List of federal agencies in the United States

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

Legislative definitions of a federal agency are varied, and even contradictory, and 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 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 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, the United States Sentencing Commission.


Agencies within the legislative branch:

Judicial branch

Agencies within the judicial branch:

Specialty Courts

Executive branch

Executive Office of the President


United States Department of Agriculture

United States Department of Commerce

United States Department of Defense

United States Department of Education

2013 Department of Education Structure
Office of the Secretary (OS)
Office of the Under Secretary (OUS)
Office of the Deputy Secretary (ODS) / Chief Operating Officer
Associated federal Agencies, Centers, Boards, Clearinghouses
Federally aided organizations

United States Department of Energy

United States Department of Health and Human Services

United States Department of Homeland Security

Agencies and Offices, Library and Coast Guard and Teams

Offices and Councils


National Protection and Programs

Science and Technology

Offices and Institutes

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development


Offices and Centers and Library


United States Department of the Interior

United States Department of Justice

United States Department of Labor

Agencies and Bureaus and Corporation and Center and Program and Library


United States Department of State

Agencies and Bureaus and Offices and Library and Boards and Councils

Reporting to the Secretary
Reporting to the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Management
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs
Reporting to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Permanent Diplomatic Missions

United States Department of Transportation

Agencies, Offices and Corporations and Board and Library

United States Department of the Treasury

Agencies and Bureaus

Offices and Bank and Board and Library

United States Department of Veterans Affairs


Boards and offices and Library

Independent agencies and government-owned corporations

Authorized under Article I, Section 4


Authorized under Article I, Section 8

Administrative agencies
Civil Service agencies
Commerce regulatory agencies

Government Commissions and Committees and Consortium

Education and Broadcasting agencies
Energy and science agencies
Foreign investment agencies
Interior agencies
Labor agencies
Monetary and financial agencies
Postal agencies
Retirement agencies
Federal Property and Seat of Government agencies
Transportation agencies
Helperrism agencies

Authority under Article II, Section 1

Defense and security agencies

Authority under Amendment XIV

Civil rights agencies

Other Agencies and Corporations

Joint Programs and Interagency Agencies

Special Inspector General Office

Government Owned Corporations not otherwise listed

Quasi-official agencies

Arts & cultural Agencies

Museum Agency

Commerce & technology Agencies

Defense & diplomacy Agencies

Educational Agencies

Human service & community development Agencies

Interior Agencies

Law & justice Agencies

Other Government Foundations

Other Government Organizations

US Military Support Organizations

US Navy Support Organizations

US Air Force Support Organizations

US Military Associations

All other US Military Support Organizations

Other Federal Organizations




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