Topic: Environment & Energy

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.

NRR from the Georgia Office of the Governor Regarding Communications with Representatives of Hart AgStrong LLC or Perdue AgriBusiness LLC

February 21, 2020
The Georgia Office of the Governor stated it had no record of communications between any Office of the Governor staff and any employee or representative of Hart AgStrong LLC or Perdue AgriBusiness LLC since January 2019. Governor Kemp was formerly a co-owner of Hart AgStrong, which was ultimately bought by Perdue AgriBusiness in August 2019.

American Oversight Sues for Communications of Two Top Interior Department Officials

February 20, 2020
On Thursday, American Oversight sued the Department of the Interior for the communications of Interior Solicitor Daniel Jorjani and BLM Acting Director William Pendley.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOI – Pendley’s and Jorjani’s Industry-Related Communications

February 20, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for the communications of DOI Solicitor Daniel Jorjani and Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William Pendley, including communications with specific groups representing energy industry interests. This lawsuit also seeks Pendley’s calendars and ethics documents.

News Roundup: Trump Has Learned His ‘Lesson’

February 14, 2020
Trump's sights appear to be trained on making the Justice Department his personal political arm for helping allies and punishing perceived enemies.

FOIA to DOE Seeking All Communications of Senior Officials with Energy Transfer LP

February 13, 2020
FOIA to Department of Energy seeking all records reflecting communications between senior agency officials and Energy Transfer LP, of which former Secretary Perry is now a member of the board of directors.

No Records Response from EPA Regarding the Director for the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative Calendars

February 11, 2020
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that it had no records responsive to American Oversight's request for calendars for the Director for the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative.