Advanced Topics in Oversight & Accountability (LAW-795OA-001)
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This graded, two-credit seminar will explore and analyze the work of the Inspectors General, Office of Government Ethics, Office of Special Counsel, Government Accountability Office, and the Office of Management and Budget, among other constituent elements of the “oversight and accountability community.” In connection with the course, students will participate in developing and implementing a new online publication relating to oversight and accountability (tentatively entitled “Oversight and Accountability Blog”). The goal for students working on the Oversight and Accountability Blog will be to publish updates on newsworthy developments from the oversight and accountability community as well as more extensive analytical essays about their work from students and, eventually, from practitioners and representatives of those agencies. Students will on a weekly basis monitor new developments on relevant websites, draft and publish to the blog, and work on development of the blog platform itself. As this publication is in the developmental stage, the class will have an innovative editorial function in deciding what kinds of developments should be considered newsworthy and how they should be reported. Weekly assignments will vary but the overall objective will be to (a) develop, maintain and ensure compliance with the highest editorial and publication quality standards; (b) ensure maximum relevance to audience members; and (c) produce high quality work product.
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