Schedule and materials

Boot camp schedule

Oversight Boot Camps are generally offered in February and August of each year during a week when the U.S. House and Senate are both out of session. Each boot camp lasts two full days, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To be added to the invitation list for the next boot camp, email Daniel Van Schooten at dvanschooten@pogo.org.

Boot camp materials

Materials used at the Oversight Boot Camp sessions differ over time. The following information is a representative example. 

The Levin Center at Wayne Law also offers an Inside Oversight multimedia library, complete with 5 to 10 minute online tutorials featuring experienced investigators who offer advice on how to conduct effective congressional oversight investigations. The first in the series provides an overview; the others present tips on how to: (1) investigate the facts, (2) write up investigative results, (3) hold a hearing, (4) follow up with reforms, and (5) handle related investigative issues.

Online tutorials

Additional resources from the Project On Government Oversight

Previous boot camps

Boot Camp No. 1

  • Aug. 11-12, 2015
  • Instructors: Elise Bean, Justin Rood, Steve Groves, Zack Schram
  • Campers: 18
  • Location: HSGAC hearing room

Boot Camp No. 2

  • Feb. 17-18, 2016
  • Instructors: Elise Bean, Justin Rood, Ray Shepherd, Margaret Daum
  • Campers: 25
  • Location: HSGAC hearing room

Boot Camp No. 3

  • July 27-28, 2016
  • Instructors: Elise Bean, Justin Rood, Katie Bailey, Andy Wright
  • Campers:  26
  • Location:  HOGR hearing room

Boot Camp No. 4

  • Feb. 22-23, 2017        
  • Instructors: Elise Bean, Justin Rood, Mark Greenblatt, Mohammad Aslami
  • Campers: 20
  • Location: HSGAC hearing room

Boot Camp No. 5

  • May 31-June 1, 2017
  • Instructors: Elise Bean, Justin Rood, Andy Dockham, Andy Wright
  • Campers:19
  • Location: HOGR hearing room

Boot Camp No. 6

  • Aug. 23-24, 2017
  • Instructors: Elise Bean, Justin Rood, Jim Secreto, Machalagh Carr
  • Campers:19
  • Location: HSGAC hearing room

Boot Camp No. 7

  • Feb. 21-22, 2018
  • Instructors: Elise Bean, Justin Rood, Chris Lucas, Portia Bamiduro
  • Campers:20
  • Location: HSGAC hearing room

Boot Camp No. 8

  • Aug. 22-23, 2018
  • Instructors: Elise Bean, Justin Rood, Jen Barblan, Jim Secreto
  • Campers: 23
  • Location: Energy & Commerce Hearing Room

Boot Camp No. 9

  • Feb. 21-22, 2019
  • Instructors: Elise Bean, Justin Rood, Amanda Neely, Veronique Pluvoise
  • Campers: 26
  • Location: HSGAC hearing room

Boot camp media

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