Topic: Ethics & Conflicts

FCC Calendars and Communications with ISPs Regarding Net Neutrality

March 23, 2018
FCC calendar entries and communications with ISPs regarding Net Neutrality. Released in response to FOIA litigation by American Oversight.

OGE Communications Regarding Secretary DeVos’ Nomination

March 19, 2018
Communications between the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and representatives for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her confirmation process in late 2016 and early 2017. These were produced to American Oversight in response to our FOIA request for records containing or reflecting communications between OGE and individuals nominated or potentially nominated to Senate-confirmed positions or appointed or potentially appointed to EOP positions. First production received December 2017 and the second March 2018.

Video: Four Strategies for Holding Trump Accountable

March 16, 2018
It's Sunshine Week and American Oversight is now officially one year old. Executive Director Austin Evers breaks down four FOIA strategies we've learned over the past year of holding the Trump administration accountable.

One Year of American Oversight

March 13, 2018
One year ago today, we launched American Oversight with a mission that was anything but simple: hold the Trump administration accountable by extracting evidence of corruption, malfeasance, or other misconduct. By highlighting the administration’s own words and documents, we let the corrupt condemn themselves.

New FOIAs: Gun Control, Industry Influences, and Sanctuary Cities

March 9, 2018
American Oversight has recently filed a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to uncover documents related to issues from gun violence to sanctuary cities.

American Oversight Sues HHS and CMS for Verma Ethics Records

March 9, 2018
American Oversight sued the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to learn whether CMS Administrator Seema Verma violated ethics rules by working on issues related to her former consulting clients.

FOIA Seeking Waivers and Travel Records of Head of EPA Security Detail

March 6, 2018
FOIA to shed light on concerns about Scott Pruitt’s travels and EPA officials’ involvement in authorizing unnecessarily expensive flights, asking for records related to EPA Security detail's travel.

Ethics Watchdog Sues HUD for Emails from Carson Family, Lynne Patton, Trump Organization

March 6, 2018
Non-partisan ethics watchdog American Oversight filed a sweeping new lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today seeking emails and other documents from HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Carson's wife and son – both of whom have been active in department business – and senior political appointees including Lynne Patton. 

Complaint: American Oversight v. HUD – Carson and Patton Communications

March 6, 2018
American Oversight's lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeking emails and other documents from HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Carson's wife and son – both of whom have been active in department business – and senior political appointees including Lynne Patton. 

Investigation Update: Defund Trump

March 2, 2018
President Trump has refused to divest himself of his business holdings since taking office, creating clear conflicts of interest and breaking decades of previous practices. American Oversight is investigating the ways in which the president and his family profit off of public service and whether or not foreign officials are using Trump properties to curry favor with the administration.