Jurisdiction: Federal

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Guidance Regarding Congressional Oversight Requests and Subpoenas

June 10, 2019
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking guidance from the White House or agency leadership regarding the agency's responses to congressional oversight requests and subpoenas.

Elaine Chao Calendars Reveal New Links to Family’s Company, Including Private Photo Session

June 10, 2019
Transportation Secretary Chao’s actions on behalf of her family’s shipping company included a private photo session with her father at the Department of Transportation as well as a speaking engagement.
(Photo: James F. X. O'Gara)

Complaint: Restore Public Trust v. DOT – Foremost Group Communications

June 10, 2019
American Oversight's lawsuit on behalf of Restore Public Trust against the Department of Transportation, seeking communications between senior Transportation Department officials and a wide range of entities and people linked to the Foremost Group. The lawsuit also seeks Secretary Elaine Chao's travel records.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications in Light of Hatch Act Guidance

June 10, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Agriculture seeking communications of Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh containing pro-Trump phrases to determine if the OSC's new Hatch Act guidance, which prohibits discussions of impeachment and resistance, also applies to pro-Trump speech.

FOIA to Commerce Seeking Communications with the Blackstone Group

June 10, 2019
FOIA to Commerce seeking communications with members of the Blackstone Group and the Saudi-backed Public Investment Fund, following Secretary Ross's meeting with representatives of these groups.

FOIA to HUD Seeking Communications with Anti-LGBTQ Groups

June 10, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Housing and Urban Development seeking external communications with anti-LGBTQ groups

FOIA to Commerce Seeking Records Related to a Meeting with the Blackstone Group

June 10, 2019
FOIA to Commerce seeking records related to Secretary Ross's meeting with members of the Blackstone Group and the Saudi-backed Public Investment Fund.

FOIA to HUD Seeking Preparatory Materials Regarding the Equal Access Rule

June 10, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Housing and Urban Development seeking preparatory materials for Secretary Carson's recent hearing that reference the Equal Access Rule or HUD's recent rule change proposal weakening protections for LGBTQ individuals in federally funded shelters.

News Roundup: Investigating Outside Influence and Political Appointments at the State Department

June 7, 2019
American Oversight filed numerous FOIA requests for records of outside influence on American foreign policy and information about a high-level appointee.

FOIA to IRS Seeking Resumes and Ethics Documents of Political Appointees

June 7, 2019
FOIA to IRS seeking resumes, ethics waivers or authorizations, and recusal determinations, as well as SF-50s, for IRS political appointees, including IRS Commissioner Charles (Chuck) Rettig, former Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter, and IRS Chief Counsel Michael J. Desmond.