The Bureaucracy

The Bureaucracy - 5.12 The Bureaucracy 1. Define...

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5.12 – The Bureaucracy 1. Define congressional oversight. Congressional oversight is the implied power that refers to the review, monitoring, and supervision of federal agencies, programs, activities, and policy implementation of the Executive Branch by Congress. 2. Describe three methods of congressional oversight Legislative hearings by standing committees are where measures or policy issues that may become public law are presented; here witnesses, special interest groups, etc. are heard before something is finally decided upon. These often regard the review, restructuring, or supervision of various federal agency functions. Authorization, appropriation, and investigative hearings are also often employed as a means for Congress to keep a check on the Executive Branch. Specialized investigations by select committees are another way congressional oversight is enacted; the Watergate scandal serves as a prime example of Congress’ enforcement of its implied power through the abridgement of executive privilege, as supported by the
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