Abstract This paper shall examine the political aspects of public sector organization oversight. It will first review the rise of the administrative state in the 20th century. The increased importance of Congressional oversight because of the ability of the Congress to delegate rulemaking authority to federal agencies is reviewed. The conflict between political parties and its effect on oversight is highlighted. The need for oversight is explained and the seeming overwhelming influence of politics in the process is criticized. The Political Aspects of Public Sector Oversight In the trifurcated federal system instituted by the constitution the checks and balances between the three branches of government provide for Congressional oversight...The end:
.....as the oversight activities of the Congress arguable will be politically motivated and the shortcomings of the system of Congressional supervision of public sector organizations will again be spotlighted through endless hearings that will be televised where the objective will not be to provide oversight but score political points and curry favor with the electorate. References Aberbach, J. (2002). Improving Oversight: The Endless Task of Congress. Society, 40 (1), 60-63. Oversight and Insight: Legislative Review of Agencies and Lessons from the States. (2007). Harvard Law Review, 121 (2), 613-635. Wohlstetter, P. (1989). The Politics of Legislative Oversight: Monitoring Educational Reforms in Six States. Policy Studies Review, 9 (1), 50-65.