8.5 the role of bureaucracy in policy



Step 1: Establish Background

Work through the three interactive lessons on the origins, development, and reform of the federal bureaucracy, and complete the forum on bureaucracy and everyday life.

Step 2: Watch Videos

View the following six videos about the federal bureaucracy and answer the assigned number of questions for each video.

Video 1

Watch this video, https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?5753 

Answer one of the following questions: 

Why did the Founding Fathers vest the legislative (law-making) power in Congress through Article I of the Constitution? What were they worried about?

  • Why are laws as written by Congress not sufficiently useful? What role can federal agencies play?
Video 2

Watch this video,  https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?5752 

Answer one of the following questions:

  • Which Obama legislative initiatives are criticized as burdensome on business?
  • What are the historic roots of today’s regulatory regime?
  • How has Congress delegated increasing authority to bureaucratic agencies?
  • How do these bureaucratic agencies benefit members of Congress?
  • What is one proposed solution to give Congress more control over administrative regulations?
Videos 3, 4, 5, and 6

Watch each video below: 



 https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?5756 Act (opens in a new window)


Answer two of the following questions based on the video and your additional research:  

  • Is there an issue of bureaucratic discretion being exceeded by the agency/commission? 
  • Has Congress taken measures to ensure that the agency follows legislative intent in its regulations? 
  • Has any federal court reviewed the regulations? If so, what was its conclusion? 

Step 3: Write an Essay

Write your responses to the questions you selected in Step 2 (Watch Videos) in an essay of at least three paragraphs. Please submit your completed project using the “Add Submission” link below. Submit your work as an MS Word or a PDF file. This project will be graded according to the marking guide provided.


U.s. federal bureaucracy and public policy

U.S. Federal Bureaucracy and Public Policy Worksheet

Part I:

Review the 15 executive departments listed below, and select 5 of them:

  • U.S. Department of State 
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Department of Defense 
  • U.S. Department of Justice *
  • U.S. Department of the Interior 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • U.S. Department of Commerce 
  • U.S. Department of Labor  *
  • U.S. Department of Transportation 
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  *
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  *
  • U.S. Department of Energy 
  • U.S. Department of Education *
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Use the departments you selected to complete the matrix below. Consider how these agencies may affect you personally and professionally. 

Major Federal Department

Sub-Departments (List at Least 3)

Identify Departments’ Functions

Sample: U.S. Department of the Interior

National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs 

They oversee the National Parks, manage land resources and potential protected lands, and oversee Native American affairs and needs.

Part II:

Complete the following question and summaries.

  1. Summarize the 5 departments you selected in a minimum of 90 words.
  2. How do the 5 departments and their polices affect you personally, professionally, or both?  
  3. Summarize how the policies affect you in a minimum of 90 words.