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 House of Representatives poised to begin conducting aggressive oversight, we will be able to go to court to force the release of records sought by congressional investigators – making it very difficult for the Trump administration to duck accountability.

American Oversight’s Parallel Investigations Initiative is an ongoing project to ensure that the Trump administration can’t thwart accountability. With Democrats projected to take control of the House of Representatives in 2019, congressional investigators are likely to launch multiple inquiries into misconduct across the administration. And while congressional subpoenas are effective at compelling senior officials to testify in front of committee hearings, both Democratic and Republican administrations have successfully stonewalled subpoenas seeking the release of documents.

For more than six months, American Oversight has been monitoring document requests and investigation priorities identified by the members of Congress who will now be taking over key committees in the House  — and we’ve been filing FOIA requests asking for documents on those same topics.

Beginning in late October 2018, we filed our first round of lawsuits demanding the release of documents likely to become the subjects of congressional investigations, including President 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.

Updates

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.

American Oversight Sues State Department for Trump Organization, Kushner Companies Records

November 8, 2018
American Oversight today filed a lawsuit against the Department of State to determine whether President Trump’s business interests have influenced agency policy. The president and his family, who have refused to divest from their businesses, have financial interests in more than 20 countries.

American Oversight Sues State Department for Evidence of Alleged Political Loyalty Tests

November 7, 2018
American Oversight today sued the Department of State to uncover evidence of alleged political retaliation. This is the watchdog’s fourth suit in its Parallel Investigations Initiative, which aims to amplify congressional oversight by targeting records that will likely also be sought in committee investigations after the House of Representatives changes hands.
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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 DHS – 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 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 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

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 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 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

Federal Bureau of Investigation
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

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

Federal Bureau of Investigation
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

FOIA to FBI Seeking Communications Between FBI and Trump Organization Officials

Federal Bureau of Investigation
FOIA Request
August 30, 2018

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

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 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