Congressional Oversight

Gang of Four (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Gang of Four (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Gang of Four “Gang of Four” intelligence notifications generally are oral briefings of certain particularly sensitive non-covert action intelligence activities, including principally, but not exclusively, intelligence collection programs, that the intelligence community typically limits to the chairmen and ranking members of the two congressional intelligence […]

Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC To ensure that Congress has independent sources of information from the executive branch to support it in its legislative and oversight responsibilities, Congress formed several legislative branch agencies.   Stone Preservation on Capitol Hill   […]

Government Accountability Office / GAO / Comptroller General (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Government Accountability Office / GAO / Comptroller General (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Government Accountability Office / GAO / Comptroller General The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan legislative agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO, the Comptroller General […]

Congressional Budget Office / CBO (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Congressional Budget Office / CBO (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Congressional Budget Office / CBO   Introduction to the Congressional Budget Office   The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) principally serve congressional committees with a variety of reports. The Congressional Budget Office assists Congress in understanding the economic and fiscal environment […]

General Services Administration / GSA (CongressionalGlossary.com)

General Services Administration / GSA (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms General Services Administration / GSA The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) supports the mission of all federal agencies by providing them with workspace, acquisition services, administrative policies, and citizen engagement tools, so that they can focus on achieving their respective missions. GSA consists of two […]

Oversight / Oversight Committee (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Oversight / Oversight Committee (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Oversight / Oversight Committee Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a federal agency or program. Oversight Committee: A congressional committee, or designated subcommittee of a committee, charged with general oversight of one or more federal agencies activities. Usually, the oversight panel for a particular […]

President’s Budget (CongressionalGlossary.com)

President’s Budget (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms President’s Budget photo credit: Navin75 The document sent to Congress by the President in January or February of each year, as required by law (31 U.S.C. § 1105), requesting new budget authority for federal programs and estimating federal revenues and outlays for the upcoming fiscal […]

2011 Congressional Hearing Season Off with a Bang – Testifying Before Congress, Update June 2011

2011 Congressional Hearing Season Off with a Bang – Testifying Before Congress, Update June 2011

Special note to readers of Testifying Before Congress and anyone searching for information about congressional hearings, witnesses and testimony: The following information is made available to you as part of the author’s promise to provide periodic updates, revisions and additions to the content of the book (see Appendix Thirteen, page 398, “Keep Up-to-Date”), and especially […]

Depositions in Congressional Testimony

Depositions in Congressional Testimony

Under certain circumstances, congressional committee staff members may choose to depose potential witnesses and scheduled witnesses. The purpose of such depositions is to gather information in order to prepare for a hearing. This is more common in investigative hearings. photo credit: Vincent van der Pas Formal in nature, such questioning of a witness is the […]

Federal Government Departments and Agencies

Federal Government Departments and Agencies

Within the federal government, there are two primary types of organizations: executive departments and independent agencies. photo credit: Mr. T in DC Heading the executive departments are members of the president’s cabinet. They report directly to the president and serve at his pleasure by implementing his agenda and carrying out his policies. The heads of […]