Topic: Ethics & Conflicts

FOIA to BLM Seeking Records Regarding the Communications and Activities of Acting Director Pendley

September 19, 2019
FOIA request to the Bureau of Land Management seeking records relating to communications between Acting Director Pendley and industry interests, as well as ethics determinations relating to Acting Director Pendley.

No Records Response from DOJ Regarding Former Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s Communications Regarding Special Counsel Mueller

September 11, 2019
The Department of Justice Office of Information Policy stated that it had no records of communications between Matthew Whitaker and the White House pertaining to Robert Mueller or the Special Counsel, dating since October 4, 2017.

FOIA to Education for Steven Menashi’s Ethics Records

September 10, 2019
FOIA to Education for former General Counsel Steven Menashi records relating to his ethics pledge. American Oversight seeks these records to shed light on Mr. Menashi’s activities and communications during his tenure at Education

No Records Response from DOL Regarding Contracts with Failed Nominees

September 10, 2019
The Department of Labor stated that it had no records that identified whether individuals nominated, but not confirmed, to high-level agency positions have contracts to perform the same or similar work for which they were unsuccessfully nominated.

FOIA to Education Seeking Communications with Student Loan Servicer’s Lobbyists

September 9, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education seeking email communications between Education officials and lobbyists for student loan servicer Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA). PHEAA has reportedly failed to effectively implement the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

FOIA to Education for Kathleen Smith’s Ethics Records

September 9, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Education for former Student Aid official, and current lobbyist, Kathleen Smith’s SF-50s and ethics records demonstrating her departure date and ethics pledge.

News Roundup: Trump’s Enthusiastic Support for New Drug Raises Questions

September 6, 2019
Investigating the administration's approval of Spravato, Trump's potential campaign-finance violations, and the promotion of Trump properties.
(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

FOIA to DOD Seeking Records Reflecting Secretary Esper’s Ethics Compliance

September 6, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Defense seeking records reflecting the implementation of Secretary Esper’s ethics screening arrangement, which is necessary to prevent Esper from participating in matters affecting his former employer, defense contractor Raytheon. Esper was a top lobbyist for Raytheon immediately prior to joining the Trump administration.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ and FBI — Witness Interviews Regarding Trump’s Potential Campaign Finance Violations

September 4, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for records summarizing, memorializing, or recording witness interviews, including those of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, in connection with the closed investigation into President Trump’s potential campaign finance violations. DOJ has not provided any public information regarding its decision to close this investigation. American Oversight sought these records to shed light on this investigation and its findings.

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Text Messages Between U.S. Attorney Huber and Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and His Aides

September 4, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Justice seeking text messages between Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, and advisor Rachael Tucker, in light of Mr. Huber’s review of politically sensitive matters.