BJU American Government Chapter 15
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What act sets the regulations for hiring federal employees?
Government jobs are filled using what type of method?
What act established the Civil Service Commission?
The Civil Service Commission was created because of what event?
Assassination of President Garfield
The 'spoils system' was created by who?
Limits placed on the political activities of government employees is listed in which act?
The president's frontline staff (close friends and supporters) are called what?
White House Office
The president's policymaking group that is placed over security and intelligence matters is called what?
National Security Council
What type of agency is the U.S. Postal Service considered to be?
What was the first regulatory agency called?
Interstate Commerce Commission
The agency created to generate, sell, and distribute electric power is called what?
Tennessee Valley Authority
What act required federal agencies to hold well-announced public hearings?
What are 3 problematic characteristics of the bureaucracy?
Unresponsive to the president's wishes
Uses gobbledygook to hide the truth
Is often impersonal
What did President Reagan establish in order to investigate wasteful government spending?
A civil servant dedicated to the details of administrative procedures is called what?
An administrative system in which agencies staffed largely by nonelected officials perform specific tasks in accordance with standard procedures is called what?
What was the precursor to the Office of Personnel Management?
the Civil Service Commission
The New Deal and World War II led to the development of what?
The pay and job conditions for federal workers are set by who?
Who serves as the official spokesperson for the president?
Who created the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives?
President George W. Bush
What was the last cabinet-level position created?
Department of Homeland Security
List the original cabinet departments
Department of the Treasury
Department of (War) Defense
Department of Justice
Most bureaucracy operates under which branch of the government?
Which part of the White House staff is responsible for administration of staff salaries, allotment of staff positions, among many other things?
Office of Management and Administration
What act abolished the 'spoils system'?
Under which system did the president reward (with government jobs) those who helped him to gain power?
Cabinet appointments must be approved by who?
What percentage of appointed positions in the government must be approved by the Senate?
Where do most Defense Department employees work?
Who oversees the nation's food stamp program?
Department of Agriculture
Which cabinet department has the largest budget?
Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Education was at one time linked to which other department?
Department of Health and Welfare
Immigration and Naturalization is now part of which department?
Department of Homeland Security
All independent agencies are accountable to who?
Name the 3 types of independent agencies
Independent executive agency
What is an example of an independent executive agency?
What are examples of government corporations?
TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority)
USPS (U.S. Postal Service)
What are examples of regulatory commissions?
FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)
How is the federal bureaucracy quasi-legislative, quasi-executive, and quasi-judicial?
Legislative - suggests bills to Congress
Judicial - provides due process for those involved in disputes with an agency
Executive - plays a role in enforcing the regulations created
Why is the federal bureaucracy referred to as the "fourth branch of government"?
1) Agencies are independent of other branches of government
2) It's the largest segment of the national government
3) It's officials can control the information that Congress receives and influence legislation and policy
4) It's security over internal affairs results in greater independence from the other branches of government