9 edition of Legislative oversight and government accountability found in the catalog.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Statement||edited Rick Stapenhurst ... [et al.].|
|LC Classifications||HJ2005 .L36 2008|
|The Physical Object|
|ISBN 10||9780821376119, 9780821376126|
|LC Control Number||2008021329|
By comparison to these select panel investigations, other congressional inquiries in recent Congresses—into the Whitewater controversyaccess to Federal Bureau of Investigation files, White House Travel Office firings, and campaign financing—have relied upon standing committees. The primary function of these two bodies is to write, debate and pass bills and to send them on to the president for his approval or veto. The legislation, which outlines the powers, duties, and general practices of the office, is codified as County Code Chapter 29A. Legislative oversight is the process by which a legislative body monitors the performance of publicly-funded activities and applies this knowledge to its primary functions of enacting laws, establishing public policy, approving budgets, and raising revenues. Unique Duties and Powers By Phaedra Trethan is a news reporter at the Courier-Post, where she covers politics, immigration, poverty, and more. The Legislative Reorganization Act of P.
Further powers as contained in the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act will be effectively utilised. As the country case studies in section III demonstrate, the accountability mechanisms or oversight tools available to the legislature vary based on constitutionally defined powers of the legislature, institutional arrangements between the branches of government, divisions of authority between national, regional, and local governments, the degree of legitimacy conferred on the legislature, and the resources available to it. Public Debt[ edit ] As part of its initiative to advocate sustainabilitythe GAO publishes a Federal Fiscal Outlook Report,  as well as data relating to the deficit. InI authored Assembly Bill to require the Department of Finance to issue guidelines for how state agency's independent monitors should be staffed, structured, and their reporting functions standardized to improve agency efficiency and administration. The Director is appointed to a four-year term that begins in the second year of each four-year Council term.
This short book packs a mighty research punch - if only legislatures could be as effective! The principles that guide operations of the three arms include autonomy, separation of powers and checks and balances. Tools of Legislative Oversight in the Lower Chambers. Researchers, scholars and students of African politics will find this book useful in their understanding of the problems associated with the simmering governance crisis in South Africa and Nigeria. The House can initiate laws that require people to pay taxes and can decide whether public officials should be tried if accused of a crime. Oversight Capacity: new and old measures 6.
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The aim is to enhance coordination and efficiency within the agencies; improve the quality of relevant information; and provide it in a more meaningful and useful format for Congress, the President, and the public.
Researchers, scholars and students of African politics will find this book useful in their understanding of the problems associated with the simmering governance crisis in South Africa and Nigeria.
Some of the most publicized are the comparatively rare investigations by select committees into major scandals or into executive branch operations gone awry. The United States has a great democratic tradition of public servants working vigorously to ensure government institutions work for the people.
This helps to protect liberty and avoid authoritarianism and dictatorship. The handbook is now available online at www. Inspectors General IGsfor instance, report their findings about waste, fraud, and abuse, and their recommendations for corrective action, periodically to the agency head and Congress.
Congress may also rewrite a bill in order to win presidential approval ; vetoed legislation is sent back to the chamber where it originated for reworking. Consequently, oversight of executive programmes and activities has become very critical to effective performance of the Executive and good governance in Nigeria.
Pelizzo and Stapenhurst show that oversight is crucial; that it involves not just capacity tools but also effectiveness ability, desireand that greater capacity does not necessarily mean greater effectiveness. Without these cookies, we can't provide services to you.
In the first report, GAO found that while biometrics technologies could be used to secure the border, they had limitations in fingerprinting and facial recognition systems. Thus, good governance includes institutional and structural arrangements, decision making processes, policy formulation and implementation capacity, development of personnel, information flows and the nature and style of leadership within a political system.
The Nigerian Constitution provides for instances where presidential appointments must receive the consent of the Legislature. Phaedra Trethan Updated January 23, Every society needs laws and in the United States, the power to make laws is given to Congress, which represents the legislative branch of government.
Congress can also narrow the agency's regulatory authority. It includes a bird's-eye view of legislative oversight, a broad-based sampling of opinions about the vital role of oversight, an F.
The latter shows that between andlittle Assembly Oversight work resulted in published reports. Oversight efforts play a key role in holding government accountable by making certain state programs are run in a professional and effective manner.
Control, Democracy, Good Governance and Development?. Unique Duties and Powers By Phaedra Trethan is a news reporter at the Courier-Post, where she covers politics, immigration, poverty, and more.
Legislative oversight connotes the power of the legislature to oversee and monitor programmes and activities of government agencies and review policy implementation strategies of the executive arm of government.
Any impediment to the functions and powers of the legislature directly affects good governance. In the last three years, GAO has completed TA reports on three topics, the most recent one being released in — rail security, climate engineeringand alternate neutron detectors.
In sum, oversight is a way for Congress to check on, and check, the executive directors Powers and prerogatives[ edit ] U. It has the authority to declare war; in addition, it has the power to coin money and is charged with regulating interstate and foreign commerce and trade.
Before using the model, please read the Introduction and Quick Guide.Meet The U.S. Comptroller General. Gene L. Dodaro is the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of GAO. As Comptroller General, Mr. Dodaro leads GAO and helps oversee the hundreds of reports and testimonies that GAO provides each year to various committees and individual Members of Congress.
Governance goals of greater accountability, transparency, and participation are directly related to these three functions. Legislative oversight in particular seeks to ensure that the executive and its agencies, or those to whom authority is delegated, remain responsive and accountable.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a legislative branch government agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for the United States Congress.
It is the supreme audit institution of the federal government of the United StatesAnnual budget: $ million (). Oversight efforts play a key role in holding government accountable by ensuring tax dollars are spent wisely and government programs are operated efficiently.
The Legislative Oversight Handbook provides a toolkit and offers useful advice to support Legislative Committees as. Dec 09, · Fundamentally, oversight is intended to ensure government accountability and make certain that tax dollars are spent properly and efficiently by the executive branch of state government.
InAssembly Rules Committee Chairman Ken Cooley released the “ Oversight Handbook” for his legislative colleagues. mote enhanced government accountability and transparency. In this regard, support was given to mechanisms of legislative oversight to effective use. The problem is partially by three sets of factors, namely the legislature’s own failure to institutionalize, endemic problems of corruption and Trends in Parliamentary Oversight 3.