Topic: Abuse of Power

How FEMA Learned from Ben Carson’s $31,000 Dining Set Purchase

December 20, 2018
The public outcry over HUD Secretary Carson’s office furniture likely dissuaded FEMA officials from similar spending sprees.

Wait, There’s More: News of Another Administration Official Using Personal Email

December 10, 2018
News reports indicate that Scott Pruitt used personal email for official business. American Oversight continues its investigation of improper administration email use.

DHS Records of ALT_uscis Twitter Account Investigation

November 15, 2018
Records from DHS regarding the decision to investigate the @ALT_uscis Twitter account.

Complaint: American Oversight v. VA and DOD – Mar-a-Lago Crowd Influence

October 25, 2018
Lawsuit seeking records from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense regarding the role that three members of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club may have had in shaping policy decisions.

New Lawsuit Seeks Details of White House, Trump Organization Involvement in FBI Headquarters Decision

October 23, 2018
American Oversight today filed a suite of lawsuits to uncover the role that President Trump and the Trump Organization played in reversing a long-time plan to relocate the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters outside of Washington, DC. In its current location at the J. Edgar Hoover building, FBI headquarters sits a block away from the Trump International Hotel.

Complaint: American Oversight v. GSA – FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

October 23, 2018
Lawsuit filed on behalf of American Oversight against GSA seeking communications regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ – FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

October 23, 2018
Lawsuit filed on behalf of American Oversight against DOJ seeking communications regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project.

Complaint: American Oversight v. FBI – FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

October 23, 2018
Lawsuit filed on behalf of American Oversight against the FBI seeking communications regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ, FBI, OMB, and GSA – White House Meetings Regarding FBI Headquarters

October 23, 2018
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against DOJ, FBI, OMB, and GSA seeking records of White House meetings regarding the FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project.

Investigation Update: Loyalty Tests and Retaliation

September 19, 2018
American Oversight has been investigating expectations of loyalty across the government, as well as attempts to purge employees who used to work in the Obama administration.