News Roundup: Who Will Watch the Inspectors General?

Every week seems to bring a new example of President Donald Trump’s disdain — or fear — of independent oversight. He has fired agency watchdogs, rebuffed congressional requests, and is obsessed with political loyalty and his own electoral prospects.

His latest move, announced late last Friday, was to replace the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services, Christi Grimm. Grimm had issued a report in April detailing the widespread shortages of coronavirus testing supplies and personal protective equipment in U.S. hospitals, and, true to form, Trump lashed out. Meanwhile, the former head HHS’s vaccine development agency, Dr. Rick Bright, issued a damning whistleblower complaint, alleging that he was ousted from his position for raising concerns about the antimalarial drug promoted by the president as a coronavirus treatment. Lawmakers had requested that Grimm investigate Bright’s reassignment.

Grimm, of course, isn’t the first inspector general Trump has removed. In early April, he ousted acting Pentagon Inspector General Glenn Fine, and then a few days later notified Congress that he was removing Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. Meanwhile, White House Counsel Brian Miller, who helped defend the president during impeachment proceedings, was nominated to the new role of special inspector general for pandemic recovery, tasked with overseeing the $500 billion Treasury stimulus fund passed by Congress in late March.

Senators and outside watchdog organizations have raised concerns over Miller’s ability to put the public interest ahead of the interests of the president, despite his assurances during his Senate confirmation hearing this week that he would act independently. “As a member of the president’s impeachment defense team, Miller was on the front lines of the president’s ‘war on subpoenas,’” said American Oversight Executive Director Austin Evers. “It’s entirely fair to question whether he will act any differently now. The Special Inspector General is one of the few things standing between President Trump and a $500 billion slush fund.”

American Oversight has filed more than 400 Freedom of Information Act requests and four lawsuits to uncover information about the administration’s coronavirus response, including whether and to what extent corporate and industry interests have exerted influence over it. Over the last week, we’ve also requested legal analyses from the Justice Department regarding inspector general dismissals, communications of senior officials in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence about Atkinson’s removal, and have filed FOIA requests with multiple agencies for Miller’s communications with officials involved in the impeachment inquiry. 

As this all unfolds, Trump continues to try to find a scapegoat on which to pin his administration’s tragically botched handling of the coronavirus pandemic. His recent claim that the virus originated in a Chinese lab has also been pushed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who went so far as to say earlier this week that there was “enormous evidence” of it. Pompeo appears to have somewhat walked back that claim as lawmakers press for such evidence and point to the statement released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last week that it “concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19- virus was not manmade or genetically modified.”

Another scapegoat has been the World Health Organization, which the president has claimed mismanaged and covered up the virus’s spread. Last month, the administration decided to halt funding to the WHO at a time when, according to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, U.S. funding is “absolutely critical to the world’s efforts” to fight the pandemic. Lawmakers have pointed out that the administration has provided little formal justification for the funding cut, and American Oversight has filed more than a dozen FOIA requests for related communications, assessments or legal analyses — and we also want to know where that money is now going.

For more on our many investigations of the Trump administration, including its response to the coronavirus, read on:

American Oversight Sues Treasury, HHS, State Departments for Coronavirus Communications: On Tuesday, we sued the administration for failing to release coronavirus-related emails sent by two dozen top officials. The lawsuit seeks to compel the release of emails sent by senior Trump appointees including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, HHS Secretary Alex Azar, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Investigating Communications with Pharmaceutical Companies About Vaccine Pricing: In partnership with the Lower Drug Prices Now coalition, we filed four FOIA requests with HHS for information on the development of coronavirus vaccines and the agency’s plans for making vaccines available to the general public. The requests ask for the release of written agreements and communications between HHS officials and the pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, both of which have recently made agreements with HHS regarding the development of a coronavirus vaccine and received taxpayer dollars to expedite the process. 

Grievance Records from Immigration Detention Centers: On Wednesday, Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, a 57-year-old man from El Salvador, died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody due to respiratory failure after testing positive for COVID-19. Mejia was held at Otay Mesa Detention Center, where, as of Wednesday, 132 of ICE’s reported 705 positive COVID-19 detainee cases are located. We filed a FOIA request with ICE for any written or emergency grievances filed since March at multiple detention centers, including Otay Mesa. 

White Supremacy in the Military: In February, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) testified before Congress on alarming incidents of white supremacy in the armed forces, and the same month, a Military Times survey found that more than half of active-duty respondents had personally witnessed evidence of white supremacist ideology within their ranks recently. White supremacist infiltration in the military is not a new problem, but in December the Senate removed mention of “white nationalists” from the enlistment screening process. We filed FOIA requests with the Department of Defense — including the Army, Navy, Coast Gaurd, and Marine Corps — for reports or studies reflecting incidents of white supremacy, white nationalism, pro-Nazi, and far-right ideology among military personnel.

The CIA’s Perplexing Response to Our Requests for Records on Soleimani Strikes: The early January attack that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani was troubling not just because it raised alarm over escalating U.S.-Iran tensions, but also because many worried that the Trump administration was laying groundwork for military conflict without congressional authorization. We filed requests for legal analyses and congressional notifications regarding the attack, and the CIA was less than forthcoming.

Barr Did Not Formally Consider Recusing Himself from Ukraine Investigations: We already knew that Attorney General William Barr had ignored requests that he recuse himself from Ukraine- or Biden-related investigations. But according to the Justice Department’s response to our FOIA requests, the department could find no records of communications about whether he should do so, and no formal guidance or recommendations on possible recusal or the handling of the whistleblower complaint.

Still No Guidance on Trump Properties Spending: Nearly three and a half years into an administration in which the president maintains financial ties to his personal business, it appears that no agency has created any official guidance for spending taxpayer money at Trump properties. And, as we detailed last month, we know such spending has happened frequently. We’ve filed dozens of requests for records regarding federal spending at the president’s businesses, and have yet to receive anything substantive; most recently, Customs and Border Protection responded that it could locate no such records.

Former White House Staffer with White Supremacist Ties: In August 2018, the Atlantic reported that then-DHS policy analyst and Trump political appointee Ian M. Smith had a friendly relationship with white nationalists prior to his government service. The Washington Post later reported that Smith attended White House policy meetings during his tenure at DHS. We sent requests to DHS for the calendars, ethics documents, and communications of Smith, who resigned before the Atlantic story was published. 

Climate Change Amplifies Toxic Site Risks: A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report published in October 2019 found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needed to take additional actions to safeguard Superfund toxic waste sites that are at serious risk from the effects of climate change. GAO made recommendations in their report, but in the end, the EPA only agreed with one. We filed FOIA requests to the EPA for records showing site-specific efforts to determine and mitigate the impact of climate change on Superfund sites. 

Absentee Ballots and Voting Machines in Georgia: In April, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that about 60,000 Georgia voters received absentee ballot request forms with the wrong return address. By the end of the month, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had created an Absentee Ballot Fraud Task Force, which critics argued used resources that could be better spent on other voting initiatives. We filed several records requests about the misprinted absentee ballot forms, including for the secretary of state’s communications with the U.S. Postal Service and for Troup County officials’ related emails. We also asked the offices of the secretary of state and the attorney general for communications about the new task force, and we’re seeking records of any additional voting machine contracts as part of our ongoing investigation into Georgia’s voting security

Allegations of Nepotism Against U.S. Ambassador: In February, news reports surfaced that State Department officials were stonewalling congressional inquiries into allegations of nepotism and mismanagement at the U.S. embassy in South Africa. Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to senior State officials listing unaddressed concerns, including reports that U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks (a fashion designer and Mar-A-Lago club member) tried to place her son in a high-ranking role at the embassy. We filed requests with the State Department for Marks’s communications, calendars, and ethics documents. 

Trump Campaign Takes Off: On Thursday, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale raised eyebrows when he compared the president’s reelection campaign to the fictional, planet-destroying Star Wars weapon the Death Star. We’ve already filed FOIA requests with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Justice Department for agency officials’ communications with the White House concerning any candidates running for federal office this November. We also asked both agencies for communications with individuals associated with the Trump campaign, and the FEC for complaints filed by the White House or the Trump campaign concerning candidate conduct. 

Obstruction of IRS Audit of President and Vice President: In the fall of 2019, an official at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filed a whistleblower complaint that a Treasury Department political appointee had attempted to interfere with the IRS’s annual audits of Trump or Vice President Mike Pence. The complaint alerted the inspector general, and senators have since opened an investigation into the allegations. We’re asking for IRS and Treasury communications regarding those annual audits, and we’re also requesting Treasury officials’ communications with the Senate Finance Committee and with the staff of Sens. Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell. 

Private Email List for Coordinating a Conservative Supreme Court: In 2018, conservative activists had reportedly been using an email list called Bravoure to monitor Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination process. Last week, we filed a records request with the Texas Office of the Attorney General for officials’ communications referencing Bravoure, and this week we sent FOIA requests to the Justice Department and Office of Management and Budget for Bravoure emails. 

Emails Showing DeVry CEO Lobbying Against Gainful Employment Rule: We recently added more records to our collection of Education Department officials’ calendars. The records, from 2016 and 2017, show the lobbying efforts of Lisa Wardell, then the CEO of DeVry Education Group, to roll back the Obama administration’s gainful employment rule. The rule required most for-profit colleges and career training programs to show that their graduates’ loan payments were not too high relative to their earnings — an important issue to DeVry, which had to pay a $100 million settlement in 2016 for falsely advertising graduates’ success. Secretary Betsy DeVos repealed the rule in July 2019.

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December 23, 2019

An Update on Our Investigation into Georgia’s Election System and Voter-Roll Purges

Bartow County - Georgia, Carroll County - Georgia, Catoosa County - Georgia, Clayton County - Georgia, Cobb County - Georgia, Decatur County - Georgia, DeKalb County - Georgia, Dougherty County - Georgia, Fulton County - Georgia, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Gwinnett County - Georgia, Hancock County - Georgia, Jefferson County - Georgia, Lowndes County - Georgia, Macon-Bibb County - Georgia, Paulding County - Georgia, Randolph County - Georgia, Rockdale County - Georgia
Investigation Update
December 23, 2019

Texas Officials’ Communications with ‘Voter Fraud’ Activists

Cameron County - Texas, Dallas County - Texas, Harris County - Texas, Hidalgo County - Texas, Starr County - Texas, Tarrant County - Texas, Texas Attorney General, Texas House of Representatives, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State, Texas Senate, Travis County - Texas, Zavala County - Texas
Investigation Update
December 21, 2019

Defense Department Ukraine Documents Released to American Oversight

Department of Defense
Investigation Update
December 20, 2019

News Roundup: Beyond Impeachment — The Investigations Continue

Administration for Children and Families, Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Customs and Border Protection, 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, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Government Accountability Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Management and Budget
News
December 18, 2019

Why Trump Has Met the Standard for Obstruction of Congress

Congress, Department of Defense, Department of State
News
December 13, 2019

News Roundup: Stephen Miller’s Extremist Network

Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Carroll County - Georgia, Congress, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Environmental Protection Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Office of Management and Budget, Texas Attorney General
News
December 12, 2019

American Oversight Sues for Treasury Communications About Russian Investment in Kentucky Plant

Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control
Investigation Update
December 11, 2019

Lawsuit over Administration’s Unlawful Seizure of Trump-Putin Meeting Notes Moves Forward

Department of State, National Archives and Records Administration
Investigation Update
News
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
News
December 3, 2019

House Committee Impeachment Report References State Department Documents Obtained by American Oversight

Investigation Update
News
November 27, 2019

News Roundup: Thankful for FOIA

Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Kentucky Office of the Governor
News
November 27, 2019

Behind the Scenes: How American Oversight Forced the Release of State Department Ukraine Records

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
November 25, 2019

American Oversight Sues Justice Department for Ukraine-Related Communications

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
News
November 22, 2019

State Department Releases Ukraine Documents to American Oversight

Department of State
Investigation Update
News
November 22, 2019

News Roundup: Fiona Hill’s Warnings, Nikki Haley’s Emails, and Matt Bevin’s Stay at Trump’s Hotel

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Kentucky Office of the Governor
News
November 21, 2019

Nikki Haley Sent Classified Emails on an Unclassified Email System

Department of State
Investigation Update
News
November 20, 2019

Sondland’s Testimony Highlights State Department Obstruction

Department of Energy, Department of State
News
November 19, 2019

Former DOJ Civil Rights Official Acknowledges He Made Incorrect Statement in Sworn Declaration

Department of Justice
News
November 15, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment Inquiry Goes Public

Bartow County - Georgia, Carroll County - Georgia, Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Council on Environmental Quality, Dallas County - Texas, Decatur County - Georgia, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida House of Representatives, Georgia Secretary of State, Harris County - Texas, Lowndes County - Georgia, Paulding County - Georgia, Travis County - Texas
News
November 14, 2019

How ‘Sharpiegate’ Turned a Simple Misunderstanding into a Media Frenzy — and Headache for NOAA Employees

Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Investigation Update
November 13, 2019

American Oversight Sues DHS for Cuccinelli Records

Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
Investigation Update
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, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Office of the Governor, Office of Information Policy, Office of Legal Counsel, Office of Management and Budget
News
November 7, 2019

What We Learned from the Yovanovitch and McKinley Transcripts

Congress, Department of State
News
November 1, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment Votes and Sonny Perdue’s Georgia Connections

Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Park Service
News
October 31, 2019

In the Documents: Interior Department Officials Arranging VIP Tours for Trump Administration Figures and Allies

Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Investigation Update
October 31, 2019

State Department Agrees to Produce Ukraine Records to American Oversight by November 22

Department of State
Investigation Update
News
October 25, 2019

News Roundup: Court Chips Away at Trump Administration Obstruction

News
October 24, 2019

Research Tool: Ukraine-Trump Key Figures and Documents

Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of State, Department of the Treasury
News
October 23, 2019

Federal Judge Says He Will Order State Department to Begin Turning Over Requested Ukraine Documents

Department of State
Investigation Update
News
October 22, 2019

New Lawsuit Seeks Perry and Brouillette Ukraine Documents and Communications about Biden Investigation Effort

Department of Energy
Investigation Update
October 18, 2019

News Roundup: Corruption, Plain and Simple

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State
News
October 18, 2019

Court Calls for Hearing on Emergency Motion for Ukraine Documents

Department of State
Investigation Update
October 11, 2019

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

Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security
News
October 10, 2019

New Lawsuit for Records Related to Controversial Judicial Nominee Steven Menashi

Department of Education
Investigation Update
October 9, 2019

Early Trump Administration — and McAleenan — Communications About Immigration Policy

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Investigation Update
News
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
Investigation Update
News
October 4, 2019

Former Top Civil Rights Official John Gore Made Misleading Statements in Declaration to Federal Court

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
News
October 4, 2019

Pompeo’s Obstructionism Won’t Work

Department of State
News
October 2, 2019

Pompeo’s Letter Is the Trump Administration’s Opening Salvo of Obstruction

Department of State
News
October 1, 2019

We’re Suing the State Department for Giuliani-Ukraine Documents

Department of State
Investigation Update
September 27, 2019

News Roundup: From the Top Down

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Collier County - Florida, Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Management and Budget
News
September 27, 2019

Using FOIA to Fight Trump Administration Obstruction

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Department of the Interior
News
September 25, 2019

Release of Trump–Zelensky Call Readout Raises Questions About Justice Department Involvement

Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury
Investigation Update
September 20, 2019

News Roundup: Trump, Giuliani, and Ukraine

Administration for Children and Families, Agency for International Development, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Reserve, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Institutes of Health, Starr County - Texas, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
News
September 18, 2019

In the Documents: Texas Elections Officials’ Close Ties to ‘Voter Fraud’ Activists

Starr County - Texas, Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State
Investigation Update
September 13, 2019

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

Administration for Children and Families, 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 Office of Inspector General, Small Business Administration
News
September 12, 2019

New Lawsuit Seeks State Department Records of Jared Kushner’s Middle East Trips

Department of State
Investigation Update
September 11, 2019

What We Found in Controversial Federal Court Nominee Steven Menashi’s Calendars

Department of Education
News
September 8, 2019

Photos from Inside Detention Centers for Migrant Children

Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Office of Inspector General
Investigation Update
September 6, 2019

News Roundup: Trump’s Enthusiastic Support for New Drug Raises Questions

Council on Environmental Quality, 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 the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Food and Drug Administration, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission, Texas Attorney General
News
September 4, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Records from Investigation into Potential Trump Campaign-Finance Violations

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
August 30, 2019

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

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Geological Survey
News
August 27, 2019

Investigating HHS Secretary Alex Azar’s Connections to Pharmaceutical Companies

Department of Health and Human Services
Investigation Update
August 22, 2019

Lawsuit Against Education Department Uncovers Records of Student Loan Company CEO’s Lobbying

Department of Education
Investigation Update
August 13, 2019

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

Department of Veterans Affairs
Investigation Update
News
August 9, 2019

News Roundup: Investigating the Administration’s Response to Domestic Terrorism

Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
News
August 8, 2019

New Lawsuit in Investigation of Trump Administration’s Cuts to Funding for Combating Domestic Terrorism

Department of Homeland Security
Investigation Update
July 19, 2019

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

Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, 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, Florida Office of the Governor, General Services Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tennessee Valley Authority
News
June 27, 2019

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

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Investigation Update
June 25, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Trump Family Influence over Minnesota Mining Project

Bureau of Land Management, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, United States Forest Service
Investigation Update
June 18, 2019

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

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Investigation Update
News
June 13, 2019

Documents Reveal New Information About 2017 CBP Media Efforts

Customs and Border Protection
Investigation Update
June 7, 2019

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

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration
News
June 4, 2019

Documents Reveal Extent of Koch-Funded VA Privatization Group’s Influence

Department of Veterans Affairs
Investigation Update
May 30, 2019

Trump Administration Appeals Court Decision Ordering It to Turn Over Communications with Congress About ACA Sabotage

Congress, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
May 24, 2019

News Roundup: Congressional Hearing Shows and No-Shows

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Customs and Border Protection, 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, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Taylor County - Florida
News
April 24, 2019

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

Investigation Update
April 2, 2019

Federal Judge Rejects Administration’s Argument for Withholding Communications with Congress about ACA Sabotage

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
News
March 29, 2019

News Roundup: The Mueller Investigation Is Over, But the Swamp Is Thriving

News
March 25, 2019

The Corruption Continues: Mueller Has Finished His Work. American Oversight Has Not.

News
March 13, 2019

Two Years of American Oversight

News
March 12, 2019

Investigating the Trump Administration’s Efforts to Sell Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, International Trade Administration, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
News
March 8, 2019

Watchdogs Sue HHS Following Women’s Health Website Overhaul

Department of Health and Human Services
News
March 1, 2019

HHS Secretary Azar Calendars Show Multiple Meetings with Conservative Health-Care Groups

Department of Health and Human Services
News
February 21, 2019

New Lawsuit Seeks HHS Communications with Anti-Abortion Groups

Department of Health and Human Services
News
February 15, 2019

News Roundup: Citizenship, the Census and the Constitution

Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice
News
February 1, 2019

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

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security
News
January 28, 2019

Court Orders Trump Administration to Turn Over More Voter-Fraud Commission Records

White House
Investigation Update
January 18, 2019

News Roundup: Two Troubling Inspector General Reports

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

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

Department of Homeland Security
News
January 9, 2019

Investigating the Acting Defense Secretary’s Ties to Boeing

Department of Defense
News
December 27, 2018

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

News
December 12, 2018

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

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State
Investigation Update
December 5, 2018

American Oversight Sues Administration for Records of Family-Separation Policy

Administration for Children and Families, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, HHS Office of Inspector General, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Investigation Update
June 6, 2018

USTR Emails Reveal Tensions, Inconsistencies in Trump Administration’s NAFTA Strategy

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Investigation Update
April 17, 2018

Lawsuit Seeks Scott Pruitt and Nino Perrotta Travel and Security Spending Records

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
April 6, 2018

New: EPA Documents Show Details of Pruitt Office Renovations

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
March 16, 2018

Sunshine Week Blog: FOIAs Will Continue Until Accountability Improves

News
March 9, 2018

American Oversight Sues HHS and CMS for Verma Ethics Records

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
News
February 23, 2018

FCC Commissioner Calls for Trump’s Reelection, Violates Hatch Act

Federal Communications Commission
News
February 9, 2018

New Lawsuit Seeks DHS Border Wall Emails with White House, Fox News, Border States

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Investigation Update
February 6, 2018

Voter Fraud Commission Asked Texas to Highlight Hispanic Surnames in Voter Data

White House
Investigation Update
December 20, 2017

Update: EPA IG Refuses to Investigate Controversial Contract

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
December 20, 2017

American Oversight Expands Investigation into Tax Bill

Department of the Treasury, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
December 17, 2017

Trump Transition GSA Emails and Memorandum of Understanding

General Services Administration
Investigation Update
December 1, 2017

American Oversight and Environmental Working Group Seek Answers about Dourson’s Work at EPA

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
November 30, 2017

New FOIAs Seek Treasury Department’s Secret Tax Bill Analyisis

Department of the Treasury
Investigation Update
November 16, 2017

American Oversight and EWG Seek Records of Industry Influence at Department of Energy

Department of Energy
News
November 16, 2017

Maine Secretary of State Dunlap Election Commission Lawsuit

Investigation Update
November 3, 2017

American Oversight Launches ‘NAFTA Watch’

Department of Commerce, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Investigation Update
October 31, 2017

American Oversight Sues State Department for Records Showing Efforts to Compel Mexico to Pay for Border Wall

Department of State
News
October 24, 2017

American Oversight Sues Labor Department for Records on Efforts to Roll Back Overtime and Fiduciary Rules

Department of Labor
News
October 17, 2017

Health Care Lawsuit: Fighting for Transparency

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
October 17, 2017

5 Questions for Attorney General Sessions

Department of Justice
October 5, 2017

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Lolita Zinke’s Travel, Role at Department of the Interior

Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
October 3, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Calendars Show Deep Industry Connections

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
September 29, 2017

“Serious, Likely Irreparable” Damage from Border Wall

Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
September 18, 2017

Austin Evers Discusses Trump Inaugural Funds on MSNBC

News
September 15, 2017

Congress Enters Legal Fight to Block Release of Obamacare Repeal Emails

Congress, Department of Health and Human Services
Investigation Update
September 13, 2017

“News to Me!” – Inside the Health Care Emails

Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
September 7, 2017

Investigating EPA’s Attacks on a Journalist

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
September 7, 2017

Third Set of Health Care Emails Again Shows Trump Administration Effort to Hide Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
September 2, 2017

DOJ Confirms Trump Lied in “Wiretap” Tweets

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
August 30, 2017

Watchdog Groups Launch Joint Investigation into EPA Oversight of Toxic Substances Control Act

Investigation Update
August 28, 2017

Statement on EPA IG Investigation of Pruitt Travel

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
August 2, 2017

New Health Care Documents Show Effort to Hide Details of Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
August 1, 2017

American Oversight Obtains Attorney General Sessions SF-86 Signature Page

Department of Justice
Investigation Update
August 1, 2017

Statement on Waiver of Environmental Regulations for Border Wall

Investigation Update
July 28, 2017

Watchdog Group Calls for Hatch Act Investigation of Gorka

White House
July 27, 2017

Call for OSC Investigation of Pruitt Travel to Oklahoma

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
July 21, 2017

American Oversight Calls for Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
News
July 20, 2017

American Oversight Sues HHS and OMB For Secret Trump Letter Outlining Plan to Weaken Obamacare

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget, White House
Investigation Update
July 19, 2017

American Oversight Demands Answers about Outsourcing of Carrier Jobs

Department of Commerce, Department of the Treasury, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Investigation Update
News
July 13, 2017

DOJ Releases Redacted Page of Sessions’s SF-86 to American Oversight

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
July 12, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Pence-Kobach Commission Records

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, General Services Administration
News
July 11, 2017

Investigation of Trump Administration Actions and the AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Department of Justice
News
June 27, 2017

American Oversight Sues EPA to Release Pruitt’s Calendars and Communications with Carl Icahn

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
June 22, 2017

American Oversight and Environmental Working Group Challenge EPA Over Failure to Release Pesticide Records

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
June 16, 2017

Watchdog Group Files Lawsuit on Trump Border Wall

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
May 24, 2017

After American Oversight Lawsuit, DOJ Confirms that Sessions Lied about Russian Contacts

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 16, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Comey-Trump Memos

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 12, 2017

Letter to Burr and Warner: Senate Should Request Trump-Comey Tapes

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 10, 2017

Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 10, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Calls for IG Investigation of Sessions for Violating Recusal

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Investigation Update
May 4, 2017

Watchdog Files Lawsuit, Seeks Injunction for HHS, OMB Health Care Negotiation Record

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
April 19, 2017

American Oversight Sues DOJ for Release of Trump Tower Wiretap Records, Russia Investigation Documents

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, White House
Investigation Update
April 12, 2017

American Oversight and Environmental Working Group Demand Release of Pruitt Communications with Pesticide Industry

Environmental Protection Agency
Investigation Update
April 4, 2017

10 Questions about the Border Wall that Deserve Big, Beautiful Answers

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
March 28, 2017

Statement on Trump Administration Proposal to Build Border Wall South of Rio Grande

Department of the Interior
Investigation Update
March 24, 2017

American Oversight Launches Investigation of President Trump’s Border Wall

Department of Homeland Security
Investigation Update
March 23, 2017

American Oversight Demands Release of Secret Health Care Negotiations

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Management and Budget
Investigation Update
March 22, 2017

Statement on Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes’ Actions

Investigation Update
March 17, 2017

American Oversight Calls on Congress to Investigate Trump Aide’s Reported Ties to Nazi Group

Office of Government Ethics, White House
News