List of federal agencies in the United States

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 CongressEdit

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 StatesEdit

Agencies within the judicial branch:

Specialty courtsEdit

Executive Office of the PresidentEdit

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 OfficeEdit

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)Edit

Office of the Secretary of AgricultureEdit

  • 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 SafetyEdit

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 CommerceEdit

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 TechnologyEdit

United States Department of Defense (DOD)Edit

Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)Edit

Defense agenciesEdit

National intelligence agenciesEdit

Defense field activitiesEdit

Universities and research institutesEdit

Unified combatant commandsEdit

Joint agenciesEdit

Department of the ArmyEdit

Office of the Secretary of the ArmyEdit

U.S. Army CommandsEdit

U.S. Army Direct Reporting UnitsEdit

U.S. Army Field Operating AgenciesEdit

Department of the NavyEdit

Office of the Secretary of the NavyEdit

U..S. Navy Functional Operating ForcesEdit

Shore Establishment and Activities, Echelon IIEdit
U.S. Navy Field Support ActivitiesEdit

United States Marine Corps (USMC)Edit

Department of the Air ForceEdit

Office of the Secretary of the Air ForceEdit

U.S. Air Force Major CommandsEdit

Reserve and Auxiliary ComponentsEdit

Direct Reporting UnitsEdit

Field Operating AgenciesEdit

United States Department of EducationEdit

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 commissionsEdit

Advisory bodiesEdit

Federally-aided corporationsEdit

United States Department of EnergyEdit

United States Department of Health and Human ServicesEdit

United States Department of Homeland SecurityEdit

  • 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 officesEdit

Offices and councilsEdit

ManagementEdit

National protection and programsEdit

Science and technologyEdit

PortfoliosEdit

DivisionsEdit

Offices and institutesEdit

United States Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentEdit

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

AgenciesEdit

OfficesEdit

CorporationEdit

United States Department of the Interior (DOI)Edit

United States Department of JusticeEdit

United States Department of Labor (DOL)Edit

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 LaborEdit

  • 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

AdministrationsEdit

Boards under the Office of Administrative Law JudgesEdit

BureausEdit

MiscellaneousEdit

United States Department of State (DOS)Edit

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

Agencies, bureaus, and officesEdit

Reporting to the SecretaryEdit

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary for Management and ResourcesEdit

  • 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 SecurityEdit

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Human Rights, Civilian Security, and DemocracyEdit

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Environment, Energy, and Economic GrowthEdit

Reporting to the Under Secretary for ManagementEdit

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Political AffairsEdit

Reporting to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public AffairsEdit

Permanent diplomatic missionsEdit

United States Department of TransportationEdit

Operating administrationsEdit

United States Department of the TreasuryEdit

Departmental offices[9]Edit

Bureaus[10]Edit

United States Department of Veterans AffairsEdit

Office of the Secretary of Veterans AffairsEdit

AgenciesEdit

Independent agencies and government-owned corporationsEdit

Established under United States Constitution Article I, Section 4Edit

ElectionsEdit

Established under Article I, Section 8Edit

Administrative agenciesEdit

Civil service agenciesEdit

Commerce regulatory agenciesEdit

Government commissions, committees, and consortiumEdit

Education and broadcasting agenciesEdit

Energy and science agenciesEdit

Foreign investment agenciesEdit

Interior agenciesEdit

Labor agenciesEdit

Monetary and financial agenciesEdit

Postal agenciesEdit

Retirement agenciesEdit

Federal property and seat of government agenciesEdit

Transportation agenciesEdit

Volunteerism agenciesEdit

Authority under Article II, Section 1Edit

Defense and security agenciesEdit

Authority under Amendment XIVEdit

Civil rights agenciesEdit

Other agencies and corporationsEdit

Joint programs and interagency agenciesEdit

Special Inspector General OfficeEdit

Quasi-official agenciesEdit

Arts & cultural agenciesEdit

Museum agenciesEdit

Commerce & technology agenciesEdit

Defense & diplomacy agenciesEdit

Human service & community development agenciesEdit

Interior agenciesEdit

Law & justice agenciesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  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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