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Administrative Procedures Act (APA)

The Administrative Procedures Act (APA) governs the way federal agencies make and enforce regulations. The APA was enacted to address competing policy issues and has, more recently, faced challenges from technology. Agencies are extensions of the executive branch of government that have the ability to make rules, as well as interpret and enforce them, combining executive, legislative, and judicial functions in a nonelected body. To some, this structure seems to upset the balance of powers among the three branches of government. Others argue that the protection from tyranny comes not from separating these powers but from a system of supervision: The legislature supervises, and the judiciary reviews administrative actions. Either way, agencies serve an important pragmatic need to move more quickly and in more detail ...

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