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Bureaucracy Quiz #3

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This is quiz #3 on bureaucracy.

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following statements best describes the federal civilian work force?
    • A. 

      Political factors play no role in making civil service appointments.

    • B. 

      Employees must pass competitive examinations for promotion.

    • C. 

      Half of the employees in the Executive branch are appointed by the president.

    • D. 

      Federal employees face no limitations on their participation in the political process.

    • E. 

      Once hired, a federal employee can never lose his/her job.

  • 2. 
    The growth of the federal bureaucracy can be attributed to all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      The need to regulate business

    • B. 

      Responsibility of the government for the welfare of the people.

    • C. 

      Administrators who push for larger budgets and staff.

    • D. 

      Supreme Court decisions on federal-state relations.

    • E. 

      The creation of new agencies to give policy issues a high profile.

  • 3. 
    An important difference between an independent executive agency and an independent regulatory agency is that
    • A. 

      Executive agencies are funded through executive departments.

    • B. 

      The head of an executive agency holds cabinet rank.

    • C. 

      Presidential appointments to a regulatory agency serve for a fixed term.

    • D. 

      Executive agencies do no engage in rule making.

    • E. 

      Actions by regulatory agencies must be approved by Congress.

  • 4. 
    An iron triangle refers to the close relationship between
    • A. 

      The White House press corps, the press secretary, major networks.

    • B. 

      Congressional committees, interest groups, federal agencies.

    • C. 

      The national security advisor, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State.

    • D. 

      Congressional campaign committees, PACs, party national committees.

    • E. 

      Defense contractors, Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • 5. 
    A common criticism of the federal bureaucracy is that
    • A. 

      Too many civil servants are political appointees.

    • B. 

      There are no controls over federal agencies.

    • C. 

      The public is unaware of how federal agencies make decisions.

    • D. 

      Overlapping jurisdiction contribute to wasteful spending.

    • E. 

      It is constantly growing in responsibilities and labor force.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is NOT a government corporation?
    • A. 

      Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    • B. 

      Tennessee Valley Authority

    • C. 

      Amtrack

    • D. 

      U.S. Postal Service

    • E. 

      National Endowment for the Arts

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      I only

    • B. 

      I and II only

    • C. 

      II and III only

    • D. 

      I and IV only

    • E. 

      I, II, and IV only

  • 8. 
    With regard to the federal bureaucracy, recent presidents have tried to
    • A. 

      Reduce the size of the work force and reorganize the structure.

    • B. 

      Increase spending for all federal agencies.

    • C. 

      Get Congress to approve additional staffing levels for executive departments.

    • D. 

      Eliminate the Department of Labor

    • E. 

      Limit congressional oversight of independent regulatory agencies

  • 9. 
    All of the following are included in the standard definition of bureaucracy EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Hierarchical organization

    • B. 

      Standard operating procedures

    • C. 

      Patronage

    • D. 

      Specialized tasks

    • E. 

      Formal rules

  • 10. 
    The means Congress has at its disposal to control the bureaucracy include all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Issue networks

    • B. 

      Power of the purse

    • C. 

      Confirmation presidential appointments

    • D. 

      Agency/program authorization

    • E. 

      Oversight hearings

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