Two Years of American Oversight

American Oversight opened its doors on March 13, 2017, with the aim of using the tools available to average citizens, including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to hold the Trump administration accountable.

In the past two years, we’ve filed 1,972 public records requests (as of the time of the time of posting) and nearly 100 lawsuits. We have uncovered evidence of corruption and misconduct ranging from the abuse of public funds for luxury travel or office redecoration, to the use of private email systems in the White House, to political appointees giving insider access to campaign donors and industry groups.

You can see the FOIAs, lawsuits, and records we’ve uncovered here in our documents library, and we’ve pulled together a list of the highlights of our investigations and actions from the past two years below:

Parallel Investigations: Amplifying Congressional Oversight

For most of the first two years of the Trump administration, Congress sat on the sidelines and refused to conduct oversight even as the scandals piled up. That changed in January of this year, and American Oversight was ready. Since the middle of 2018, we’ve been filing FOIA requests targeting records that would likely become the subject of congressional investigations — such as the administration’s family-separation policy and the failed responses to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico. If the Trump administration tries to stonewall Congress or refuse to answer questions, we’re prepared to go to court to force the release of records. We’ve already begun filing lawsuits to enforce FOIA requests that parallel congressional document requests, and we’re continuing to submit new FOIAs as more and more House committees begin launching investigations.

Ivanka Trump’s Personal Email Use

In March 2017, we filed FOIA requests for communications between the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and several federal agencies. Ms. Trump had initially announced that she would be only an informal adviser to her father, rather than an official government employee, raising concerns that she could avoid ethics requirements while still influencing federal policy. We later sued to release the records, and four agencies produced records of Ms. Trump’s emails, including several messages that were sent to and from a non-government, dot-com account belonging to the president’s oldest daughter.

More than a year later, on November 19, 2018, the Washington Post reported that our FOIAs and lawsuit sparked an internal White House investigation and prompted the discovery that Ivanka Trump had used personal email for government business on hundreds of occasions. American Oversight immediately called on Congress to investigate. During the 2016 presidential campaign and after, President Trump and congressional leaders repeatedly stated that Hillary Clinton should face criminal consequences for her personal email use. The president’s family is not above the law.

Investigating the Voter Fraud Commission

In January 2018, President Trump disbanded the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI) just weeks after a federal judge had ordered the group to release its records to our client, commission member and Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap. We continued fighting on behalf of Secretary Dunlap, and later in the year, more than 8,000 pages of commission records were finally released, confirming what many had suspected all along: The voter fraud commission found no new evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Audit the Wall: No Plans or Progress

One of our first major projects was an investigation of President Trump’s much-hyped wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. We filed dozens of FOIA requests — and ultimately several lawsuits — to find out if Trump appointees were following the law as they began building the nearly 2,000-mile wall the president had promised.

Instead, we found little to no evidence that the administration was actually moving forward on the wall project at all. Despite the rhetoric coming from the White House, the responses from agency after agency revealed that Trump administration officials were not actually taking the kind of steps that would be needed to build a wall along the border. We published our findings last year — and we’re continuing to monitor the administration’s policies along the border, including the emergency declaration and the deployment of military personnel.

Ben Carson Family’s Influence at HUD

Since early 2018, American Oversight has been investigating the many instances in which Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Carson has allowed his family members to be involved in department operations, despite warnings from ethics officials. After Carson claimed he was not involved in the controversial attempted purchase of a $31,000 dining set for his office, American Oversight obtained records in March 2018 showing that the “Secretary and Mrs. Carson” had picked it out themselves.

Earlier this month, we published records from the Baltimore City government in which Ben Carson Jr., the son of the secretary of housing and urban development, pushed to include two neighborhoods on the secretary’s 2017 Baltimore “listening tour” that his company, Interprise Partners, was considering making investments in. The email records raise serious concerns about whether HUD has taken action to benefit Carson Jr.’s private business interests, and about the larger role the secretary’s family has played at HUD.

We’ve also been investigating a no-bid contract worth nearly half a million dollars that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded to the company of Ben Carson’s daughter-in-law.

Wilbur Ross’ Complex Financial Holdings

Billionaire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ web of criss-crossing financial interests can be difficult to keep track of — making it virtually impossible for Americans to know whether Ross could personally benefit from the decisions he makes. In a report on Ross’ repeated failures to divest certain financial assets, NPR and the Center for Public Integrity highlighted American Oversight’s investigation of the secretary’s vast financial holdings, including a breakdown of just a small portion of them.

American Oversight also obtained Ross’ 2017 calendars, which show numerous industry meetings and potential conflicts of interest. On multiple occasions, Ross met with the CEO of Cheniere Energy, a natural gas exporter linked to a shipping company Ross had a financial interest in — and made a profit from while in office. Last year, Forbes reported on a meeting Ross had with the CEO of Chevron while his wife had a financial stake in the company; the calendars we published revealed that the meeting agenda was to “[s]hare Chevron’s perspectives on global oil and gas developments and to discuss tax reform and trade.”

Underqualified Political Appointees in Key Positions

We obtained résumés from across the administration of appointees with meager professional experience working in high-profile positions. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) résumés show that G. Payne Griffin, who was an intern for the Republican National Committee before joining USTR, became one of the most senior officials tasked with overseeing the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. A 24-year-old worked as the deputy chief of staff of the Office of National Drug Control Policy before leaving the administration. The only post-college professional experience on his résumé was working for the Trump campaign.

The pattern was the same at HUD, where documents we uncovered showed that Secretary Carson installed two dozen political appointees with no experience in housing policy and offered promotions to five operatives who had worked on either the Carson or Trump presidential campaigns. Former Trump family employee Lynne Patton, whose resume incorrectly overstates her educational background – started out as an adviser to Carson before being promoted to oversee federal housing programs in New York and New Jersey. We also obtained and released résumés from the Department of Health and Human Services showing ties to the pharmaceutical industry and anti-abortion-rights groups.

News reports and documents we’ve uncovered reveal a pattern of high-level administration positions going to those who listed their work for the Trump or other Republican campaigns on their resumes. American Oversight has been investigating expectations of loyalty across the administration, as well as reported attempts to purge those perceived as being disloyal.

Secret Calendars and Insider Access

A cabinet official’s calendars can tell us a lot about an agency’s priorities. For the past two years, American Oversight has been filing FOIAs and lawsuits to compel the release of the calendars maintained by senior Trump administration appointees and their aides to find out how they spend their time – and to see who is getting access to the highest levels of our government.

In response to one of our lawsuits, the Treasury Department released a previously hidden version of Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s calendar, showing that he had met repeatedly with Trump inaugural committee chair Tom Barrack at a time when Barrack was reportedly working to profit from his insider access to the administration.

In late 2017, our work revealed that former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s schedule was heavily biased in favor of energy and chemical industry groups and against environmental advocates. Just this past week, we uncovered a similar pattern at the Department of Labor, where Secretary Alex Acosta spent his first months in office meeting with business executives and groups rather than organizations representing American workers.

We also obtained calendars from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ first six months in office, from February 8 through July 19, 2017, which show that she not only prioritized meetings with religious and charter schools, she also prioritized time off. In just that half-year, she took eleven long weekends. See our breakdown of the calendars here.

Scott Pruitt’s Soundproof Booth Cost $43,000 — Not $25,000

During his time in the administration, Pruitt racked up at least 13 ethics investigations. Pruitt misused hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for personal benefit — from first-class travel to unnecessary spending on security. In March 2018, we obtained records of Pruitt’s office renovation expenses, which showed that the soundproof booth that was originally reported to cost $25,000 actually cost $43,000. Further records showed that the decision to install the booth as well as new biometric locks on Pruitt’s office raised concerns from career officials about the improper allocation of government funds.

Scott Pruitt wasn’t the only Trump administration official who misused taxpayer funds. We’ve been investigating the use of chartered flights for government travel — uncovering records showing that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spent over $1 million flying home to Texas and to other locations around the country on government aircraft. We also found unnecessary office upgrade spending by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Trump’s Transgender Ban Caught the Pentagon Off Guard

In his surprise July 2017 tweet announcing a ban on transgender people serving openly in the military, Trump claimed he had consulted with “my Generals and military experts.” Defense Department emails we obtained through FOIA litigation in September 2018 show that officials were not expecting the policy change and wrote things like “Wow – that was a surprise” and “Everyone was caught flat-footed.” See the full email exchange here.

No Ethics Guidance for Spending Taxpayer Money at Trump-Owned Properties

American Oversight requested that more than two dozen government departments and agencies provide copies of any ethics guidance issued to employees about spending taxpayer money at Trump-owned businesses. So far, 14 agencies have responded that they could not locate any records, and no other office has yet provided any general guidance. Without such ethics standards, there is potential for government employees to spend federal funds at Trump properties to ingratiate themselves with the president, or for them to be coerced into financially benefiting the president — who, by refusing to financially divest from his businesses, is breaking decades of precedent.

See our ongoing investigation into the ways Trump and his family have profited off the presidency.

CBP Employees Reminded Not to Use Dehumanizing Language

In October 2017, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) used the hashtag #CatchOfTheDay on Twitter along with photos of immigrants apprehended at the border. American Oversight filed a FOIA request and later sued to find out more about the use of the hashtag. Two days after we filed our FOIA request, a CBP official reminded employees not to use dehumanizing language to describe immigrants, stating that it is “appropriate for fish … but not in reference to people.

Fighting to Expose Brett Kavanaugh’s Record

As it became increasingly clear that the Senate was not going to fully vet then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, American Oversight took action to uncover his record. Our litigation on behalf of six members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, legal watchdog Fix the Court, and Lambda Legal helped to force transparency of key documents before the confirmation vote — including a long-secret report on leaks from the Starr Commission, on which Kavanaugh once worked — and we expect to continue obtaining and releasing records over the coming months.

Jeff Sessions Failed to Disclose Russian Contacts on His SF-86

In March 2017, the Washington Post reported that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign. American Oversight sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get the page of Sessions’ security clearance application on which he was required to list any contacts with foreign government. In July 2017, the Justice Department released a single, heavily redacted page of Sessions’ SF-86 security clearance application form, confirming that Sessions had checked “no” in response to the question about foreign contacts. Read more about our investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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May 1, 2020

News Roundup: Protecting the Right to Vote During a Pandemic

Arizona - Yuma County, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - Richmond County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Indiana Secretary of State, Iowa Secretary of State, Kentucky Secretary of State, Kentucky State Board of Elections, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, New Jersey - Essex County, New Orleans, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Texas Attorney General, Texas Secretary of State, Wisconsin Elections Commission
April 24, 2020

News Roundup: Miracle Drugs and Trump’s Alternate Reality

Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, Florida Department of Corrections, General Services Administration, Georgia - Albany-Dougherty County, Georgia - Chatham County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia - Macon-Bibb County, Georgia - Muscogee County, Georgia - Richmond County, Georgia Department of Community Health, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Illinois - Cook County, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Texas Health and Human Services, USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service, VA - Veterans Health Administration, Washington - King County
April 21, 2020

The Administration’s Attempts to Stonewall Investigations of Trump FBI Headquarters Interference Stumble in Court

Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget
April 17, 2020

News Roundup: Who Stands to Gain?

Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Reserve, Florida, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Office of the Governor, Georgia - Tybee Island City, Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Senate, Wisconsin State Assembly
April 10, 2020

News Roundup: Corruption and Coronavirus

Commerce - Census Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - U.S. Department of the Navy, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Justice Management Division, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - Indian Health Service, Nevada Department of Administration, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, U.S. Agency for International Development
April 6, 2020

Administration-Wide Indifference Continues on How to Ethically Handle Spending Taxpayer Money at Trump Properties

Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - U.S. Department of the Navy, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency, Small Business Administration
April 3, 2020

News Roundup: Whose Stockpile, and Which States?

California Office of the Governor, Central Intelligence Agency, Commerce - Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida - Broward County, Florida - Duval County, Florida - Gadsden County, Florida - Hendry County, Florida - Jackson County, Florida - Leon County, Florida - Miami-Dade County, Florida - Osceola County, Florida Office of the Governor, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, New York Office of the Governor, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Ohio Office of the Governor, Oklahoma Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of the Governor, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Washington - King County, Washington Office of the Governor
March 27, 2020

News Roundup: Transparency and Oversight Are More Important Than Ever

Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - National Security Division, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Election Commission, Florida Attorney General, Florida Department of State, Florida Office of the Governor, General Services Administration, Georgia - Bartow County, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Personnel Management, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Tennessee Valley Authority, Texas Attorney General, Texas Office of the Governor, Texas Secretary of State
March 20, 2020

News Roundup: Testing, Messaging and Missed Chances

Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Federal Communications Commission, Florida Attorney General, Georgia Attorney General, Nevada Department of Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Texas - Harris County, Texas Attorney General
March 17, 2020

Floridians with Prior Felonies Need to Pay Fines Before Voting — But Documents Reveal the State Can’t Properly Track What They Owe

Florida - Hernando County, Florida - Hillsborough County, Florida - Leon County, Florida - Martin County, Florida - Okaloosa County, Florida Department of State
March 6, 2020

News Roundup: Rising Coronavirus Fears and Sinking Public Trust

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOI - Bureau of Land Management, DOJ - Criminal Division, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Federal Reserve, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Driver Services, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, HHS - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, HHS - National Institutes of Health, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Texas - Briscoe County, Texas - Freestone County, Texas - Hall County, Texas - Hill County, Texas - Hood County, Texas - Jones County, Texas - Kendall County, Texas - Lavaca County, Texas - Leon County, Texas - Limestone County, Texas - Loving County, Texas - Morris County, Texas - Scurry County, Texas - Starr County, Texas - Swisher County, Texas - Victoria County, Texas Secretary of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, VA - Veterans Health Administration, Washington - King County, Washington State Department of Health
February 28, 2020

News Roundup: Launching Our Investigation of Trump’s Authoritarian Purges

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, DOD - National Security Agency, DOI - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida - Hillsborough County, Florida - Leon County, Florida Department of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
February 26, 2020

New Lawsuit Seeks Information on Stephen Miller’s Involvement in Public Charge Rule

Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Labor, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
February 21, 2020

News Roundup: The Post-Impeachment Purge and the Knock of Authoritarianism

Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOI - Fish and Wildlife Service, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
February 14, 2020

News Roundup: Trump Has Learned His ‘Lesson’

Central Intelligence Agency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, Federal Reserve, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kentucky Office of the Governor, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Wisconsin Senate, Wisconsin State Assembly
February 7, 2020

News Roundup: Acquittal Isn’t the End

Department of Energy, Department of Justice, Department of State, Florida Department of State, Georgia - Cobb County, Georgia - DeKalb County, Georgia - Fulton County, Georgia - Gwinnett County, Georgia Secretary of State, Office of Management and Budget
January 31, 2020

News Roundup: Hear No Evil, See No Evil

Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Texas - Harris County, Texas Office of the Governor
January 6, 2020

In the Documents: Stephen Miller’s Emails with Top ICE Official

DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement
December 27, 2019

American Oversight’s 2019 in Review: Nine Important Stories We Uncovered

December 20, 2019

News Roundup: Beyond Impeachment — The Investigations Continue

Congress, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOL - Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Government Accountability Office, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Food and Drug Administration, Office of Management and Budget
December 17, 2019

American Oversight Sues for U.S. Embassy Communications About Trump Properties

Department of State
December 13, 2019

News Roundup: Stephen Miller’s Extremist Network

Congress, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOI - Bureau of Land Management, DOI - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia - Carroll County, Office of Management and Budget, Texas Attorney General, Treasury - Office of Foreign Assets Control
December 6, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment Report, Border Wall Contracts, and Pompeo’s Meeting with GOP Donors

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State
November 22, 2019

News Roundup: Fiona Hill’s Warnings, Nikki Haley’s Emails, and Matt Bevin’s Stay at Trump’s Hotel

Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Kentucky Office of the Governor
November 15, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment Inquiry Goes Public

Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida House of Representatives, Georgia - Bartow County, Georgia - Carroll County, Georgia - Decatur County, Georgia - Lowndes County, Georgia - Paulding County, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Texas - Dallas County, Texas - Harris County, Texas - Travis County, White House - Council on Environmental Quality
November 13, 2019

American Oversight Sues DHS for Cuccinelli Records

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
November 8, 2019

News Roundup: Ukraine-Related Documents, Hurdles for Asylum-Seekers, and Chad Wolf’s Involvement in Family Separation

Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - Office of Legal Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Office of the Governor, Office of Management and Budget
October 11, 2019

News Roundup: Impeachment, Obstruction, and More Questions about Rick Perry

Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 9, 2019

Early Trump Administration — and McAleenan — Communications About Immigration Policy

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
October 4, 2019

News Roundup: The Public Needs Answers

Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State
September 13, 2019

News Roundup: Photos of Detention Centers for Migrant Children; Stephen Miller’s Hand in Immigration Policy

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Georgia Office of the Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS Office of Inspector General, Small Business Administration
September 8, 2019

Photos from Inside Detention Centers for Migrant Children

Department of Health and Human Services, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS Office of Inspector General
August 30, 2019

News Roundup: Remain in Mexico’s Harmful Effects and Trump’s Dangerous Impatience

Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Interior, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOI - U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, HHS - Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services
July 30, 2019

American Oversight Sues Justice Department over Brooklyn Jail’s Inhumane Winter Conditions

Department of Justice
July 19, 2019

News Roundup: Investigating the Fallout from Spring’s DHS Shakeup

Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Florida Office of the Governor, General Services Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority
June 27, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security Doesn’t Know Where Trump Got Those Immigration Numbers, Either

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
June 18, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Records to Shed Light on Deaths of Detainees in DHS Custody

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
June 13, 2019

Documents Reveal New Information About 2017 CBP Media Efforts

DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
May 24, 2019

News Roundup: Congressional Hearing Shows and No-Shows

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, Florida - Taylor County
May 17, 2019

News Roundup: Investigating State-Level Threats to Democracy

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Florida, Georgia, Texas
May 3, 2019

News Roundup: Above the Law

Congress, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
May 3, 2019

New Evidence of Emoluments Violations Prompts American Oversight Lawsuit

Department of Justice, Department of State
April 30, 2019

American Oversight Sues HUD for Communications Related to Sale of Trump-Tied Housing Complex

Department of Housing and Urban Development
April 24, 2019

American Oversight and ACLU of Massachusetts Sue DHS for Border Security Plan

April 17, 2019

Why Congress — and the American People — Deserve to See Trump’s Tax Returns

Congress, Department of the Treasury, Treasury - Internal Revenue Service, White House
April 12, 2019

News Roundup: DeVos, Mnuchin, Barr Testify in Congress

Congress, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, DOI - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency, White House - Council on Environmental Quality
March 25, 2019

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

March 8, 2019

News Roundup: Lawsuits Against Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services

March 4, 2019

FBI Headquarters Investigation: Agencies Refusing to Search for Records of Trump Interference to Protect Hotel

February 15, 2019

News Roundup: Citizenship, the Census and the Constitution

Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice
February 5, 2019

Lawsuit: Why Did Government-Run Site Attached to Trump Hotel Stay Open During the Shutdown?

DOI - National Park Service, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget
February 1, 2019

News Roundup: More Troops at the Border Means More Questions for the Administration

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security
January 31, 2019

Lawsuit Seeks Emails of DOJ Official Involved in Controversial Civil Rights Decisions

Department of Justice
January 24, 2019

Checking Up on Trump’s Claims that Military Experts Told Him to Ban Transgender Troops

Department of Defense
January 18, 2019

News Roundup: Two Troubling Inspector General Reports

Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration
January 11, 2019

News Roundup: The Administration’s Misleading Claims About Terrorists at the Southern Border

Department of Homeland Security
January 3, 2019

Government Site Attached to Trump Hotel Stays Open Despite Shutdown and We Want to Know Why

December 27, 2018

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

December 12, 2018

Audit the Wall: No Plans, Funding or Timeline — And No Wall

Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
December 5, 2018

American Oversight Sues Administration for Records of Family-Separation Policy

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Executive Office for Immigration Review, HHS - Administration for Children and Families, HHS Office of Inspector General
November 19, 2018

Ivanka Trump Email Investigation Sparked by American Oversight FOIAs

Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Small Business Administration
November 8, 2018

American Oversight Sues State Department for Trump Organization, Kushner Companies Records

Department of State
October 23, 2018

New Lawsuit Seeks Details of White House, Trump Organization Involvement in FBI Headquarters Decision

Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget
May 3, 2018

Court Rules in Favor of American Oversight in Trump Hotel Lawsuit

General Services Administration
January 12, 2018

Justice Department Staffing Up For Its Ill-Conceived Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
January 2, 2018

New FOIAs Seek Records of Civil Rights Investigations at Department of Education

Department of Education
December 19, 2017

American Oversight Sues DOD to Uncover Truth Behind Trump’s Transgender Ban

Department of Defense
December 17, 2017

Trump Transition GSA Emails and Memorandum of Understanding

General Services Administration
December 11, 2017

State Department Emails Show How Embassy Websites Promoted Mar-a-Lago

Department of State
November 2, 2017

FOIA In Action: Helping Journalists Expose Questionable Behavior By Trump’s Appointees

Department of Education, Department of Labor, Small Business Administration
October 24, 2017

Texts Show SBA Staff Tried to “Crop the Opulence” from Trump Hotel Event

Small Business Administration
October 4, 2017

DOJ Confirms Harvard Affirmative Action Investigation

Department of Justice
September 7, 2017

DACA Announcement Reflects Lack of Seriousness About the Law

Department of Justice
August 4, 2017

Ethics 101: Twitter Ads Follow President Trump to Bedminster, NJ

July 24, 2017

American Oversight Launches “Defund Trump” Investigation

Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, White House - Council on Environmental Quality, White House - Office of Science and Technology Policy
June 28, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Sues GSA for Trump International Hotel Lease Records

General Services Administration
May 3, 2017

Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation into Pattern of Promoting Trump Family Ventures on Government Websites

Department of State
April 25, 2017

American Oversight Files IG Complaint over State Department Promotion of Mar-A-Lago

Department of State
March 29, 2017

Call for GSA Inspector General to Review Trump Hotel Lease Decision

General Services Administration