Casework as a technique of U.S. Congressional oversight of the executive.

Based on questionnaire data from and interviews with over 250 former and currentm emberso f Congress,c ongressionapl ersonalo ffice staffs in Washingtona nd in home offices, and officials in department and agency legislative liaison offices, this paper explores the utility of "casework" for oversight. The theses are that: (1) constituency servicei s more valuablef or congressionaol versightt han is generallyr ecognized in the literature;( 2) oversightv ia caseworki s nonsystematica nd selective;( 3) casework's utility for oversight is both made possible and constrained by "opportunity factors" (case loads and types; congressionasl taff adequacy,l ocation, structure,p rocedure,a nd motivation; members' motivations; members' committee assignments and status; and agency motivations,s taffing, and procedures);a nd (4) casework'sg reatestp otentiala s a contributort o oversightm ay lie in its effect upon internala gency oversight

Main Author: Johannes, John.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 1979
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