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Bureaucracy Quiz #3

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  • 1. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    Critics of government regulation of business argue that I.    regulation leads to higher prices for consumers.II.   regulation adds to corporate profits.III.  regulation ultimately harms the environment.IV.  regulation makes the United States less competitive in world markets.
    • 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. 
    • 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