Oversight is the means by which Congress, the media and outside stakeholders can identify what is working in our government, identify 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 serves the public effectively. 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. We also have a series of case studies that showcase outstanding examples of oversight and serve as a template for Capitol Hill staff and agencies.