Tracking House oversight in the Trump era

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifying before House Judiciary Committee

House Democrats in the 116th Congress have several oversight tools to hold the Trump administration accountable and investigate executive branch misconduct. Two of the most significant mechanisms include holding congressional hearings as well as sending letters to executive branch agencies and to individuals involved in executive branch operations.

Developed by Governance Studies, Brookings’s House Oversight Tracker monitors the actions being taken by House committees to conduct oversight of administration actions and policies since the 2016 election.

Search hearings or letters by clicking on the numbered icons below, or view all activity in a specific policy area by selecting one of the relevant boxes underneath. Click on any row to view additional information about each hearing/letter.

For more information on the tracker, read Brookings’s methodology used to identify executive branch oversight in hearings and letters. For questions and feedback, please contact [email protected]

Note: Any oversight actions that specifically mention coronavirus or COVID-19 are indicated in red text and preceded by an asterisk. This replaces previous highlighting for congressional impeachment efforts; a list of those activities is available upon request.

These are the hearings held by and the letters sent by House committees during the 116th Congress. We are continuing to collect selected information on oversight in the current Congress; for questions about or access to that data, please email [email protected].


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