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This Is How an Investigation Should Be Done

The Senate Finance Committee is showing how a strong, bipartisan investigation can be done even when the topic is highly political.

Though other committees have examined the IRS, the Senate Finance Committee is conducting their investigation differently. The basics of their strategy are to keep it bipartisan, look for what happened and not at the politics of why it happened, and keep their press offices at bay until the investigation is complete.

From Government Executive:

[Aides from both parties] are examining the same questions that others have probed, but they aim to be seen—if such a thing is even possible on Capitol Hill—as completely objective in their conclusions. Something obviously went awry at the IRS. They want to give the public specifics about what it actually was.

It’s great to see a committee getting a congressional investigation right. POGO’s Congressional Oversight Initiative seeks to foster these same values and techniques throughout Congress so Capitol Hill can once again conduct strong, effective oversight.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Government Accountability

Related Content: Congressional Oversight, Congressional Oversight Initiative

Authors: Andre Francisco

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