Entering the Oversight World

  • Elise J. Bean


This chapter provides an overview of Congressional investigations and the role they’ve played in U.S. history. It also summarizes the Constitutional and legal basis for Congress’ investigative powers. In addition, the chapter describes how the narrator was hired by Senator Carl Levin and learned the skills and responsibilities of a Congressional investigator while working for the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management. It includes a description of a year-long Subcommittee investigation into campaign finance issues that tarnished the 1996 Presidential election.

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  • Elise J. Bean
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  1. 1.Levin Center at Wayne LawWayne State University Law SchoolDetroitUSA

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