Congressional Oversight

Preserving our nation’s system of checks and balances.

Oversight is the means by which Congress, the media and outside stakeholders can identify what is working in our government, surface problems, find solutions and hold agencies and their leaders accountable. When done well, oversight fulfills an important and legitimate role in American democracy.

Our Role

The Partnership for Public Service has been working to create resources, tools and communities in Congress and the executive branch to promote regular oversight that ensures our government is effectively serving the public. As part of this work, the Partnership has developed Oversight Snapshots that provide information about the operations, staffing and organizational health of 24 major federal departments and agencies in an easy-to-digest format. We also have a series of case studies focusing on outstanding examples of oversight to serve as a template for Capitol Hill staff and agencies.

Oversight Snapshots

The Partnership for Public Service’s Oversight Snapshots provide an “at a glance” summary of the health of 24 federal agencies and departments. The snapshots offer basic information about political appointments and vacancies, the numbers of employees, employee demographics, employee engagement, social media presence, key performance indicators like the GAO High-Risk List, information technology scores and more.

Each snapshot contains links to up-to-date data sources. The links empower users to do further research and dig deeper into an agency’s management results, challenges and needs. These snapshots are designed to support congressional staff and anyone looking for a quick and comprehensive way to learn more about the largest agencies in the federal government.

Department of Agriculture
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Department of Commerce
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Department of Defense
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Department of Education
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Department of Energy
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Department of Homeland Security
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Department of Justice
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Department of Health and Human Services
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Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Department of the Interior
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Department of Labor
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Department of State
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Department of Transportation
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Department of the Treasury
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Department of Veterans Affairs
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Environmental Protection Agency
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General Services Administration
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NASA
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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National Science Foundation
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Office of Personnel Management
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Small Business Administration
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Social Security Administration
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USAID
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Case Studies

With the support of the Democracy Fund, the Partnership for Public Service has been working to find and highlight excellent examples of productive congressional oversight.

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

July 18, 2018

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Modernize Management Systems

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

Constituent service is a critical function for every congressional office, with district caseworkers routinely helping citizens on issues ranging from Social Security and Medicare to veteran’s benefits, immigration and tax matters.  With the support of the Democracy Fund, the Partnership for Public Service has been working to find and highlight excellent examples of productive congressional…

Senate and IG Cooperate to Stop IRS Impersonation Scam

August 8, 2018

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Engage Employees,Modernize Management Systems

Senate and IG Cooperate to Stop IRS Impersonation Scam

For federal agencies, close collaboration with Congress can be an effective way to disseminate information and advance policies critical to achieving agency goals. For Congress, working with agencies alllows members to utilize agency expertise to address public needs. With the support of the Democracy Fund, the Partnership for Public Service has been working to find…

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

August 29, 2018

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Engage Employees,Modernize Management Systems

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

For federal agencies, close collaboration with Congress can be an effective way to disseminate information and advance policies critical to achieving agency goals. For Congress, working with agencies allows members to utilize agency expertise to address public needs.   With the support of the Democracy Fund, the Partnership for Public Service has been working to…

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

September 13, 2018

Publication Type: Research and Publications

Publication Topic: Build Networks of Support,Engage Employees,Modernize Management Systems

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

For federal agencies, close collaboration with Congress can be an effective way to disseminate information and advance policies critical to achieving agency goals. For Congress, working with agencies allows members to utilize agency expertise to address public needs. With the support of the Democracy Fund, the Partnership for Public Service has been working to find…