Week 9 11/12/2013
Fiorina, chapter 12; Rourke, chapter 13.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – independent government agency charged with ensuring fair
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Bureaucracy – hierarchical organization of officials w/responsibility for specific tasks.
• Encompasses agencies, grouped under 15 departments.
o Collection of federal agencies that report to a secretary ho serves in the president’s
o 6070 independent agencies (Central Intelligence Agency, Environment
Protection Agency) are freestanding entities.
Do not report to pres. or a board.
3 dozen government corporations – independent org. that fill businessrelated functions.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations.
Bureaucrats – people who staff gov’t bureaus & agencies.
Do not run for election.
• Constitution does not grant them any formal authority.
o By law, many policymaking agencies in the executive branch need not answer directly
o President is seldom the only “boss” of bureaucrats.
Answer to Congress, special interest & voting public.
Laws become effective only when an agency implements t