Essay on The Fourth Branch of Government

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UNIT 3 ESSAY: THE FOURTH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT Norma Rogers January 4, 2011 Kaplan University Dr. Warren PA165-01 The Fourth Branch of Government It has been taught since elementary school that the United States government consists of three branches, including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. However, in those early days, there were no lessons on the influential fourth branch of government that operates alongside the other three and plays a central and increasingly active role in the system of checks and balances that was apparently designed to keep any one group from getting too much power. This essay defines the fourth branch of government and discusses its implications and increased powers, as well…show more content…
For example, the Department of Justice functions as the administrative agency that addresses the legal concerns of the federal government and individuals. Within the Department of Justice is another agency known as the Drug Enforcement Administration which according to its website enforces laws and regulations against controlled dangerous substances, including illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine trafficking. Every place people visit, whatever people eat, buy, grow, wear, read, watch, send, and/or receive are governed by some agency rule or regulation. Take for instance, in New Jersey, a leisurely park is regulated by a town’s local Park Commission, which is regulated by the State Division of Parks and Forests, which is regulated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, all of which are administrative agencies within the fourth branch of government. Additionally, vegetables bought at a local grocery store are agency regulated. The vegetables must be free of pesticides and other pollutants regulated by the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Someone deposited money in their bank account and it suddenly disappeared because of fraudulent
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