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Several appointees have withdrawn from consideration for positions because they were unable to separate themselves from personal and business interests, there are others who maintain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

New Lawsuit Seeks Answers about Ben Carson’s Management of HUD

October 10, 2017
Is Secretary Ben Carson using his position at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide special access to his own son and a relative of President Trump? American Oversight is going to court to get answers.

Did our government spend big bucks to install Big Buck Hunter? We’re going to find out.

September 21, 2017
On September 19, 2017, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke posted several tweets that he installed the arcade video game “Big Buck Hunter” in the Department of Interior’s cafeteria. Zinke has posted several tweets since describing the game and included images of himself playing the game during work hours.

Resume Shows Trump Appointee Falsified Credentials

August 18, 2017
The official resume of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official Lynne Patton - who was chosen by President Trump to lead HUD's New York region - shows that she deliberately misrepresented her education at both Yale University and Quinnipiac University Law School when she applied for the job.
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Related Documents

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 21, 2017

Documents From OGE Regarding EOP Nominations

Office of Government Ethics
Agency Record
December 13, 2017

FOIA to DOT for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of Transportation
FOIA Request
December 13, 2017

FOIA to Interior for Updated Political Appointee Resumes and Job Titles

Department of the Interior
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 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 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

Dismissal of Appointee Resumes Lawsuit

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 27, 2017

HUD No Records Response – Candy Carson Travel

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Agency Reply
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 14, 2017

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

Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Reply
September 12, 2017

FOIA to HUD Seeking Communications Records

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

FOIA to HUD Seeking Additional Email Communications

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

FOIA to HUD Seeking Emails

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 Concerning HUD Hires

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 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

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 24, 2017

DOJ OIP Final Response Letter to FOIA Request for Noel Francisco Ethics Waivers and Recusal Records

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
August 22, 2017

Department of Education Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Education
Agency Record
August 17, 2017

DOJ Response to FOIA Request for 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

Executive Office for U.S. Attorney’s response to FOIA request (DOJ-17-0010) received August 8th, 2017 seeking third party records related to 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

American Oversight Notice: Francisco Ethics Lawsuit

Department of Justice
Litigation
August 7, 2017

EPA Political Appointee Orientation Final Response Letter and Records

Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Record
August 4, 2017

Final EPA Response Letter

Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Reply
August 2, 2017

VA Political Appointee Resumes

Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency Record
July 31, 2017

DOJ Response to FOIA Request for Web Browsing Histories of Senior DOJ Leadership

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
July 25, 2017

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

Department of the Interior
Agency Reply
July 25, 2017

DOJ Responses to FOIA Request for Web Browsing Histories

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
July 24, 2017

DOJ Response to FOIA request seeking correspondence between Alexander Acosta to U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
July 24, 2017

DOJ Response to FOIA request seeking Acosta records

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
July 21, 2017

Joint Status Report Regarding FOIA Requests for Information about Political Appointees

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
July 21, 2017

Department of Transportation Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Transportation
Agency Record
July 21, 2017

DOE Political Appointee Names and Titles

Department of Energy
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 Responsive Records to FOIA Request for 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

CEQ Final Response Letters to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Council on Environmental Quality
Agency Record
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 27, 2017

DOJ Civil Division Response Noel Francisco Compliance

Department of Justice
Agency Record
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

Department of Education
Litigation
June 23, 2017

GSA Political Appointee Resumes

General Services Administration
Agency Record
June 23, 2017

DOE Response to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Department of Energy
Agency Record
June 23, 2017

DOJ Opposition to PSJ Motion: Francisco Ethics Lawsuit

Department of Justice
Litigation
June 20, 2017

OGE Communications Between Appointed and Nominated Officials

Office of Government Ethics
Agency Record
June 20, 2017

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

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

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

Department of Labor
Agency Record
June 16, 2017

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

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 9, 2017

Motion for Partial Summary Judgment: Francisco Ethics Lawsuit

Department of Justice
Litigation
June 7, 2017

DOI Response to FOIA Request Seeking Resumes

Department of the Interior
Agency Record
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

Briefing Schedule from DOJ

Department of Justice
Litigation
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

DOJ OLC No Records Response

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
June 1, 2017

Joint Proposal Briefing Schedule

Department of Justice
Litigation
June 1, 2017

SBA Political Appointee Resumes

Small Business Administration
Agency Record
May 30, 2017

DOJ Notice of Withdrawal

Department of Justice
Litigation
May 30, 2017

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

Department of the Interior
Agency Reply
May 26, 2017

DOJ Responsive Records Regarding Francisco Recusal

Department of Justice
Agency Record
May 26, 2017

DOJ Noel Francisco Defense of Trump Travel Ban

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
May 24, 2017

SBA Responsive Record to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

Small Business Administration
Agency Record
May 24, 2017

SBA Final Response to FOIA Request for 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

OSTP Responsive Records to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

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

USTR Response to FOIA Request for Ethics Waivers Provided to Political Appointees

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

Complaint Against Eight Agencies Over FOIA Requests for Information about Political Appointees

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 19, 2017

Brief Supporting Preliminary Injunction Motion: Francisco Ethics Lawsuit

Department of Justice
Litigation
May 16, 2017

DOJ Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction: Francsicso Ethics Lawsuit

Department of Justice
Litigation
May 11, 2017

Homeland Security Political Appointee Resumes

Department of Homeland Security
Agency Record
May 9, 2017

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ

Department of Justice
Litigation
May 9, 2017

Motion for Preliminary Injunction: American Oversight v. DOJ

Department of Justice
Litigation
May 8, 2017

DOL Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Labor
Agency Record
April 28, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Communications by DOJ Director of Public Affairs Use of Personal Email Accounts

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
April 21, 2017

NLRB Response Records Provided to Congress Acosta

National Labor Relations Board
Agency Record
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to Labor Department Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to US Trade Representative 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 Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to GSA Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

General Services Administration
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to Department of Education Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Education
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to DOT Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Transportation
FOIA Request
April 12, 2017

FOIA Request to DOD 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 6, 2017

NLRB Response Regarding Acosta

National Labor Relations Board
Agency Record
April 5, 2017

NLRB Response 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

Small Business Administration
FOIA Request
March 21, 2017

FOIA Request to Treasury Department Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
March 21, 2017

FOIA Request to DOE Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Energy
FOIA Request
March 20, 2017

Final Response to FOIA request seeking correspondence between Alexander Acosta to U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott

Department of Justice
Agency Record
March 17, 2017

FOIA Request to VA Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Veterans Affairs
FOIA Request
March 17, 2017

FOIA Request to HUD Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

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

FOIA Request to USDA Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Agriculture
FOIA Request
March 16, 2017

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

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 16, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Records Relating to 2004 Acosta Letter About Voter Protections

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 15, 2017

FOIA Request to HHS Communications with Congress relating 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 Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Environmental Protection Agency
FOIA Request
March 15, 2017

OIP Response Letter Regarding Alexander Acosta

Department of Justice
Agency Reply
March 15, 2017

DOJ Response Acosta Employment

Department of Justice
Agency Record
March 13, 2017

FOIA Request to DHS Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
March 13, 2017

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

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
March 13, 2017

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

Department of the Interior
FOIA Request
March 13, 2017

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

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to NLRB Requests Received From and Materials Provided to Congress Relating to Acosta

National Labor Relations Board
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to NLRB Other FOIA Requests Made Relating to Acosta

National Labor Relations Board
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to NLRB Records Relating to Acosta at the NLRB

National Labor Relations Board
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Requests Received From and Materials Provided to Congress Regarding Acosta

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Other FOIA Requests Made About Acosta

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Records Relating to the Hiring of Acosta

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 9, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Requests Received From and Materials Provided to Congress Regarding Acosta

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 8, 2017

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

FOIA Request
March 8, 2017

FOIA Request to DOJ Identities and Resumes of New Political Appointees

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

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

University of Florida
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

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

Florida International University
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

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

Florida International University
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

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

Florida International University
FOIA Request
March 3, 2017

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

Florida International University
March 1, 2017

UF Responsive Records Regarding R. Alexander Acosta’s Law School Deanship Application

University of Florida
Agency Record