REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst- Solyndra President and Chief Executive Brian Harrison (L) and Chief Financial Officer W.G. Stover are sworn in as they appear before a joint House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington September 23, 2011. The lawmakers have been probing whether politics influenced government loans to Solyndra.
Investigations Done Right and Wrong: Government by Investigation, 1945-2012
December 4, 2013,
Surveying the 100 most significant Congressional and presidential investigations of executive branch breakdowns between 1945 and 2012, Paul Light’s paper offers insight into those qualities that compose an “investigation done right.” Light’s research provides data into the quantity and quality of investigatory efforts in the modern era, as well as what these patterns reveal about what investigators can do to increase the odds that their work will pay off in improved government performance and more effective public policy.