On July 16th, the Urban Institute hosted a discussion on government efficiency and effectiveness in the context of David Eichenthal and Daniel Feldman’s new book, The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Corruption in Government. The event featured an introduction by Senator Bob Corker followed by a presentation from Eichenthal and Feldman. A panel of experts then discussed the challenges in creating more effective and accountable federal, state, and local governments and consider different ways to approach watchdog activities, including investigations, audits, data trends, and program evaluations. How will this combination of art and science improve the quality of oversight?
- Sarah Rosen Wartell, president, Urban Institute
- The Honorable Bob Corker, US Senator, Tennessee
- David R. Eichenthal, executive director, National Resource Network, and coauthor, The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Corruption in Government
- Daniel L. Feldman, associate professor of public management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and coauthor, The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Corruption in Government
- Danielle Brian, executive director, Project on Government Oversight
- Orice Williams Brown, managing director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, Government Accountability Office
- Mark Funkhouser, director, Governing Institute, former mayor of Kansas City and city auditor
About the book
In The Art of the Watchdog, Daniel L. Feldman and David R. Eichenthal draw on their own work in federal, state, and local government oversight over the past forty years. They explore the tools and techniques needed to put the spotlight on those who cheat and steal from the public or who squander valuable taxpayer dollars through waste and inefficiency. At the same time, Feldman and Eichenthal outline what they see as the good and the bad of current oversight efforts based on case studies from across the nation. Ultimately their goal is to ensure that the "art of the watchdog" does not become a lost one and to improve the quality and integrity of government and strengthen democracy.