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Bureaucratic "Pathologies"

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Jon Avero

on 13 November 2013

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Red Tape

: The complex bureaucratic rules and procedures that must be followed to get anything done.
Imperialism: The tendency of agencies to grow without regard to the benefits that their programs will bring or how much the programs cost.


Education Department
Five major problems with
Red tape
Exists to ensure that one part of an organization doesn't operate out of step with another.
Is a consequence of being a big organization.
Exists because some agencies seem to be working at cross-purposes with other agencies.
The problem occurs because Congress often wishes to accomplish many, inconsistent goals.
Example: the Agricultural Research Service tells farmers how to grow crops more efficiently while the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service pays farmers to grow fewer crops.
Is usually know as "wasteful duplication"
Example: Customs Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration both attempt to intercept illegal drugs.
Duplication: occurs when two government agencies seem to be doing the same thing.
Exists because agencies are seeking goals so vague and difficult to attain.
Waste: Spending more than is needed to buy some product or service.
Exists because of
red tape
Example: Paying $91 for screws that cost 3 cents.
Conflict / Duplication - Congress would need to set clear priorities and distinct policy choices.
Imperialism - Some way would have to be found to measure the benefits of government.
Waste - to reduce waste, the government needs more rules and inspectors (
red tape
*Most of these solutions are
impossible or improbable.
Created in 1867, but was demoted to an office in 1868.
Recreated by Jimmy Carter in 1979 and began operating in 1980.
Criticisms: Creation of No Child Left Behind Act.
Improperly gauges school progress.
Establish policy for, administer, and coordinate most federal assistance to education.
Collect data on US schools.
Enforce federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights.
Doesn't establish schools and colleges.
Budget: $69.9 Billion
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