Topic: Government Transparency

The Federal Government’s Latest Attempt to Delay the Release of Coronavirus Documents

June 23, 2020
Federal agencies have indicated they are attempting to delay the release of records related to White House efforts to control information — for up to two years.

Barr’s Policing Commission Undermines Community Trust and Violates Federal Law

June 19, 2020
American Oversight filed an amicus brief on behalf of current and former law enforcement leaders in support of NAACP's lawsuit against the commission.

News Roundup: The Administration’s Failure to Confront Two National Crises

June 19, 2020
The Trump administration's responses to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and to nationwide protests against systemic racism in law enforcement have been both harmful and insufficient.

Amicus Brief: NAACP v. Barr – Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice FACA Compliance

June 18, 2020
Amicus curiae brief on behalf of current and former prosecutors and law enforcement officials and leaders filed by American Oversight and Fair and Just Prosecution in support of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in its litigation under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) regarding Attorney General William Barr’s Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, arguing that FACA requires the commission to operate openly and transparently and to include a diversity of viewpoints.

News Roundup: Georgia’s Disastrous Election, the Administration’s Alarming Protest Response, and Barr’s Troubling Tenure

June 12, 2020
As stirring protests against police brutality gripped the nation’s attention and as the coronavirus continued its tragic spread through multiple states, Georgia held a chaotic primary election.

In the Documents: Florida Health Department Efforts to Suppress Release of Coronavirus Records

June 11, 2020
As confirmed cases of the coronavirus rise in Florida and elsewhere around the country, the Sunshine State’s lack of transparency regarding data reporting has come under intense criticism.

Tips for Filing Public Records Requests in Your State or City

June 1, 2020
As many cities have seen law enforcement respond to protests with increasing violence, American Oversight has compiled a list of strategies to help journalists, activists, and others use public records requests to hold government accountable.

HUD Calendar Entries for Senior Agency Officials and Calendar Invitations to Lynne Patton

May 26, 2020
Records from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reflecting calendar entries and attachments for senior officials at the agency. These records also include invitation entries for Lynne Patton spanning through August 2019. 

Essex County, New Jersey, Order from ICE to Stop Sharing Information on COVID Test Results of Detainees

May 19, 2020
Records from Essex County, New Jersey, of a letter from Immigration and Customs Enforcement ordering county facilities to stop sharing information about detainee coronavirus test results with the public.

News Roundup: The Subversion of Justice at the Justice Department

May 15, 2020
From investigations into the president’s perceived enemies to interference in the criminal cases of Trump allies like Flynn and Roger Stone, the ongoing politicization of the department is a dangerous threat to the rule of law.