Topic: Education

Complaint: Student Defense v. ED — Gainful Employment Rule Communications

May 13, 2020
Lawsuit filed by Student Defense, represented by American Oversight, against the Department of Education for communications with non-government parties regarding the Gainful Employment Rule, which Secretary Betsy DeVos repealed in July 2019. The Gainful Employment rule sought to protect borrowers from for-profit colleges that graduate students with excessive loan debt.

News Roundup: Who Will Watch the Inspectors General?

May 8, 2020
Every week seems to bring a new example of President Donald Trump’s disdain — or fear — of independent oversight.

ED Ethics Records for Former Student Aid Official Kathleen Smith

May 5, 2020
Ethics records from the Department of Education for former student aid official Kathleen Smith, who now lobbies for the financial aid servicer, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

Education Records Regarding Meetings with Lobbyists from October 2017

May 5, 2020
Department of Education records regarding meetings with lobbyists from October 2017.

FOIA to Education Requesting Communications with Online Education Companies

May 5, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Education seeking email communications with online education companies.

No Records Response from ED Regarding FSA Chief Communications with Select Student Loan Groups

April 28, 2020
The Department of Education stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for FSA Chief Operating Officer Wayne Johnson communications with representatives of select groups with student loan policy interests.

No Records Response from ED Regarding Ivanka Trump’s Use of Personal Email

April 21, 2020
Department of Education stated that it had no records of communications with the White House about Ivanka Trump's use of personal email to conduct government business.

No Records Response from ED Regarding Communications with Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

April 7, 2020
The Department of Education stated that it had no records of communications between political appointees in the Immediate Office of the Secretary or the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi went on to help coordinate the White House's response to the House's impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

News Roundup: Whose Stockpile, and Which States?

April 3, 2020
It shouldn’t be surprising that the president, who downplayed the crisis until just a few weeks ago, is once again avoiding taking responsibility.

FOIA to Education Seeking Communications Regarding Coronavirus

March 30, 2020
FOIA request to the Department of Education seeking emails sent by agency officials containing key terms relating to COVID-19.