Oversight Partners

Below you can find a list of important institutions, NGOs, and research centers in the field of legislative oversight as well as information on working with whistleblowers.

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Partners and Relevant Institutions

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for Congress, assisting committees and Members of Congress at every stage of the legislative process, including with respect to congressional oversight activities. CRS provides research, analysis, reports and memoranda, as well as seminars and staff training. Its website provides information about CRS, while a seperate website provides access to its written products

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress and assists the oversight efforts of congressional committees and individual Members of Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO conducts investigations and audits, and issues testimony and reports with information of interest to Congress. Its website provides information about GAO, its work, and its written products. See also GAO’s Next 100 Years: Oversight, Insight, and Foresight.

The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) is a nonpartisan, independent entity within the executive branch that supports the work of Inspectors General who conduct oversight of federal agencies and report concerns to both agency heads and Congress. The CIGIE website provides information about the individual IG offices. CIGIE also sponsors a free, searchable website containing all IG reports in one place.

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works directly with Members of Congress and their staffs to enhance their management and operations, including with respect to oversight activities. CMF conducts staff training, conducts research, identifies best practices, and issues reports. Its website provides information about CMF itself, its work, and its written products.  

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that supports robust congressional oversight and also conducts its own investigations to expose waste, fraud, and abuse.  Among the services it provides are the following:

    • Newsletter – POGO publishes The Paper Trail, a twice-weekly roundup of oversight news, events, and analysis, which is free of charge to subscribers. You can sign-up here
    • Oversight Summit Videos – POGO offers a series of free online panels on congressional oversight issues under an initiative it calls the Oversight Summit.
    • Training Opportunities – POGO offers a menu of free bipartisan oversight training options open exclusively to congressional staff.
    • Oversight Materials – POGO provides a range of instructional materials related to conducting Congressional oversight.
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