Topic: Education

Complaint: American Oversight v. ED – DeVos Personal Email

August 28, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of Education seeking emails concerning agency business sent by Secretary Betsy DeVos using a personal account. This complaint was initially filed on July 17, 2019, and amended on August 28, 2019, in light of an inspector general report that found that DeVos had used four separate personal email accounts for government work.

FOIA to Education for Communications with Reed and Maggie Cordish

August 23, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education for communications between agency officials and members of the Cordish family and their business associates.

Lawsuit Against Education Department Uncovers Records of Student Loan Company CEO’s Lobbying

August 22, 2019
New documents reveal that the CEO of one of the nation's largest student loan servicers personally lobbied the Education Department to preempt states from regulating the industry.
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FOIA to ED Seeking Communications with the Office of the Vice President

August 7, 2019
FOIA to U.S. Department of Education seeking all communications between certain high-level agency officials and certain senior officials in Vice President Mike Pence’s office.

ED Records Regarding Borrower Defense Rule

July 31, 2019
Records from the Department of Education in response to American Oversight's request for records regarding the borrower defense rule.

No Records Response from Education Regarding Communications with Certain Trump Associates

July 24, 2019
Department of Education stated that it had no records of communications with Michael Cohen, Essential Consultants, Corey Lewandowski, or other Trump associates. American Oversight sought these records after news reports that certain individuals related to Trump may have been trying to sell influence with the Administration.

ED Records Regarding Stays at the Amway Grand and Grand Hotel

July 16, 2019
Department of Education records regarding stays at the DeVos-owned Amway Grand and GOP-affiliated Grand Hotel. AO requested these records to determine whether DeVos was using her position to personally profit through her hotel ownership and whether she was funneling government funds to GOP allies. These records cover July through September 2017.

ED Records of Reimbursements During the Government Shutdown

June 24, 2019
Records from the Department of Education regarding reimbursements given to appointees for expenses such as payments associated with travel, airfare, lodging, meals, or any payments made via government-issued charge cards or travel during the 35-day government shutdown which began in December 2018.

FOIA to Education Seeking Records Related to Changes to Protection Disclosure Requirements to Benefit Navient

June 17, 2019
FOIA to Education seeking communications and other records related to the decision to change the consumer protection disclosure requirements from disclosing legal proceedings in the from the last 7 years to the last 5 years. The decision was likely made to benefit student loan servicer Navient, which settled a case 5 years and one month ago.

ED Records Regarding the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

May 28, 2019
Records from the Department of Education regarding the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, including communications of senior staff.