What is oversight?
Oversight can mean two different things, depending on the context. Generally, oversight means a mistake or an omission but it can also mean supervision or management and is a term often used with reference to the government.
NASA is an independent agency with no direct executive bureaucratic or cabinet oversight. It is funded through appropriations and budget committees within the federal legislature. Although there is some budgetary oversight, NASA chiefs basically are free to administrate the daily operations without significant managerial oversight. The House committee on Science is the major oversight agency of NASA program implementation.
The United States Postmaster General is responsible for day-to-day oversight and operational oversight for the U.S. Postal Service. Additional guidance and oversight is provided by the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service, of which nine members are appointed by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the Senate.
Legislative oversight" refers to the legislature's review and evaluation of selected activities of the executive branch of government. The legislative branch conducts oversight activities because it not only enacts new programs for the state, but also has a duty to ensure that existing programs are implemented and administered effi ciently, effectively, and in a manner consistent with legislative intent.