Topic: Education

ED Records Regarding Reimbursements Prior to the Government Shutdown

May 24, 2019
Records from the Department of Education in response to American Oversight's request for reimbursements given to appointees to expenses such as payments associated with travel, housing, the cost of government transportation, airfare, lodging, meals, per diem payments, rental vehicles, overtime payments, or any payments made via government-issued charge cards or travel from before the 35-day government shutdown.

No Records Response from FSA Regarding Common Interest Agreement with Navient Corporation

May 23, 2019
No records response from the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid office for a common interest agreement, or records memorializing such an agreement, with Navient Corporation.

Complaint: NSLDN v. Education – Dream Center Oversight

May 22, 2019
American Oversight's lawsuit on behalf of the National Student Legal Defense Network to obtain records related to the Trump administration’s oversight of financially troubled colleges owned by the Dream Center.

No Records Response from Education Regarding Communications Between Secretary Betsy DeVos and Paula White

May 21, 2019
Department of Education stated that it had no record of communications between Paula White and Secretary Betsy DeVos or Deputy Secretary Mitchell Zais. American Oversight asked for these records to identify if Donald TrumpÕs reported Òspiritual AdvisorÓ has influence over federal policy.

ED Communications about the Agency’s Navient Audit Report

April 9, 2019
Department of Education Office of Inspector General communications between agency officials and Navient regarding the agency's audit of the loan servicer and Federal Student Aid.

FOIA to ED Seeking Records Regarding Relationship with Navient

March 28, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking records reflecting any common interest agreement between the Department of Education and loan servicer Navient. Navient Corporation has reportedly invoked “common interest privilege” to block disclosure of records in a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lawsuit.

FOIA to ED Seeking Records Regarding Response to Senator Warren’s Criticism of Navient

March 28, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking communications related to a report by Senator Warren that demonstrated failures in Navient Corporation’s student loan servicing practices. On the same day the report was issued, the Department of Education released a statement defending Navient Corporation.

FOIA to ED Office of the Inspector General Seeking Navient Communications

March 28, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education Office of the Inspector General seeking records reflecting communications between the OIG and Navient Corporation. The OIG reissued an audit report regarding Federal Student Aid, reportedly on the basis of additional documentation Navient provided.

FOIA to Education Seeking Communications Regarding Credit Hour Definition

March 19, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking communications with stakeholders interested in the department’s definition of a “credit hour” and possible revisions to that definition.

FOIA to Education Seeking Communications with Men’s Rights Activists

March 19, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking communications with Kursat Pekgoz and other individuals and entities involved in advocating for so-called men’s rights issues.