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1
Legally, the federal bureaucracy derives the general authority for its programs from
A)acts of Congress.
B)federalism.
C)regulatory rulings.
D)court rulings.
E)the will of the people.
2
Today's federal bureaucracy is much like the early bureaucracy because appointments to it are primarily based on
A)educational background.
B)commitment to a strong national government.
C)prior loyalty to the cause of independence.
D)wealth.
E)competence.
3
Which of the following is not part of Weber's model of a bureaucracy?
A)record keeping
B)division of labor
C)the concept of hierarchy
D)standard operating procedures
E)special incidents departments
4
Federal bureaucrats with the authority to shape policy are generally
A)former federal judges.
B)elected by the state in which they reside.
C)political appointees.
D)career civil servants.
E)None of these answers is correct.
5
The chief way that administrative agencies exercise power over policy is through
A)rulemaking or deciding how a law will operate in practice.
B)judicial interpretation, or mandating the constitutionality or unconstitutionality of a new statute.
C)hiring and firing government personnel in the name of efficiency and effectiveness.
D)testifying before Congress on the merits or demerits of a proposed regulation or law.
E)None of these answers is correct.
6
The courts have tended to support administrators as long as their agencies
A)choose rules that save money.
B)rules apply a reasonable interpretation of a statute.
C)follow what the president demands of them.
D)have adequate funding.
E)don't come into conflict with state governments.
7
Congress generally
A)tries to monitor the bureaucracy closely.
B)allows the bureaucracy to define broad policy goals.
C)sets broad policy and then allows the bureaucracy discretion in implementing it.
D)trusts the president to manage the bureaucracy, thereby relieving itself of the need to oversee the bureaucracy's activities.
E)holds continuous hearings to ensure bureaucratic accountability.
8
What law created the Senior Executive Service?
A)Civil Service Act of 1993
B)Senior Executive Service Act of 1966
C)Civil Service Reform Act of 1978
D)Civil Service Advancement Act of 1996
E)None of these answers is correct
9
In terms of holding the bureaucracy accountable, the most important unit within the Executive Office of the President is the
A)Office of Policy Development.
B)Office of Management and Budget.
C)Council of Economic Advisors.
D)White House Office.
E)Office of the Vice President.
10
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are
A)all agencies within cabinet departments.
B)all independent agencies.
C)all regulatory agencies.
D)two cabinet departments and a regulatory agency.
E)respectively, an agency within a cabinet department, an independent agency, and a regulatory agency.
11
Congress, according to the Supreme Court, has the power not only to legislate but to
A)conduct investigations.
B)hire and fire bureaucrats.
C)guide the president in formulating foreign policy.
D)recommend federal prosecution of bureaucrats who violate campaign laws.
E)None of these answers is correct.
12
Congress and the president, if they agree, can
A)nullify a rule promulgated by a federal agency rule.
B)unseat a vice-president.
C)temporarily suspend the Fifth Amendment.
D)investigate the judicial branch.
E)None of these answers is correct.







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