Entity: General Services Administration

Complaint: American Oversight and Union of Concerned Scientists v. USDA and GSA — USDA Kansas City Relocation

May 13, 2020
Lawsuit filed by the Union of Concerned Scientists and American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the General Services Administration for records — including site visit records, cost analyses, and decision memos — regarding the relocation of USDA offices to 805 Pennsylvania Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The building selected for the relocation is co-owned by a business belonging to Michael Merriman, a prominent Repblican donor in Kansas and Missouri.

GSA Withheld Records Response Regarding Communications with White House Counsel about Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch

April 30, 2020
Response from the General Services Administration stating that the agency is withholding records responsive to American Oversight’s FOIA request for communications between political appointees in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of General Counsel, or leadership offices and select White House counsel staff regarding congressional oversight of the executive branch.

News Roundup: Miracle Drugs and Trump’s Alternate Reality

April 24, 2020
Trump has seemingly failed to learn that no amount of political spin can minimize his administration’s mismanaged pandemic response.

FOIA to GSA Seeking Communications with the Trump Organization and the Office of the President

April 23, 2020
FOIA to General Services Administration seeking communications between senior GSA officials and representatives of the Trump Organization and Office of the President.

GSA Records Concerning USDA’s Kansas City Relocation

April 22, 2020
Email records from the U.S. General Services Administration that included key terms related to the relocation of two USDA divisions from Washington to Kansas City, Missouri. American Oversight requested these documents to shed light on the agency's decision to relocate some facilities to Kansas City. These records contain related email communications. The initial FOIA request for these records was filed in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

GSA Communications Related to the Relocation of Agency Departments to Kansas City

April 22, 2020
Emails and text messages from the U.S. General Services Administration related to the agency's decision to relocate certain offices to Kansas City, Missouri. American Oversight sought these records to shed light on the agency's choice of city and building.

The Administration’s Attempts to Stonewall Investigations of Trump FBI Headquarters Interference Stumble in Court

April 21, 2020
Two recent federal court rulings found that agencies had conducted inadequate searches for documents American Oversight requested related to the president's influence over a multibillion-dollar project.

Opinion: American Oversight v. GSA, OMB, DOJ and FBI – FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

April 20, 2020
Opinion issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ruling that agencies had conducted inadequate searches for records requested by American Oversight.

GSA Calendar Records for Senior Officials

March 27, 2020
Calendar records from the General Services Administration for high-ranking officials. These records include calendar entries for Brennan Hart, Daniel Mathews, Emily Murphy, Jack St. John, and Tom Stoner.

News Roundup: Transparency and Oversight Are More Important Than Ever

March 27, 2020
During ordinary times, government transparency maintains a functioning democracy. But during the coronavirus outbreak, it can also save lives.