Topic: Government Transparency

A Pandemic Is No Time for Secrecy

March 28, 2020
As the nation learns more about the Trump administration’s costly failures to prepare for the pandemic, there is another danger that could exacerbate the outbreak: lack of transparency.

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.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Rep. Mark Meadows’s Texts with Agencies

March 26, 2020
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking Rep. Mark Meadows’s text messages with agency officials in light of Meadows’s expected appointment to White House Chief of Staff.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Rep. Mark Meadows’s Emails with Agencies

March 26, 2020
FOIA to multiple agencies seeking Rep. Mark Meadows’s emails with agency officials in light of Meadows’s expected appointment to White House Chief of Staff.

We Cannot Let Trump Use a National Emergency to Get Rich and Ignore the Constitution

March 24, 2020
Trump's entire presidency has provided example after example of his own financial enrichment and political interests superseding the public good and the U.S. Constitution.

FOIA to OPM Seeking the Resignation Letter or Farewell Email of Former Director Cabaniss

March 24, 2020
FOIA to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) seeking the resignation letter and/or farewell email of former Director Cabaniss in light of reports that Cabaniss may have been pushed out by political appointees looking to ensure political loyalty of government officials.

News Roundup: Testing, Messaging and Missed Chances

March 20, 2020
The Trump administration’s early mismanagement of the novel coronavirus outbreak has put thousands of lives in danger.

Three Years of American Oversight

March 19, 2020
These are anxious and uncertain times. But as American Oversight marks its third anniversary, our work to expose corruption, self-dealing and other misconduct continues.

The Increase in FOIA Lawsuits Isn’t the Problem — It’s Agencies Underfunding Their Transparency Obligations

March 17, 2020
This Sunshine Week, the need to properly fund agencies' FOIA work is more important than ever. Otherwise, officials shouldn't be surprised when requesters turn to the courts.

No Records Response from ODNI Regarding Ethics Documents and Resumes of Richard Grenell or Kash Patel

March 16, 2020
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) stated that it did not have any records response to American Oversight's request for ethics documents and resumes of acting DNI Richard Grenell and adviser Kash Patel.