Topic: Government Transparency

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.

DOL Secretary Acosta’s Calendars

May 21, 2020
Department of Labor calendar entries for Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta covering the timeframe May through July 2017.

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.

Palm Beach County, Fla., Records Regarding Processing Guidance Related to Records Requests Concerning Covid-19

May 19, 2020
Records from Palm Beach County, Florida, in response to American Oversight's request for records regarding the processing of public records requests that seek records concerning the coronavirus outbreak, including, but not limited to, records about how public agencies or officials are responding to the outbreak.

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.

Complaint: American Oversight v. CDC and HHS — FOIA Request Violations

May 15, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over the department’s practice of rejecting valid Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests — including requests related to the coronavirus pandemic.

FOIA to OSC Seeking Whistleblower Complaints Related to Coronavirus

May 11, 2020
FOIA to OSC seeking whistleblower complaints related to government misconduct in the coronavirus response.

No Records Response from Palm Beach County, Florida, for Guidance about the Processing of Coronavirus-Related Public Records Requests

May 4, 2020
Palm Beach County stated it had no records in response to our request for guidance, directives, or similar from the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Attorney General, or the Florida Department of Health related to the processing of public records requests seeking information related to COVID-19.

Public Records Request to the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office Seeking Records Related to Any Guidance from State Officials on Processing Requests for Coronavirus Records

April 28, 2020
Public records request to the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office seeking records related to 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 records regarding the coronavirus outbreak, including, but not limited to, records regarding how public agencies or officials are responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

Public Records Request to Florida’s Attorney General Seeking Records Related to the Processing of Requests for Coronavirus Records

April 28, 2020
Public records request to Florida’s Office of the Attorney General seeking records related to any directives, orders, or guidance from the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis, regarding the processing of public records requests that seek records regarding the coronavirus outbreak, including, but not limited to, records regarding how public agencies or officials are responding to the coronavirus outbreak.