Topic: Government Transparency

Response from USPS Regarding Request for Postmaster General DeJoy’s Calendars

August 14, 2020
In this response to American Oversight, the U.S. Postal Service has asserted that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s calendar and calendar entries, maintained on a postal computer and used by postal employees, are not “agency records” subject to American Oversight’s FOIA request.

Barr Continues to Comment on Ongoing Durham Investigation — Even as Justice Dept. Withholds Documents About It from Public

August 10, 2020
Barr’s frequent comments on the progress of the ongoing investigation have raised questions not just about politicization, but also about government transparency.

DHS Calendars for Senior Officials from 2018

August 10, 2020
Calendars from the Department of Homeland Security for Elaine Duke, Claire Grady, Chad Wolf, Elizabeth Neumann, and two conference rooms. These calendars span January to May 2018.

American Oversight Letter Calling Upon Justice Department to Investigate Statements Made by Gene Hamilton

August 5, 2020
American Oversight letter calling upon Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate statements made by senior DOJ official Gene Hamilton during his January 3, 2019, testimony in a deposition for Saget et al. v. Trump et al. — which challenged the termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants.

Orlando, Fla., Records Regarding Guidance from State Officials on Processing Records Requests About Covid-19

July 28, 2020
Records from the Orlando’s City Clerk’s Office in response to American Oversight's request for any directives, orders, or guidance from the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody, the Florida Department of Health, or any employees or representatives thereof, regarding the processing of public records requests that seek documents about the coronavirus outbreak.

EPA Records Regarding FOIA Request Processing

July 27, 2020
In response to our request for records pertaining to a June 2018 letter sent by House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt regarding the processing of FOIA requests, EPA produced a letter from its Principal Deputy General Counsel addressed to Representative Cummings.

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

July 27, 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. 

News Roundup: Transparency in Hospital Data, and Barr’s Meetings with Giuliani and Gowdy

July 17, 2020
The ongoing sidelining of science is especially harmful when it is accompanied by efforts to control public information.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel R. Betancourt Jr.)

White House Control of Information During the Pandemic

July 16, 2020
President Trump’s early denials about the severity of Covid-19 quickly morphed into a misguided strategy of sidelining experts and exerting political control over messaging. Our investigation aims to uncover to what extent the White House has interfered with coronavirus-related information in service of the president’s political interests.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s Calendars

July 16, 2020
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's calendars from Feb. 14, 2017, through Jan. 22, 2018.