The Oregon National Guard ( Orng )

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What is a bureaucracy? Tolbert and Hall (2009) describe in the text, a large formal organization with the characteristics of having, a division of labor, a hierarchy of authority, a set of written rules, resources that are clearly separated from home and the organization, and group of members who are appointed according to qualifications (P. 22). These were the key elements Max Weber, a German scholar described for an ideal type of bureaucracy. The types of bureaucracies that I typically encounter in my workweek is, the Oregon National Guard (ORNG), which is Oregon’s State Militia, under command and control of the state of Oregon Governor. Others include state organizations such as Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM), Oregon Department of Health Authority (OHA), and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). These four organizations operate independently from each other, nonetheless are tied together during times of a State of Emergency, when called upon by the Governor with the same goal, which is to save human lives, prevent human suffering, and mitigate great property damage. Each organization has a hierarchy established, which the highest level being the Governor of Oregon, followed by the Adjutant General, who has a dual role, as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, and the Commander of the Oregon Army and Air National Guard. Other hierarchy members are comprised of department heads that were either, selected by governing bodies or appointed

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