What are Federal Regulatory Agencies?
Federal regulatory agencies are the agency or government department that has responsibility over the legislation (acts and regulations) for a given sector of the United States government. Regulatory agencies are formed by the United States Congress and exist at both the federal and state level. The United States President is responsible for appointing many of the agency leaders
List of U.S. federal regulatory agencies:
Army Corps of Engineers – The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for providing vital public and military engineering services to strengthen our nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from natural disasters.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is a law enforcement agency that is part of the United State Department of Justice that protects communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is responsible for protecting market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices and systemic risk related to derivatives that are subject to the Commodity Exchange Act, and to foster open, competitive, and financially sound markets.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – The Department of Veteran’s Affairs is responsible for fulfilling President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. The VA serves an important function, but is generally viewed as a poorly run segment of the government.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – The Drug Enforcement Agency is responsible for enforcing the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. The DEA focuses on organizations and principal members of organizations (such as mobs, gangs and cartels), involved in growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit drug traffic. The DEA also supports programs designed to reduce the availability of drugs.
Employment and Training Administration (ETA) – A division of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Employment and Training Administration website provides resources to help people find a job, get government assistance, and apply for government grants. The website also provides the latest unemployment numbers and other economic statistics.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – The Environmental Protection Agency has the simple but important mission of protecting human health and the environment. The EPA works to ensure that all American are free from significant risks where they live, learn and work. In recent months, President Donald Trump has worked to dismantle parts of the EPA, viewing it as an impediment to business.
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, pregnancy, national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
Farm Credit Administration (FCA) – Created in 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the mission of the Farm Credit Administration is to ensure a safe, sound, and dependable source of credit and related services for agriculture and rural America.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – The mission of the Federal Aviation Administration is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.
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 U.S. territories. The FCC is an independent government agency overseen by Congress. The FCC is primary authority for communications law, regulation and technological innovation.
Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC) – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is an independent agency created by Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions for safety and soundness and consumer protection.
Federal Election Commission (FEC) – The mission of this independent federal regulatory agency is to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act, which governs the financing of federal elections. The FEC is responsible for disclosing campaign finance information, and enforcing the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – The FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, electricity, natural gas and hydro power projects.
Office of Energy & Renewable Energy – The Office of Energy & Renewable Energy is responsible for accelerating the development and deployment of energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality.
Federal Highway Administration (FHA) – The FHA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the United States highway system and federally and tribal owned lands
Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) – The FMS is an independent federal agency responsible for regulating the U.S. international ocean transportation system for the benefit of exporters, importers, and consumers.
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) – Created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966, the Federal Railroad Administration is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – The FTC is responsible for preventing business practices that are anti-competitive, deceptive or unfair to consumers. The FTC is also responsible for ensuring informed consumer choice and creating greater public understanding of the competitive process.
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) – The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission is an independent agency that is responsible for ensuring the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements.
United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) – The Securities and Exchange Commission, more commonly referred to as the SEC, protects investors and seeks to maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.
See also, our more extensive list of U.S. Government Agencies.