Administrative Agencies



Administrativeagencies describe lawmaking bodies that have limited powers, whichare delegated by the Congress. These lawmaking bodies usuallyspecialize in specific concerns that require expertise. Article 1Section 1 of the Federal Constitution establishes the administrativeagencies (Beermann,2010). Administrative agencies create rules and regulations, whichmay become enforced as law. They are viewed as critical bodies in theUnited States courts since they help in the swift disposal of cases,including minor and complex cases. They also aid in the reservationof judicial resources that can be utilized for other important cases.The standards for the agencies to exercise their lawmaking powers areset by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) 1946. Besides, thestandards set by the APA help federal courts, when they areencountered with suits that challenge rules and regulations which arecreated by the administrative agencies.

Administrativeagencies may be independent or may be under the command of thepresident however, most administrative agencies are under thedirection of the president. The president has restricted powers ingetting rid of the leader of the independent administrative agencies(Beermann,2010). Nevertheless, the president is closely engaged in making theappointment of the heads or in the filling up of vacant positions inthe agencies, which gives him/her the responsibility of controllingthe activities of the administrative agencies regardless of whetherthey are independent or not. Examples of administrative agencies,which are under the command of the president, are the Federal Bureauof Investigations (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration. On theother hand, Securities and Exchange Commission is an example ofindependent administrative agency. There are federal and stateadministrative agencies however, state agencies are not involved inmaking rules that go against the rules developed by the federalagencies (Beermann,2010).


Beermann,J. M. (2010).&nbspAdministrativelaw.New York, NY: Aspen Publishers.