Topic: Consumer and Worker Protection

News Roundup: A Litany of Failures

December 10, 2020
The past nine months have seen their share of difficult, frustrating, and even infuriating news. But the past week has aptly captured the administration’s failure to control the pandemic, and the tragic results of that failure, as few previous weeks have.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Records Regarding Cessation of Diversity and Inclusion Trainings

October 27, 2020
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking records identifying which programs or contracts have been canceled pursuant to President Trump’s executive order and related guidance from the Office of Management and Budget banning federal employees, contractors, and grantees from offering specific diversity and inclusion training.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Directives Regarding Cessation of Diversity and Inclusion Trainings

October 27, 2020
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking directives regarding the implementation of President Trump’s executive order and related guidance from the Office of Management and Budget banning federal employees, contractors, and grantees from offering specific diversity and inclusion training.

Investigations Update: Hatch Act Violations, Covid-19 Vaccine Contracts, and South Carolina Ballots

October 20, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into the misuse of government resources for political purposes, the administration’s pandemic response, and voting rights in the states.

News Roundup: White Nationalism, Voter Suppression, and Trump’s Taxes

October 1, 2020
We’ve known about the administration’s cozy relationship with white nationalists, and that fear-mongering over “voter fraud” was a deterrent to voting. But this week’s news still drove those points home.

Covid Relief Funds and Loans: Where Has The Money Gone?

September 30, 2020
Congress has allocated trillions of dollars in direct assistance and loans to support the American people during the Covid-19 pandemic. Billions have gone to companies with histories of misconduct, to businesses that have continued laying off workers even as they rake in taxpayer dollars, and even to those connected to the president or his family. American Oversight is investigating the distribution of these relief funds.

New Congressional Report, Hearings Focus on Shortcomings in Fed’s Pandemic Response

September 25, 2020
Secretary Mnuchin and Fed Chair Powell testify before Congress, and the coronavirus subcommittee finds major problems with the Fed’s corporate bond purchases.

No Records Response from CFPB Regarding Communications with Advance Financial

September 23, 2020
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for communications between top officials and representatives of large payday lender Advance Financial.

Covid-19 Oversight News: CDC Flip-Flops, Azar’s ‘Power Grab,’ and Vaccine Trial Plans

September 21, 2020
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