Fall 2020 Course Schedule

Oversight & Accountability (LAW-795OA-001)
Fernando Laguarda

Meets: 08:00 PM - 08:50 PM (MW)

Enrolled: 25 / Limit: 25

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Students should come to the first class prepared to discuss the assigned readings.


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 “federal oversight and accountability community. In connection with the course, students will also have the opportunity to write and edit content for The Oversight Project, AUWCL’s online publication relating to oversight and accountability (“www.OversightProject.org”). The Oversight Project publishes updates on newsworthy developments from the oversight and accountability community, students, and practitioners. Students who wish to fulfill the Upper Level Writing Requirement (“ULWR”) may register for an additional one credit Independent Study with the instructor and complete additional writing requirements by March 1, 2021.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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There is no required textbook. Readings and key resources will be posted to the course myWCL website.

First Class Readings

Congressional Oversight Manual, Congressional Research Service, (RL30240) (Dec. 19, 2014), pp.1-22; 36-54; 70; 71-99; Mort Rosenberg, When Congress Comes Calling: A Primer (2009), pp.1-6; 7-20.


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