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POSI 2310 Ch 13

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POSI 2310 Ch 13 2310

Texas State
GPA 3.3
Principles of American Government
Joshua Quinn

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Notes on Chapter 13 - The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government
Principles of American Government
Joshua Quinn
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Date Created: 10/23/15
POSI 2310 Ch 13 The Federal Bureaucracy Administering the Government 0 Groups of agencies that carry out policy 0 Hierarchal authority know chain of command 0 Job specialization specific tasks 0 Formulized rules all decisions made from these I Origin and Structure of the Federal Bureaucracy a Initially small 3000 employees in 1800 b Federal government s role confined not much responsibility i Defense ii Foreign affairs iii Currency iv Interstate commerce v Delivery of mail c Dramatic growth in latter part of 1800s in response to economic growth i Department of Agriculture ii Department of Commerce and Labor d Biggest growth spurt in the 1930s in response to the Great Depression i SEC SSA FDIC TVA ii Took on more responsibility and created more branches of government e Types of federal agencies i Cabinet departments 1 Fifteen department heads State Defense Justice etc 2 All have Secretary except Justice which is Attorney General ii Independent agencies 1 Narrower area of responsibility CIA NASA etc 2 Heads appointed by president 3 Apart from Cabinet because hard to categorize iii Regulatory agencies 1 SEC EPA etc 2 Need for ongoing regulation economic activities 3 Help develop lawlike regulations 4 Judge if groups are abiding by their regulations iv Government corporations 1 USPS FDIC Amtrak etc 2 Charge for their services receive federal funds 3 Governed by a board of directors v Presidential commissions 1 Permanent commissions Civil Rights Fine Arts a Provide special advice for the president b Ongoing need 2 Temporary Bush s Commission to Strengthen Social Security f Federal employment i 250000 civilian employees ii Most hired by merit criteria 1 Specialized skills or high test scores iii Patronage system designed to improve link between administration and the people 1 Mild to low level positions 2 Abuses spoils system a Whoever won in office would use high positions to bribe favors corruption iv Merit system 1 Neutral competence 2 Neutral loyalty hire based on competence 3 Problem creates career bureaucrats bias from partisan loyalty The Budgetary Process a Year and a half long begins with presidential guidelines i Where to concentrate b Agencies develop detailed budget president finalizes with OMB Office of Management amp Budget c Congress alters through budget and appropriations committees full House and Senate vote i 23 not discretionary 13 discretionary d President signs or vetoes Policy and Power in the Bureaucracy a Administrative agencies chief task policy implementation i Wide discretion in some areas 1 Given objectives but no specifics on how to do it ii Rulemaking 1 How laws turn into daily practice 2 Majority from bureaucrats iii Originating policy ideas iv Stick to rules even if breaking the rules would have a better outcome b The agency point of view i Groupthink when around people that think the same as you you tend to think that s the way the world works ii Comes naturally to highranking civil servants 1 80 of heads rise through agency iii Cemented by professionalism 1 Creates agenda and loyalty iv Distorts government priorities v Agency must seek support wherever it can find it 1 President Congress political parties a President has broad ideas parties are not extensive support 2 Agencies are forced to play politics c Sources of bureaucratic power i Expertise ii Clientele groups 1 Reciprocal relationship 2 People they serve that benefit from agency iii Friends in high places 1 Agency goals may conflict with president or Congress but they still need agency expertise and competency d Educational backgrounds of bureaucrats i Germany 1 29 social science humanities business other 2 8 natural science engineering 3 63 law ii Great Britain 1 71 social science humanities business other 2 26 natural science engineering 3 3 law iii United States 1 50 social science humanities business other 2 32 natural science engineering 3 18 law IV Democracy and Bureaucratic Accountability a Accountability through the presidency i Reorganization 1 Eliminating wasteful spending putting the customer first reducing red tape ii Presidential appointments iii OMB budgets regulations and legislative procedures b Accountability through Congress i The quotpower of the purse control the money ii Oversight function increased use of GAO 1 Seeing if policy implementation matches legislative function iii Ways to constrain the bureaucracy before it acts 1 Drafting laws with specific instructions for implementation 2 Sunset provisions a Must end at predetermined date c Accountability through the courts i An injured party can bring suit against an agency d Accountability within the bureaucracy itself i Senior Executive Services SES 1 Compromise between experts and the president decide proper outcome of policy ii Administrative lawjudges 1 Work in agency less formal specialize in policy area iii Whistleblowing 1 Reporting corruption or waste within the government iv Demographic representativeness


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