Entity: Department of Transportation

News Roundup: Hicks, Barr, Ross and Congressional Oversight

June 21, 2019
American Oversight is investigating the extent to which federal agencies are following the lead of the president in defying legislative branch oversight.

More Evidence of Chao’s Preferential Treatment of Kentucky-Specific Requests

June 17, 2019
American Oversight has uncovered documents bolstering reports of coordination between the office of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the office of Senator Mitch McConnell.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOT – Chao/McConnell Communications

June 17, 2019
American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Transportation seeking communications between McConnell’s office and DOT officials, as well as recent calendars for Secretary Chao, Todd Inman, and other senior aides.

News Roundup: The Trump Administration and the Hatch Act

June 14, 2019
Like many norms in the Trump era, the prohibition on federal employees engaging in political activity while at work has been routinely tested by this administration.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

FOIA to DOT Seeking Elaine Chao’s Photos with the Foremost Group

June 10, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Transportation seeking photographs, videos, or audio recordings taken on March 29, 2017, following reports that prior to a planned 2017 trip to China, Secretary Chao’s office asked federal employees to include her family, who operates the Foremost Group, in meetings with Chinese government officials.

Elaine Chao Calendars Reveal New Links to Family’s Company, Including Private Photo Session

June 10, 2019
Transportation Secretary Chao’s actions on behalf of her family’s shipping company included a private photo session with her father at the Department of Transportation as well as a speaking engagement.
(Photo: James F. X. O'Gara)

Complaint: Restore Public Trust v. DOT – Foremost Group Communications

June 10, 2019
American Oversight's lawsuit on behalf of Restore Public Trust against the Department of Transportation, seeking communications between senior Transportation Department officials and a wide range of entities and people linked to the Foremost Group. The lawsuit also seeks Secretary Elaine Chao's travel records.

News Roundup: Investigating Outside Influence and Political Appointments at the State Department

June 7, 2019
American Oversight filed numerous FOIA requests for records of outside influence on American foreign policy and information about a high-level appointee.

FOIA to DOT Seeking Communications Relating to Railroad Brake Safety Rule

June 4, 2019
FOIA to DOT seeking communications with the railroad industry regarding the rollback of a brake safety rule.

FOIA to DOT Seeking Communications with the Blackstone Group

June 4, 2019
FOIA to DOT seeking communications with members of the Blackstone Group and the Saudi-backed Public Investment Fund, following Secretary Ross's meeting with representatives of these groups.