Congressional Oversight

Congressional Oversight


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Congressional Oversight

The Partnership creates resources, tools and communities to help Congress identify what is working in our government, understand problems, find solutions, and hold agencies and their leaders accountable. Explore our Oversight Snapshots and research below for more information.

Agency Performance Dashboard

Our agency performance dashboard offers a critical snapshot of the operations of 24 major federal agencies. Featured topics include personnel numbers and demographics, employee engagement scores, information technology maturity and more. Providing real-time updates on the organizational health of our government, the dashboard offers Congress and other federal stakeholders the data and resources to support agencies’ growth, success, improvement and accountability.

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Thumbnail for Unconfirmed: Why reducing the number of senate-confirmed positions can make government more effective

Using appointments data from the Political Appointee Tracker compiled by the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post along with expert analysis, this report highlights key trends in filling Senate-confirmed positions and in the nomination and confirmation process.

Thumbnail for The Replacements: Why and How “Acting” Officials Are Making Senate Confirmation Obsolete

This report examines the prevalence of vacancies and temporary officials in Senate-confirmed positions, the use of acting officials and the reasons the nomination and confirmation process has broken down. This report also includes specific recommendations to address the prevalence of temporary officials, fix broken processes and improve accountability.

Case Studies

Thumbnail for Collaboration between congressional district and Washington, D.C. offices helps secure benefits for National Guard and Reserve members

With the support of the Democracy Fund, the Partnership for Public Service highlights how staff in district offices can provide valuable information on citizen needs to their legislative counterparts in Washington, D.C.

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With the support of the Democracy Fund, the Partnership for Public Service examines how the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration worked with the Senate to stop an IRS scam targeting vulnerable seniors.

Thumbnail for Empowering government watchdogs requires cross-agency coordination and an investment in long-term relationships

With the support of the Democracy Fund, the Partnership for Public Service looks at the process that led to the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016—how the IG community came together and worked with Congress to advance legislation that reinforced the intent of the original law and added crucial new powers for IGs.

Thumbnail for Bipartisan, bicameral cooperation provides a path forward on IT acquisition reform

With the support of the Democracy Fund, the Partnership for Public Service examines the process that led to the creation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act—a notable example of how thoughtful oversight and close cooperation between the House and Senate resulted in both the passage of landmark legislation and better implementation of the law.

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