Continuing CREW’s investigation of whether Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) helped non-profit organizations receive millions of dollars in earmarks and grants, CREW today filed an administrative appeal of the claim of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that its congressional liaison office has no records of communications with Rep. Rogers.
In March, CREW filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with HHS and other federal agencies for any correspondence with Rep. Rogers, his staff, or staff of the House Appropriations Committee acting on his behalf. HHS provided some records, but said a search of the office of its Assistant Secretary for Legislation (ASL) located no responsive records. This claim is difficult to believe in light of the ASL’s broad responsibilities for communicating with Congress.
CREW also appealed HHS’s redaction of the names of two individuals Rep. Rogers recommended for federal positions.