When people are hired for jobs in political positions because of their qualifications instead of political patronage or personal favor.
A bill passed by Congress and agreed to by the president that allows the federal government to continue paying its bills until a new budget is approved.
A period of drastic decline in the national economy, characterized by decreasing business activity, falling prices, and unemployment.
Programs where the government is legally required to make payments to eligible recipients
An agreement made between the executive branch of the U.S. government and a foreign government without ratification by the Senate.
The branch of government that includes the president and other executive agencies, and is responsible for enforcing the laws.
The doctrine that the president has the authority to withold information from other branches of government, including the courts. By extension, executive privilege implies that presidents are not subject to certain legal proceedings.
The twelve-month period designated by the government (October 1-September 30) for budget and accounting purposes
Freedom of Information Act
A 1966 law that requires the federal government to release any identifiable public information in any administrative agency.
The period at the beginning of a president's term during which the president generally has a good relationship with Congress.
an agency of the United States government that is created by an act of Congress and is independent of the executive agencies
yearly price charged by a lender to a borrower in order for the borrower to obtain a loan, usually expressed as a percentage of the total amount loaned.
when agencies, interest groups, and congressional committees develop close ties and work together to implement programs
Temporary networks that form as a result of an issue, includes interest groups, congressional committees, and executive agencies
when an elected official continues in office during the period between an election defeat and a successor's assumption of office.
Line item veto
power of the president to veto specific previsions in a bill, Congress has tried to give this power to Congress but the Supreme Court struck it down.
A questioning of a candidate for the judiciary or other offices, to determine if the candidate is qualified
The process by which the supply of money in a country is controlled, usually by using interest rates
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
The presidential agency that coordinates agency budgeting requests and advises the President on budget matters
A method of hiring government employees by rewarding faithful party workers and followers with jobs. Also known as the 'spoils' system.
The failure of a president to sign and return a bill fewer than ten days before Congress adjourns.
Pork barrel spending
Appropriation of money towards projects that will only benefit a politician's district
A formal agreement between two or more countries. The president has the power to make treaties but the Senate must pass them.
War Powers Resolution
A law passed by Congress in 1973 that stated that the President could send troops only with a congressional declaration of war, a law passed by congress allowing him to do so, or a national emergency.