News Roundup: Citizenship, the Census and the Constitution

The Supreme Court decided today that it would review the issue of the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

A federal judge in New York City ruled in January that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to include the question — which could discourage some people from filling out the survey — was unlawful. Because the census needs to be ready this summer, the issue was fast-tracked for Supreme Court review.

During congressional testimony in early 2018, Ross said that the Department of Justice had requested his department include a citizenship question, but documents indicate that Ross himself actively pursued its inclusion. American Oversight obtained Ross’ 2017 calendars, which show that he had numerous meetings related to the census, and in October we joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in filing a lawsuit to uncover records related to the Justice Department’s role in the decision.

Two weeks ago, American Oversight expanded its investigation of the politicization of the Justice Department by suing for the emails of Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore, who has been at the center of many controversial civil rights decisions, including the citizenship question — he appears to have ghostwritten the DOJ letter to the Census Bureau that claimed the addition of the question was vital for the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

Here’s what else has happened this week:

  • President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to build the border wall, for which he failed to get the funding he wanted in the latest spending bill. The legitimacy of such a declaration is heavily questioned, with multiple watchdog organizations promising to challenge it in court. For a situation it now deems to be an emergency, the president’s administration took very few steps to prepare for building the wall during its first year and a half.
  • On Thursday, the Senate confirmed William Barr as U.S. attorney general. We still have active FOIA requests for past communications he had with the Justice Department about his ability to oversee the Mueller investigation, and are seeking records from the last time he was attorney general, when he recommended President George H.W. Bush pardon the officials indicted in the Iran-Contra investigation. And while much of the focus has been on whether he should recuse himself under government ethics rules, less attention has been paid to whether another set of rules could disqualify him from overseeing the special counsel investigation.
  • A top Environmental Protection Agency official announced that she was leaving to form a political advocacy group defending the agency’s deregulatory efforts. In a complaint filed with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which enforces the federal Hatch Act, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said that the official, Mandy Gunasekara (by the way, we obtained and posted her calendars), violated the law by advocating for Trump’s re-election in her resignation letter. American Oversight has been keeping an eye on potential violations of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in partisan activity while at work, especially in light of the Trump administration’s mixed messaging on what constitutes political activity. This week, we filed a FOIA request for any final legal advice or analysis provided to employees or agency leadership regarding the application of the Hatch Act.
  • The Hatch Act guidance that OSC released in November — which effectively stated that employees could discuss whether the president should be impeached but could not advocate for or against impeachment — raised questions about whether the Hatch Act could be used to intimidate public servants with views at odds with the current administration, while giving more leeway to those who support it. To find out whether the Hatch Act was being enforced with regard to pro-administration speech, American Oversight sent FOIA requests to the Department of Interior for correspondence containing words and phrases like “MAGA,” “build the wall,” and “Trump Train.”
  • In December, the Education Corporation of America announced that it would be shutting down its 75 for-profit college campuses across the country, leaving thousands of students suddenly wondering how to finish they’ll studies. We want to know more about how the Department of Education is responding to ECA’s closure.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new policy guidance last year that allows states to implement work requirements for Medicaid, and in January Arizona became the eighth state to receive an approval for a work-requirement waiver. In August 2018, Reps. Elijah Cummings and Raja Krishnamoorthi asked CMS Administrator Seema Verma and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar for information about the impact of such work requirements. They got no response, so now we’ve filed FOIA requests.
  • American Oversight is investigating how the Department of Homeland Security has treated people held in custody, particularly the most vulnerable. There have been reports that transgender and pregnant detainees haven’t received adequate medical attention and have been subject to abuse. And recent deaths of people in custody, including Roxsana Hernandez, a transgender detainee, as well as of children like 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, have raised serious public concern.
  • FEMA Administrator Brock Long, who had been investigated last year for improper use of staff and government vehicles, announced his resignation on Wednesday. Records we obtained show that he continually asked his staff about an expensive office redesign, but the controversy about Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s $31,000 dining set ultimately dissuaded Long’s office from pursuing it. American Oversight also sued FEMA to find out more about the administration’s failed responses to Hurricanes Maria and Irma, including mismanaged contracts and a lack of emergency food and fuel provision.
  • In 2018, news reports said that the Department of Labor had suppressed data showing that a proposed rule would cost employees billions of dollars. The proposal was to roll back regulations on how companies could pool employee tips, and according to the reports, Labor officials had convinced Mick Mulvaney, who was then the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to overrule Neomi Rao, then the head of OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. (Rao has since been nominated by Trump to fill Brett Kavanaugh’s former seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.) We’re asking for communications among OMB, the Labor Department, and Rao, as well as records of all analyses about the proposed rule’s impact.
  • Ballard Partners, the lobbying firm helmed by top Trump campaign fundraiser Brian Ballard, has emerged as one of the most powerful lobbying shops in the Trump era, largely thanks to its connections to the administration. American Oversight wants to know what kind of influence Ballard Partners is wielding, and filed FOIA requests to multiple agencies across the administration for communications between officials and employees or representatives of the firm.
  • A senior HUD official with personal connections to the Trump family thinks American Oversight needs “to get a life,” and that we “can FOIA that.” We know she said this because, well, we FOIA’d it.

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March 6, 2020

News Roundup: Rising Coronavirus Fears and Sinking Public Trust

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOI - Bureau of Land Management, DOJ - Criminal Division, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Federal Reserve, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Texas - Briscoe County, Texas - Freestone County, Texas - Hall County, Texas - Hill County, Texas - Hood County, Texas - Jones County, Texas - Kendall County, Texas - Lavaca County, Texas - Leon County, Texas - Limestone County, Texas - Loving County, Texas - Morris County, Texas - Scurry County, Texas - Starr County, Texas - Swisher County, Texas - Victoria County, Texas Secretary of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, VA - Veterans Health Administration, Washington - King County, Washington State Department of Health
February 28, 2020

News Roundup: Launching Our Investigation of Trump’s Authoritarian Purges

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, DOD - National Security Agency, DOI - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida - Hillsborough County, Florida - Leon County, Florida Department of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
February 26, 2020

New Lawsuit Seeks Information on Stephen Miller’s Involvement in Public Charge Rule

Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Labor, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
February 21, 2020

News Roundup: The Post-Impeachment Purge and the Knock of Authoritarianism

Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOI - Fish and Wildlife Service, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
February 7, 2020

News Roundup: Acquittal Isn’t the End

Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of State, Florida Department of State, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Secretary of State, Office of Management and Budget
January 31, 2020

News Roundup: Hear No Evil, See No Evil

Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Texas - Harris County, Texas Office of the Governor
January 6, 2020

In the Documents: Stephen Miller’s Emails with Top ICE Official

DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement
December 27, 2019

American Oversight’s 2019 in Review: Nine Important Stories We Uncovered

December 20, 2019

News Roundup: Beyond Impeachment — The Investigations Continue

Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOL - Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Government Accountability Office, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Office of Management and Budget
December 13, 2019

News Roundup: Stephen Miller’s Extremist Network

Congress, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOI - Bureau of Land Management, DOI - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia - Carroll County, Office of Management and Budget, Texas Attorney General, Treasury - Office of Foreign Assets Control
December 6, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment Report, Border Wall Contracts, and Pompeo’s Meeting with GOP Donors

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State
November 15, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment Inquiry Goes Public

Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida House of Representatives, Georgia - Bartow County, Georgia - Carroll County, Georgia - Decatur County, Georgia - Lowndes County, Georgia - Paulding County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Texas - Dallas County, Texas - Harris County, Texas - Travis County, White House - Council on Environmental Quality
November 13, 2019

American Oversight Sues DHS for Cuccinelli Records

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
November 8, 2019

News Roundup: Ukraine-Related Documents, Hurdles for Asylum-Seekers, and Chad Wolf’s Involvement in Family Separation

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Office of the Governor, Office of Management and Budget
October 11, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment, Obstruction, and More Questions about Rick Perry

Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 9, 2019

Early Trump Administration — and McAleenan — Communications About Immigration Policy

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
October 4, 2019

News Roundup: The Public Needs Answers

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State
September 13, 2019

News Roundup: Photos of Detention Centers for Migrant Children; Stephen Miller’s Hand in Immigration Policy

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS Office of Inspector General, Small Business Administration
September 8, 2019

Photos from Inside Detention Centers for Migrant Children

Department of Health and Human Services, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS Office of Inspector General
August 30, 2019

News Roundup: Remain in Mexico’s Harmful Effects and Trump’s Dangerous Impatience

Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOI - U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
July 30, 2019

American Oversight Sues Justice Department over Brooklyn Jail’s Inhumane Winter Conditions

Department of Justice
July 19, 2019

News Roundup: Investigating the Fallout from Spring’s DHS Shakeup

Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Florida Office of the Governor, General Services Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority
June 27, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security Doesn’t Know Where Trump Got Those Immigration Numbers, Either

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
June 18, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Records to Shed Light on Deaths of Detainees in DHS Custody

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
June 13, 2019

Documents Reveal New Information About 2017 CBP Media Efforts

DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
May 24, 2019

News Roundup: Congressional Hearing Shows and No-Shows

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida - Taylor County
May 17, 2019

News Roundup: Investigating State-Level Threats to Democracy

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida, Georgia, Texas
April 24, 2019

American Oversight and ACLU of Massachusetts Sue DHS for Border Security Plan

March 13, 2019

Two Years of American Oversight

February 1, 2019

News Roundup: More Troops at the Border Means More Questions for the Administration

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security
January 31, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Emails of DOJ Official Involved in Controversial Civil Rights Decisions

Department of Justice
January 24, 2019

Checking Up on Trump’s Claims that Military Experts Told Him to Ban Transgender Troops

Department of Defense
January 18, 2019

News Roundup: Two Troubling Inspector General Reports

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration
January 11, 2019

News Roundup: The Administration’s Misleading Claims About Terrorists at the Southern Border

Department of Homeland Security
December 27, 2018

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

December 12, 2018

Audit the Wall: No Plans, Funding or Timeline — And No Wall

Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
December 5, 2018

American Oversight Sues Administration for Records of Family-Separation Policy

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS Office of Inspector General
January 12, 2018

Justice Department Staffing Up For Its Ill-Conceived Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
January 2, 2018

New FOIAs Seek Records of Civil Rights Investigations at Department of Education

Department of Education
December 19, 2017

American Oversight Sues DOD to Uncover Truth Behind Trump’s Transgender Ban

Department of Defense
October 4, 2017

DOJ Confirms Harvard Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
September 7, 2017

DACA Announcement Reflects Lack of Seriousness About the Law

Department of Justice