Two congressmen who represent Detroit are asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate emergency managers in Michigan.
Democratic Reps. John Conyers and Gary Peters made their request in a letter sent to the agency Thursday, one week after bankruptcy expert Kevyn Orr was appointed Detroit's emergency financial manager.
Conyers and Peters asked the office to "conduct a study of the Michigan emergency manager law, including the operation of federally funded programs."
In a statement, Conyers says it's "difficult to identify a single instance where an emergency manager has succeeded in turning around the financial fortunes of a city or jurisdiction."
Emergency managers have wide-ranging authority to mend a city's budget.
Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Flint, Ecorse and Allen Park are other cities currently under state oversight.