Entity: Department of Veterans Affairs

News Roundup: Congressional Hearing Shows and No-Shows

May 24, 2019
Ben Carson, Diane Auer Jones, and Don McGahn's empty chair
(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

No Records Response from VA Regarding WhatsApp Communications Between Former Officials and Jared Kushner

May 21, 2019
No records response from the Department of Veterans Affairs for WhatsApp communications between White House adviser Jared Kushner and former Secretary David Shulkin, former Chief Information Officer Scott Blackburn, and former Chief of Staff Peter O'Rourke.

News Roundup: Investigating State-Level Threats to Democracy

May 17, 2019
With so much attention trained on tackling federal misconduct in the Trump administration, corruption at the state and local levels has flourished and often gone unchecked.

Top VA Officials Used Personal Email to Communicate with Mar-a-Lago Members

May 14, 2019
American Oversight is demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs recover former Secretary David Shulkin’s personal emails with Trump associates who have exerted high-profile influence on the nation’s veteran policy.

American Oversight Letter to VA Secretary Regarding Personal Email Use

May 14, 2019
American Oversight sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilke asking him to uncover records after American Oversight records found that senior VA officials, including former Secretary David Shulkin, used personal electronic messaging accounts to communicate with private individuals, including associates of the president to discuss agency business and appear to have failed to follow proper procedures for transferring those records to agency custody.

FOIA to VA Seeking Email Communications Regarding the Use of Personal Email for Official Communications

May 10, 2019
FOIA to VA seeking any instruction by former Secretary Shulkin or former Acting Secretary O'Rourke directing subordinates to use personal email accounts for official communications or otherwise providing personal contact information.

News Roundup: Above the Law

May 3, 2019
From his mixing of business with public service to his resistance to congressional investigations, Trump and his administration have been operating as if they are above the law.

FOIA to VA Seeking WhatsApp Messages Between Jared Kushner and VA Officials

May 1, 2019
FOIA to VA seeking WhatsApp messages between Jared Kushner and former VA Officials, including former Secretary Shulkin.

VA Records Reflecting External Communications Between Secretary Shulkin’s Office and Perlmutter and Moskowitz

April 26, 2019
Veterans Affairs records in response to our FOIA request for communications between the Office of the Secretary and Mar-a-Lago members, Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter and Bruce Moskowitz.

No Records Response from VA Office of Finance Regarding Communications with Ballard Partners

April 10, 2019
Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Finance stated that it had no records of Communications with Ballard partners. American Oversight asked for these records to shed light on the degree and nature of influence that Ballard Partners is having on the decision-making of the federal government, and particularly on the decisions and actions of this administration’s political appointees.