Oversight in the New Congress: A Primer on Congressional Inquiries and a Preview of Democratic Priorities

Tuesday, February 09, 2021
12:00 PM EST

As Democrats assume control this year of both houses of Congress and the executive branch, companies can expect a significant increase in congressional and regulatory scrutiny. Congressional oversight of the private sector typically increases when Democrats are in charge, especially during Democratic administrations. Democratic committee chairs will use oversight inquiries and hearings to focus attention on the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the full array of issues central to the Democratic congressional agenda.

Congressional inquiries present unique challenges with strategic considerations that differ from other government investigations or civil litigation. In a webinar on February 9, Bradley Partner Michael Gordon will provide an introduction to congressional oversight, including:

  • Congress’ investigatory tools and powers
  • The rules governing congressional oversight
  • Defenses and rights of subjects of congressional investigations
  • Strategic and practical considerations for recipients of congressional letters and subpoenas
  • Likely oversight priorities in the new Congress
Michael Gordon spent years leading investigations for several Democratic-led U.S. House Committees and has represented banks and financial services companies in numerous congressional investigations. In addition, Michael has served in senior positions at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and U.S. Treasury Department.