Parallel Investigations Initiative: Amplifying Congressional Oversight

American Oversight is filing FOIAs and lawsuits that mirror the document requests sent by the chairs and ranking members of key congressional committees. With the Trump administration vowing to "fight all the subpoenas" and resisting Congressional oversight at every turn, we're using public records laws and the power of the courts to make sure that federal agencies can't thwart transparency.

American Oversight’s Parallel Investigations Initiative is an ongoing project to ensure that the Trump administration can’t thwart accountability. Congress is conducting investigations into misconduct across the administration, but President Trump has vowed to “fight all the subpoenas” — and his administration is resisting congressional oversight at every turn.

Beginning in late October 2018, we have been filing lawsuits demanding the release of documents that are also the subjects of congressional investigations, including Trump’s interference in the redevelopment of the FBI headquarters building, the botched response to the hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, and the involvement of Mar-a-Lago members in setting policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those lawsuits, along with many of the parallel FOIA requests we have filed, are posted below.

You can read more about American Oversight’s Parallel Investigations Initiative here.

Investigaciones Paralelas

Elegimos nuestros representantes para defender nuestros intereses al nivel federal. Se supone que el Congreso puede vigilar la oficina del Presidente, pero es obvio que esta administración no actúa dentro de las reglas del juego. 

Durante los primeros meses de la administración de Trump, el Congreso republicano no tomó ninguna acción contra las repetitivas acciones cuestionables del presidente y sus electos — ni una sola citación se emitió durante el período inicial de la administración, a pesar de la evidencia que se necesitaba investigar.

Después de las elecciones 2018, el Congreso reanudó sus investigaciones contra la corrupción y posibles crímenes presidenciales. Pero con muchísimo esfuerzo, las agencias de la administración de Trump tratan de impedir la distribución de información pública.

Por esta razón, lanzamos nuestra iniciativa de investigaciones paralelas en el octubre de 2018. Nuestro objetivo es amplificar y ayudar las investigaciones que se llevan a cabo en el Congreso. Las agencias federales pueden evitar, retrasar, o limitar el alcance de las solicitudes del Congreso sin consecuencias significantes. Además, el Congreso tiene opciones limitadas para ejecutar sus demandas, y la mayor parte del tiempo, el proceso es demasiado político.

Por otro lado, la litigación por medio de la Ley de Libertad de Información (Freedom of Information Act o FOIA por sus siglas en inglés) esta bajo jurisdicción de la corte federal. Las agencias federales están obligadas por ley a producir los documentos, y jueces no tienen paciencia para tolerar tácticas evasivas. Mientras el proceso puede ser lento, nuestras demandas producen resultados y documentos con más seguridad que las demandas del Congreso. Con investigaciones paralelas, usamos leyes para la divulgación de documentos gubernamentales de interés público y el poder independiente de las cortes para obligar a la administración de Trump a rendir cuentas. 

El tipo de investigaciones que llevamos a cabo es extenso. Hemos presentado solicitudes sobre los derechos reproductivos, separación familiar, influencia de la industria privada, y más. Por cada reportaje en las noticias sobre los conflictos de intereses financieros de funcionarios de la administración de Trump, hemos presentado una demanda. 

Mientras los tweets de Trump llaman la atención del público, seguimos investigando los asuntos importantes, como la respuesta malograda de Trump a los hurricanes en Puerto Rico, y el rechazo sospechoso del Departamento de Educación de ofrecer alivio a los prestatarios de préstamos estudiantiles. 

Continuaremos a presionar a la administración de Trump a rendir cuentas y pedir transparencia en el gobierno hasta que la verdad sea pública. Si quieres leer más sobre nuestras investigaciones y la iniciativa de investigaciones paralelas, visita nuestra página de web aquí.

Updates

Documents Highlight FEMA’s Failed Efforts to Track and Inspect Meals Sent to Puerto Rico

May 6, 2019
American Oversight obtained records related to the contractor that only provided 50,000 out of the 30 million meals it was supposed to deliver to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Investigating Trump’s Failed Response to Hurricanes in Puerto Rico

January 17, 2019
“If the Trump administration were deliberately choking off relief funds to Puerto Rico, there’s going to be a paper trail, and we’re going to expose the truth.”

American Oversight Sues Education Department for Borrower Defense Records

November 9, 2018
American Oversight today sued the Department of Education (ED) to shed light on the agency’s decision to cut back on debt relief for defrauded student borrowers. This is the watchdog’s tenth suit in its Parallel Investigations Initiative, targeting documents that are also likely to be the subject of congressional investigations.
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Related Documents

July 11, 2019

EPA Communications with the American Chemistry Council, Chemours Company, and Holland & Knight

Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Record
May 31, 2019

FBI Records Regarding Meeting Notes in the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Agency Record
March 12, 2019

FEMA Records Regarding Hurricanes Maria and Irma Relief Efforts and Meal Delivery

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Agency Record
February 8, 2019

FOIA to CMS Seeking Memos Regarding Medicaid Work Requirements

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
February 8, 2019

FOIA to CMS Seeking Communications with State Governments Related to Medicaid Work Requirements

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
February 8, 2019

FOIA to HHS and CMS Seeking Medicaid Work Requirements Legal Analysis

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
February 8, 2019

FOIA to CMS Seeking Communications with State Governments Related to Medicaid Work Requirements

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
February 5, 2019

FOIA to EPA Seeking Communications Regarding Diane Hendricks

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
December 18, 2018

FEMA Response Regarding Contract Bids

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Agency Record
December 11, 2018

CFPB Records Related to Companies Charging Dubious Fees to Students

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Agency Record
November 19, 2018

FOIA to VA Seeking Communications with Concerned Veterans for America

Department of Veterans Affairs
FOIA Request
November 9, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. Education – Borrower Defense Rule

Department of Education
Litigation
November 8, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. State – Trump Business Influence on Embassies

Department of State
Litigation
November 7, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. State – Political Retaliation

Department of State
Litigation
October 26, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. FEMA – Hurricane Response

Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Litigation
October 25, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. VA and DOD – Mar-a-Lago Crowd Influence

Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs
Litigation
October 23, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. OMB – FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Office of Management and Budget
Litigation
October 23, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. GSA – FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

General Services Administration
Litigation
October 23, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ – FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Department of Defense
Litigation
October 23, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. FBI – FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Litigation
October 23, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ, FBI, OMB, and GSA – White House Meetings Regarding FBI Headquarters

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget
Litigation
October 1, 2018

FOIA to CFBP Seeking a Report on Dubious Account Fees on Student Lending

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
FOIA Request
October 1, 2018

FOIA to CFPB Regarding Mulvaney’s Conflicts of Interest and Student Lending

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
FOIA Request
September 28, 2018

FOIA to State Seeking State Officials’ Communications Regarding Retaliation Against Career Civil Servants for Lack of Loyalty

Department of State
FOIA Request
September 28, 2018

FOIA Seeking Communications Containing Search Terms Regarding Sahar Nowrouzzadeh

Department of State
FOIA Request
September 7, 2018

FOIA to CFBP Regarding Navient Influence on the Agency

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
FOIA Request
September 7, 2018

FOIA to DOI Regarding Uranium Mining and Outside Influence

Department of the Interior
FOIA Request
September 7, 2018

FOIA to OSTP Regarding Uranium Mining and Outside Influence

Office of Science and Technology Policy
FOIA Request
September 4, 2018

FOIA to USDA Seeking Records Related to Rep. Watson Coleman’s Letter to Rebeckah Adcock

Department of Agriculture
FOIA Request
August 31, 2018

FOIA to HHS Seeking Communications Between HHS and State Government Officials Regarding Title X Family Planning Policies

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
August 31, 2018

FOIA to HHS Seeking Communications Between HHS and Outside Entities Regarding Title X Family Planning Policies

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
August 31, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Records Produced to Rep. Frank Pallone in Response to His Letter

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
August 31, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Communications Between EPA Employees and the White House Seeking Terms Relating to Chemicals

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
August 31, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Nancy Beck’s Ethics Waivers or Authorizations

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
August 31, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Communications with Outside Chemical Groups Regarding a Suppressed Report

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
August 31, 2018

FOIA to DHS/U.S. Secret Service Seeking Records of Spending at Trump Properties

Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service
FOIA Request
August 31, 2018

FOIA to DHS/U.S. Secret Service Regarding Trump’s Visit to the Trump Turnberry Resort and Overtime Spending Costs

Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service
FOIA Request
August 31, 2018

FOIA to DHS/U.S. Secret Service Regarding Trump’s Visit and Spending at the Trump Turnberry Resort

United States Secret Service
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to OMB Seeking June Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to OMB Seeking January Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to OMB Seeking December Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to OMB Seeking Communications Between OMB and Trump Organization Officials

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to OMB Seeking Communications with the White House Regarding the Headquarters Consolidation Project

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to GSA Seeking June Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to GSA Seeking January Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to GSA Seeking December Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to GSA Seeking Communications Between GSA and Trump Organization Officials

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to GSA Seeking Communications with the White House Regarding the Headquarters Consolidation Project

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to the FBI Seeking June Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to the FBI Seeking January Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to FBI Seeking Communications Between FBI and Trump Organization Officials

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to the FBI Seeking Communications with the White House Regarding the Headquarters Consolidation Project

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to DOJ Seeking June Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to DOJ Seeking January Meeting Notes Regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Communications Between DOJ and Trump Organization Officials

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Communications with the White House Regarding the Headquarters Consolidation Project

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
August 29, 2018

FOIA to HHS Seeking Communications Regarding States’ Decisions to Deny Planned Parenthood Coverage

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
August 29, 2018

FOIA to HHS/CMS Seeking Communications Regarding Medicaid for Planned Parenthood Services

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
August 29, 2018

FOIA to HHS/CMS Regarding a January Letter Rescinding Medicaid Guidelines Following Planned Parenthood Videos

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
August 29, 2018

FOIA to HHS/CMS Seeking Communications with Outside Entities Regarding Medicaid for Planned Parenthood Services

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
August 29, 2018

FOIA to HHS/CMS Seeking Communications with Alliance Defending Freedom

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
August 24, 2018

FOIA to FDA Seeking Communications with Giuliani Regarding Opioids

Food and Drug Administration
FOIA Request
August 24, 2018

FOIA to DEA Seeking Communications With Giuliani Regarding Opioids

Drug Enforcement Administration
FOIA Request
August 24, 2018

FOIA to DOJ Regarding For Communications with Giuliani Regarding Opioids

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
August 24, 2018

FOIA to USDA Seeking Rebeckah Adcock’s Communications to External Entities

Department of Agriculture
FOIA Request
August 24, 2018

FOIA to USDA Seeking Rebeckah Adcock’s Communications with the Regulatory Reform Task Force

Department of Agriculture
FOIA Request
August 24, 2018

FOIA to USDA Seeking Rebeckah Adcock’s Ethics Guidance

Department of Agriculture
FOIA Request
August 24, 2018

FOIA to USDA Seeking Rebeckah Adcock’s Communications with Her Former Employer

Department of Agriculture
FOIA Request
August 24, 2018

FOIA to State Regarding the Ownership Dispute Over the Former Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower

Department of State
FOIA Request
August 21, 2018

FOIA to State Regarding the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Department of State
FOIA Request
August 21, 2018

FOIA to OMB Regarding Sens. Warren and Brown’s Letter Regarding Kathy Kraninger

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
August 21, 2018

FOIA to OMB Seeking OMB’s Analysis Concerning DOJ’s Family Separation Policy

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
August 21, 2018

FOIA to OMB Seeking Kathy Kraninger’s White House Communications Regarding DOJ’s Family Separation Policy

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
August 21, 2018

FOIA to OMB Seeking Kathy Kraninger’s Communications With DOJ, DHS, or HHS Regarding DOJ’s Family Separation Policy

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
August 3, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Communications with Office of the Administrator or the Office of Air and Radiation

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
August 3, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Communications with CVR Energy and Other Outside Entities

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
August 3, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Communications with Office of the Administrator or the Office of Air and Radiation

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
June 21, 2018

FOIA to State Seeking Mari Stull’s Emails Regarding Her Review of State Employees’ Social Media

Department of State
FOIA Request
June 21, 2018

FOIA to State Seeking Nikki Haley’s Communications

Department of State
FOIA Request
June 12, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Communications Between Senior Officials and FOIA Office Contact

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
June 12, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Communications Regarding EPA’s Processing of American Oversight FOIAs

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
June 12, 2018

FOIA to EPA Regarding Rep. Cummings’ Letter About FOIA Processing

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
June 12, 2018

FOIA to EPA Seeking Communications Regarding FOIA Processing

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
May 1, 2018

FOIA to DHS Regarding Nondisclosure Agreements and Restrictions on Appointees

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
May 1, 2018

FOIA to DHS Seeking Restrictions on Communications with Congress

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
May 1, 2018

FOIA to DOJ Regarding Nondisclosure Agreements and Restrictions on Appointees

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
May 1, 2018

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Restrictions on Communications with Congress and other Nondisclosure Agreements

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
April 20, 2018

FOIA Seeking Communications Regarding Lance Leggitt’s Memorandum

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
April 20, 2018

FOIA Seeking Any Agreements Given to HHS Employees

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
April 20, 2018

FOIA to HHS Regarding Limitations on Employees Communicating with Congress

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
April 19, 2018

FOIA to DHS/FEMA Regarding Puerto Rico Preparedness

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FOIA Request
April 19, 2018

FOIA to FEMA Regarding Puerto Rico Seeking Communications with Food Retailers

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FOIA Request
April 19, 2018

FOIA to FEMA Regarding Bids for Contract Following Hurricanes Maria and Irma

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FOIA Request
April 19, 2018

FOIA to FEMA Regarding a Particular Contract Following Hurricanes Maria and Irma

Federal Emergency Management Agency
FOIA Request
March 14, 2018

FOIA to Commerce Regarding 2020 Census

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request