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2005

Why is Congress failing to keep watch?

ASK THIS | May 11, 2005

It used to be that the oversight role – the 'informing function' – of Congress was considered even more important than its legislating one. A law professor identifies some areas that beg for increased Congressional vigilance.

By Charles Tiefer
Nieman Watchdog -- Questions the press should ask


Q. We are facing an appalling deficit and intense demands for government savings. The Government Accountability Office routinely publishes reports regarding fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in areas of government. Congressional committees with oversight jurisdiction could readily convene hearings and solicit testimony from the GAO and outside watchdogs. So why do the chairs of Congressional committees and subcommittees currently fail to conduct such oversight?

[...] That is the first question and there are more. Read it at the NiemanWatchdog web site: //tinyurl.com/77twt


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