June 15, 2017
- Copies of all communications between former acting deputy chief of staff Megan Bloomgren and any employee or representative of the American Petroleum Institute (“API”) between January 20, 2017, and June 1, 2017; and
- Copies of all emails sent to or from Ms. Bloomgren’s Department of the Interior (“DOI”) email account that mention or refer to API, between January 20, 2017 and June 1, 2017.
On June 8, 2017, API announced Ms. Bloomgren’s hiring as the trade association’s new vice president of communications. When Ms. Bloomgren left DOI in May 2017, after serving as acting deputy chief of staff as well as acting communications director, she had reportedly been planning to return to the DCI Group, a public relations and lobbying firm where she previously worked as a partner. It is unclear when the API job was offered to her, but she told report she “accepted” the job before “taking a few weeks off in between the positions.” The requested records will shed light in whether Ms. Bloomgren’s top priorities will reportedly include issues relevant to DOI such as “expanding access to land and water to drill.” At API, Ms. Bloomgren’s top priorities will reportedly include issues relevant to DOI such as “expanding access to land and water to drill.” The requested records will inform the public regarding the extent to which she worked with the organization on these issues while working for DOI.
Read the FOIA request here.