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Bipartisan Boot Camp Helps Congressional Staff Sharpen Oversight Skills

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Current Hill staffers honed investigative skills by working in bipartisan groups at the Congressional Oversight Boot Camp, as reported by National Journal. Staffers were faced with investigations such as the FIFA scandal or a fictitious hacking scandal involving the Department of Homeland Security.

The first Congressional Oversight Boot Camp—a  collaboration of the Project On Government Oversight  Levin Center at Wayne Law, and The Lugar Center—took place over a two-day period during the August recess, involving 18 congressional staff members from both Chambers of Congress.

POGO’s Congressional Oversight Initiative Director Justin Rood acted as one of the four trainers for the boot camp, drawing on his past experience as Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee investigations director for then-Senator Tom Coburn.

The sessions focused on bipartisan oversight, featuring speakers from both sides of the aisle. From the National Journal:

“General discussion and questions often focused on bipartisanship. The boot camp's trainers all have experience on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which has a storied history of Republicans and Democrats working jointly on oversight, according to Rood.”

Topics: Government Accountability

Related Content: Congressional Oversight, Congressional Oversight Initiative

Authors: Iulia Gheorghiu

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