United States Government Institutions

United States Government

United States Government
This website is the United States government’s official web portal. It provides easy access to US government information and services on the web

Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID brought together several existing foreign assistance organizations and programs to create an agency dedicated to foreign economic development

Census Bureau
The census bureau exists to serve as the leading source of quality data about the United States citizens and economy

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
The CIA serves as the head of the US intelligence community, acts as the principal advisor to the President for intelligence matters related to the national security, and engages in research, development, and deployment of high leverage technology for intelligence purposes

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction

Department of Agriculture (USDA
The USDA’s goals are to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities, and secure a stronger future for the American middle class

Department of Commerce
The US Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans by working in partnerships with businesses, universities, communities and the nation’s workers

Department of Defense
The Department of Defense website is the starting point for finding information about the United States military

Department of Education
This is the government website for all information related to education

Department of Energy
Information about energy usage in every city and state in the United States

Department of Health and Human Services
The United States principal agency charged with protecting the health of all Americans by providing essential human services

Department of Homeland Security
A cabinet department of the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 attacks. Its primary responsibilities are protecting the United States and its territories (including protectorates) from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents and natural disasters

Department of Housing and Urban Development
A cabinet department in the executive branch of the United States federal government dedicated to the development and execution of policies on housing and metropolises

Department of the Interior
The United States federal executive department of the U.S. government responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources and for the administration of related programs

Department of Justice
The Department of Justice exists to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law, to ensure public safety against both foreign and domestic threats, to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seeking punishment for those who break laws, and to ensure fair and impartial justice for all Americans

Department of Labor
The Department of Labor’s role is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees in the US; improve working conditions, advance opportunities for profitable employment; and provide work-related benefits and rights

Department of State
Advances freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people by working to reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system

Department of the Treasury
The primary function of the United States Department of Treasury has been the management of fiscal resources. Its responsibilities range from regulating national banks, determining international economic policy, collecting income and excise taxes, issuing securities, reporting the government’s daily financial transactions and manufacturing coins or bills for circulation

Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation serves the United States by ensuring safe, fast, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation systems that meet the nation’s needs

Department of Veterans Affairs
The United States' most comprehensive system of assistance to veterans

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
The DEA enforces the controlled substance laws and regulations of the United States

Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency protects human health and the environment through federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The FAA provides the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI protects men, women, children, communities and businesses from the most dangerous threats facing the nation, ranging from international and domestic terrorists, spies on US soil, cyber villains, corrupt government officials, mobsters, violent street gangs, child predators to serial killers. It also defends the nation’s economy, physical and electronic infrastructure

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and US territories

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
The FDIC is an independent agency created by the Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions for safety, soundness and consumer protection, and managing receivership

Federal Election Commission
The US independent regulatory agency created to administer and enforce statutes governing the financing of federal elections

Federal Judicial Center
The education and research agency for the federal courts, created to promote improvements in judicial administration in the courts of the United States

Federal Maritime Commission
The independent federal agency responsible for regulating the US international ocean transportation system for the benefit of the US exporters, importers and consumers

Federal Reserve System
The central banking system of the United States that has the responsibility to conduct the nation’s monetary policy, supervise and regulate banking institutions, maintain the stability of the financial system and provide financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government and foreign official institutions

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The charge of the FTC is to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive, deceptive, or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and our security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the US food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
As the revenue service of the United States federal government and a bureau of the Department of Treasury, the IRS is responsible for collecting taxes and for the interpretation and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code

International Trade Commission
The International Trade Commission administers US trade remedy laws within its mandate, provides the president, the US Trade Representative and Congress with information and support on matters relating to tariffs and international trade competitiveness, and to maintain the Harmonized Tariff Schedule for the United States

Library of Congress
The nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congres. It is the largest library in the world with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
The agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation’s civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research

National Archives and Records Administration
The nation’s record keeper, preserving documents and materials that are important to the government for legal or historical reasons

National Coordination Office for Computing, Information & Communications
Provides a framework for federal agencies to come together to coordinate their networking and information technology research and development efforts

National Institutes of Health
Part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health is the national’s medical research agency

National Institute of Standards & Technology
One of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. It was established to remove a major handicap to US industrial competitiveness, a second rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind other economic rivals

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
The NLRB has five members and primarily acts as a quasi-judicial body in deciding cases on the basis of formal records in administrative proceedings

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
An agency that enriches life through science. Its projects range from studies of the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor

National Park Service
The National Park Service cares for national parks and helps tribes, local governments, non profit organizations, businesses and individual citizens revitalize their communities, preserve local history, celebrate local heritage and create opportunities for kids and families to get outside, get active and have fun

National Science Foundation
An independent federal agency created by Congress to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare, and to secure the national defense all through the fields of mathematics, computer science and social science

Nuclear Regulatory Commission
An independent agency created by Congress to balance the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes with the protection of people and the environment

Occupational Safety/Health Review Commission (OSHA)
An independent federal agency providing administrative trial and appellate review. It was created to decide contests of citation or penalties resulting from OSHA inspections of American workplaces

Office of Administration
An entity within the Executive Office of the President tasked with overseeing the general administration of the entire Executive Office

Office of Management & Budget (OMB)
The largest office within the Executive Office of the President of the United States, with its main job being assisting the president in preparing the budget

Office of National Drug Control Policy
An agency with goals of establishing policies, priorities and objectives to eradicate illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence and drug-related health consequences in the US

Office of Personnel Management
The Office of Personnel Management works in several broad categories to recruit, retain and honor a world class workforce for the American people

Patent and Trademark Office
The federal agency that grants US patents and registers trademarks

Peace Corps
A volunteer program run by the US government with the goals of providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Protects the retirement incomes of more than 44 million American workers

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
A commission established to protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation

Small Business Administration
An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns; to preserve free competitive enterprise; and to maintain and strengthen nation's economy

Smithsonian Institution
The world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums, galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities

Social Security Administration
Delivers services through a nationwide network of offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, state and territorial partners and disability determination services

US Fish & Wildlife Service
A bureau within the Department of the Interior that works with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people

United States Courts
Comprise the judicial branch of the United States government  

United States Government Printing Office
Provides publication and dissemination services for the official and authentic government publications to Congress, federal agencies, federal depository libraries, and the American public

United States House of Representatives
One of the two houses of the United States Congress

United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is responsible for delivering mail throughout the country and around the world

United States Senate
One of the two houses of the United States Congress  

White House
The website for the Executive Office of the United States, home of the President