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Researching a Government Agency
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 A typed 6 to 8 page research paper: the paper is a critical analysis of a government agency. You will research the function of the agency, who it serves, and its budget – how much it spends and on what.  You will offer a critical analysis of how well the agency functions – is it worth tax-payer dollars? The attached sheet explains this assignment.  The report will be due on Tuesday November 17th.  The paper counts as 1/3 of your grade


Research Paper Details

Analysis of a Government Agency


Your assignment is to investigate a government agency – federal, state, or local that deals directly with the public.  You can choose an agency whose function it is to regulate public activities, or redistribute wealth, or provide services, or support private sector activities.  Suggestions for possible agencies to choose will be discussed in class.  The paper will include:


a)               An overview of the function of the agency:

·       The agency’s profile –

                          i.     federal, state, local

                         ii.     size and scope

                         ii.     budget

·       The agency’s broad function (regulate, redistribute, etc.)

·       Examples of its specific functions

·       Its employees

i.       how many

ii.     major functions

·       The type of people (demographically and/or economically) who take advantage of its services or who are regulated by the agency


b)               Publically available critique of the agency

·       Watch-dog groups that track the agency’s activities and what they say about the agency’s work

·       Web sites, blogs or other public media and the general tenor of their comments about the agency

·       Does the agency fulfill its mission according to its critics and/or those who monitor the agency


c)               Finally, a summary conclusion that gives your opinion of the agency

·       Is its mission viable, realistic, important for the public good

·       Does it fulfill its mission

·       Is it worth the money it costs the public tax-payers and if so why or why not

·       Could its function be cut or eliminated without significant harm to the public good

·       Your future projections for the agency


The public agency report is due on Tuesday November 17th.

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