U.s. federal bureaucracy and public policy

U.S. Federal Bureaucracy and Public Policy Worksheet

Part I:

Review the 15 executive departments listed below, and select 5 of them:

  • U.S. Department of State 
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Department of Defense 
  • U.S. Department of Justice *
  • U.S. Department of the Interior 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • U.S. Department of Commerce 
  • U.S. Department of Labor  *
  • U.S. Department of Transportation 
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  *
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  *
  • U.S. Department of Energy 
  • U.S. Department of Education *
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Use the departments you selected to complete the matrix below. Consider how these agencies may affect you personally and professionally. 

Major Federal Department

Sub-Departments (List at Least 3)

Identify Departments’ Functions

Sample: U.S. Department of the Interior

National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs 

They oversee the National Parks, manage land resources and potential protected lands, and oversee Native American affairs and needs.

Part II:

Complete the following question and summaries.

  1. Summarize the 5 departments you selected in a minimum of 90 words.
  2. How do the 5 departments and their polices affect you personally, professionally, or both?  
  3. Summarize how the policies affect you in a minimum of 90 words.