Congress’s Death Is Greatly Exaggerated

September 20, 2017
By Matt Glassman Lamenting the underperformance of Congress has a long history in American public life. Nineteenth century cartoonists portrayed Congress in terms familiar to modern observers: dysfunctional, corrupt,… Read More

ICYMI: How Great Is Congress’ Investigative Authority?

August 14, 2017
David Frulla writes in The Hill: “Congress’ power and authority to oversee the executive branch’s execution of laws date back to 1792 when then-Rep. James Madison led the… Read More

ICYMI: How One Senator Helped His Colleagues Get Answers from the Executive Branch

August 10, 2017
Source: https://www.grassley.senate.gov/ Charles S. Cook writes at Government Executive: “The White House is no longer rigidly defending a Justice Department opinion that the Trump administration was using to instruct agencies… Read More

Short Video Series On How to Conduct Oversight

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July 24, 2017
The Levin Center at Wayne State University’s law school has released a series of short videos on how to conduct oversight. Many topics are included, such as “structuring a hearing,”… Read More

Reasserting Congress’ Investigative Authority

July 21, 2017
Mort Rosenberg, who served as an attorney for the Congressional Research Service for 30+ years, has written a short white paper on the immense, and under-utilized, investigative authorities of… Read More

Levin Center Convenes Scholars On Congressional Oversight

June 14, 2017
Source: Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School In an effort to analyze and improve congressional oversight, the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School hosted 23 scholars… Read More

Another Major Resource On How To Conduct Oversight

June 4, 2017
Want to learn more about how to conduct oversight? Then have a look at this volume. “The Congressional Research Service (CRS) developed the Congressional Oversight Manual over30 years… Read More

Video of Meeting On: Does Congress Have the Capacity it Needs to Conduct Oversight?

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May 24, 2017
Envisioned by the founders as the “first” branch of government, Congress has the responsibility of overseeing and managing the other two arms of our constitutional system. And yet, as the… Read More

Congressional Staff: Want to Learn How to Conduct Oversight?

May 24, 2017
  Then grab a free copy of this new edition of When Congress Comes Calling, which was published by the Constitution Project. This manual was written… Read More

Article I Restoration Resolution Introduced

May 21, 2017
Rep. Warren Davidson, R-OH, introduced the Article One Restoration Resolution on May 17. The legislation, he stated in a “Dear colleague” letter,  “would require each relevant authorizing committee to… Read More