List of U.S. Government Agencies and Departments

List of United States Government Agencies
A list of United States government agencies.

The United States Government makes a wealth of resources and information available to the general public that can be extremely useful for private investigators. This article explains how to use government resources to conduct research, dig up data, facts and information, conduct background checks and find missing persons.

In addition, we’ve included a list of government resources that may be helpful to private investigators, including: intelligence agencies, various agencies, bureaus and departments, libraries, state information and other resources.

List of United States Government Agencies, Bureaus, Commissions and Departments

Following is an alphabetical list of organizations in the United States federal executive, legislative and judicial branches. It is not a comprehensive list, nor will it remain completely accurate, as agencies are shut down and new ones are formed on a regular basis.

9-11 Commission (National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States)
Administration on Aging (AOA)
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Administrative Committee of the Federal Register
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
African Development Foundation
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Agency for International Development
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Agricultural Marketing Service
Agricultural Research Service
Agriculture Department (USDA)
Air Force
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (Treasury)
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau (DOJ)
American Battle Monuments Commission
AMTRAK (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Appalachian Regional Commission
Architect of the Capitol
Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board)
Arctic Research Commission
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Arms Control and International Security
Army
Army Corps of Engineers
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee
Bankruptcy Courts
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs Office

Border Patrol – The United States Border Patrol is a federal law enforcement agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. Border Patrol Agents are responsible for immigration and border law enforcement.  Border Patrol Agents prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States and deter, detect, and apprehend illegal aliens and individuals involved in the illegal drug trade who enter the United States other than through designated ports of entry.

Botanic Garden
Broadcasting Board of Governors (Voice of America, Radio/TV Marti and more)
Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade (Treasury)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (Justice)
Bureau of the Census
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
Bureau of Industry and Security (formerly the Bureau of Export Administration)
Bureau of International Labor Affairs
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics – Bureau of Labor Statistics is responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Bureau of Prisons
Bureau of Public Debt
Bureau of Reclamation

Bureau of Transportation (BOT) – responsible for ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Census Bureau
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) –  Works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.

Census – U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (formerly the Health Care Financing
Administration)

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – The Central Intelligence Agency, headquartered in Langley, Virginia, was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry Truman. The National Security Act charged the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) with coordinating the nation’s intelligence activities and correlating, evaluating and disseminating intelligence which affects national security. Learn more by reading these CIA Books.

Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigations Board
Chief Financial Officers Council
Chief Information Officers Council
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau (formerly Immigration and Naturalization
Service)
Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
Coalition Provisional Authority (in Iraq)
Coalition Provisional Authority Inspector General
Coast Guard
Commerce Department
Commission of Fine Arts
Commission on Civil Rights
Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
Commission on International Religious Freedom
Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Community Development Office (Agriculture Department)
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Community Planning and Development
Comptroller of the Currency Office
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Constitution Center
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service
Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Corporation for National and Community Service
Council of Economic Advisers
Council on Environmental Quality
Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Court of Federal Claims
Court of International Trade

Customs and Border Protection – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is a federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security is responsible for regulating and facilitating international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including trade, drug and immigration laws. The primary mission of the agency is preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States.

The agency is also responsible for apprehending individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally, stemming the flow of illegal drugs and other contraband, protecting the United States agricultural and economic interests from harmful pests and diseases, and protecting American businesses from theft of their intellectual property. U.S. Customs and Border Protection works closely with its sister agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is responsible for long-term investigations of criminal and terrorist organizations seeking to penetrate American border security. These cases include the smuggling of narcotics, goods, weapons, and humans into the United States.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Defense Commissary Agency
Defense Contract Audit Agency
Defense Contract Management Agency
Defense Field Activities
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Defense Intelligence Agency – The Defense Intelligence Agency provides military intelligence to defense policy makers and force planners in the Department of Defense and the general Intelligence Community. The agency provides such intelligence to support of the U.S. military in planning and operations and weapon systems acquisition.

Defense Legal Services Agency
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Defense Security Service
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Delaware River Basin Commission
Denali Commission
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Department of Commerce (DOC)
Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of Defense Inspector General
Department of Education (ED)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Department of Health & Human Services

Department of Homeland Security – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Department of the Interior (DOI)
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Department of Labor (DOL)
Department of State (DOS)
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Department of the Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Disability Employment Policy Office
Domestic Policy Council
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Economic Analysis, Bureau of
Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs (State Department)
Economic and Statistics Administration
Economic Development Administration
Economic Research Service
Education Department (ED)
Election Assistance Commission
Elementary and Secondary Education
Employee Benefits Security Administration (formerly the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration)
Employment and Training Administration (Labor Department)
Employment Standards Administration
Endangered Species Committee
Energy Department (DOE)
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Energy Information Administration
Enforcement (Treasury Department)
Engraving and Printing, Bureau of
Environment, Safety and Health
Environmental Management (Energy Department)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Export Administration (now the Bureau of Industry and Security)
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Office
Farm Credit Administration
Farm Service Agency
Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the investigative arm of the US Department of Justice. The FBI’s investigative authority can be found in Title 28, Section 533 of the US Code. Additionally, there are other statutes, such as the Congressional Assassination, Kidnapping, and Assault Act, which give the FBI responsibility to investigate specific crimes. Learn more by reading these FBI books.

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Federal Citizen Information Center – For over 35 years, Americans have been contacting the Federal Information Center, now known as the FCIC’s National Contact Center (NCC), to get answers to their questions about their government. Initially, the telephone service was available only via local telephone numbers in key metropolitan areas. But since 1990, the NCC has responded to public inquiries via a nationwide toll-free telephone number, 1 (800) FED-INFO. The number is listed in more than 500 telephone directories around the country, serving the majority of the American public. The NCC responds to thousands of government information requests every business day, either providing the information directly or locating the source of assistance for the caller.

Federal Consulting Group
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Federal Election Commission (FEC)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Executive Boards
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
Federal Financing Bank
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight
Federal Housing Finance Board
Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds
Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
Federal Judicial Center
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Federal Library and Information Center Committee
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Federal Railroad Administration
Federal Reserve System
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Federal Transit Administration
Federated States of Micronesia

Financial Management Service (Treasury Department) – The Financial Management Service provides central payment services to federal agencies, to operate the federal government’s collections and deposit systems, to provide government-wide accounting and reporting services, and to manage the collection of delinquent debt owed to the government.

Fish and Wildlife Service
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Food and Nutrition Service
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Foreign Agricultural Service
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
Forest Service
Fossil Energy
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
General Accounting Office (GAO)
General Services Administration (GSA)
Geological Survey (USGS)
Global Affairs (State Department)
Global Communications Office (White House)
Government Printing Office (GPO)
Government National Mortgage Association
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Health and Human Services Department (HHS)
Health Resources and Services Administration
Holocaust Memorial Museum
Homeland Security Department (DHS)
House of Representatives
House Leadership Offices
House Office of Inspector General
House Office of the Clerk
House of Representatives Committees
House Organizations, Commissions and Task Forces
House Representatives on the Web
Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD)
Housing
Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Bureau of
Immigration and Naturalization Service (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services)
Indian Affairs, Bureau of
Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Indian Health Service
Industrial College of the Armed Forces
Industry and Security, Bureau of (formerly the Bureau of Export Administration)
Information Resource Management College
Institute of Education Sciences
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Institute of Peace
Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group
Interagency Council on Homelessness
Interagency Electronic Grants Committee
Inter-American Foundation
Interior Department
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB)
International Labor Affairs, Bureau of
International Trade Administration (ITA)
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
Japan-United States Friendship Commission
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
Joint Chiefs of Staff
Joint Forces Staff College
Judicial Circuit Courts of Appeal, by Geographic Location and Circuit
Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
Justice Department
Justice Programs Office (Juvenile Justice, Victims of Crime, Violence Against Women
Justice Statistics, Bureau of
Labor Department (DOL)
Labor Statistics, Bureau of
Land Management, Bureau of
Lead Hazard Control (Housing and Urban Development Department)
Legal Services Corporation
Library of Congress
Marine Corps
Marine Mammal Commission
Maritime Administration
Marketing and Regulatory Programs (Agriculture Department)
Marshals Service
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (formerly the Physician Payment Review
Commission and the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission)
Merit Systems Protection Board
Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Mineral Management Service
Minority Business Development Agency
Mint
Missile Defense Agency
Mississippi River Commission
Morris K. Udall Foundation: Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy
Multifamily Housing Office
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Agricultural Statistics Service
National AIDS Policy Office
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare
National Capital Planning Commission
National Cemetery Administration (Veterans Affairs Department)
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9-11 Commission)
National Communications System (Homeland Security)
National Constitution Center
National Council on Disability
National Credit Union Administration
National Defense University
National Drug Intelligence Center
National Economic Council
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Gallery of Art
National Guard
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Imagery and Mapping Agency
National Indian Gaming Commission
National Institute of Justice
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Interagency Fire Center
National Labor Relations Board
National Laboratories (Energy Department)
National Marine Fisheries
National Mediation Board
National Nuclear Security Administration
National Ocean Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Park Foundation
National Park Service
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK)

National Reconnaissance Office – The NRO designs, builds and operates the nation’s reconnaissance satellites. NRO products, provided to an expanding list of customers like the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), can warn of potential trouble spots around the world, help plan military operations, and monitor the environment.

National Science Foundation

National Security Agency (NSA) – The National Security Agency (NSA) was created on November 4th, 1952 by President Harry S. Truman. The NSA, which is headquartered in Fort Meade, Maryland, is a cryptology intelligence agency of the United States Government.  The National Security Agency is administered as part of the United States Department of Defense. The National Security Agency is responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence, which involves the process of cryptanalysis.  The agency is also responsible for protecting United States government communications and information systems from similar agencies elsewhere, which involves the process of cryptography.

National Security Council – The National Security Council is the President’s principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials.

National Technical Information Service
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
National Transportation Safety Board
National War College
National Weather Service
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Navajo and Hopi Relocation Commission
Navy
Northern Mariana Islands
Northwest Power Planning Council
Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
Office of Compliance
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight
Office of Government Ethics
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
Office of Personnel Management
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Office of Special Counsel
Office of Thrift Supervision
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Pardon Attorney Office
Parole Commission (Justice Department)
Patent and Trademark Office
Peace Corps
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Policy Development and Research (Housing and Urban Development Department)
Political Affairs (State Department)
Postal Rate Commission
Postal Service (USPS)
Postsecondary Education
Power Administrations
President’s Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond
President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service
President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency
President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
Presidio Trust
Public Debt, Bureau of
Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (State Department)
Public Health Preparedness Office
Public and Indian Housing
Radio and TV Marti (Español)
Radio Free Asia (RFA)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
Railroad Retirement Board
Reclamation, Bureau of
Regulatory Information Service Center
Rehabilitation Services Administration (Education Department)
Research, Education and Economics (Agriculture Department)
Research and Special Programs Administration (Transportation Department)
Risk Management Agency (Agriculture Department)
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Rural Development
Rural Housing Service
Rural Utilities Service
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Secret Service – Secret Service – The United States Secret Service is mandated by statute and executive order to carry out two significant missions: protection and criminal investigations. The Secret Service protects the President and Vice President, their families, heads of state, and other designated individuals; investigates threats against these protectees; protects the White House, Vice President’s Residence, Foreign Missions, and other buildings within Washington, D.C.; and plans and implements security designs for designated National Special Security Events.

Additionally, the Secret Service investigates violations of laws relating to counterfeiting of obligations and securities of the United States; financial crimes that include, but are not limited to, access device fraud, financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer fraud; and computer-based attacks on our nation’s financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure.

Science Office (Energy Department)

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Selective Service System
Senate
Senate Committees
Senate Leadership
Senators on the Web
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Smithsonian Institution
Social Security Administration (SSA)
Social Security Advisory Board
Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

State Department – The United States Department of State was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established by the U.S. government. The department is often referred to as the “State Department” and is the federal executive department that is responsible for:

  • International relations of the United States
  • Serving as the equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries
  • U.S. diplomatic missions abroad
  • Implementing U.S. foreign policy
  • U.S. diplomacy efforts

The department is led by the Secretary of State, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate and is a member of the Cabinet. The department’s headquarters building is physically located at 2201 C. Street, NW in Washington D.C. inside the Harry S. Truman Building. Primary Website: U.S. Department of State – This website serves as the State Department’s portal of information on foreign policy and information about the State Department. It is managed by the Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs The Phone Number: 703-875-5084. The email address is [email protected].

State Justice Institute
Stennis Center for Public Service
Student Financial Assistance Programs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Superfund Basic Research Program
Supreme Court of the United States
Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
Surface Transportation Board
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Tax Court
Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP)
Technology Administration
Tennessee Valley Authority
Trade and Development Agency
Trade Policy Staff Committee (House of Representatives)
Transportation Department (DOT)
Transportation Security Administration
Transportation Statistics, Bureau of
Treasury Department
U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Government Accountability Office – Reports and testimony, decisions and opinions, and policy and publications. See also Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports Online via GPO Access–GAO’s findings and recommendations that result from its audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of federal programs; reports are prepared at the request of congressional committees or members or to fulfilll GAO specifically mandated or basic legislative requirements; includes reports issued since from Oct. 1, 1994.

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people

U.S. Government Printing Office – U.S. Govt. Printing Office (GPO) — Most popular government site. Search by branch or topic for official government versions of executive, legislation, and judicial information. Search and retrieve full-text from more than 50 official online databases arranged in an alphabetical list and by branch of government.

U.S. International Trade Commission
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
U.S. National Central Bureau – Interpol (Justice Department)
U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Sentencing Commission
U.S. Trade Representative
U.S. Virgin Islands
Unified Combatant Commands (Defense Department)
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Veterans Affairs Department (VA)
Veterans Benefits Administration
Veterans Day National Committee
Veterans’ Employment and Training Service
Veterans Health Administration
Vietnam Educational Foundation
Vocational and Adult Education
Voice of America (VOA)
White House
White House Commission on Presidential Scholars
White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance
White House Office of Administration
Women’s Bureau (Labor Department)
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Worldnet Television


 


More About United States Government Intelligence Agencies

United States Government Intelligence Agencies were created by the United States Government to provide protection for America and its citizens.  U.S. Intelligence agencies provide national security by:

  • Gathering, evaluating and disseminating information that affects national security and the safety of American citizens, land and property
  • Providing intelligence to the military, including the Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy
  • Protecting the nations borders
  • Reducing America’s vulnerability to terrorism and terrorist acts
  • Investigating specific crimes
  • Advising on foreign policy matters

Federal Agencies, Bureaus and Departments

  • Department of Justice – The department that is responsible for enforcing the law and defending its interests according to the law.
  • Department of State – The department that is responsible for international relations.
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons – Learn about the department that is responsible for managing the federal prison system.
  • Federal Regulatory Agencies – A list of the primary regulatory agencies and the services they provide.
  • The Pentagon – The Pentagon is the headquarters building for the Department of Defense. Learn about the building and the operations contained within.

Government and Public Libraries

Government libraries are excellent sources of data and information for investigative professionals. In fact, libraries store a wealth of resources such as books, microfilm and microfiche, audio takes, CDs, vinyl records, cassettes, VHS tapes, DVDs, CD-ROMs, databases, maps, and so much more. In addition, the libraries are staffed with knowledgeable librarians, historians and experts. Many of the resources stored in governmental libraries are also available in electronic and/or digital format and are available online. Below is a partial list of some of the more prominent collections:

State Information

Other Information and Research Tools

If you have any questions about these government resources, or have a suggestion for other users, please leave a comment below.

 

 

 

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