Jurisdiction: Federal

DOD Flight Records of Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

October 18, 2018
Records of flights taken by former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson using military aircraft during his time in office from early 2017 through early 2018.

Inside the Documents: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ Calendars

October 18, 2018
After more than 6 months of litigation, American Oversight has uncovered and posted detailed calendars for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Totaling more than 1,800 pages, the calendars show extensive meetings with steel, rail, sugar, and energy industry groups that took place in 2017 -- as well as a number of meetings that appear to have attracted scrutiny from Commerce Department ethics officials.

New FOIAs: Trump Disputes Hurricane Maria’s Death Toll

October 15, 2018
In a series of tweets, the president claimed that “3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico” and that it was a ploy by the Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” These Tweets came just weeks after a long-awaited independent study on the fatalities were released.

LDF and American Oversight File Lawsuit for DOJ Records of Census Citizenship Question

October 15, 2018
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) have sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) to compel the release of records detailing the department's role in the decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. The lawsuit filed Friday by LDF, along with non-partisan ethics watchdog American Oversight, asks the court to order DOJ to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by LDF seeking a range of documents about the citizenship question.

FOIA to DHS Regarding White Nationalist Ian Smith’s Influence on Policy

October 15, 2018
FOIA to DHS regarding former policy analyst Ian Smith, who it was reported had a friendly relationship with white nationalists prior to his government service. This FOIA is seeking his calendars, communications with or about Stephen Millers, and communications with anti-immigration groups.

Complaint: NAACP LDF v DOJ – Census Citizenship Question

October 12, 2018
Lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund against the Department of Justice, seeking the release of records related to the inclusion of the a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 Census. American Oversight is serving as co-counsel in this litigation. 

FOIA to HUD Seeking Lynne Patton Communications Regarding New York Developer Interests

October 12, 2018
FOIA to HUD seeking former senior advisor and current Region II Administrator Lynne Patton communications with or about John Bennardo, Legacy Builders, Favaro, LLC, Favara, LLC, Blair Brandt, Next Step Realty, and Heritage Builders.

FOIA to DOJ Regarding Costs of DOJ’s Family Separation Policy

October 12, 2018
FOIA to DOJ seeking records sufficient to identify total costs of crafting and implementing the family separation policy, as well as, records sufficient to identify the programs from which funds for housing and reuniting children separated from their parents have been diverted and their costs.

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Communications Regarding Funds for DOJ’s Family Separation Policy

October 12, 2018
FOIA to DOJ seeking communications the availability or unavailability of funds, any evaluation, assessment, or analysis of currently available appropriations that could be used to fund implementation of the family separation policy, and constraints on planning for funding of the family separation policy.

FOIA to ICE Seeking Communications with Outside Groups Regarding NC Voting Records at the Request of the Agency

October 11, 2018
FOIA to ICE seeking communications between senior officials and outside, anti-immigration groups like the Heritage Foundation, Breitbart, Citizens for the American Republic, and others that ICE may have contacted about efforts to use voting records for immigration enforcement purposes.