FOIA Update

Empower Oversight Presses Wray on Whistleblowers Exposing Politicization at FBI’s Security Division

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight is pressing FBI Director Wray on the improper politicization of the agency’s Security Division (SecD). Following new allegations of retaliation against those in SecD who resisted weaponizing the security clearance process but were overruled by leadership, Empower Oversight has now demanded records related to the restoration of FBI whistleblower Marcus Allen’s

Empower Oversight Seeks Records of Collusion with Members of Congress to Retaliate Against FBI Whistleblowers 

Empower Oversight has submitted a new FOIA request seeking documents and communications from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI personnel about the law enforcement agency whistleblowers who testified to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government. Recent revelations suggest that government personnel privately coordinated with staff of a member of Congress

Empower Oversight Presses for Records of FBI Handling of Whitey Bulger Case

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight is pressing for records that could expose the lack of disciplinary measures taken against Supervisory Special Agent John Morris related to his role in the scandal over the FBI’s mishandling of mob boss/informant Whitey Bulger. Bulger was a Boston crime mob boss who served as an FBI confidential informant for 15

Empower Oversight Presses SEC on Former Leadership’s Crypto Communications and Conflicts of Interest

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight is again pressing the Securities and Exchange Commission for additional records regarding the public declarations that multiple cryptocurrencies were not a security by both William Hinman, the former director of the Corporate Finance Division, and Jay Clayton, the former Chairman of the SEC. Through previous Freedom of Information Act requests, Empower

Empower Oversight Continues Push for CJIS Records on Alleged Christman Improprieties

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight is renewing its request for records related to the Criminal Justice Information Services’ Assistant Director Michael Christman who is the subject of multiple complaints by current and former employees. The agency denied Empower Oversight’s original request, citing a Glomar defense, meaning that the agency neither confirms nor denies the existence of

Empower Oversight Challenges Adequacy of FBI Records Search in Whitey Bulger Case

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight is pressing the FBI to go back to the drawing board after what it says was an inadequate search of the FBI’s records in the whistleblower organization’s inquiry about a tip to the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office in the Whitey Bulger case. Empower Oversight received an allegation two years ago

Empower Oversight Obtains VA Red Team Report on Community Care

WASHINGTON – A VA Red Team report obtained by Empower Oversight on the community care options for veterans shows vets’ growing desire to utilize health care out of the VA system. The report, created by health care experts who were convened by the VA to study the community care program, explains why whistleblowers have come

Empower Oversight Obtains NIH Documents on EcoHealth, COVID-19

WASHINGTON – Since 2021, Empower Oversight has been seeking records related to COVID-19 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to shed light on what the NIH knew about the American taxpayer-paid research done at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China. NIH resisted transparency and delayed releasing document on the research, the subsequent

Empower Oversight Pushes Back on DOJ Excuses for FOIA Noncompliance

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight is pushing back on the Department of Justice’s categorical denial of an Empower Freedom of Information Act request relating to the protected disclosures made by FBI whistleblower Marcus Allen. On Feb. 12, 2024, Empower Oversight placed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Justice Department for records about Allen’s request