Topic: Environment & Energy

News Roundup: Transparency and Oversight Are More Important Than Ever

March 27, 2020
During ordinary times, government transparency maintains a functioning democracy. But during the coronavirus outbreak, it can also save lives.

USDA Records of Secretary Perdue’s Emails Sent to Non-Government Email Addresses

March 20, 2020
Records of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s sent communications to non-government email addresses. American Oversight sought these records to shed light on Perdue’s actions and communications during his tenure as secretary. These records contain communications with Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her husband Jeffrey Sprecher, with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky before his appointment to the agency.

Energy Department Releases Records from Rick Perry’s May 2019 Trip to Ukraine

March 16, 2020
The Department of Energy released 83 pages of records in response to our lawsuit for travel records from former Secretary Perry's May 2019 trip to Ukraine.

FOIA to DOI Seeking Records Relating to Staffing Impacts of BLM’s Relocation

March 2, 2020
FOIA request to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) seeking records to shed light on the impact on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staffing from the plan to relocate the agency’s headquarters to Colorado.

FOIA to BLM Seeking Records Relating to Staffing Impacts of BLM’s Relocation

March 2, 2020
FOIA request to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeking records to shed light on the impact on BLM staffing from the plan to relocate the agency’s headquarters to Colorado.

News Roundup: Launching Our Investigation of Trump’s Authoritarian Purges

February 28, 2020
Loyalty over truth and political advantage over public service and safety are hallmarks of authoritarianism.

Complaint: Western Values Project v. DOI – David Bernhardt’s Communications and Travel Records

February 28, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of Western Values Project against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s communications, including phone call logs, text messages, a list of Google documents shared with Bernhardt, and emails from both his professional and personal email addresses. This lawsuit also seeks travel records processed by ConcurGov from January to June 2019.

DOE Recusal Statement for Brian McCormack

February 24, 2020
A Department of Energy (DOE) recusal statement for Chief of Staff Brian McCormack in response to American Oversight's request for ethics determinations, recusals, and waivers regarding McCormack.

DOL Ethics Records and Emails Regarding Marco M. Rajkovich From 2019

February 24, 2020
The Department of Labor's Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ethics records and emails regarding Marco M. Rajkovich. These records show that Rajkovich has recused himself from two cases and submitted a form to ethics intending to divest from the Company.

New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Mitch McConnell’s Influence at Transportation, Energy, State Departments

February 21, 2020
American Oversight today sued the Departments of Energy, Transportation, and State for records of communications between officials and the office or campaign of Sen. Mitch McConnell.