Topic: Government Transparency

VA Records of Secretary Shulkin’s Personal Emails Concerning Agency Business

July 9, 2020
Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs reflecting personal email use for official agency business and communications. 

EPA Communications Regarding FOIA Processing

June 26, 2020
Records from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to American Oversight's request for communications concerning the involvement of certain senior EPA officials in the processing of FOIA requests.

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.

VA Calendar Records for Secretaries David Shulkin and Robert Wilkie

June 18, 2020
Department of Veterans Affairs calendars for Secretary David Shulkin from February through November 2017 and for Secretary Robert Wilkie from April through December 2018.

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.

DOI Records of Communications with White House Counsel Staff Regarding Congressional Oversight

June 17, 2020
Records from the Department of Interior in response to American Oversight's request for records reflecting communications between the agency and the White House Counsel staff regarding congressional oversight in light of the administration's unprecedented efforts to resist oversight.

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.