List of federal agencies in the United States

Legislative definitions of an agency of the federal government of the United States 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 through 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 Congressional Research Service and the United States Sentencing Commission, which are legislative and judicial agencies, respectively.

United States Congress edit

 

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:

The legislature also oversees of the Library of Congress (LOC), a national library dedicated to national records, which administers various programs, agencies, and services including:

Federal judiciary of the United States edit

 

The federal judiciary consists of courts established under Article Three of the United States Constitution. These are the Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeals, district courts, Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Court of International Trade, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, and Alien Terrorist Removal Court. The United States bankruptcy courts, while not established as Article III courts, are legally designated as "units of the district courts."[5]

The judicial branch includes the following agencies:

Executive Office of the President edit

 

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:

Agency Principal executive Incumbent
National Security Council Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan
National Space Council Executive Secretary of the National Space Council Chirag Parikh[6]
Homeland Security Council[a] Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism[b] Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Council of Economic Advisers Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Cecilia Rouse
Council on Environmental Quality Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory
President's Intelligence Advisory Board Chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board TBD
Executive Residence Staff and Operations White House Chief Usher Robert B. Downing
Office of Administration Director of the Office of Administration Anne Filipic
Office of Management and Budget Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young
Office of National Drug Control Policy Director of National Drug Control Policy Rahul Gupta
Office of the National Cyber Director National Cyber Director Kemba Walden
Office of Science and Technology Policy Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy Arati Prabhakar
Office of the United States Trade Representative United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai
Office of the Vice President of the United States Chief of Staff to the Vice President Lorraine Voles
White House Office Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff Jeff Zients

White House Office edit

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) edit

 

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
  • Office of Tribal Relations (OTR)
  • Departmental Administration (DA)
    • Office of Customer Experience
    • Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP)
    • Office of Homeland Security (OHS)
    • Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)
    • Office of Operations (OO)
    • Office of Property and Environmental Management (OPEM)
    • Office of Safety, Security and Protection (OSSP)
    • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
  • 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 Inspector General (OIG)
  • Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE)
    • 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 Executive Secretariat (OES)
  • 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

 

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

 

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 edit

U.S. Air Force Major Commands edit
Reserve and Auxiliary Components edit
Direct Reporting Units edit
Field Operating Agencies edit

U.S. Space Force edit

U.S. Space Force Major Commands edit
Direct Reporting Units edit

United States Department of Education edit

 

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

 

United States Department of Health and Human Services edit

 

United States Department of Homeland Security edit

 

Headquarters Offices and Directorates edit

Component Agencies edit

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development edit

 

Executive Offices edit

  • Office of the Secretary
    • Office of the Deputy Secretary
    • Office of Hearings and Appeals
    • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
    • Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Office of Public Affairs

Administrative Offices edit

  • Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Office of General Counsel
    • Departmental Enforcement Center
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration
    • Chief Administrative Office
    • Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer
    • Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Office of Inspector General

Agencies edit

United States Department of the Interior (DOI) edit

 

United States Department of Justice (DOJ) edit

 

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 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

 

Office of the Secretary edit

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources edit

  • Office of Foreign Assistance

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

 

Operating administrations edit

United States Department of the Treasury edit

 

Departmental offices[10] edit

Bureaus[11] edit

United States Department of Veterans Affairs edit

 

Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs edit

Agencies edit

Independent agencies, tribunals, and government-owned corporations edit

Administration, records, and federal property edit

Civil rights edit

Civil service edit

Commerce edit

Defense and security edit

Elections edit

Government commissions, committees, and consortia edit

Education and broadcasting edit

Energy and science edit

Foreign investment edit

Interior edit

Labor edit

Monetary and financial edit

Postal edit

Retirement edit

Seat of government edit

Transportation edit

Volunteerism 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

Explanatory notes edit

  1. ^ shares staff with the National Security Council
  2. ^ reports to the National Security Advisor

Notes edit

  1. ^ Fischer 2011, pp. 1–2.
  2. ^ Federal Register 2013.
  3. ^ Lewis & Selin 2013, pp. 13–14.
  4. ^ Kamensky 2013.
  5. ^ 28 USC 151
  6. ^ "Chirag Parikh Tapped for National Space Council ExecSec". August 2, 2021.
  7. ^ "Program Offices". Department of Energy. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Our Administrations". US Department of Transportation. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  9. ^ "Governance and Oversight". U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  10. ^ "IBM Cognos software". www.fedscope.opm.gov. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bureaus". www.treasury.gov. Retrieved 2017-12-17.

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