Congressional Oversight Initiative

oversight Initiative

What We Do and Why

POGO's Congressional Oversight Initiative supports and enhances Congress's ability to conduct effective oversight. We offer trainings, an expert network of veteran former investigators, and hundreds of informational resources for congressional oversight staff. This nonpartisan initiative uses POGO's unique expertise to bring Democratic and Republican staff together for trainings and other events with experts from both parties.

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Congressional Oversight Fellowships

Congressional Oversight Fellowships

Offering a 12-month placement for mid-career professionals to serve as oversight and investigative staff to Congress.

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Monthly Staff Training

These monthly seminars educate Hill and other legislative branch staffers about the oversight powers of Congress and how to use those powers effectively.

Customized Staff Training

Tailored to the needs of a congressional office, trainings range from basic oversight training for new staff to primers on the functions and history of an agency, and more.

Oversight Handbook

A practical guide to conducting real congressional oversight and investigations, from the drawing board to the hearing room and beyond.

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Oversight Resources

Tip Sheets, databases, sample letters, and other resources to aid congressional efforts to conduct effective oversight and investigations.

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Oversight Fellowships

A 12-month placement for mid-career professionals to learn about Congress by serving as House or Senate oversight and investigative staff.

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media inquiries

Tim Farnsworth
Phone: (202) 347-1122

training inquiries

Danni Downing
Phone: (202) 347-1122


Justin Rood
Phone: (202) 347-1122

I like the fact that this is a series -- that you continually remind staff of the need to do oversight. As opposed to one seminar at the beginning of the session which we promptly forget about in the rush of everything else we've got to do.
Congressional Training Program Participant

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