Topic: Government Transparency

Complaint: American Oversight v. Trump, Kushner, and the Executive Office of the President – Clemency Task Force Meeting Records

March 12, 2020
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against President Donald Trump, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, and the Executive Office of the President for documents prepared by or for members of the president’s clemency task force, including minutes, transcripts, reports, or agendas. These records were initially requested under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). 

Complaint: Bartlett v. State – Records Referencing Lawrence Bartlett

March 6, 2020
Lawsuit filed by Lawrence Bartlett, represented by American Oversight, against the Department of State for records reflecting emails or correspondence sent or received by specific officials from other U.S. government agencies that reference Bartlett by name or title between January 20, 2017, and March 20, 2018.

No Records Response from DOJ Regarding NDAs for Administration Officials

March 6, 2020
The Department of Justice Civil Division stated it had no records in response to our request for non-disclosure agreements other than standardized non-disclosure agreements concerning access to national security information classified pursuant to presidential executive order.

Open Records Request to Georgia’s Office of the Governor Seeking Any Spending Records at Trump Properties

February 28, 2020
Open records request to Georgia's Office of the Governor seeking records reflecting any and all spending by the State of Georgia at any property owned by the Trump Organization or DJT Holdings, KKC or anywhere President Trump has an ownership interest.

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Attorney General Communications Concerning Michael Flynn’s Criminal Case

February 28, 2020
FOIA to the Offices of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General seeking communications with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s legal representatives or containing key terms related to his criminal case.

ED Calendars for Senior Staff from March 2018

February 26, 2020
Records from the Department of Education in response to American Oversight's request for the updated calendars of Betsy DeVos, Joshua Venable, Eric Ventimiglia, Robert Eitel, Candice Jackson, Ebony Lee, Lee-Douglas Simmons, Mitchell Zais, Kenneth L. Marcus, Jason Botel from March 2018 through the date of search.

No Records Response from ED Regarding White House or Agency Leadership Guidance for Congressional Oversight Requests and Subpoenas

February 25, 2020
Department of Education stated that it had no records of guidance from the White House or agency leadership regarding the agency's responses to congressional oversight requests and subpoenas. This request was forwarded to Office of Legislation & Congressional Affairs, Office of General Counsel, and Office of the Secretary.

When the Government Uses Redactions to Hide Evidence of Wrongdoing

February 21, 2020
Here are four reasons executive privilege should not apply to communications about misconduct.

Records from Trump’s Presidential Pardons Advisory Committee Must Be Available to the Public

February 20, 2020
President Donald Trump, who this week issued a flurry of controversial pardons, has reportedly assembled a team of advisers to help him determine how to use his pardon powers. On Thursday, American Oversight filed a formal request to inspect the records of that group.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Requesting Communications About OSHA’s study of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder

February 20, 2020
FOIA to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) requesting communications about OSHA’s study of Johnson & Johnson baby powder, which confirmed previous study’s findings of the presence of asbestos in the powder.