FOIA the Trump Administration
While the Office of the White House is exempt from FOIA, its appointees are not, and you can help us FOIA them.
This is a project to collaborate on filing requests regarding the Trump administration, with a particular focus on Donald J. Trump’s top political appointees and the information available to be gathered. The focus of these requests is not just the ongoing work of the administration, but also documents that highlight the background of various officials in the new administration, including the President himself.
To join the project, send an email to email@example.com, or join us on Slack by entering your information here.
Carrying on an Obama-era interest in identifying citizenship granted on fraudulent information, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is redirecting resources to focus on finding anyone who may have made false statements during the naturalization process.
In late February 2017, the Trump Administration took some of its earliest steps towards implementing a new border wall policy with an executive order and several memos issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s leadership. In response to the policy, MuckRock filed a FOIA request was filed for “memos relating to executive orders signed by Donald Trump,” including but not limited to memos described in a specific article. Just under 17 months later, DHS responded with a letter saying that they were unable to find any such memos. Despite these claims, two of the memos which DHS said they were unable to find had aleady been posted to their website.
What’s with Ajit Pai’s Reese’s mug? FCC resorts to high fees and invasive questions to avoid telling
After several stories about the Federal Communications Commission abusing FOIA exemptions to avoid releasing embarrassing emails, the agency appears to have switched tactics, demanding a requester provide personal information not required under the law and charging hundreds in search fees.