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Need help writing 5 pages response to a legislative hearing and testimony video. The video only 9 minutes.

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A Testimony Critique in a Performance Oversight Committee



A Testimony Critique in a Performance Oversight Committee
The hearing that I attended is of the Committee of Finance and Revenue, Performance
Oversight Committee on Finance and Revenue Oversight Hearing that was held by Jack
Evans, who is the chairperson of the council. I chose this hearing since it touches some of my
areas of interests like finance and revenue allocation. This testimony critique paper will
highlight levels of effectiveness in Michael’s testimony to the legislative committee, the goal
of his testimony, the integrity conveyed, and the provision of a written statement.
The Hearing Environment
The performance and revenue oversight hearing was conducted by the Council of the
District of Columbia, and it took place in the afternoon from 2:15 PM. The oversight hearing
concerned the transit authority of Metro and the agency’s fiscal year 2017-2018 performance
budget. The meeting was presided by the chairman, his three council/committee members,
and four observers. The interior décor of John-William building where the hearing was held
is composed of a dazzling selection of some beautiful furniture. The interior décor and
furniture arrangement makes it easier for everyone to communicate effectively as well as to
maintain eye contact throughout the session. Every person’s desk was fitted with a
microphone to ensure audibility and clarity of comments.
Testimony Critique
In most cases, policy-makers make decisions depending on the considerable interest
of a variety of constituents, like lobbyists, advocacy groups, media, academic scholars and
the public. In this oversight hearing, most of the testimonies observed the utilization of the of
the problem-solving model that involves the direct application of specific studies to ending
decisions. There are also some aspects of a political model in their testimonies since it holds



the assumption that the policy-makers already have a decision even before receiving the
statements. All the four advocates addressing the legislative issues all aim at reaching into the
lives of every person as well as institutions every day. All the problems addressed are issues
affecting legislators and the social workers too. The core issue in this performance oversight
hearing mostly concerns the best use of the taxpayer’s money and how the recent legislative
decisions are disenchanted the social welfare programs. Just like social workers, the public
witnesses giving testimonies in this performance oversight committee have realized that they
have a big role to play in speaking out on a variety of issues that have special information as
well as insight.
I have chosen the first witness to provide his testimony, and he goes by the name
Michael. Michael seems to be different from other public witnesses since he does not
represent any professional group; that is why he calls himself the only lone ranger among the
witnesses in the hall. Michaels testimony is about the procedures for public comments. I think
that the way he starts addressing his testimony he seems to be an effective advocate in that
council meeting but as he proceeded he started losing the main points of his testimony.
I think Michaels testimony gets disadvantaged when he seems to be unaware of the
relevant values that guide any social worker’s action since he was unable ...

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