Does Congress Need a Congressional Oversight Office?

January 31, 2017
Elaine Kamarck’s recent study, “A Congressional Oversight Office: A proposed early warning system for the United States Congress,” describes 1. Congress’ current abdication of its role as overseer… Read More

Open Data and Congressional Oversight

January 24, 2017
By Hudson Hollister In January 2012, I resigned from my Capitol Hill job to start an organization that I called the Data Transparency Coalition. Now called the… Read More

Overseeing the Executive: Does Congress Have Sufficient Staff?

December 16, 2016
Lee Drutman, co-director of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, writes on Vox: So what accounts for the Senate’s almost 30-year drought of “notable investigations”? The most obvious explanation… Read More

Making Oversight Win-Win

December 8, 2016
Source: C-SPAN2 Mere mention of the word “oversight” can make a public administrator queasy. It’s not because bureaucracies inevitably have something tawdry or corrupt to hide. Indeed, government agencies often… Read More

Bridging the Separation of Powers

December 6, 2016
Source: Wikipedia The separation of powers is a hallmark of democratic systems. Power is divided among different branches or units of government. The legislature legislates, the executive executes and the… Read More

Is Congress Getting a Bum Rap?

October 10, 2016
Source: GPS.gov In short, yes, to a degree. Much of the work it does seldom appears in the news, so legislators get no credit.  So, thanks are owed to Michelle… Read More

ICYMI: A Manual for Conducting Congressional Oversight

October 5, 2016
Source: Constitution Project Mort Rosenberg spent decades at the Congressional Research Service advising staff and Members how to conduct oversight. After he retired, he published this guide —based upon… Read More

The Estranged Legislative and Executive Branches

September 28, 2016
Hugh Heclo’s A Government of Strangers, published 40 years ago, described the very different worlds of high-level federal appointees and the civil-servant worker bees they purportedly manage. Today… Read More

Proposed: A New Congressional Regulatory Office

September 22, 2016
If Congress has often been unwilling to actively control the output of the administrative state, over the years it has also become effectively unable to do so. As the… Read More

Coalition Urges Strengthening Congressional Oversight of Intelligence

September 13, 2016
In anticipating of the new Congress, a coalition of 33 groups is urging Congress to adopt new chamber rules to strengthen its oversight of intelligence agencies and… Read More