Entity: Department of Veterans Affairs

News Roundup: Political Appointees, Lobbyists and Those In Between

August 23, 2019
This week, we sued the VA for failing to preserve emails that top VA officials sent from personal email accounts to three members of Mar-a-Lago.

Complaint: American Oversight and Democracy Forward v. VA and NARA — David Shulkin’s Personal Emails

August 21, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight and Democracy Forward against the National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Archivist David Ferriero and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for failing to recover and preserve emails former VA Secretary David Shulkin sent from a personal account used to conduct government business with outside advisers. The Federal Records Act requires the preservation of all agency records.

More Examples of Personal Email Use and Heavy-Handed Outside Influence at the VA

August 13, 2019
New documents provide further examples of the influence that outside groups and individuals — including three members of Mar-a-Lago resort — have exerted on the nation’s veterans policy.

FOIA to VA Seeking Communications with the Office of the Vice President

August 7, 2019
FOIA to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs seeking all communications between certain high-level agency officials and certain senior officials in Vice President Mike Pence’s office.

No Records Response from VA Regarding Secretary Wilkie’s Nomination Process

August 6, 2019
No records response from the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding Secretary Robert Wilkie's nomination process.

FOIA to VA Seeking Calendars of Officials in Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

July 30, 2019
FOIA to Veterans Affairs seeking calendars of officials in the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, including Director Stephen Dillard and Deputy Director Conrad Washington.

News Roundup: Mueller Speaks

July 26, 2019
Special Counsel Robert Mueller made his long-awaited and much-anticipated appearance before Congress on Wednesday.

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

July 25, 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.

FOIA to HHS, VA, and DOD Asking for Documents Used to Screen Prospective Members to Federal Pain Management Task Force for Conflicts

July 22, 2019
FOIA to HHS, VA, and DOD asking for any documents reflecting guidance or criteria for screening prospective members to the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force for conflicts of interest.

FOIA to VA and DOD Seeking Nomination Materials and Ethics Guidance for Members Appointed to Federal Pain Management Task Force

July 22, 2019
FOIA to VA and DOD seeking nomination materials and ethics guidance for members appointed to the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, including any applicable decisions memos, resumes and nomination letters, financial disclosure reports, conflicts or ethics waivers, and recusal determinations.