Brookings: Tracking House oversight in the Trump era

The Brookings Institution has a new interactive tool aimed at monitoring “the actions being taken by House committees to conduct oversight of administration actions and policies since the 2016 election.”

Here’s how the Governance Studies team describes the project:

House Democrats in the 116th Congress have several oversight tools to hold the Trump administration accountable and investigate executive branch misconduct. Two of the most significant mechanisms include holding congressional hearings as well as sending letters to executive branch agencies and to individuals involved in executive branch operations.

Search hearings or letters by clicking on the numbered icons below, or view all activity in a specific policy area by selecting one of the relevant boxes underneath. Click on any row to view additional information about each hearing/letter.

The data is updated frequently, and new oversight items will be added on a regular basis. For more information on the tracker, read Brookings’s methodology used to identify executive branch oversight in hearings and letters. For questions and feedback, please contact

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Topics: Oversight