Topic: Civil Rights

FOIA to HHS Seeking Communications with Abortion and LGBT+ Rights Opponents

August 9, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Health and Human Services seeking records, including emails and meeting materials, reflecting any communications between Surgeon General Adams and abortion and LGBT+ rights opponents.

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

July 30, 2019
The lawsuit is the latest in an effort to reveal what actions officials took — or failed to take — during the prolonged power and heat outage earlier this year.
(Photo: Matt Green)

No Records Response from HHS Regarding Communications with Anti-Abortion Organizations

July 24, 2019
The Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) stated that it had no records of communications between HHS officials and anti-abortion entities, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Center for Medical Progress, The Heritage Foundation, Americans United for Life, among others.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Records Regarding Hiring and Directions From 2009 to 2019

June 26, 2019
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs records of hires and directions from 2009 to 2019. In 2018 and so far in 2019, this office has not hired any new staff. (DOL-19-0394)

DHS Records Reflecting Staffing Levels for Civil Rights Enforcement

June 13, 2019
Department of Homeland Security records showing the staffing level of the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties from 2010 through 2019.

EEOC Investigator Staffing Levels from 2009 Through 2019

June 11, 2019
Records from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission showing investigator staffing levels from 2009 through early 2019. American Oversight sought these records to shed light on the staffing levels for employees dedicated to investigating allegations of civil rights violations.

DOJ Records Regarding Thomas Rex Lee Outside Communications Pertaining to Guantanamo Bay

June 10, 2019
Records from the Department of Justice containing emails from Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rex Lee to external parties pertaining to Guantanamo Bay. Lee served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the Justice Department from 2004 to 2005.

No Records Response from DHS Regarding the Final Version of a Draft Report on Surveillance

May 30, 2019
The Department of Homeland Security asserted that there is no final version of a draft report that called for surveillance of some Muslim immigrants, which was leaked to Foreign Policy in 2018.

News Roundup: Investigating State-Level Threats to Democracy

May 17, 2019
With so much attention trained on tackling federal misconduct in the Trump administration, corruption at the state and local levels has flourished and often gone unchecked.

Threats to Democracy in the States

May 13, 2019
Government corruption at the state level has flourished — and has often gone unchecked thanks to the decline in local journalism and the urgency of addressing federal misconduct. With one party controlling the governorship and both legislative houses in more than half of the states, feeble checks on power combined with underutilized state open records laws have allowed state and local governments to avoid the same scrutiny devoted to federal agencies. American Oversight’s State Accountability Project is filling the void, channeling its expertise in open records litigation to expose state-level corruption and threats to democracy.