Video Exercises

Watch the videos below and answer the questions that follow.

President Barack Obama has said he wants to make it “cool” again to work for the federal government. Washington Post Online Sketch columnist Dana Milbank offers some useful tips for government workers eager to raise their profiles in the following humorous video.

“Washington Sketch: Mr. Cool Is in the Building”
The Washington Post Online

1a. As a college student, would you consider a job in the federal government upon graduation? Why or why not?
1b. Do you think that the Obama administration is making it “cool” again to work in the federal bureaucracy? Why or why not?
1c. What do you think are some of the advantages of working for the federal government? What are some of the disadvantages?

In the following video, ABC’s World News Tonight reports on the scandal of a Las Vegas conference planned for the U.S. General Services Administration in order to focus on team building and training. In 2012, it was brought to light that the conference cost taxpayers quite a bit of money, and the public was upset about what it saw as wasteful government spending.

Jake Tapper
World News Tonight
Originally aired on ABC, March 28, 2006

2a. In the above video, what do you think about the planned Las Vegas conference? Do you consider the spending wasteful, or do you think there could be a purpose to it? Explain.
2b. Can large bureaucratic organizations like the U.S. General Services Administration ever run effectively? Explain your answer in terms of the discussion of bureaucracy in the textbook.

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