Jurisdiction: Federal

Betsy DeVos Wants to Give a Free Pass to the Student Loan Company That Ripped Off 78,000 Servicemembers

June 18, 2019
Last week, the Department of Education’s student lending arm radically changed the landscape of a planned billion-dollar contract in a move that tips the scales for Navient, one of the nation's largest student loan servicers.
(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

FOIA to Education Seeking Records Related to Changes to Protection Disclosure Requirements to Benefit Navient

June 17, 2019
FOIA to Education seeking communications and other records related to the decision to change the consumer protection disclosure requirements from disclosing legal proceedings in the from the last 7 years to the last 5 years. The decision was likely made to benefit student loan servicer Navient, which settled a case 5 years and one month ago.

More Evidence of Chao’s Preferential Treatment of Kentucky-Specific Requests

June 17, 2019
American Oversight has uncovered documents bolstering reports of coordination between the office of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the office of Senator Mitch McConnell.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOT – Chao/McConnell Communications

June 17, 2019
American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Transportation seeking communications between McConnell’s office and DOT officials, as well as recent calendars for Secretary Chao, Todd Inman, and other senior aides.

News Roundup: The Trump Administration and the Hatch Act

June 14, 2019
Like many norms in the Trump era, the prohibition on federal employees engaging in political activity while at work has been routinely tested by this administration.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

Legal Defense Funds for Executive Branch Officials Must Be Regulated

June 14, 2019
There is currently no federal regulation governing executive branch officials’ use of legal defense funds. American Oversight is calling on the Office of Government Ethics to change that.

American Oversight Comment to Office of Government Ethics – Legal Expense Fund Regulation

June 14, 2019
American Oversight's comment submitted to the Office of Government Ethics regarding developing a Legal Expense Fund regulation. American Oversight argues that OGE should promulgate a Legal Expense Fund regulation that provides transparency, allows public scrutiny and effective oversight, and ensures accountability for receiving funds from sources that would create conflicts of interest.

FOIA to USTR Seeking Records Related to Communications with Frank Luntz

June 14, 2019
FOIA to Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Seeking Records Related to Communications with Frank Luntz

Documents Reveal New Information About 2017 CBP Media Efforts

June 13, 2019
In 2017, Kevin McAleenan tried to make himself the “public representative" of the administration's border wall and counter-immigration policies, and CBP officials responded quickly to a FOIA request about dehumanizing language.

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Legal Analysis Used By Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to Withhold Tax Return Information from Congress

June 13, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Justice seeking records reflecting the legal analysis used by Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to refuse producing tax return information requested by Congress.