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PRIVATIZATION
SINCE THE 1980'S, THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN PRIVATIZATION AS GOVERNMENTS HAVE TURNED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR SERVICES RANGING FROM POLICE AND PRISONS TO GARBAGE COLLECTING.
WHAT IS PRIVATIZATION
THE HIRING OF PRIVATE CONTRACTORS TO PERFORM GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND FUNCTIONS.
HIERARCHY
IRONICALLY, THE GOVERNOR IS ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE TO BE THE CHIEF EXEXUTIVE BUT HAS LITTLE DIRECT AUTHORITY OVER MOST ADMINISTRATORS.
PROCESS OF ADMINISTRATING THE LAW
IN THIS WAY, ADMINISTRATORS ESTABLISH PUBLIC PLICIES THAT NOT ONLY EFFECT THE LIVES OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC BUT CAN ALSO, TO AN EXTENT, MODIFY THE DECISIONS OF THE STATE'S ELECTIONS POLICYMAKERS.
WHAT DOES THE BUREAUCRATS AGENCY DO?
THEY ARE BOTH THE FIRST AND USUALLY THE LAST TO DETERMINE THE MEANING OF A LAW AND HOW RIDGIDLY IT WILL BE ENFORCED.
ELECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY
MAKES THE BEAUROCRATS ACCOUNTABLE
WHAT IS ELECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY?
THE OBLIGATIONS OF OFFICIALS TO BE DIRECTLY ANSWERABLE TO THE VOTERS FOR THEIR ACTIONS. THIS ALLOWS ELECTED ADMINISTRATORS TO IGNORE THE WISHES OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE.
WHAT IS A WHISTLEBLOWER?
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WHO EXPOSE BUREAUCRATIC EXCESSES, BLUNDERS, CORRUPTION, OR FAVORITISM.
WHISTLEBLOWER-EXPOSE BEAUTCRATIC
THE TEXAS ADMINISTRATION
THERE IS NO SINGLE OFFICIAL IN TEXAS GOVERNMENT WHO BEARS ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OF THE TEXAS BUREAUCRACY.
CHIEF
THE FUNCTIONS OF THE COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE ENCOMPASS EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ALMOST ALL FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES OF STATE GOVERNMENT.
BILLS GO TO COMPTROLLER
THE COMPTROLLER IS THE CHIEF TAX COLLECTOR AND THE CHEIF PREAUDIT ACCOUNTING OFFICER IN THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT. THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES THAT THE COMPTROLLER CERTIFY THE APPROXIMATE BIENNIAL INCOME FOR THE STATE BECAUSE THE STATE LEGISLATURE, BY CONSTITUTIONAL RESTRICTION, MAY NOT APPROPRIATE MORE FUNDS THAN ARE ANTICIPATED AS INCOME FOR ANY BIENNIAL SESSION.