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Department of State

foreign policy

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Department of the Treasury

managing the monetary resources of the US

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Department of the Interior

protect public lands and natural resources throughout the nation and to oversee relations with Indians

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Department of Agriculture

help famers improve their incomes and expand their markets

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Department of Justice

oversee nation's legal affairs

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Department of Commerce

promote and protect the industrial and commercial segments of the American economy

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Department of Labor

ensures safe working conditions, safe guards a minimum wage, and protects pension rights

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Department of Defense

protects nation's security

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Department of Health and Human Services

directing programs concerned with the health and social services needs of the American people

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

preserve nation's communities and ensure Americans of equal housing opportunities

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Department of Transportation

regulate all aspects of American transportation needs

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Department of Energy

plans energy policy and researches and develops energy technology

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Department of Education

coordinate federal assistance programs for public and private schools

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Department of Veteran Affairs

administers several hospitals to benefit veterans and their families

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Department of Homeland Security

controls the Coast Guard, Border Patrol, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Customs Service, and Federal Emergency Management Agency

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GSA

constructing and maintaining all government buildings

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CIA

gathers info about what is happening in other countries, evaluates it, and passes it to the president, and other foreign policy decision

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TVA

builds dams and supplies electric power for an 8 state area

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FDIC

insures bank accounts up to a certain amount

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USPS

delivers mail and packages

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Purpose of Commissions

make rules for large industries that affect the interests of the public

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the Spoils System

practice of victorious politicians rewarding their followers with government jobs

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civil service system

principle and practice of government employment on the basis of open, competitive examinations and merit

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Office of Personnel Management

fill federal jobs

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The Hatch Act

limits how involved federal government employees can become in elections

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Social Security Act

made it possible for disabled workers to receive payments from the government

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Bureaucracy involvement in lawmaking (3)

- help draft new bills for Congress
- testifying about legislation
- providing lawmakers with technical info they may not have access to

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client groups

the individuals and groups who work with the agency and are most affected by its decisions

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liaison officers

help promote good relations with Congress

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2 major tools Congress uses to influence decision making in federal agencies

- new legislation
- the budget