Benchmark – Congressional Oversight and DOJ Ethics

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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 of 1,250-1,500 words 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 Topic Materials. 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. 3.2)
  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.

Utilize four to six relevant, scholarly sources in support of your content.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. This guide is located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies and professional standards:

MS in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement

MS in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies

3.2: Assess the level of compliance an agency has to various policies, procedures, or accreditation standards.

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