Entity: Department of Veterans Affairs

News Roundup: Elaine Chao’s Stocks, Trump’s Handwritten Notes, and the Administration’s Communications with the NRA

May 31, 2019
Elijah Cummings has accused the administration of blocking a congressional investigation of the Education Department’s attempts to replace its internal watchdog.

VA Memos Concerning Record Preservation Guidance

May 31, 2019
Memos from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concerning guidance for proper record preservation. These memos were received following a request for messages between Jaren Kushner and VA officials.

No Records Response from OEHRM for Communications with Outside Influences on the Agency

May 31, 2019
No records response from the Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM) regarding outside influence on the agency. (VA-18-0298, VA-18-0299)

FOIA to VA Seeking Documents Bearing Handwritten Annotations by the President

May 30, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Veterans Affairs seeking documents with handwritten annotations by President Trump.

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.