List of United States federal agencies

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This is a list of agencies of the United States federal government.

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, which are administered directly by Congress and thus are legislative branch agencies. The status of these agencies is an open question, however, as Judge Brett Kavanaugh noted in a brief concurrence in SoundExchange, Inc. v. Librarian of Congress. There is one independent agency in the judicial branch.


Legislative branch[edit]

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Agencies within the legislative branch:

Judicial branch[edit]

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Agencies within the judicial branch:

Executive branch[edit]

Executive Office of the President[edit]

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Agencies within the Executive Office of the President:

United States Department of Agriculture[edit]


Agencies within the Department of Agriculture:

United States Department of Commerce[edit]


Agencies within the Department of Commerce:

United States Department of Defense[edit]

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Agencies within the Department of Defense:

United States Department of Education[edit]

The United States Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED's 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to:

    Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.    Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research.    Focusing national attention on key educational issues.    Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education. 

Strategic Plans

The Department of Education Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2011-2014 describes the key policy and operational priorities for the agency. The Plan details our strategic performance goals and measures and highlights data for our national outcome goals that focus on reaching the President's 2020 goal that America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. The Plan also provides an overview of our Fiscal Year 2012-2013 agency Priority Goals. For additional information on our Priority Goals, please visit

What Is the U.S. Department of Education?

The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department's mission is to serve America's students-to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

In 2007-08, the Department's elementary and secondary school programs served approximately 55 million students (pre-K through grade 12) attending some 100,000 public schools and 34,000 private schools. Department programs also provided grant, loan and work-study assistance to about 10 million undergraduate students. *

When Congress created the Department in 1979, it declared these purposes:

    to strengthen the Federal commitment to ensuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;    to supplement and complement the efforts of States, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the States, the private sector, public and private educational institutions, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;    to encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs;    to promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;    to improve the coordination of Federal education programs;    to improve the management and efficiency of Federal education activities, especially with respect to the process, procedures, and administrative structures for the dispersal of Federal funds, as well as the reduction of unnecessary and duplicative burdens and constraints, including unnecessary paperwork, on the recipients of Federal funds; and    to increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress and the public. (Section 102, Public Law 96-88) 

The Department's History

Although the Department is a relative newcomer among Cabinet-level agencies, its origins goes back to 1867, when President Andrew Johnson signed legislation creating the first Department of Education. Its main purpose was to collect information and statistics about the nation's schools. However, due to concern that the Department would exercise too much control over local schools, the new Department was demoted to an Office of Education in 1868.

Over the years, the office remained relatively small, operating under different titles and housed in various agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Interior and the former U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services).

Beginning in the 1950s, political and social changes resulted in expanded federal funding for education. The successful launch of the Soviet Union's Sputnik in 1957 spurred nationwide concern that led to increased aid for science education programs. The 1960s saw even more expansion of federal education funding: President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" called for the creation of many programs to improve education for poor students at all levels—early childhood through postsecondary. This expansion continued in the 1970s with national efforts to help racial minorities, women, people with disabilities and non-English speaking students gain equal access to education. In October 1979, Congress passed the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88). Created by combining offices from several federal agencies, the Department began operations in May 1980.

In the 1860s, a budget of $15,000 and four employees handled education fact-finding. By 1965, the Office of Education had more than 2,100 employees and a budget of $1.5 billion. As of mid-2010, the Department has nearly 4,300 employees and a budget of about $60 billion.

United States Department of Energy[edit]


List of agencies within the Department of Energy:

United States Department of Health and Human Services[edit]


Agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services:

United States Department of Homeland Security[edit]

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National Protection and Programs[edit]

Science and Technology[edit]

Offices and Institutes[edit]

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development[edit]





United States Department of the Interior[edit]


United States Department of Justice[edit]


United States Department of Labor[edit]


Agencies and Bureaus[edit]



United States Department of State[edit]

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Agencies and Bureaus[edit]

Reporting to the Secretary[edit]
Reporting to the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources[edit]
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security[edit]
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs[edit]
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs[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]



United States Department of the Treasury[edit]


Agencies and Bureaus[edit]


United States Department of Veterans Affairs[edit]



Boards and offices[edit]

Independent agencies and government-owned corporations[edit]

Proposed government-owned corporation[edit]

Inspectors general[edit]

Boards and commissions[edit]

Chartered organizations[edit]

These organizations are some of the organizations who hold a congressional charter. They aren't part of the United States government, even though some are funded by the United States government.

There are several other organizations that are also chartered.[which?]

Quasi-official agencies[edit]

Private regulatory corporations[edit]

Government entities created by acts but are independent or other entities[edit]

Government-sponsored enterprises[edit]


These entities listed almost below are other entities government related that are government related and created in various ways.

Historic or renamed agencies[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]