Topic: Consumer and Worker Protections

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.

OSHA Communications with Industry Groups

September 30, 2020
Emails from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in response to American Oversight's request for communications between top officials and select businesses or industry groups.

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.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications Between Undersecretary Greg Ibach and External Entities

September 25, 2020
FOIA request to the United States Department of Agriculture seeking email communications between Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach and external individuals or entities.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications Between Top USDA Officials and Local Officials

September 25, 2020
FOIA request to the United States Department of Agriculture seeking email communications between top officials and external entities including the local governments of jurisdictions where meat-processing plants are located.

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.

This Week’s Covid-Related Congressional Hearings

September 22, 2020
Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill this week for hearings in the House and Senate.

Fla. Office of the Governor Emails Regarding TeleForce Titan

September 21, 2020
Florida Office of the Governor emails regarding the contractor TeleForce Titan. These documents contain several copies of the contract between state officials and this contractor.

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

September 21, 2020
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