Glossary Term

Mission Creep

Mission creep is a phrase used to describe the expansion of the scope and/or objectives for a government program as compared to the program’s original focus when created. Mission creep equally applies to government agencies whose regulatory activities grow far beyond the original charter for the agency. Among the many problems attributed to mission creep are:

  • Inflation of government spending
  • Duplication of efforts among programs and agencies
  • Unjustified acquisition of power by a government department or agency

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