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Chicago (our annual spring pilgrimage)

April 27, 2010

Back from our annual spring pilgrimage to Chicago. We stayed in Hyde Park with Rachel’s brother Ross and his wife Meera.  I attended the MPSA conference  was a discussant on for a couple panels “Campaigning to Governing” and (the clumsily titled) “Bureaucratic Leadership Transition and Agency Performance.”

Patrick Roberts presented a paper he and I are writing our CPAP colleague Sang Ok Choi currently titled, “Guarding the Guardians: Oversight Appointees and the Search for Accountability in U.S. Federal Agencies.” It’s a paper looks that the historical development and problem of vacancies among president-appointed, Senate-confirmed appointees in three positions: inspectors general (IGs), chief financial officers (CFOs), and general counsels (GCs).

Dave Parker and I also presented a paper we’re co-autoring – a second – on congressional committee investigtions. This one, “Rooting Out Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: House Committee Investigations, 1947-2004,” looks at investigative hearings across committees and chairmen.

Before leaving on Sunday, guided by Ross’s phone, we caught a couple Southside buses to the Hull House Museum, which consists of only the original house and one or two other structures, the bulk of the buildings that made up the historical settlement house have been replaced by the UIC student center. Anyway, the small museum on the house’s first floor was neat. Meera’s photo of a few of the children’s cubbies displayed in the museum really evokes the spirit of the place:

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