Topic: Benchmark-Congressional Oversight and DOJ Ethics Sour
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Topic: Benchmark-Congressional Oversight and DOJ Ethics Source: 4 Congress has the responsibility to oversee federal agencies. One of those agencies is the U.S. Department of Justice. Let us pretend that the leadership of the Federal Department of Justice has possibly engaged in inappropriate communications with a foreign power in violation of departmental policy; they are accused of meeting with foreign ambassadors without having proper authorization. In answering the following questions, explain how Congress assesses the level of compliance. Research the original purpose regarding the creation of the Department of Justice, to assist in your understanding of this topic. Write an essay that discusses the following: Part I: Congress and the Executive branch 1. What powers does Congress have over agencies in the executive branch? Where can one find these authorized powers? 2. If Congress feels that an executive branch federal agency has failed to comply with policies, procedures, and standards, what can they do about this situation? Part II: Simulation: Ethics in the DOJ 1. Read through the “Ethics Handbook for On and Off Duty Conduct” from the DOJ and the DOJ Ethics Scenario, located in the Resources. As an employee of the DOJ are you able to accept any gifts or compensation for any services rendered to various individuals or groups? Explain. 2. Why do you think the DOJ has implemented such policies? Are those policies in keeping with the policies, procedures, and standards that were authorized by the enabling legislation of Congress? Explain. (comp. ) 3. Do you think it is a good idea to attempt to keep activities of public servants from even the appearance of impropriety (see “General Principles of Ethical Conduct”, number 14)? Explain. 4. Would participating in trainings with other law enforcement organizations be in keeping with the original purpose of the FBI? Explain.