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.
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.