Control over the Bureaucracy

Controlover the Bureaucracy

Controlover the Bureaucracy

Bureaucracyis a government body that comprises of non-elected officials. It hasa set of a hierarchy of authority, division of labor, writtenstringent rules, and impersonal relationships. In the United States,the federal bureaucracy is mandated with the enactment of policies ofthe president and the Congress (Wilson,DiIulio, and Bose, 2016).It is referred to as the “fourth branch” of government. TheCongress is the creator of bureaucracy with powers to disband theagency.

TheFederal bureaucracy is under the executive branch of the government.However, judiciary and legislative also have some influence in it.For instance, the court is involved in the issues of law such as whenan agency oversteps its jurisdiction or in the case of violation ofcivil service regulation (Dunleavy,2014).On the other hand, the Congress controls the GovernmentAccountability Office, Congressional Research Service, and theLibrary of Congress. The president has the ultimate authority forimplementing and administering the decisions of the federalbureaucracy. He appoints the heads of departments, which allows himto have significant influence over policies of the variousdepartments and agencies (Henry,2015).

However,there is tension between the Congress and the president, as thecreators and the executive in charge of the bureaucracy respectively.Additionally, rigid protocols, overlapping responsibilities, and thesheer size frustrate those working with the Congress. Lavelle(2013) says that tension occurs whereby there is mixed messages tothe bureaucracies from the elective branches of the government, theCongress and the President which has policy implications. Bureaucratsare likely to respond to the needs of the House and Senateauthorizing and overseeing them. There is also bureaucratic driftwhere the bureaucracy might produce a policy that they like ratherthan the original intention of the authoritative policy makers.


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