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

Over the last year, the Partnership for Public Service has been working to create the resources, tools and communities in Congress and the executive branch to promote the regular, routine oversight that ensures that our government programs effectively and efficiently provide services to the American people. As part of this work, the Partnership has developed the below series of case studies on outstanding examples of oversight to serve as a template for staff on the Hill and in agencies.

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…