Topic: Consumer and Worker Protections

The Poultry Industry’s Influence on the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic

May 11, 2021
American Oversight has obtained more communications showing that last April, the poultry industry pushed the Department of Agriculture to loosen regulations, resulting in crowded working conditions in poultry plants.

USDA Communications with the Georgia Poultry Federation and the National Chicken Council from February 2018 to April 2020

April 16, 2021
Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to American Oversight's request for communications about line speed waivers for poultry plants in Georgia. These records include agency communications with the Georgia Poultry Federation and the National Chicken Council, and span from February 2018 to April 2020.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Increasing Case Numbers, Updated CDC Guidance, and the Pandemic in Prisons

April 5, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

News Roundup: Georgia’s Attack on Voting Rights

April 1, 2021
As the nation reacts to the voting restrictions signed into law in Georgia, threats to democracy are alive across the country.

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.

One Year of the Coronavirus Pandemic: Covid-19 in Meat-Packing Plants

March 19, 2021
News outlets, watchdog groups, and congressional committees have uncovered negligence and misconduct that fueled outbreaks in meat-packing plants across the country.

Records Request to Georgia Department of Agriculture Seeking Communications Regarding Covid-19 Liability Protections

March 10, 2021
Open records request to the Georgia Department of Agriculture seeking communications sent by top officials regarding coronavirus liability protections for businesses, particularly in the meatpacking industry.

Records Request to Texas Department of Agriculture Seeking Communications Regarding Covid-19 Liability Protections

March 10, 2021
Records request to the Texas Department of Agriculture seeking communications sent by top officials regarding coronavirus liability protections for businesses, particularly in the meatpacking industry.

Investigations Update: Covid-19 Outbreaks in Meatpacking Facilities, New Arizona Voting-Restriction Bills

March 2, 2021
See the latest in our investigations into worker safety and health in meatpacking facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, voting restrictions in the states, and Stephen Miller’s influence over immigration policy.

FOIA Request to OSHA Seeking Communications with Meat Industry Representatives

February 24, 2021
FOIA request to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration seeking communications between former top agency officials and representatives of meat-processing companies or trade associations.