-a government-owned corporation that provides goods or services for which the private sector presumably cannot meet the need.
ex. U.S. Postal Service
-a federally chartered but privately owned corporation that seeks to improve the flow of credit
ex. Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
Iron triangle: the political alliance of executive branch agencies, congressional committees, and interest groups
Issue Network: loose groupins of people and organizations that seek to influence policy, including not only the members of the traditional iron triangle but also policy experts in universities, think tanks, and the media.
-committee hearings hold bureaucrats to account
-Government Accountability Office- an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress, GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars
-Congressional Review Act- a federal law that requires agencies to send rules to Congress for review 60 days before they take effect
-inspector general- an official within federal agencies who runs independent investigations into bureaucratic operations and makes recommendations to stop waste.
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