Topic: Government Transparency

American Oversight to Appeal Judgment Allowing Government Agencies to Withhold Certain Communications with Congress

October 26, 2022
American Oversight filed notice that it plans to appeal an August judgment allowing government agencies to withhold certain communications with Congress by using a FOIA exemption typically reserved for agency employees.

Top Texas Officials’ Failures of Transparency

October 21, 2022
State leaders in Texas have frequently avoided providing requested records to the public by claiming overly broad exemptions and applying heavy redactions to versions that are released. American Oversight is investigating this failure of transparency.

News Roundup: The ‘Central Cause’ of Jan. 6

October 14, 2022
The House select committee investigating Jan. 6 held what was likely its final public hearing on Thursday.

American Oversight Opposes Gov. Abbott’s and Attorney General Paxton’s Motions to Dismiss Public Records Case

October 13, 2022
American Oversight’s lawsuit seeks the release of officials’ messages surrounding Jan. 6, as well as communications with the gun lobby.

News Roundup: The Mar-a-Lago Files

October 7, 2022
An email released this week in response to our lawsuit shows the National Archives raised concerns about Trump records in May 2021 — but the Archives withheld more than 1,000 other documents citing ongoing law enforcement investigations.

News Roundup: Following the Digital Paper Trail

September 30, 2022
From the Pentagon’s deleted Jan. 6 text messages to new information about top Trump officials’ efforts to overturn the election, this week underscored the importance of following the digital paper trail.

News Roundup: Electoral Count Act, Trump Investigations, and Lawsuit Against SD Governor

September 23, 2022
Former President Trump is facing an unprecedented array of investigations, with some major developments shaping the news this week.

News Roundup: A Cruel and Cynical Stunt

September 16, 2022
The vilification of immigrants has reached new and cynical depths this week amid two stunts by right wing governors that used migrants as political pawns.

DOJ Records Released in Response to Request for U.S. Attorney’s Office for Communications Related to the McCabe Grand Jury Investigation

September 14, 2022
Records released by U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in response to American Oversight’s request for seeking communications related to the grand jury investigation of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.