Topic: Influence & Access

Ivanka Trump’s and Jared Kushner’s Roles in the Administration

November 20, 2018
Ivanka Trump used personal email for government business on hundreds of occasions in 2017, a discovery sparked by American Oversight's FOIA requests and litigation. The president’s family is not above the law, and Congress should investigate Ms. Trump’s likely violations of records rules and potential mishandling of classified information. With her and her husband, Jared Kushner, occupying positions of power and influence within the White House, it is important for the public to understand how they are carrying out their duties and whether they are obeying the law.

Back to School Changes with Secretary DeVos’ Department of Education

September 12, 2018
American Oversight's ongoing investigation of the Department of Education has uncovered detailed calendars for Secretary DeVos' past year in office. Those calendars give us a window into Secretary DeVos' priorities, who she and other senior appointees met with, and how they have been managing issues including gun violence, sexual assault on campus, and student lending.

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Cohen and Lewandowski Communications

August 29, 2018
Lawsuit seeking communications between former members of President Trump's inner circle -- including Michael Cohen and Corey Lewandowski -- and political appointees at six federal agencies. The lawsuit seeks records from the Departments of Defense, Justice, Health and Human Services, State, the Treasury, and the Federal Communications Commission.

Department of Education Political Appointee Calendars

June 13, 2018
Calendars for senior political appointees at the U.S. Department of Education covering the time period from each official's appointment through mid-July, 2017.

What’s Going on at Education? Teacher Strikes, School Discipline Policies and For-Profit Influence

May 7, 2018
American Oversight is investigating the influence that Secretary DeVos has allowed for-profit and other outside entities to have on the department and its policies.

FOIA to ED Seeking Communications Regarding Student Loans

April 19, 2018
FOIA to Education seeking records that would shed light on the influence that for-profit companies—including current government contractors—have on plans to overhaul federal student loan servicing and collections.

U.S. House Motion to Intervene: American Oversight v. Treasury and OMB – Tax Reform

April 13, 2018
Motion filed by the U.S. House of Representatives seeking leave to intervene in American Oversight’s ongoing lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget over tax reform communications. American Oversight is attempting to compel the release of tax reform communications sent between Congress and both Treasury and OMB. In this motion, Congress argues that certain emails exchanged with the two agencies should be exempt from release under FOIA and should not be produced.

FOIA to FCC Regarding Conservative Media Influence at the FCC and HUD

April 9, 2018
FOIA to FCC to shed light on the influence Sinclair Broadcast Group has with FCC, the agency responsible for regulating broadcasting entities, due to its relationship with senior officials at HUD. The FOIA is seeking communications between Chairman Pai and HUD and FCC employees and Armstrong Williams, as well as other conservative outlets.

FOIA to HUD Regarding Secretary Carson’s Connection to Sinclair Broadcast Group

April 9, 2018
FOIA to HUD to determine whether Secretary Carson’s connections to individuals associated with Sinclair Broadcast Group are influencing government policy or generating special benefits for that company.

HHS Headquarters Visitor Logs

April 3, 2018
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) paper visitor logs for the headquarters building in Washington, DC. The records are handwritten sign-in sheets covering the time period from March 2017 through mid-March 2018.