Bureaucracy WEBQuest
AP Government and Politics

Directions: This assignment requires you to examine various parts of our government's immense bureaucracy. Use the links provided below to work on the activity. Be sure to share the documents with your partner so you can both work on it. You will be turning in a hard copy on the day it is due.

  1. From the Executive Office of the President choose one.

    A-What office did you choose? What is its job?B-Each department/agency's web site should promote a recent proposal or achievement. What does your department/agency brag about?

  2. Independent agencies - Select one of the following agencies: Environmental Protection Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Peace Corps, NASA

    A-What office did you choose? What is its job? B-Each department/agency's web site should promote a recent proposal or achievement. What does your department/agency brag about?

  3. Independent Regulatory Commissions Select one of the boards/commissions: Federal Communications Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Consumer Product Safety Commission

    A-What office did you choose? What is its job?
    B-Each department/agency's web site should promote a recent proposal or achievement. What does your department/agency brag about?

  4. Government Corporations- Select one of the agencies: AMTRAK, Tennessee Valley Authority, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, United States Post Office

    A-What office did you choose? What is its job?
    B-Each department/agency's web site should promote a recent proposal or achievement. What does your department/agency brag about?

5. The more well known positions in the government bureaucracy are the cabinet offices. Quickly examine three of the offices and accumulate information for the simulation.

A. Go to the Justice Department’s website, then link to the FBI. Search for the “Most Wanted List.” Name one of the people on the list. What are his/her crimes? Copy and paste his/her picture on your answer sheet.

B. Go to the Treasury Department’s website, then scroll to the bottom of the page and follow link to Federal Mint. Then look for Product Schedule. What are some of the new products that are being released?

C. Go to the Department of Defense’ s website, then the About DOD. Who is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

D. Simulation: Washington, D.C. is an extremely competitive, political town and you must work hard to keep your agency an important part of government. You will be assigned a cabinet department. Assume it's the beginning of the legislative calendar and you must compete with other agencies and departments for a part of the budget and a high profile emphasis from the President. It's up to your team to argue why your department deserves increased funding in the upcoming year. Develop a list of a minimum of 8 bullet points that speak to your agency's overall significance. Your will be responsible for presenting this portion to the class.