Topic: Ethics & Conflicts

Family Separation and the Detention of Immigrant Children

August 13, 2018
The Trump administration established a policy of separating families and detaining children of immigrants arrested while attempting to enter the United States. After strong opposition, the administration claimed to have ended the policy, but children have continued to be detained. American Oversight is investigating to uncover the truth about how the family separation policy was developed and implemented from the top down.

Department of Labor Emails Regarding Changes to the Overtime Rule

July 17, 2018
Records from the Department of Labor's response to American Oversight's FOIA request for records pertaining to the status of the Department of Labor's Overtime Rule from January 20, 2017 onward and a log off associated FOIA requests.

VA memos and emails regarding expenditures at Trump Properties

June 15, 2018
Records from VA in response to our FOIA requesting guidance from the agency to its staff regarding staying at/the use of Trump Organization properties, emails regarding staying at/the use of Trump Organization properties, and records sufficient to demonstrate costs. In June 2018, American Oversight received memos and emails related to expenditures at Trump Properties. These documents primarily exchanges with VA's Ethics Attorneys about whether particular trips/events/expenditures were permissible under ethics rules.

Court Rules in Favor of American Oversight in Trump Hotel Lawsuit

May 3, 2018
A federal court ruled in favor of American Oversight and eviscerated the Trump administration’s illegal and unprecedented efforts to conceal the Trump transition team’s communications about the Trump International Hotel.

EPA John Konkus Ethics Waivers and Authorizations

April 26, 2018
First and final response from EPA to our FOIA request for records reflecting recusal determinations and conflicts or ethics waivers or authorizations relating to John Konkus.

Lawsuit Seeks Scott Pruitt and Nino Perrotta Travel and Security Spending Records

April 17, 2018
New lawsuit asks the court to order EPA to release records including waivers authorizing Pruitt and Perrotta to spend taxpayer funds on first class plane tickets, along with any communications between Perrotta and his business partner, Edwin Steinmetz, a private security consultant to whom Perrotta steered a $3,000 federal contract to "sweep" Pruitt's office for listening devices.

SBA Political Appointee Resumes

April 10, 2018
The Small Business Administration responded to our FOIA request providing names, job titles, and resumes for a number of the political appointees at the agency.

New: EPA Documents Show Details of Pruitt Office Renovations

April 6, 2018
New expense documents uncovered by American Oversight show details of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's office renovations - including detailed invoices for his biometric locks and secret phone booth.

FOIA to EPA Regarding Energy Contact Connected with Administrator Pruitt’s Landlord

April 4, 2018
FOIA to EPA seeking communications to, from, or including any political appointee or employee in the Office of the Administrator concerning the EPA’s evaluation of the proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper pipeline by Enbridge Energy LP.