Topic: Government Transparency

Swamp Airlines: Chartered Jets at Taxpayer Expense

September 19, 2018
American Oversight is investigating the Trump Administration’s repeated use of chartered aircraft for government travel. High-priced travel at taxpayer expense has become a pattern in the Trump administration — and the public has a right to know where our tax dollars are going.

Uncovering the Truth About Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh

September 17, 2018
American Oversight continues to fight the unprecedented opacity that surrounded the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In 2018, the Senate rushed ahead with hearings and the Trump administration withheld vital records concerning Kavanaugh’s fitness for the nomination. American Oversight has been working on multiple fronts to ensure that the public has the information it deserves to vet Kavanaugh’s ability and moral character as suitable for the role of Supreme Court justice.

DOL Senior Political Appointee Calendars

August 31, 2018
Department of Labor calendars for Wayne Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and former Chief of Staff to the Secretary. Calendar entries span the timeframe of September to November 2017. American Oversight also obtained calendars for Nathan Mehrens, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy.

Updated Calendars For USTR Robert Lighthizer

August 22, 2018
Additional response to our request for the updated calendars of USTR Robert Lighthizer and a few other appointees at USTR. This production contains calendars from February 1, 2018-March 21, 2018. American Oversight later obtained a second set of calendars from November 2017 - April 2018.

Dunlap v. PACEI: Investigating the Voter Fraud Commission

August 3, 2018
American Oversight is representing Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap in his lawsuit against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI), on which he served as a member. On August 3, 2018, Secretary Dunlap released the first set of records he obtained from the commission, along with a preliminary report on his findings, determining that the commission had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

SBA Administrator McMahon and Senior Official Calendars

March 29, 2018
Calendars from SBA containing SBA Administrator McMahon's other senior official's calendars. (SBA-17-0500)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Senior Staff Calendars from January – July 2017

March 6, 2018
Calendars for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and senior political appointees at the Department of Education, covering the time period from each official's appointment through mid-July, 2017. This document production includes more complete versions of the calendars than the previous copies that ED released in response to American Oversight's FOIA litigation.

EPA Senior Official Calendars

January 29, 2018
Calendars for senior staff at the Environmental Protection Agency covering the time period from the start of the Trump administration through mid-2017.

Politicization of the Justice Department

January 5, 2018
President Trump has repeatedly and publicly called for the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate his perceived enemies — and in doing so, he's crossed a longstanding line against politicizing our nation's law enforcement agencies.

USTR Senior Staff Calendars Regarding NAFTA

January 2, 2018
Records from USTR in response to our FOIA request for the calendars of the USTR, USTR for the Western Hemisphere, USTR General Counsel, and USTR Chief of Staff. These records contain USTR Ambassador Robert Lighthizer calendars.