seeking 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.

FOIA to USFWS Southwest Region Seeking Communications With Individuals Associated with Wall Building on the US-Mexico Border

February 20, 2020
FOIA request to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region seeking 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 in Arizona, or representatives of We Build the Wall, an organization raising private funds to build sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

BSEE Communications with Industry Groups Concerning Blowout Preventer Systems

February 12, 2020
Records form the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in response to American Oversight's request for email communications with industry lobbyists, including meetings on Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule. These records span from November 2018 to February 2019.

DOI Records Regarding Political Appointee Communications Concerning Mikah Meyer

February 11, 2020
Records from the Department of the Interior in response to American Oversight's request for records of political appointee communications regarding Mikah Meyer.

No Records Response from OSMRE Regarding Contracts with Failed Nominees

February 10, 2020
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for records to identify whether individuals nominated but not confirmed to high-level agency positions have contracts to perform the same or similar work for which they were unsuccessfully nominated.

In the Documents: How the 2018-2019 Government Shutdown Affected Federal Science Agencies

January 23, 2020
Records from NASA, NOAA and other agencies reveal the record-long funding lapse’s detrimental impact on federal projects.

DOI Calendars for Deputy Chiefs of Staff Downey Magallanes and Michael Argo and CoS Scott Hommel

January 10, 2020
This is a response to our request for the calendars of certain political appointees within the Department of the Interior includes the calendars of Deputy Chief of Staff Downey Magallanes from September 2017 through March 2018 and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Michael Argo from November 2017 through May 2018. In August 2018, we received calendars for Chief of Staff Scott Hommel from Jan 30, 2017 - July 2, 2018, and Deputy Secretary and OFAS conference rooms from January 23 - June 5, 2018.