In response to a clip of President Trump, Todd Gaziano, discussed regulations and rulemaking in the federal bureaucracy. He gave his opinion on the Constitutionality of these regulations.
Regulatory agencies are a part of the executive branch and ensure the compliance of legislation. Each regulatory agency was created around a specific mission and is responsible for enforcing rules on certain issues and industries. This lesson explores costs and benefits of regulations and provides examples of six different regulatory agencies. These include the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Have the students view both videos in the Bell Ringer below and answer all of the questions. After viewing discuss the benefits and drawbacks of regulations and regulatory agencies.
BELL RINGER: Costs and Benefits of Regulations (2 Clips)
Have the students use the Regulatory Agencies Handout to take notes on the purposes and examples of topics for each regulatory agency.
VIDEO CLIP: The Role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (2:46)
VIDEO CLIP: The Federal Aviation Administration (2:12)
VIDEO CLIP: Federal Trade Commission (1:42)
VIDEO CLIP: The Role of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (1:47)
VIDEO CLIP: Role of the Food and Drug Administration (:53)
VIDEO CLIP: The Purpose of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (1:52)
VIDEO CLIP: The Role of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (2:31)
After viewing the videos, students will discuss as a class or in groups how each of these regulatory agencies impact their lives and how effective these agencies are at accomplishing their missions.
Before exiting the class, have the students summarize regulatory agencies by answering the following questions:
Create an Agency- Identify a problem in the United States that is not being addressed. If the government were to create an agency to address this issue, what would it look like. Create an agency to help regulate this issue. Use the following guiding questions to help you.
Additional Writing Prompts:
This lesson examines bureaucratic rule-making in four agencies (EPA, IRS, FCC and Department of Education). The lesson also focuses on how other branches of the federal government can check this power through Congressional oversight and judicial review.
This Bell Ringer includes two clips of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt