Entity: Texas Department of State Health Services

News Roundup: One Firing, Multiple Scandals

May 22, 2020
Trump's firing of the State Department's inspector general has unearthed a series of concerning stories about the conduct of the very person who pressed for the firing — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

In the Documents: Vaccines Expired in Detention Facility Fridge in Early 2019

May 21, 2020
Documents obtained by American Oversight reveal that 39 doses of a vaccine went bad when a refrigerator at an ICE-operated detention center in Texas failed in January 2019. 

An Update on American Oversight’s Coronavirus Investigation

March 20, 2020
American Oversight has filed dozens of FOIA requests across the federal government and in several states as we look into the Trump administration’s mismanaged response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Request to Texas DSHS for Communications with the White House, CDC, FDA, or HHS

March 16, 2020
Request to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) seeking communications with the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Texas DSHS Communications Regarding Specified Illnesses at Rio Grande Detention Center for 2018-2019


November 20, 2019
Texas Department of State Health Services communications with ICE and private prison contractors about specified illnesses at Detention Centers. These records contain communications about MMR vaccines, border flu surveillance, and a GEO Group Warden not wanting to pay shipping on getting samples tested. These records are from 2018-2019
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Texas Department of State Health Services Records Regarding Reportable Conditions Associated with immigration Detention Facilities 


November 6, 2019
Texas Department of State Health Services health records of reportable conditions associated with immigration detention facilities in Texas Public Health Regions 8 and 11. These documents show that within Region 8 immigration detention facilities, from 2017 to October 30, 2019, reported cases of mumps increased from 0 to 102 cases. In Region 11, from 2017 to October 30, 2019, cases of mumps increased from 0 to 221 cases. These records are from 2017 to October 30, 2019.

FOIA to Texas Department of State Health Services for Emails with Federal Officials and Immigration Detention Contractors

October 22, 2019
FOIA to Texas Department of State Health Services seeking emails between federal officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as contractors operating immigrant detention and holding facilities.

FOIA to DSHS Seeking Infectious Disease Reports from Federal Immigrant Detention and Holding Facilities

October 22, 2019
FOIA request to Texas Department of State Health Services seeking records reflecting reports of notifiable infectious diseases made by, or otherwise regarding, federal immigrant detention and holding facilities.