Online tutorials

In these Levin Center at Wayne Law tutorials, experienced investigators offer advice in 5 to 10 minuLevin Center logote segments 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.

Introduction and Overview

Series 1: Conducting the Investigation


Series 2: Writing Up Investigative Results

Series 3: Holding a Hearing 

Series 4: Following Up on the Investigation

Series 5: Oversight Generally 

Carl Levin on Oversight

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, conducted numerous oversight investigations and hearings throughout his years in the Senate. In November 2018, Senator Levin presented South Carolina State Representative Weston Newton with the Carl Levin Award for Effective Oversight.  The award presentation and ensuing conversation can be viewed here:

In the following video series, Sen. Carl Levin recounts the lessons learned from that work and provides insight into what it takes to achieve effective, bipartisan congressional oversight.

Elise Bean on Oversight

Elise Bean, director of the Levin Center's Washington office and author of Financial Exposure: Carl Levin's Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse, worked for nearly 30 years doing oversight investigations for U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan.  In January 2020, she gave a presentation on the importance of bipartisan, fact-based Congressional oversight, highlighting three case studies from past Levin investigations.