FOIA Update

Empower Appeals DOJ FOIA Denial for Calce Files

Empower Oversight has appealed (letter here) a decision by the Department of Justice that partially denied the organization’s request for an entire category of records related to the department’s hiring and employment of Christina Calce, who currently serves on the minority staff of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary. Empower Oversight argues

Empower Oversight Presses Attorney General Garland to Address Conflicts of Interest Enabling Retaliation Against IRS Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight is pressing Attorney General Merrick Garland to address conflicts of interest within the Justice Department that are enabling retaliation against IRS whistleblowers Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Gary Shapley and Special Agent (SA) Joseph Ziegler. In a letter to the Attorney General, Empower Oversight expresses the concern that in the Department’s prosecution

Whistleblowers: CJIS Run like a Personal Fiefdom for Assistant Director

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight is learning from multiple former employees of the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) that the agency is being used as a personal fiefdom for the Assistant Director by rewarding women with whom he appears to have engaged in inappropriate relationships, among other concerns. The Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division of

Empower Oversight Sues SEC for More Crypto Conflict Documents

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight has filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its failure to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking documents related to cryptocurrency conflicts of interest at the agency. “By slow walking their response to our FOIA request, the SEC is stonewalling Empower’s oversight into

Empower Oversight Seeks Additional Documents to Shine Light on Former SEC Leadership Involvement in Crypto Decision-making

WASHINGTON – Years into a quest to uncover information about how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made decisions about its regulation of cryptocurrencies, Empower Oversight is seeking new, specific cryptocurrency-related communications of William Hinman, the Director of the Division of Corporate Finance at the SEC from 2017-2020, and Jay Clayton, the former Chairman of

Whistleblower’s Prayer Journal to Help Feed Family Delayed by FBI for Entire Year

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight has filed the third in a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding the FBI’s retaliation against whistleblower Marcus Allen by denying him any source of income while suspended without pay.  The FOIA request seeks documents related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) delaying an entire year before

The Federalist: Al Jazeera Is A Foreign Agent For Qatar, So Why Isn’t Biden Making It Register As One?

Is Washington genuinely concerned about foreign influence threats to America, or is it more concerned about politics — either selectively pursuing claims of such threats or more perversely weaponizing those claims to target domestic foes? The Biden Justice Department’s seeming refusal to enforce the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) and stonewalling of those who would

Empower Continues Quest for Answers on Retaliation Against FBI Whistleblower

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department (DOJ) and FBI whistleblower retaliation continues to wreak havoc on whistleblower Marcus Allen and his family, who have waited for more than two years without a resolution to his case.  The FBI suspended Allen’s security clearance in reprisal for protected whistleblowing, then suspended him indefinitely without pay. During that time