Bureaucracy and You
University of Phoenix
Many different bureaucracies have laws that affect my daily live including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), United States Postal Service (USPS), Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). All of these bureaucracies are put into place in order to serve and protect the American public more effectively. We work our daily lives around the operating hours of bureaucracies for many reasons such as; in order to drive our vehicles, purchase land and even help protect and build on to our personal and business finances. Some of these bureaucracies include banks and post offices that operate under specific hours regulated by the FDIC and the USPS. Often, these agencies will require proper identification, lengthy red tape processes, and fees along with specific purchases in order to use the service. While the medicine prescribed to us for purchase by a doctor is even regulated by bureaucracies, and must go through a great deal of red tape before it is actually distributed onto us.
It seems that our everyday lives are faced with many issues including having to have our vehicles inspected every year in order to control emissions and ensure that our vehicle is safe for operation regulated by the USEPA. In addition to the fact that we have to pay to have insurance on these vehicles, while maintaining them to be legal according to the right to drive on roadways in preparation with an accident regulation set forth by the DMV. Also we have to pay taxes each and every day on things that we buy thus, being regulated by the IRS. In particular this regulation helps to provide such aspects as community programs within society, activities, watch programs and other need things or services within that society to help build great and safe communities. In addition these taxes help serve us by providing us with adequate roadways to drive on, to more efficient public transportation. Furthermore, this is a much complained upon regulation, but one that is very effective and worthy within society.
The regulated bureaucracies that I found to probably surprise me the most is the FDIC and USPS. For instance, I say this because these services run very strict mandadted hours of operation, while much of the public in which they are serving needs this service to be at very different hours of conviency. The community would better benefit from such services if they were not set to strict Monday through Friday operating hours. Many of us have jobs and lives that occupy us between these hours of operation, and often find it impossible to do service under these terms thus, is one reason internet banking and renewal service are in such high demand. However, in attempts to better serve the community many services such as post offices, banks and federal court buildings and so, on have begun staying open later, and even offering some services on Saturdays to better meet our needs. While other services whom have not, are equipped with technology and internet serving needs to better suit our busy lifestyles.
Indeed, I would have to say some of the regulated bureaucracies that surprise me the least include USEPA, DMV, IRS and the FDA. Primarily, I feel this way because of the great deal of red tape associated with such service provided by them, only leads me to believe they have to be a part of the federal bureaucracy. Such red tape includes the issues and concerns associated with vehicle inspections, the need to have to pay our taxes, mandatory vehicle insurance, in addition to regulating and controlling medicine for the safety of our community. All these issues and concerns I have explained are necessary precautions often taken to help better serve us, but along with that comes the fact of what we call dealing with red tape. For instance, without our yearly vehicle inspections, the environment could be at risk thus, in return could affect the health of America as we know it. Also, if we did not pay taxes our roadways, community serving programs, watches, and even activities would go downhill. In addition to the fact that there would be no funding to provide for the needs of fixing and or maintaining state roadways or programs put into place to help the general public. Most importantly without regulating medicines such overdoses, and illeagal drug reighns would continue to operate and risk the health and safety of others.
The United States Postal Service, USPS, was formed in 1775 by Benjamin Franklin in order to help Americans connect with one another through the mailing system, its main function, and purpose. Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General by the Continental Congress. In 1847, United States postal stamps were issued and began their circulation in America. The U.S. Postal Service gave us zip codes and free mail delivery to our homes. New rules have been implemented throughout the history of the U.S. Postal Service, including the addition of the four additional numbers added to zip codes, getting or renewing your passport at the post office, prepayment of postage required and the newest rule implemented in 2006 with the signing of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. ???The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act changes the way the U.S. Postal Service operates and conducts business by providing new flexibility, especially in competitive pricing for shipping services, enabling the Postal Service to respond to dynamic market conditions and changing customer needs,??? (U.S. Postal Service, 2009).
Since the start of the U.S. Postal Service it has grown to be more than just the nationwide system for delivering the mail with the many community minded programs that help the community such as helping to find missing children, fundraising stamps and even bone marrow donor programs. ???As a result of the economic recession, the Postal Service has predicted that mail volume will likely plunge to 180 billion pieces by the end of fiscal year 2009, from 212 billion pieces as recently as 2007,??? (U.S. Postal Service, 2009).
Some of the efforts that the U.S. Postal Service has taken to measures to strengthen the U.S. Postal Service during these rough economic times such as developing a new process for evaluating and adjusting delivery routes, reducing employee overtime and the hours of operation in order to spend more money where it counts, halting the construction of new postal offices and directing those excess funds to postal facilities that need improvements. Some other actions that U. S. Postal Service is taken to strengthen itself is to improve delivery routes to save on fuel, expand their energy efficiency to save money on the cost of each postal facility, using the internet to conduct meetings instead of paying to send employees to company meetings and they plan to renegotiate supplier contracts to reflect reduced needs. The impact that these cutbacks may have on Americans is that mail may no longer be delivered six days a week rather than only five days a week as a means of saving money during these difficult economic times.
Two facts about this agency that I find most interesting are that the U.S. Postal Service participates in a marrow donor program and helps to find missing children. In 1997 the Marrow Foundation invited the U.S. Postal Service to participate with them in the effort to build awareness about the National Marrow Donor Program, NMDP and to help increase the amount of potential donors to these programs.
Since 1985, the U.S. Postal Service also works in collaboration with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children by posting the familiar, ???Have You Seen Me??™ photos appearing on shopping circulars that are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service in an effort to help find missing and exploited children and to reunite them with their families. ???This program ??” Americas Looking For Its Missing Children ??” is widely recognized as one of the nations most effective public service initiatives. It is responsible for the safe recovery of 148 missing children,??? (U.S. Postal Service, 2009).
U.S. Postal Service. (2009). USPS. Retrieved April 12, 2009, from The United Stated Postal