Congressional Oversight Trainings
POGO's Congressional Training Program aims to educate Hill and other legislative branch staffers about the oversight powers of Congress and how to use those powers effectively.
Designed for veterans and beginners alike, the seminars feature a combination of lessons and hands-on exercises from some of the most accomplished current and former Congressional oversight experts and practitioners. Although seminars are targeted towards committee staff, much of the skills and information shared during the seminars are helpful to personal staff in their investigations.
Open only to Congressional, CRS, GAO staff. Not open to the public.
To register or for more information, email Ms. Danni Downing at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 347-1122.
Congressional Oversight Boot Camp
At least twice per year, POGO, in conjunction with the Levin Center at Wayne Law and The Lugar Center, offer two-day, intensive training sessions for congressional staff on the art and practice of oversight and investigations. Each of these "Oversight Boot Camps" combines staff from the U.S. House and Senate, committees and personal offices, and the Democratic and Republican parties to produce a bipartisan, bicameral experience. To date, more than 145 congressional staff have undergone boot camp instruction on how to do fact-based, bipartisan, in-depth investigations.
Attendance is free and open only to House and Senate professional staff.
Applications are closed. If you'd like to attend the next Congressional Oversight Boot Camp, please direct any questions to Justin Rood at email@example.com. Location and details will be provided upon confirmation of your participation. Preference will be given to committees with applicants from both sides of the aisle.
Whether you're interested in attending a boot camp or are already a boot camp graduate, we hope this information will be of interest.
Oversight Boot Camps are made possible with the generous support of the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation established to ensure that the U.S. political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.
Customized Staff Trainings
In addition to regular training seminars open to all congressional staff, the Initiative offers customized trainings tailored to the needs of an individual office.
Perhaps you need basic oversight training for new staff, a primer on the functions and history of an agency, or a brush-up on interview techniques. Drawing on the expertise of a broad network of accomplished investigative and oversight veterans, the Initiative can help your staff get the training it needs to conduct the oversight your Member, and the American people, deserve.
For more information, contact Justin Rood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Staff Trainings
POGO offers oversight trainings, on request, to small groups within the executive branch of the federal government. These trainings mainly cover the topics of whistleblower rights and legal protections, as well as best practices for safely disclosing instances of waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government. The trainings are conducted by POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian and CDI Director Mandy Smithberger. To inquire, please email us at email@example.com.