PA584 Final Exam: SWOT analysis is a planning technique that can be used by a governmental agency?
Question 1: (TCO A) SWOT analysis is a planning technique that can be used by a governmental agency. What does the acronym SWOT stand for? What is the goal of completing a SWOT analysis?
Question 2: (TCO B) Explain briefly the issue that the Supreme Court of the United States had to decide in the case of McCulloch v. Maryland. Why is this case pivotal in the history of federal and state relations (e.g., federalism)?
Question 3: (TCO C) List and please briefly discuss at least two types of special districts.
Question 4: (TCO D) Describe briefly the importance of Section 8 of Article I of the Constitution on the ability of the federal government to handle fiscal matters.
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Question 5: (TCO E) What is meant by the term “public policy?” What is an example of a public policy area that impacts all three levels of government?
Question 6: (TCO F) Ethical issues can easily arise in governmental affairs and may be faced by anyone working as a public administrator. List and discuss two ethical issues that may be faced by an elected official or an administrative employee within a government or agency.
Question 7: (TCO G) What was the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA)? Describe briefly two changes that the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 made to that existing law.
Question 8: (TCO A) A barrier to strategic planning by a governmental agency can occur when there are numerous stakeholders. Explain why having many different stakeholders can be a challenge for the strategic planning by a governmental agency.
Question 9: (TCO B) A weakness of a unitary government is that any subunits of the unitary government have minimal if any ability for customization of services at a local level. Explain how a federal system may have advantages over a unitary system in this regard.
Question 10: (TCO C) The types of local governments that may exist in any given state may vary from some degree from state to state. List and discuss three of the types of those governments that may be found in one or more of the states within the United States.
Question 11: (TCO D) Governments rely to a great extent on the ability to generate tax revenue as a means of financing their operations and the provision of services. The ability to generate specific types of taxes varies from one level of government to the next. How does the ability of a state government to raise tax revenue compare to that of local governments and of the federal government? Explain at least one way that the respective abilities of the three levels of government to raise tax impact them from an intergovernmental perspective.
Question 12: (TCO E) The transportation system in the United States is an area that involves each of the three levels of government. Focusing solely on the local governments, what is their primary role in helping to ensure that there are proper air transport systems in place? In what ways do the local governments rely on higher levels of government in this regard?
Question 13: (TCO F) You have recently been hired as a clerk in the county clerk’s office. One of the many duties of the clerk is to issue marriage licenses and the clerk can actually perform wedding ceremonies. You have noticed that the clerk charges $40 (cash only) to marry a couple. You strongly suspect that he is pocketing the money rather than turning it over to the county. From an ethical perspective, how would you handle the situation?
Question 14: (TCO G) The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (the “GASB”) has conceptually addressed the idea of performance reporting. The concept sets forth the idea of measuring “service efforts and accomplishments” (“SEA” for short). Define the terms service efforts and service accomplishments. Also provide an example of how the performance of an agency serving the homeless population of a major city can be measured in terms of output measures of service accomplishments.
Course: PA584 Intergovernmental Management
School: DeVry University / Keller Graduate School of Management