FOIA Update

Empower Oversight Probes Allegation that FBI Ignored Evidence Related to Most Wanted Fugitive Whitey Bulger

WASHINGTON — Empower Oversight received an allegation that while Whitey Bulger was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, the Bureau ignored a lead based on physical evidence reported by a local homicide detective in the area where Bulger was hiding and was eventually arrested. Empower Oversight filed two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, one request with

Judge Orders NIH to Deliver Unredacted Documents for the Court’s Review in Lawsuit on Deletion of COVID-19 Data

WASHINGTON — At a hearing today in Empower Oversight’s lawsuit against the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia ordered the agency to provide unredacted copies of certain documents in order to determine whether information was improperly redacted and should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The judge’s order

Empower Oversight Files Appeal of NIH’s Responses to FOIA Request Regarding Dr. Fauci’s Security Detail

WASHINGTON — Empower Oversight filed an appeal to inadequate responses from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests concerning the tax dollars spent on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s 24-hour security detail provided by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG). The public has a right to know, and

Empower Oversight Challenges DOJ’s Decision to Withhold Info on Special Counsel Durham’s Budget and Its Hiring of Durham Critic Susan Hennessey

WASHINGTON – Empower Oversight filed two appeals challenging the Department of Justice (DOJ) for its inadequate response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests: (1) one appeal relates to DOJ’s failure to disclose information related Special Counsel John Durham’s budget request, and (2) the other appeal relates to DOJ’s hiring of Durham critic and former

Empower Oversight Seeks Answers from Justice Department Watchdog on Senior FBI Misconduct

Transmitted: June 9, 2022  To: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General Full Letter: Letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General RE: OIG FOIA REQUEST NO. 22-OIG-031 SUMMARY Empower Oversight sent a letter to the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General (DOJ-OIG) regarding an inconsistency between two letters received

Empower Oversight Seeks EcoHealth Alliance Documents from Energy Department and National Science Foundation

Transmitted: May 24, 2022 To: U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation Full Letter: Letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (PDF) Letter to the National Science Foundation (PDF) RE: FOIA Request for Documents Related to NSF’s Funding of Grants and Amy Catherine Sims’ Collaboration with EcoHealth Alliance SUMMARY Empower Oversight sent two FOIA letters

Empower Oversight Seeks Public Records from Mass. Pertaining to a Feb. 2020 Statement that Discouraged Discussion of the COVID-19 Lab-Leak Theory

Transmitted: May 12, 2022 To: University of Massachusetts & Massachusetts Department of Public Health Full Letter: Letter to the University of Massachusetts (PDF) Letter to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (PDF) RE: Request for Public Records Regarding Lawrence C. Madoff’s Participation as a Signatory of a February 19, 2020, Statement Published in The Lancet SUMMARY The mission of the University

Empower Oversight Presses DOJ Watchdog for Documents on Senior FBI Official Misconduct

Transmitted: April 21, 2022 To: Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice Full Letter: Letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) (PDF) RE: OIG FOIA Request No. 22-OIG-031 SUMMARY Empower Oversight wrote a letter to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice (DOJ-OIG) seeking an explanation about why the office has failed to comply with a November 9, 2021 FOIA request regarding

Empower Oversight Seeks Documents from SBA on Emergency Pandemic Subsidies to a Company that Moved its U.S. Manufacturing Plants to Mexico

Transmitted: April 19, 2022 To: Chief FOIA Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration Full Request: Department of Small Business Administration (SBA) Request (PDF) RE: FOIA Request for Documents Related to Paycheck Protection Program LoanMade to FreightCar America, Inc. SUMMARY Empower Oversight filed a FOIA request with the Chief of the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Office (FOIA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The

Empower Oversight Requests Records Pertaining to USAGM Whistleblower Retaliation

UPDATE (April 19, 2022): Empower Oversight requested further documentation from the DOS-OIG including copies of all reports of investigation prepared by the DOS-OIG relating to allegations of whistleblower retaliation within the USAGM, all records relating to communications between DOS-OIG personnel and Capitol Hill about Michael Pack, and records relating to communications between DOS-OIG and USAGM