Topic: Waste

FOIA to the Department of State Requesting Records on Secretary of State Pompeo’s Four Trips to Kansas in 2019

November 8, 2019
FOIA to the Department of State requesting records — including travel itineraries, expense reports, scheduling communications — on Secretary of State Pompeo's four (three "official" and one "unofficial") trips to Kansas in 2019.

FEMA Records Regarding Former FEMA Director Brock Long’s Repayment

June 19, 2019
Federal Emergency Management Agency records detailing former FEMA Administrator Brock Long repayment of $2,716.00. According to the DHS inspector General, Long’s unauthorized use of agency resources cost FEMA an estimated $151,000 FEMA. As of January 31 2019, Long has repaid $2,716.00 or 1.79% of the estimated cost to FEMA.

HUD Secretary Carson Office Renovation Expense Records

May 29, 2019
Emails and other records regarding office renovation expenses for HUD Secretary Ben Carson. In February 2019, American Oversight obtained additional records of office renovations expenses, including the invoice for Secretary Ben Carson's $31,000 dining set.

The Corruption Continues: Mueller Has Finished His Work. American Oversight Has Not.

March 25, 2019
The corruption of the Trump administration goes far beyond and far deeper than the criminality covered in the Mueller investigation.

How FEMA Learned from Ben Carson’s $31,000 Dining Set Purchase

December 20, 2018
The public outcry over HUD Secretary Carson’s office furniture likely dissuaded FEMA officials from similar spending sprees.

CBP Records Regarding Funding for a Border Wall

June 28, 2018
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) records of communications related to funding for President Trump's proposed wall along the U.S. Mexico border.

Statement On Scott Pruitt’s Illegal Spending Spree

April 16, 2018
American Oversight released the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt broke federal spending laws when he spent $43,000 to install a soundproof phone booth in his office.

Trump Cabinet Officials’ Office Renovations

April 3, 2018
President Trump campaigned on a promise to 'drain the swamp' and tackle corruption in Washington, but rather than cutting waste, Trump's cabinet has been spending taxpayer money to upgrade their own offices. From former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's secret phone booth to Ben Carson's dining set and more, American Oversight is investigating how much Trump's cabinet members have spent on office makeovers.

New Lawsuit: How Much are Cabinet Officials Spending on Office Upgrades

March 14, 2018
After uncovering new details about office renovation expenses at HUD and the EPA, American Oversight filed a broad, multi-agency lawsuit to find out how much taxpayer money senior Trump administration officials – including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross – have spent to upgrade their personal offices. 

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Office Renovation Expenses

March 14, 2018
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against 16 federal agencies seeking records of expenditures made to upgrade or renovate the offices of senior political appointees.