Government Vocab

  1. Appropriation
    A legislative grant of money to finance a government program or agency.
  2. Authorizing Legislation
    Legislative permission to begin or continue a government program or agency. Authorizations may be annual, multiyear, or permanent.
  3. Bureaucracy
    A large, complex organization composed of appointed officials.
  4. Committee Clearance
    The ability of a congressional committee to review and approve certain agency decisions in advance and without passing a law.
  5. Competitive Service
    The government offices to which people are appointed on the basis of merit as ascertained by a written examination or by meeting certain selection criteria such as training or educational attainments.
  6. Discretionary Authority
    The extent to which appointed bureaucrats can choose courses of action and make policies that are not spelled out in advance by laws.
  7. Iron Triangle
    A close relationship between an agency, a congressional committee, and an interest group.
  8. Issue Network
    A network of people in Washington D.C. based in interest groups, on congressional staffs, in universities and think tanks, and in the mass media who regularly discuss and advocate public policies.
  9. Laissez-faire
    An economic theory that government should not regulate or interfere with commerce.
  10. Legislative Veto
    The register of a presidential or administrative agency action by a vote of one or both houses of Congress without the consent of the president. In 1983 the Supreme Court declared practice to be unconstitutional.
  11. Red Tape
    Complex bureaucratic rules and procedures that must be followed to get something done.
  12. Trust Funds
    Funds for government programs that are collected and spent outside the regular government budget.
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Government Vocab
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