Trump’s Political Appointees

President Trump has made it clear that he values personal loyalty above experience or competence - and he has appointed hundreds of new officials across the federal government. The public has a right to know who these appointees are, what backgrounds they bring to their work, and whether they have any conflicts of interest.

What We’re Seeking

  • Records identifying the political appointees at nearly two dozen federal agencies, including their job titles, resumes, and any ethics waivers they may have received.
  • Records related to the conflicts of interest or industry ties of Trump’s appointees.

Background

From the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to the widely-decried selection of a Trump family associate to oversee billions in federal housing funds, the Trump administration has been marked by the appointment of underqualified or ethically questionable government officials.

Several appointees have withdrawn from consideration for positions because they were unable to separate themselves from personal and business interests, there are others who maintain significant, complex business ties and large and diverse financial interests. Without transparency, the public cannot have confidence that government decisions will be shaped by the interests of the American people, not by personal or professional allegiances.

American Oversight has received a number of responses from federal agencies containing resumes of Trump’s political appointees and we have submitted a second round of FOIAs seeking even more records to continue the investigation.

Updates

Resumes Show Under-qualified political loyalists and lobbyists got top jobs at USDA

September 13, 2018
Records obtained by American Oversight reveal a pattern of politically-motivated hiring at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A list of political appointees who have joined USDA since March 2017, along with appointees’ resumes, show that unqualified candidates, particularly former campaign staffers who expressed loyalty to President Trump, obtained leadership positions at the agency. Other resumes show officials who, while possessing experience in agricultural policy, came to USDA directly from the industries that the agency regulates. 

Documents in Action: Resumes Reveal Industry Connections and Less-Qualified Candidates

January 29, 2018
American Oversight has uncovered the identities, job titles, and resumes of hundreds of political appointees that the Trump administration has installed at cabinet agencies across the government - and that information has been helping journalists investigate and cover the workings of the administration.

American Oversight Sues HHS to Release Appointee Pledges

January 23, 2018
American Oversight sued the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to shed light on whether the Trump administration required political  appointees to sign political pledges prior to working at the agency.
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Related Documents

September 27, 2018

HUD Political Appointees Resumes and Ethics Waivers

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Agency Record
September 6, 2018

No Records Response from DOJ Regarding Acosta Communications with Judge Dlott

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
August 30, 2018

Department of Interior Political Appointee Resumes

Department of the Interior
Agency Record
August 22, 2018

DOD Ethics Waiver, Resumes, and SF-50s for Political Appointees

Department of Defense
Agency Record
August 20, 2018

HHS Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Health and Human Services
Agency Record
August 10, 2018

Department of Transportation Political Appointee Resumes

Department of Transportation
Agency Record
August 3, 2018

USDA Political Appointee Resumes, Ethics Waivers and SF-50s

Department of Agriculture
Agency Record
July 31, 2018

VA Political Appointee Resumes, Ethics Waivers and SF-50s

Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Record
July 17, 2018

GSA Records Regarding Office Renovations

General Services Administration
Agency Record
July 3, 2018

DOE Resumes and Job Titles for Updated Political Appointee

Department of Energy
Agency Record
June 19, 2018

Labor Department Political Appointee Resumes – Updated

Department of Labor
Agency Record
June 19, 2018

GSA Political Appointee Resumes and Personnel Forms

General Services Administration
Agency Record
April 10, 2018

SBA Political Appointee Resumes

Small Business Administration
Agency Record
March 23, 2018

Records From OGE Regarding Tillerson – Redacted

Office of Government Ethics
Agency Record
March 22, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Appointee Resumes

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget
Litigation
March 19, 2018

OGE Communications Regarding Secretary DeVos’ Nomination

Office of Government Ethics
Agency Record
March 2, 2018

OGE Communications with Nominated or Confirmed Appointees

Office of Government Ethics
Agency Record
February 22, 2018

Order Motion for Expedition Denied in American Oversight v DOJ Francisco Recusal

Department of Justice
February 6, 2018

EPA Records of Political Appointee Onboarding Procedures

Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Record
January 30, 2018

Records From OGE Regarding Jeff Sessions’ Nomination and Confirmation

Office of Government Ethics
Agency Record
January 29, 2018

DOD Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Defense
Agency Record
January 23, 2018

Complaint: American Oversight v. HHS – Appointee Pledges

Department of Health and Human Services
Litigation
January 8, 2018

HUD Appointee Resumes – van Duyne, Gibbs, Bourne

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Agency Record
December 27, 2017

US Trade Representative Identities and Resumes of Political Appointees

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Record
December 18, 2017

FOIA to OMB for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Office of Management and Budget
FOIA Request
December 18, 2017

FOIA to CFPB Seeking Information Related to New Political Appointees in the Trump Administration

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to VA for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Veterans Affairs
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to DOJ for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to DOL for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to DOT for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Transportation
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to ED for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Education
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to EPA for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to Commerce for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to DHS for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to DOD for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Defense
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to DOE for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Energy
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to Interior for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of the Interior
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to GSA for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to HHS for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to HUD for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to SBA for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to Treasury for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
November 28, 2017

FOIA to USDA for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Agriculture
FOIA Request
October 23, 2017

Records From SBA Regarding Acosta’s Records

National Labor Relations Board, Small Business Administration
Agency Record
October 5, 2017

Voluntary Dismissal: American Oversight v. DOI et.al. – Appointee Resumes

Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Environmental Protection Agency
Litigation
September 19, 2017

Treasury Department Appointee Names and Titles

Department of the Treasury
Agency Record
September 19, 2017

Treasury Department Political Appointee Resumes

Department of the Treasury
Agency Record
September 15, 2017

HHS Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Health and Human Services
Agency Record
September 12, 2017

FOIA to HUD Seeking Patton Communications with Trump Family

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
September 12, 2017

FOIA to HUD Seeking Lynne Patton White House Emails

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
September 12, 2017

FOIA to HUD Seeking Emails from Lynne Patton and Other Appointees

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
September 12, 2017

FOIA to HUD About New Hires

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
September 12, 2017

FOIA Request for Communications Carson Family, Lynne Patton, and other Appointees

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
September 1, 2017

Department of Energy Political Appointee Resumes

Department of Energy
Agency Record
August 31, 2017

FOIA to State Department about Galaviz Communications Related to GMA

Department of State
FOIA Request
August 31, 2017

DOI Political Appointee Resumes and Titles

Department of the Interior
Agency Record
August 30, 2017

FOIA to State Department Seeking Galaviz’s Emails

Department of State
FOIA Request
August 30, 2017

FOIA to State Department about Galaviz Communications Related to Former Position

Department of State
FOIA Request
August 30, 2017

No Records Response From OIP, CRT, and EOUSA Regarding Alex Acosta

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
August 30, 2017

USDA Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Agriculture
Agency Record
August 28, 2017

FOIA Request to Treasury regarding Steve Mnuchin to View Eclipse

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
August 25, 2017

FOIA Request to HUD Regarding Ben Carson Jr. and Interprise Partners

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
August 22, 2017

Department of Education Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Education
Agency Record
August 18, 2017

FOIA Seeking Konkus Waivers and Recusals

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
August 17, 2017

No Records Response from DOJ Regarding National Security Division Communications

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
August 10, 2017

HUD Political Appointee Resumes

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Agency Record
August 9, 2017

EPA Political Appointee Resumes and Titles

Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Record
August 8, 2017

Denial of Records from the EOUSA Regarding Alexander Acosta

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
August 7, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Sarah Isgur Flores Fox News

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
August 7, 2017

Brief Supporting Summary Judgment Motion: American Oversight v. DOJ – Francisco Recusal

Department of Justice
Litigation
August 7, 2017

EPA Political Appointee Orientation Final Response Letter and Records

Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Record
August 4, 2017

No Records Response from EPA Regarding Ethics Waivers

Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Reply
August 2, 2017

VA Political Appointee Resumes

Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Record
July 31, 2017

DOJ Rejection of FOIA Request for Web Browsing Histories of Senior DOJ Leadership

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
July 25, 2017

No Records Response from DOI Regarding Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Department of the Interior
Agency Reply
July 24, 2017

No Records Response From DOJ Regarding Acosta Records

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
July 21, 2017

Department of Transportation Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Transportation
Agency Record
July 19, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Chuck Cooper Robert F Kennedy Building

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 19, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Communications Cooper DOJ

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 18, 2017

FOIA Request to DOL Communications With Third Party Advocacy Groups

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
July 17, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Sessions Summit on Religious Liberty

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 14, 2017

FOIA Request to HUD Travel by Lacena Carson

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
July 12, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Training Provided to Office of Public Affairs Director

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 10, 2017

DOJ PowerPoint Presentation Sarah Isgur Flores

Department of Justice
Agency Record
July 10, 2017

USDA Records of Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Department of Agriculture
Agency Record
July 7, 2017

Commerce Political Appointee Resumes

Department of Commerce
Agency Record
July 7, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Communications with White House Time Warner ATT Merger

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 6, 2017

FOIA Request to DHS Orientation Materials for Incoming Political Appointees

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 6, 2017

FOIA Request to EPA Orientation Materials for Incoming Political Appointees

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
July 6, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Orientation Materials for Incoming Political Appointees

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 5, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Web Browsing Histories Senior Political Appointees Various Offices

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 5, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Web Browsing Histories Attorney General and Senior Appointees

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
June 30, 2017

Brief Supporting PSJ Motion: Francisco Ethics Lawsuit

Department of Justice
Litigation
June 30, 2017

No Records Response From CEQ Regarding Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Council on Environmental Quality
Agency Reply
June 28, 2017

FOIA Request to HHS Pledges by Political Appointees

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
June 28, 2017

FOIA Request to HUD Directives and Memoranda by Secretary Carson

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
June 26, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Identifying order of succession for Attorney General

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
June 26, 2017

Complaint: American Oversight v. Department of Education – DeVos Calendars

Department of Education
Litigation
June 23, 2017

GSA Political Appointee Resumes

General Services Administration
Agency Record
June 23, 2017

DOE Email to Office of Government Ethics Regarding Appointee Ethics Waivers

Department of Energy
Agency Record
June 20, 2017

OGE Communications Between Appointed and Nominated Officials

Office of Government Ethics
Agency Record
June 20, 2017

No Records Response from HUD Regarding Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Agency Reply
June 20, 2017

DOL Emails to Office of Government Ethics Regarding Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Department of Labor
Agency Record
June 16, 2017

No Records Response From DOT Regarding Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Department of Transportation
Agency Reply
June 15, 2017

SEC Response Letter to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Securities and Exchange Commission
Agency Reply
June 15, 2017

CFTC-OGE Response to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Office of Government Ethics
Agency Record
June 13, 2017

CFTC Political Appointee Ethics Waivers

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Agency Record
June 12, 2017

HUD No Records Reply Regarding Ethics Waivers

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Agency Reply
June 7, 2017

VA No Responsive Records Letter to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Reply
June 2, 2017

GSA No Responsive Records Letter to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

General Services Administration
Agency Reply
June 2, 2017

No Records Response from DOJ OLC Regarding Francisco’s Involvement in the Travel Ban

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
May 30, 2017

DOI Final Response to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Department of the Interior
Agency Reply
May 24, 2017

No Records Response from SBA Regarding Political Appointee Ethics Waivers

Small Business Administration
Agency Reply
May 24, 2017

No Records Response From SBA Regarding Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Small Business Administration
Agency Reply
May 23, 2017

FOIA Request to HR regarding Acosta’s time as Dean of FIU

Florida International University
FOIA Request
May 23, 2017

No Records Response Regarding OSTP Regarding Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Office of Science and Technology Policy
Agency Reply
May 23, 2017

No Records Response from USTR Regarding Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Reply
May 22, 2017

Complaint: American Oversight v. Department of the Interior et.al. – Appointee Resumes

Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency
Litigation
May 11, 2017

DHS Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Homeland Security
Agency Record
May 9, 2017

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ – Francisco Recusal

Department of Justice
Litigation
May 9, 2017

PI Motion : American Oversight v. DOJ – Francisco Recusal

Department of Justice
Litigation
May 8, 2017

DOL Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Labor
Agency Record
April 21, 2017

Records From NLRB Provided to Congress Regarding Acosta Nomination

National Labor Relations Board
Agency Record
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to DOL Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to U.S. Trade Representative Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to Small Business Administration Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to GSA Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to Education Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Education
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to DOT Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Transportation
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to DOD Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Defense
FOIA Request
April 7, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Noel Francisco Ethics Waivers or Recusal Records

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
April 7, 2017

FIU Response to Acosta Employment

Florida International University
Agency Reply
April 5, 2017

NLRB Records Provided in Response to Other FOIAs about Alex Acosta

National Labor Relations Board
Agency Record
March 22, 2017

FOIA Request to Multiple Agencies for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Securities and Exchange Commission, Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
March 21, 2017

FOIA Request to Treasury Department Seeking Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
March 21, 2017

FOIA Request to DOE Seeking Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Energy
FOIA Request
March 17, 2017

FOIA Request to VA Seeking Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Veterans Affairs
FOIA Request
March 17, 2017

FOIA Request to HUD Seeking Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Housing and Urban Development
FOIA Request
March 16, 2017

FOIA Request to USDA Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Agriculture
FOIA Request
March 16, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Seeking Cover Letters and Resumes for US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 16, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Seeking Emails sent by Acosta Between 2003 and 2009

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 16, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Seeking Records Related to the 2004 Acosta Letter About Voter Protections

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 15, 2017

FOIA Request to HHS Seeking Communications with Congress Related to Health Care Reform

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
March 15, 2017

FOIA Request to HHS Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Health and Human Services
FOIA Request
March 15, 2017

FOIA Request to EPA Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
March 15, 2017

Records From DOJ Regarding Acosta’s Employment

Department of Justice
Agency Record
March 13, 2017

FOIA Request to DHS Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
March 13, 2017

FOIA Request to Commerce Seeking Department Seeking Identities, Resumes, and Waivers of New Political Appointees

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
March 13, 2017

FOIA Request to Interior Department Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of the Interior
FOIA Request
March 13, 2017

FOIA Request to Commerce Seeking Identities, Resumes, and Waivers/Authorizations of New Political Appointees

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to NLRB Seeking Requests Provided to Congress Related to Acosta

National Labor Relations Board
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to NLRB Seeking Other FOIA Requests Made Related to Acosta

National Labor Relations Board
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to NLRB Seeking Records Related to Alexander Acosta

National Labor Relations Board
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Seeking Materials Provided to Congress Regarding Acosta

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Regarding FOIA Requests Made to the Agency About Acosta

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Seeking Records Relating to the Hiring of Acosta

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 8, 2017

FOIA Request to OGE for Communications with Individuals Expected to Serve in the Trump Administration

Office of Government Ethics
FOIA Request
March 8, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Seeking Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

FOIA Request to University of Florida Seeking Records Related to Acosta Law School Dean Application

University of Florida
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

FOIA Request to Florida International University Seeking Applications for Grants Made During Acosta’s Tenure

Florida International University
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

FOIA Request to Florida International University Seeking Correspondence and Work Product by Acosta

Florida International University
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

FOIA Request to Florida International University Seeking Minutes and Documentation from Meetings Involving Acosta

Florida International University
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

FOIA Request to Florida International University Seeking Records from Acosta’s Time as Dean of FIU Law

Florida International University
FOIA Request
March 1, 2017

Records from the University of Florida Regarding Alexander Acosta’s Law School Dean Application

University of Florida
Agency Record