Entity: Department of Transportation

Transportation Dept. Watchdog Says Former Secretary Elaine Chao Misused Her Office, Echoing American Oversight Investigations

March 4, 2021
A Transportation inspector general report said Chao used her position to support her family’s business interests — evidence of which has appeared in documents uncovered by American Oversight.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Decision Memoranda Signed by Top Officials During Presidential Transition

March 3, 2021
FOIA requests to multiple agencies seeking decision memoranda signed by top officials during the presidential transition period between the Trump and Biden administrations.

Investigations Update: State and Local Officials Involved in Capitol Attack

January 26, 2021
See the latest in our investigations into the events leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, including the involvement of state attorneys general and local government officials.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Records Concerning Political Appointees Converting to Career Status

January 21, 2021
FOIA records request to multiple agencies seeking SF-50s for political appointees converting to career status, as well as records to identify requests and responses from the Office of Personnel Management regarding passing over preference eligibles.

Letter to Multiple Agencies Concerning Federal Workers’ Whistleblower Rights

December 21, 2020
Government Accountability Project and American Oversight joint letter to 25 federal agencies concerning the whistleblower rights of federal workers and agency responsibility to inform them of their rights during presidential transitions of power.

FOIA to DOT Seeking Communications of Key DOT Officials Under Secretary Chao’s Leadership

October 9, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Transportation seeking communications of senior officials.

No Records Response from DOT Regarding Communications with Vulcan Material Company

September 29, 2020
The Department of Transportation stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for communications between top officials at DOT and employees of representatives of Vulcan Materials Company and its lobbyist, Ice Miller Strategies, LLC.

No Records Response from DOT Regarding Inspector General Investigations Involving Sec. Chao

September 25, 2020
The Department of the Transportation stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for directives, guidance, or formal memoranda regarding any investigations by the inspector general involving Secretary Elaine Chao.

New Records Illustrate Extensive Influence Wielded by Leader of Group Pushing Conservative Judicial Agenda

September 24, 2020
Documents obtained by American Oversight provide new details on Federalist Society co-chair Leonard Leo’s involvement in federal judicial nominations, including to the U.S. Supreme Court.

DOT Ethics Documents for Acting Inspector General Howard “Skip” Elliott

September 11, 2020
Records from the Department of Transportation in response to American Oversight's request for the ethics waivers, authorizations, and recusals of Acting Inspector General Howard “Skip” Elliott.