14 May 2008
Fifteen US Departments and fifteen instances of conflict of interest
My low-salt lunch managed to have over half of my daily recommended sodium intake. Is the Department of Agriculture to blame?
The Executive branch of the United Stated has fifteen departments, each headed by cabinet-level secretary. (This link here shows a handy chart of this and the the other branches and offices. Feel free to explore and see how little you know.) From the Department of State to the Department of Veteran Affairs, each agency has many responsibilities--some known, some lesser known and some mostly unknown--which provide plenty of opportunity for conflict of interest, necessary oversight, and by extension, fascinating reading material.
In this fifteen part series I will be introducing each department and providing you with an interesting thought piece to increase both your and my understanding of our Union.
Up next. the USDA, NaCl, and a bit of finger pointing in opposing directions.