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1 Executive Offices of the President and Bureaucracy

2 Executive Offices of the President The Executive Office consists of agencies that report directly to the president and perform staff services for him, led by the Chief of Staff Some agencies are large bureaucracies. The president appoints the top positions, but unlike the White House Staff members, these Executive Office appointees must be confirmed by the Senate. Modern EOP created under the Reorganization Act of 1939 - with the goal of: –To reduce expenditures –To increase efficiency –To consolidate agencies according to major purposes –To reduce the number of agencies by consolidating those having similar functions and by abolishing such as may not be necessary –To eliminate overlapping and duplication of effort.

3 EOP The National Security Council advises the president on American military affairs and foreign policy. The NSC consists of the president, the vice president, and the secretaries of state and defense. The president’s national security adviser runs the staff of the NSC and also advises the president. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the largest office in the EOP, and it has the job of preparing the national budget that the president proposes to Congress every year. The OMB also monitors the spending of funds approved by Congress and checks the budgets and records of executive agencies. The National Economic Council helps the president with economic planning. The council consists of three leading economists and is assisted by about 60 other economists, attorneys, and political scientists. The NEC is the president’s major source of advice and information about the nation’s economy.

4 EOP Websites http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eo p/nschttp://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eo p/nsc http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/ http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eo p/nechttp://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eo p/nec

5 The Cabinet Cabinet Officers are heads of the 15 major departments Cabinet officers serve as advisors, but depending the administration plays a limited role in deliberation. Appointed by the President and confirmed by Congress 14 Cabinet positions - with the order of creation used for certain protocol. Inner Cabinet - Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General and Secretary of Defense

6 The Cabinet includes: the Vice President Heads of 15 executive departments –Health and Human Services –Homeland Security –Housing and Urban Development –Interior –Labor –State –Transportation –Treasury –Veterans Affairs –Attorney General –Agriculture –Commerce –Defense –Education –Energy

7 Bureaucracy a large, complex organization of appointed, not elected, officials. Bureaucracies exist in many countries in many areas of life, including corporations, universities, and local and state governments. The term actually comes from the French word bureau, a reference to the small desks that the king’s representatives set up in towns as they traveled across the country doing the king’s business.

8 Bureaucracy according to Max Weber hierarchical authority structure - A chain of command that is hierarchical; the top bureaucrat has ultimate control, and authority flows from the top down. task specialization - A clear division of labor in which every individual has a specialized job extensive rules - Clearly written, well-established formal rules that all people in the organization follow clear goals - A clearly defined set of goals that all people in the organization strive toward the merit principle - Merit-based hiring and promotion; no granting of jobs to friends or family unless they are the best qualified impersonality - Job performance that is judged by productivity, or how much work the individual gets done

9 American Federal Bureaucracy 1.Divided supervision 2.Close public scrutiny 3.Regulation rather than public ownership

10 Growth of Bureaucracy Article II, section 3 of the Constitution allows the president to appoint officers not mentioned in the Constitution 1789-1829 bureaucrats were made up of wealthy, white, landowning males Patronage Pendleton Act - Civil Service Commision

11 Modern Bureaucracy The Office of Personnel Management –administers civil service laws, rules, and regulations. –administers written examinations for the competitive service, which includes about two-thirds of all appointed officials and is in charge of hiring for most agencies. The Merit Systems Protection Board –protects the integrity of the federal merit system and the rights of federal employees –hears charges of wrongdoing and employee appeals against agency actions and orders disciplinary actions against agency executives or employees.

12 Bureaucracy Data About 57% are male, 43% are female. About 73% are white, 27% are minority (includes blacks, Asians, native Americans, and Hispanics). About 33% are hired by the Defense Department, 26% by the Postal Service, and 41% in other agencies. Only about 10% work in the Washington area, 90% work in other parts of the United States. The average age is about 42. The number of federal employees per 1,000 people in the U.S. population has decreased from over 14 in the early 1970s to a little over 10 by the late 1990s. Bureaucrats hold a huge variety of jobs, but most federal employees are white-collar workers, such as secretaries, clerks, lawyers, inspectors, and engineers. Nearly 20,000 federal civilian employees work in U.S. territories, and another 100,000 work in foreign nations.

13 Organization of the Bureaucracy The Cabinet Departments Independent Regulatory Agencies Government Corporations Independent Executive Agencies

14 Cabinet Departments The Department of State (founded in 1789) The Department of Treasury (founded in 1789) The Department of Defense (created in 1947, but replaced the Department of War, founded in 1789) The Department of Justice (created in 1870 to serve the attorney general, a position created by George Washington in 1789) The Department of the Interior (created in 1849) The Department of Agriculture (created in 1862) The Department of Commerce (created in 1903 as the Department of Commerce and Labor)

15 Cabinet Departments cont. The Department of Labor (separated from the Department of Commerce in 1913) The Department of Health and Human Services (created as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1953) The Department of Housing and Urban Development (created in 1966) The Department of Transportation (created in 1966) The Department of Energy (created in 1977) The Department of Education (separated from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1979) The Department of Veterans Affairs (created in 1988) The Department of Homeland Security (created in 2002)

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18 Independent Regulatory Agencies The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) - Founded in 1887, the ICC is the oldest of the regulatory agencies. It first regulated railroads, but now oversees trucking as well. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - The FTC regulates business practices and controls monopolies The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - The NLRB regulates labor-management relations. The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) - The FRB governs banks and regulates the supply of money. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) - The SEC polices the stock market.

19 Government Corporations The Corporation for Public Broadcasting The Tennessee Valley Authority The U.S. Postal Service Amtrak

20 Independent Executive Agencies The General Services Administration (GSA) - The GSA operates and maintains federal properties, handling buildings, supplies, and purchasing. The National Science Foundation (NSF) - The NSF supports scientific research. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - NASA administers the United States space program, financing ventures into space since 1958.

21 Iron Triangles CONGRESS BUREAUCRACY INTEREST GROUPS Iron Triangle - three-way alliance among legislators, bureaucrats, and interest groups to make or preserve policies that benefit their respective interests

22 Iron Triangles

23 How it works? Everyone in the triangle has a similar interest Legislators get funding from interest groups and make laws reality with the help of the bureaucracy Interest groups provide valued information to bureaucrats and money to legislators Bureau chiefs implement legislator policy and interest group goals.

24 Why are they “iron”? Strong – bond can’t be broken by President or Congress Referred to as “sub governments,” all the real decisions are made among these 3 groups Might maintain interests that might not be publicly popular… like what?

25 Department of Defense

26 Department of Education


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