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Congressional oversight describes the function that the legislative branch performs when it oversees, or watches over, the actions of the executive branch, particularly its agencies and bureaus. Congressional oversight over the executive branch and its agencies serves both practical purposes and democratic principles. The theoretical underpinnings for congressional oversight are found in
the Constitution's system of checks and balances. In Federalist No. 51, James Madison reflected on human nature and assumed those serving in office would be ambitious, and thus the structure of the government needed to be designed so that “ambition must be made to counteract ambition [and] the interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place.”
From American Governance.