Topic: Influence & Access

Betsy DeVos Wants to Give a Free Pass to the Student Loan Company That Ripped Off 78,000 Servicemembers

June 18, 2019
Last week, the Department of Education’s student lending arm radically changed the landscape of a planned billion-dollar contract in a move that tips the scales for Navient, one of the nation's largest student loan servicers.
(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

FOIA to Education Seeking Records Related to Changes to Protection Disclosure Requirements to Benefit Navient

June 17, 2019
FOIA to Education seeking communications and other records related to the decision to change the consumer protection disclosure requirements from disclosing legal proceedings in the from the last 7 years to the last 5 years. The decision was likely made to benefit student loan servicer Navient, which settled a case 5 years and one month ago.

More Evidence of Chao’s Preferential Treatment of Kentucky-Specific Requests

June 17, 2019
American Oversight has uncovered documents bolstering reports of coordination between the office of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the office of Senator Mitch McConnell.

Elaine Chao Calendars Reveal New Links to Family’s Company, Including Private Photo Session

June 10, 2019
Transportation Secretary Chao’s actions on behalf of her family’s shipping company included a private photo session with her father at the Department of Transportation as well as a speaking engagement.
(Photo: James F. X. O'Gara)

Complaint: Restore Public Trust v. DOT – Foremost Group Communications

June 10, 2019
American Oversight's lawsuit on behalf of Restore Public Trust against the Department of Transportation, seeking communications between senior Transportation Department officials and a wide range of entities and people linked to the Foremost Group. The lawsuit also seeks Secretary Elaine Chao's travel records.

News Roundup: Investigating Outside Influence and Political Appointments at the State Department

June 7, 2019
American Oversight filed numerous FOIA requests for records of outside influence on American foreign policy and information about a high-level appointee.

Documents Reveal Extent of Koch-Funded VA Privatization Group’s Influence

June 4, 2019
The high-level influence within the Trump administration of the Koch-funded Concerned Veterans for America — which pushes for privatization of the VA — is evident in hundreds of pages of public records.

News Roundup: Congressional Hearing Shows and No-Shows

May 24, 2019
Ben Carson, Diane Auer Jones, and Don McGahn's empty chair
(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

FOIA to Education Seeking Communications of Diane Auer Jones and Education Industry Entities

May 21, 2019
FOIA to Education seeking communications between Principal Deputy Undersecretary Diane Auer Jones and education industry players, including certain for-profit colleges.

News Roundup: Investigating State-Level Threats to Democracy

May 17, 2019
With so much attention trained on tackling federal misconduct in the Trump administration, corruption at the state and local levels has flourished and often gone unchecked.