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'Reviving the Role of CRS in Congressional Oversight' by Steven Aftergood

In a blog post for the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), Steven Aftergood provides commentary on a paper by former Congressional Research Service (CRS) analyst Kevin R. Kosar (“The Atrophying of the Congressional Research Service’s Role in Supporting Committee Oversight”). Kosar notes that CRS used to help Congress with its oversight efforts, including the Watergate investigation, but its role declined over time “due to various factors, most of which were out of its control. Congress changed. Congressional committees, particularly in the House of Representatives, lost capacity, and hyper-partisanism turned much oversight into political point-scoring rather than an exercise in governing that required expert assistance.” However, “CRS does not have to passively accept this fate,” Kosar told Aftergood via email.

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