List of federal agencies in the United States

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Legislative definitions of a federal agency are varied, and even contradictory. The official United States Government Manual offers no definition.[1][2] While the Administrative Procedure Act definition of "agency" applies to most executive branch agencies, Congress may define an agency however it chooses in enabling legislation, and subsequent litigation, often involving the Freedom of Information Act and the Government in the Sunshine Act. These further cloud attempts to enumerate a list of agencies.[3][4]

The executive branch of the federal government includes the Executive Office of the President and the United States federal executive departments (whose secretaries belong to the Cabinet). Employees of the majority of these agencies are considered civil servants.

The majority of the independent agencies of the United States government are also classified as executive agencies (they are independent in that they are not subordinated under a Cabinet position). There are a small number of independent agencies that are not considered part of the executive branch, such as the Library of Congress and Congressional Budget Office, administered directly by Congress and thus are legislative branch agencies.

United States Congress[edit]

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The U.S. Congress is the bicameral legislature of the United States government, and is made up of two chambers: United States Senate (the upper chamber), and United States House of Representatives (The lower chamber). Together, the two chambers exercise authority over the following legislative agencies:

Congress also maintains special administrative agencies like:

The legislature is also in charge of the Library of Congress (LOC). A national library dedicated to national records and administers various programs, agencies, and services including:

Federal Judiciary of the United States[edit]

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Agencies within the judicial branch:

Specialty Courts[edit]

Executive Office of the President[edit]

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The President of the United States is the chief executive of the Federal Government. He is in charge of executing federal laws and approving, or vetoing, new legislation passed by Congress. The President resides in the Executive Residence (EXR) maintained by the Office of Administration (OA).

To effectively run the country's affairs, the President also maintains councils regarding various issues, including:

White House Office[edit]

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)[edit]

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Office of the Secretary of Agriculture[edit]

  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration
  • Departmental Administration
    • Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP)
    • Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)
    • Office of Operations (OO)
    • Office of Property and Fleet Management (OPFM)
    • Office of Safety, Security, and Protection (OSSP)
    • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
    • Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES)
  • Agriculture Buildings and Facilities (AgBF)
  • Hazardous Materials Management (HMM)
  • Office of Budget and Program Analysis (OBPA)
  • Office of Communications (OC)
  • Office of Ethics (OE)
  • Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA)
  • Office of Homeland Security (OHS)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE)
    • Office of Tribal Relations (OTR)
    • Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP)
  • Office of the Chief Economist (OCE)
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OFCO)
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
  • Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
    • Office of Information Affairs

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC)[edit]

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS)[edit]

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety[edit]

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP)[edit]

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)[edit]

Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics (REE)[edit]

Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development (RD)[edit]

Office of the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs (TFAA)[edit]

United States Department of Commerce[edit]

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Office of the Secretary (OS)[edit]

Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security/Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)[edit]

  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration
    • Operating Committee for Export Policy (OC)
    • Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security
    • Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance
    • Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls
    • Office of Exporter Services
    • Office of Technology Evaluation
  • Office of Export Enforcement (OEE)

Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs (OUS/EA)[edit]

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property/United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)[edit]
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade/International Trade Administration (ITA)[edit]
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)[edit]
Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology[edit]

United States Department of Defense (DOD)[edit]

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Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)[edit]

Defense Agencies[edit]

National Intelligence Agencies[edit]

Defense Field Activities[edit]

Universities and Research Institutes[edit]

Unified Combatant Commands[edit]

Joint Agencies[edit]

Department of the Army[edit]

Office of the Secretary of the Army[edit]

U.S. Army Commands[edit]

U.S. Army Direct Reporting Units[edit]

U.S. Army Field Operating Agencies[edit]

Department of the Navy[edit]

Office of the Secretary of the Navy[edit]

U..S. Navy Functional Operating Forces[edit]

Shore Establishment and Activities, Echelon II[edit]
U.S. Navy Field Support Activities[edit]

United States Marine Corps (USMC)[edit]

Department of the Air Force[edit]

Office of the Secretary of the Air Force[edit]

U.S. Air Force Major Commands[edit]

Reserve and Auxiliary Components[edit]

Direct Reporting Units[edit]

Field Operating Agencies[edit]

United States Department of Education[edit]

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Office of the Secretary of Education (OSE)[edit]

  • Office of Communications and Outreach
  • Office of Finance and Operations
  • Office of Inspector General
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs
  • Office for Civil Rights
  • Office of Educational Technology
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development
  • Budget Service
  • Risk Management Service

Office of Deputy Secretary of Education (ODSE)[edit]

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)[edit]

  • National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
  • National Center for Education Research
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • National Center for Special Education Research
  • National Board for Education Sciences

Office of the Under Secretary (OUS)[edit]

White House Initiatives and Operating Commissions[edit]

Advisory Bodies[edit]

Federally-Aided Corporations[edit]

United States Department of Energy[edit]

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United States Department of Health and Human Services[edit]

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United States Department of Homeland Security[edit]

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  • Office of the Secretary
    • Office of the Secretary
      • Immediate Office of the Secretary
      • Office of the Deputy Secretary
      • Office of the Chief of Staff
        • Military Advisor's Office
      • Office of the Executive Secretary
      • Joint Requirements Council
    • Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans
    • Office of General Counsel
    • Office of Legislative Affairs
    • Office of Public Affairs
    • Office of Partnership and Engagement
    • Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
    • Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman
    • Privacy Office

Agencies and Offices, Library and Coast Guard, and Teams and schools[edit]

Offices and Councils[edit]

Management[edit]

National Protection and Programs[edit]

Science and Technology[edit]

Portfolios[edit]

Divisions[edit]

Offices and institutes[edit]

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development[edit]

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  • United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
    • United States Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Agencies[edit]

Offices and Centers and Library and University[edit]

Corporation[edit]

United States Department of the Interior (DOI)[edit]

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United States Department of Justice[edit]

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United States Department of Labor (DOL)[edit]

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Office of the Secretary (OSEC)[edit]

  • Executive Secretary
  • Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiative
  • Office of the Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Programs
  • Office of Public Liaison

Offices under the Deputy Secretary of Labor[edit]

  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • Office of Labor-Management Standards
  • Office of Public Affairs
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy
  • Office of the Solicitor
  • Office of Worker's Compensation Program

Administrations[edit]

Boards under the Office of Administrative Law Judges[edit]

Bureaus[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

United States Department of State (DOS)[edit]

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  • United States Secretary of State
    • United States Deputy Secretary of State

Agencies, Bureaus, Offices, Library, Boards, Councils, and Schools[edit]

Reporting to the Secretary[edit]

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources[edit]

  • Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
  • Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) Office

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security[edit]

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Human Rights, Civilian Security, and Democracy[edit]

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Environment, Energy, and Economic Growth[edit]

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Management[edit]

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs[edit]

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs[edit]

Permanent Diplomatic Missions[edit]

United States Department of Transportation[edit]

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Operating Administrations[edit]

United States Department of the Treasury[edit]

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Departmental Offices[9][edit]

Bureaus[10][edit]

United States Department of Veterans Affairs[edit]

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Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs[edit]

V.A. Agencies[edit]

Independent agencies and government-owned corporations[edit]

Established under United States Constitution Article I, Section 4[edit]

Elections[edit]

Established under Article I, Section 8[edit]

Administrative agencies[edit]

Civil Service agencies[edit]

Commerce regulatory agencies[edit]

Government commissions, committees, and consortium[edit]

Education and broadcasting agencies[edit]

Energy and science agencies[edit]

Foreign investment agencies[edit]

Interior agencies[edit]

Labor agencies[edit]

Monetary and financial agencies[edit]

Postal agencies[edit]

Retirement agencies[edit]

Federal property and seat of government agencies[edit]

Transportation agencies[edit]

Volunteerism agencies[edit]

Authority under Article II, Section 1[edit]

Defense and security agencies[edit]

Authority under Amendment XIV[edit]

Civil rights agencies[edit]

Other agencies and corporations[edit]

Joint programs and interagency agencies[edit]

Special Inspector General Office[edit]

Quasi-official agencies[edit]

Arts & cultural agencies[edit]

Museum agencies[edit]

Commerce & technology agencies[edit]

Defense & diplomacy agencies[edit]

Human service & community development agencies[edit]

Interior agencies[edit]

Law & justice agencies[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fischer 2011, pp. 1–2.
  2. ^ Federal Register 2013.
  3. ^ Lewis & Selin 2013, pp. 13–14.
  4. ^ Kamensky 2013.
  5. ^ "Program Offices". Department of Energy. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Our Administrations". US Department of Transportation. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Office of the Secretary". US Department of Transportation. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  8. ^ "Governance and Oversight". U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  9. ^ "IBM Cognos software". www.fedscope.opm.gov. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bureaus". www.treasury.gov. Retrieved 2017-12-17.

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