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General Resources

March 23, 2018

Additional resources on congressional oversight complied by the Congressional Research Service.

Basic GAO Information

September 29, 2017

Information sheets about GAO’s website and how to connect with GAO.

How GAO Can Assist Congress

September 29, 2017

Overview of how GAO can support Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.

Questions and Answers on Conducting Oversight

July 28, 2017

A FAQ for oversight basics. Developed by Ruth Fleischer, a 20-year veteran of Capitol Hill and now a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Checklist of Places to Turn to During an Investigation

July 28, 2017

Getting answers can be hard. This checklist offers different avenues you can take to get the information you need.

Audio: Kevin Kosar Gives Tips About Working with the CRS

September 25, 2015

Kevin Kosar, former analyst and research manager with the Congressional Research Service, gives tips and best practices about working with the CRS. (Running time: 16:33)

About the Congressional Research Service

September 25, 2015

A tip sheet with basic information about what the Congressional Research Service is and what it does.

Congressional Oversight: What It Means and How to Make It Work

February 20, 2015

A one-page backgrounder on the types of, and legal basis for, Congressional oversight. Developed by Elise Bean, former Staff Director for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.