Topic: Education

American Oversight v. ED – Undocumented Student Eligibility for Emergency Student Aid Rule

May 27, 2021
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Education seeking sent email communications regarding a 2020 rule excluding undocumented students from receiving funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This lawsuit also seeks any email communications with White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller regarding the rule.

ED Calendars for Senior Staff from March 2018

April 27, 2021
Records from the Department of Education in response to American Oversight's request for the updated calendars of Betsy DeVos, Joshua Venable, Eric Ventimiglia, Robert Eitel, Candice Jackson, Ebony Lee, Lee-Douglas Simmons, Mitchell Zais, Kenneth L. Marcus, Jason Botel from March 2018 through the date of search.

ED Correspondence Log Communications with the Heartland Institute

February 2, 2021
Correspondence log from the Department of Education reflecting interactions with the Heartland Institute.

ED Communications with Lobbyists for the Student Loan Servicer PHEAA

January 28, 2021
Records from the Department of Education received in response to American Oversight's request for communications between Education officials and lobbyists for student loan servicer Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA).

ED Communications with Ballard Partners During 2017

January 26, 2021
Department of Education communications with Florida-based lobbying firm Ballard Partners during 2017. American Oversight sought these records to determine Ballard's influence on the department's policies.

Education Department Communications Regarding the Teacher Strikes and Protests of 2018 


January 21, 2021
Department of Education communications regarding the teacher strikes and protests of 2018 from the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Office of Communications and Outreach. American Oversight requested these records to help ascertain Education officials’ responses to, positions on, and activities related to the teacher strikes.

No Records Response from Education Regarding Communications with the White House about Covid-19 Outbreak

November 23, 2020
The Department of Education stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for communications between agency and White House officials involved in the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

FOIA to ED Seeking Performance Agreements for Acting COO of FSA

November 9, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Education seeking performance agreements entered into with anyone acting as the Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid.

FOIA to ED Seeking Updated Civil Rights Staffing Level Data

October 7, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Education seeking data concerning the Office for Civil Rights’ staffing levels for FY 2018-2020.

Investigations Update: Operation Legend, Crossfire Hurricane, and the Rush for a Coronavirus Vaccine

September 1, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into the Trump administration’s politicized Operation Legend, the rush for school reopenings and a Covid-19 vaccine, and partisan FBI responses to congressional requests.