How to: Conduct Oversight from a Personal Office

Trying to get answers when you don’t have a gavel can be hard. While "hard" formal investigative powers — such as subpoenas, depositions, ​hearings, and contempt proceedings may not be available — they are not the only tools at your disposal. Learn how to get creative with new partners and new approaches.


Mar 11, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


  • Raymond Celeste, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03). Currently, Colonel Celeste serves as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) in the House of Representatives. Before his service with Congressman Murphy, he served for nine years as a Legislative Assistant with Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-03) and supported him with his work on the Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee. His issue areas are defense, intelligence, veterans, Army Corps of Engineers, Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Housing and Urban Development.
  • Josh Connolly, Senior Manager for Public Policy and Economic Graph, LinkedIn. Josh most recently worked on the Hill as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14). Josh had previously served as her Legislative director. Josh also worked for his hometown representative Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (OR-5) as her Deputy Chief of Staff. Josh recently left the Hill to join LinkedIn as the Senior Manager for Public Policy and Economic Graph.

The session was hosted and moderated by Tim Stretton, Director of POGO's Congressional Oversight Initiative.

This virtual training is only open to staff in Congress, GAO, and CRS. We will record the presentation and may post it publicly. The Q&A portion will be off the record and will not be posted.