Topic: Budget, Taxes & the Economy

Complaint: American Oversight v. BEP and Treasury – Records Concerning the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill

April 9, 2021
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Department of the Treasury seeking records, including communications, concerning decisions about the plan to redesign the $20 dollar bill with the image of Harriet Tubman.

Documents Show Far-Right Influence at Trump Commerce Department

March 30, 2021
In one email to former Secretary Ross, the head of an anti-immigration group lamented “the shift of political power” brought by immigration; other emails indicate outside efforts to place appointees at the department.

Yellen, Powell Testify About Covid-19 Stimulus, CARES Act on Capitol Hill

March 25, 2021
The hearings marked the first time Yellen, the former Fed chair, testified as Treasury secretary.

Records Show Nearly $60,000 in Staff Costs for Swing State Travel of Trump EPA and Labor Chiefs

March 15, 2021
Trips to swing states ahead of the election by former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and former Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia cost taxpayers nearly $60,000 in staff travel and expenses.

BIS Records Concerning Covid-19 and the Defense Production Act

March 11, 2021
Records from the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security in response to American Oversight's request for email communications of senior leadership related to Covid-19 and the Defense Production Act. These records include relevant court documents and training presentations.

CFPB Calendars and Emails Reflecting Eric Blankenstein’s Communications with Large Financial Institutions

February 9, 2021
Records from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in response to American Oversight's request for communications between CFPB official Eric Blankenstein and large consumer-facing banks. These records include emails and calendar entries.

Where Did the Money Go? A Summary of Findings from CARES Act Investigations

February 4, 2021
Numerous reports from watchdogs, Congress, and news outlets have exposed serious issues with how relief funding from the 2020 CARES Act was spent. Here’s a list.

News Roundup: Accountability, Not Complicity

January 29, 2021
Despite a range of executive actions meant to undo some of the worst damage, it’s clear that the previous president’s brand of destructive politics is an ongoing threat to the country.

Tracking Taxpayer Spending at Trump Properties

January 15, 2021
Even as Trump’s presidency sunsets, it’s still hard to tell how much money went from public coffers into his pockets.

In the Documents: HHS’s Pandemic Relief Contracts with UnitedHealth Group

January 4, 2021
The records also contain meeting invitations that raise questions about potential conflicts of interest.