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The Bureaucracy of Pizza or Taco Trucks
Taking a Closer Look at How the Federal Bureaucracy Governs Your Pizza or Tacos
Background: When the executive branch of the national government was established in 1789, the federal bureaucracy consisted of just three Cabinet departments and the Office of the Attorney General, later to become the Justice Department. In 1789 the State Department had 9 employees, the War Department had 2, and the Treasury Department had 39. Today, the State Department employs about 28,000 civilians, the Defense Department about 670,000, and the Treasury Department about 163,000. The federal bureaucracy today boasts 15 Cabinet departments and dozens of agencies, regulatory commissions, and government corporations, with a civilian workforce of more than 2.8 million. The bureaucratic behemoth exercises power and influence over virtually every facet of the nation’s social and economic life. In the view of many observers, the power, reach, and independence of the federal bureaucracy demand that it be viewed as a fourth branch of government.
Directions: 
  1. Your task is to take each component part of a home-delivered pizza or ordering food at a taco truck and, research the federal agencies and departments that would regulate it in some way.
  1. Use the chart on the reverse side to explain how each component part of the pizza delivery or ordering from a taco truck is regulated by the agency and/or department.
  1. Answer the questions at the end of the activity.
Resources: Pizza
8.      Delivery Vehicle: http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/title2.html#iia
  1. Food Truck Regulations https://www.sba.gov/blogs/starting-mobile-food-concession-business-be-sure-follow-rules-road
  2. Taco Shellshttps://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/CID%20Tortillas,%20Tortilla%20Chips,%20Taco%20Shells,%20and%20Tostada%20Shells.pdf
  3. Taco Meat http://www.newser.com/story/186139/taco-bell-reveals-exactly-whats-in-its-mystery-meat.html
  1. Cheese  https://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/cheddar-cheese-grades-and-standards
  2. Tomato https://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/tomato-grades-and-standards
  3. Lettuce https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/UCM169008.pdf
  4. Sour Cream https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2006-title21-vol2/pdf/CFR-2006-title21-vol2-sec131-160.pdf
  5. Beans http://www.registrarcorp.com/fda-fce-sample/Refried_Beans?lang=en
  6. Avocado  http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-news/USDA-eases-avocado-regulations-126125793.html
PIZZA COMPONENT
RELEVANT FEDERAL DEPARTMENT and/or AGENCY &
EXPLANATION ITS REGULATORY OVERSIGHT OF PIZZA COMPONENT
1.      Cardboard Box
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
2.      Tomato Sauce
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
3.      Cheese
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
4.      Mushrooms
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
5.      Anchovies
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
6.      Pepperoni
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
7.      Onions
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
8.      Delivery Vehicle
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
9.      Diet Soda
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
 
TACO TRUCK COMPONENT
RELEVANT FEDERAL DEPARTMENT and/or AGENCY &
EXPLANATION ITS REGULATORY OVERSIGHT OF TACO TRUCK COMPONENT
1.Parking Regulations
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
2. Taco Shells
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
3. Taco Meat
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
4. Cheese
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
5. Tomato
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
6. Lettuce
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
7. Sour Cream
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
8. Beans
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
9. Avocado
Department/Organization: ___________________________________________________
Regulatory Oversight:
Questions for Analysis
1.      What generalizations can you make about the “bureaucracy of pizza”  or “bureaucracy of taco trucks” i.e. how involved are federal agencies and departments in  pizza that you eat or the tacos you buy?
2.      A) What are the advantages and disadvantages to consumers of pizza/tacos (like you) of federal rules and regulations?
B)  Advantages and disadvantages for pizza/taco businesses?
3.      Based on what you learned from this activity about the bureaucracy of pizza, would you go into the pizza/taco business? Why or why not?