Jurisdiction: Federal

News Roundup: The Hatch Act and Freedom of Speech

August 16, 2019
New harsh immigration policies, weaker endangered species protections, and a lawsuit to protect the free speech rights of federal employees.

FOIA to DOT Asking for Industry Communications About Hazmat Transportation

August 15, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Transportation for external communications about the transportation of Liquified Natural Gas by railcar.

FOIA to HHS and ACF Seeking Communications with Stephen Miller

August 14, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) seeking communications between high-level HHS and ACF officials and Stephen Miller.

FOIA to DOT Seeking Communications with Lobbyists for Braidy Industries and En+ Group

August 14, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Transportation seeking email communications of senior political appointees with lobbyists associated with Braidy Industries and EN+ Group.

FOIA to Treasury Seeking Communications with Lobbyists for Braidy Industries and En+ Group

August 14, 2019
FOIA to the Department of the Treasury seeking email communications of senior political appointees with lobbyists associated with Braidy Industries and EN+ Group.

AFGE Union Sues to Protect the Speech Rights of Federal Employees

August 13, 2019
New Hatch Act guidance presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any opinion on “impeachment” or policy matters if terms like “#resist” or “resistance” are used. 

Complaint: American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 v. OSC – Federal Employee Free Speech Rights

August 13, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of the American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 against the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). This suit challenges guidance issued by OSC that presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any opinion on “impeachment” or policy matters if terms like “#resist” or “resistance” are used.

More Examples of Personal Email Use and Heavy-Handed Outside Influence at the VA

August 13, 2019
New documents provide further examples of the influence that outside groups and individuals — including three members of Mar-a-Lago resort — have exerted on the nation’s veterans policy.

FOIA to FEMA Seeking Communications with the Office of the Vice President

August 13, 2019
FOIA to Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking all communications between certain high-level agency officials and certain senior officials in Vice President Mike Pence’s office.

FOIA to FEMA Seeking Calendars of Official in Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

August 13, 2019
FOIA to Federal Emergency Management Agency seeking all calendars or calendar entries of meetings with officials from the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives.