Entity: Department of Veterans Affairs

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.


VA Calendar Records for Secretaries David Shulkin and Robert Wilkie

April 1, 2019
Department of Veterans Affairs calendars for Secretary David Shulkin from February through November 2017 and for Secretary Robert Wilkie from April through December 2018.

No Records Response from VA Regarding Political Appointees’ Expenditures During the Shutdown

March 18, 2019
No records response from the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Information and Technology regrading expenditures by political appointees during the government shutdown. American Oversight asked for for these expenditure records across multiple agencies.

VA Records of Expenditures for Travel During the Government Shutdown

March 5, 2019
Veterans' Affairs records related to travel expenditures for political appointees during the government shutdown. This response came from VA's finance department.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Communications with Ballard Partners

February 14, 2019
FOIA Request to multiple agencies lobbied by lobbying firm Ballard Partners seeking communications with Trump administration political appointees. Florida-based Ballard Partners has grown rapidly due to its connections with the Trump administration, and this request seeks to uncover Ballard's influence on the administration.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Records of Reimbursements Prior to the Government Shutdown

February 7, 2019
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking records of reimbursements given to appointees to expenses such as payments associated with travel, housing, the cost of government transportation, airfare, lodging, meals, per diem payments, rental vehicles, overtime payments, or any payments made via government-issued charge cards or travel from before the 35-day government shutdown.

FOIA to VA Regarding Secretary Wilkie’s Nomination Process

January 30, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding Secretary Robert Wilkie's nomination process in light of his affiliation with Confederate groups.