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Government Agencies & Portals

Following is a list of some of the government agencies and information sites that relate to business and economics:

  • American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau)
    Source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (The Federal Reserve Board)
    The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the U.S. It was founded by Congress in 1913 to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. Today, the Federal Reserve’s duties fall into four general areas: Conducting the nation’s monetary policy by influencing the monetary and credit conditions in the economy in pursuit of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates; Supervising and regulating banking institutions to ensure the safety and soundness of the nation’s banking and financial system and to protect the credit rights of consumers; Maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets; Providing financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions, including playing a major role in operating the nation’s payments system.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (U.S. Department of Commerce)
    BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the nation’s economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.
  • Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs (U.S. Department of State)
    EEB’s mission is to promote economic security and prosperity at home and abroad. The Bureau’s work lies at the critical nexus of economic prosperity and national security. As the single point where international economic policy tools and threads converge, they help promote a coherent economic policy across the U.S. Government.
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
    The mission of the BEP is to design and manufacture high quality security documents that deter counterfeiting and meet customer requirements for quality, quantity and performance. As its primary function, the BEP prints billions of dollars – referred to as Federal Reserve Notes – each year for delivery to the Federal Reserve System. The Federal Reserve operates as the nation’s central bank and serves to ensure that adequate amounts of currency and coin are in circulation. The BEP does not produce coins – all U.S. coinage is minted by the United States Mint.
  • Bureau of Industry and Security (U.S. Department of Commerce)
    BIS Mission: Advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.
  • Bureau of International Labor Affairs (U.S. Department of Labor)
    ILAB leads the U.S. Department of Labor’s efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy. ILAB’s mission is to use all available international channels to improve working conditions, raise living standards, protect workers’ ability to exercise their rights, and address the workplace exploitation of children and other vulnerable populations.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor)
    BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.
  • Bureau of the Public Debt (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
    The mission of the Bureau of the Public Debt is to borrow the money needed to operate the federal government, account for the resulting debt, and provide reimbursable support services to federal agencies. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution empowers the Congress to borrow money on the credit of the United States. This authority has been delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury. As an organizational entity within Treasury’s Fiscal Service, the Bureau of the Public Debt is authorized to conduct such borrowing for the federal government.
  •, the official business link to the U.S. Government, is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in a partnership with 21 other federal agencies. This partnership, known as Business Gateway, is a Presidential E-government initiative that provides a single access point to government services and information to help the nation’s businesses with their operations.
  • Census Bureau
    The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.
  • Central Intelligence Agency: The World Factbook
    Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.
  • Chief Acquisition Officers Council
    The Council consists of a diverse group of acquisition professionals in the Executive Branch established to provide a senior level forum for monitoring and improving the federal acquisition system. The Council promotes effective business practices that ensure the timely delivery of best value products and services to the agencies, achieve public policy objectives, and further integrity, fairness, competition, and openness in the federal acquisition system.
  • Chief Financial Officers Council
    The CFO Council – the CFOs and Deputy CFOs of the largest federal agencies and senior officials of OMB and Treasury – work collaboratively to improve financial management in the U.S. Government. The Council was established under the provisions of the CFO Act of 1990 to “advise and coordinate the activities of the agencies of its members on such matters as consolidation and modernization of financial systems, improved quality of financial information, financial data and information standards, internal controls, legislation affecting financial operations and organizations, and any other financial management matter.”
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
    CFIUS is an inter-agency committee authorized to review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person (“covered transactions”), in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    Congress created the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in 1974 as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States. The agency’s mandate has been renewed and expanded several times since then, most recently by the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.
  • Congressional Budget Office
    CBO’s mandate is to provide the Congress with: Objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses to aid in economic and budgetary decisions on the wide array of programs covered by the federal budget and the information and estimates required for the Congressional budget process.
  • Copyright Office
    The Copyright Office is an office of record, a place where claims to copyright are registered and where documents relating to copyright may be recorded when the requirements of the copyright law are met. The Copyright Office furnishes information about the provisions of the copyright law and the procedures for making a registration or recordation, explains the operations and practices of the Copyright Office, and reports on facts found in the public records of the Office. The Office also administers the mandatory deposit provisions of the copyright law and the various compulsory licensing provisions of the law, which include collecting royalties.
  • Council of Economic Advisers (The White House)
    The Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the Executive Office of the President, is charged with offering the President objective economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy. The Council bases its recommendations and analysis on economic research and empirical evidence, using the best data available to support the President in setting our nation’s economic policy.
  • Department of Commerce
    The DOC has a broad mandate to advance economic growth and jobs and opportunities for the American people. It has cross cutting  responsibilities in the areas of trade, technology, entrepreneurship, economic development, environmental stewardship and statistical research and analysis. The historic mission of the Department is “to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce” of the United States. This has evolved, as a result of legislative and administrative additions, to encompass broadly the responsibility to foster, serve, and promote the Nation’s economic development and technological advancement.
  • Department of Labor
    The DOL fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support.
  • Department of the Treasury
    Mission: Serve the American people and strengthen national security by managing the U.S. Government’s finances effectively, promoting economic growth and stability, and ensuring the safety, soundness, and security of the U.S. and international financial systems. The Department of the Treasury’s mission highlights its role as the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, and as an influential participant in the global economy.
  • Economic Development Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce)
    EDA’s Mission: To lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. The EDA’s investment policy is designed to establish a foundation for sustainable job growth and the building of durable regional economies throughout the United States.
  • Economic Report of the President (GPO Access)
    The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. It overviews the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. The Economic Report of the President is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government.
  • Economics and Statistics Administration
    The Under Secretary for Economic Affairs serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on economic issues, and oversees the activities of the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Under Secretary also serves as the Department’s representative to the Council on Economic Advisers, interagency panels on economic issues, and other government agencies concerned with economic matters. The Under Secretary is responsible for the analysis and development of policies on economic and statistical issues, and on issues affecting broad sectors of the domestic economy in response to the needs and interests of the Secretary or Deputy Secretary. The Under Secretary’s principal responsibilities include: economic forecasting; consultation with the private sector on economic and broad economic sectoral developments; and policy analysis and development in the areas of economic policy. The Chief Economist is the Under Secretary’s principal adviser on economic matters. The Chief Economist also serves as a special adviser to the Secretary of Commerce and as a member of the Secretary’s principal management team. The Office of the Chief Economist conducts analyses of policy proposals with macroeconomics implications; monitors and interprets current economic developments and domestic fiscal and monetary policy; analyzes economic conditions and policy initiatives of major trading partners; makes projections of the economic outlook; analyzes major economic policy developments for use by senior White House officials and the Secretary’s and Under Secretary’s participation in interagency deliberations; and takes part in discussions of policies affecting statistical agencies. The Office of Economic Conditions and the Office of Policy Development report to the Chief Economist.
    Economic is brought to you by the Economics and Statistics Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Their mission is to provide timely access to the daily releases of key economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Economic Indicators: Main Page (GPO Access)
    Available from April 1995 forward, this monthly compilation is prepared for the Joint Economic Committee by the Council of Economic Advisers and provides economic information on prices, wages, production, business activity, purchasing power, credit, money and Federal finance.
  • brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States
    Mission: The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank’s mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im Bank enables U.S. companies — large and small — to turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy.
    Through this single point-of-entry, commercial vendors and government buyers are invited to post, search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    The FDIC is an independent agency created by the 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; and Managing receiverships.
  • Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
    The FFIEC is a formal interagency body empowered to prescribe uniform principles, standards, and report forms for the federal examination of financial institutions by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) and to make recommendations to promote uniformity in the supervision of financial institutions.
  • Federal Financing Bank
    The FFB is a government corporation, created by Congress in 1973 under the general supervision of the Secretary of the Treasury. The FFB was established to centralize and reduce the cost of federal borrowing, as well as federally-assisted borrowing from the public. The FFB was also established to deal with federal budget management issues which occurred when off-budget financing flooded the government securities market with offers of a variety of government-backed securities that were competing with Treasury securities. Today the FFB has statutory authority to purchase any obligation issued, sold, or guaranteed by a federal agency to ensure that fully guaranteed obligations are financed efficiently.
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority
    The FLRA is an independent administrative federal agency created by Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (also known as the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute). The Statute allows certain non-postal federal employees to organize, bargain collectively, and to participate through labor organizations of their choice in decisions affecting their working lives.
  • Federal Library and Information Center Committee (Library of Congress)
    The mission of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) is to foster excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and to provide guidance and direction for the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK). FEDLINK serves federal libraries and information centers as their purchasing, training and resource-sharing consortium.
  • Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
    The FMCS, created in 1947, is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with two regional offices and more than 70 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.
  • The Federal Reserve Board (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve)
    The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the U.S. It was founded by Congress in 1913 to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. Today, the Federal Reserve’s duties fall into four general areas: Conducting the nation’s monetary policy by influencing the monetary and credit conditions in the economy in pursuit of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates; Supervising and regulating banking institutions to ensure the safety and soundness of the nation’s banking and financial system and to protect the credit rights of consumers; Maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets; Providing financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions, including playing a major role in operating the nation’s payments system.
  • The Federal Reserve Board: The Beige Book
    Commonly known as the Beige Book, this report is published eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources. The Beige Book summarizes this information by District and sector. An overall summary of the twelve district reports is prepared by a designated Federal Reserve Bank on a rotating basis.
  • Federal Trade Commission
    The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.
  • FedStats
    Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information.
    In 1992, FedWorld was established by The National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government.
  • Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Board
    The mission of the FASAB is to promulgate federal accounting standards after considering the financial and budgetary information needs of citizens, congressional oversight groups, executive agencies, and the needs of other users of federal financial information. Accounting and financial reporting standards are essential for public accountability and for an efficient and effective functioning of our democratic system of government.
  • Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
    In the wake of the most significant financial crisis since the Great Depression, the President signed into law on May 20, 2009, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009, creating the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The Commission was established to “examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States.”
  • Financial Management Service (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
    FMS, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, provides central payment services to Federal Program Agencies, operates the federal government’s collections and deposit systems, provides government-wide accounting and reporting services, and manages the collection of delinquent debt owed to the government. FMS also supports federal agencies’ financial management improvement efforts in the areas of education, consulting, and accounting operations. Acting as the U.S. government’s money manager, FMS provides centralized payment, collection, and reporting services for the government.
    To address the financial crisis, the Financial Stability plan is designed to attack the credit crisis on all fronts with a full arsenal of financial tools and the resources commensurate to the depth of the problem. To be successful, government must address the uncertainty, troubled assets and capital constraints of financial institutions as well as the frozen secondary markets that have been the source of a significant portion of lending for everything from small business loans to auto loans. To protect taxpayers and ensure that every dollar is directed toward lending and economic revitalization, the Financial Stability Plan institutes a new era of accountability, transparency and conditions on the financial institutions receiving funds. The Financial Stability Plan is a full force, comprehensive approach that seeks to stabilize the financial system and get lending flowing again.
    The Forms Catalog provides citizens and businesses with a common access point to federal agency forms.
  • Government Accountability Office
    The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. Their mission is to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. They provide Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced.
  • Government Printing Office
    GPO provides publishing & dissemination services for the official & authentic government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, & the American public.
  • GPO Access
    A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.
  • GovSpot is a non-partisan government information portal designed to simplify the search for the best and most relevant government information online. This free resource offers a high-utility collection of top government and civic resources hand-selected for their quality, content and utility. A virtual resource center for U.S. citizens, students, educators, business people, government employees and anyone exploring the Web for government information, makes it easy to find the best government Web sites and documents, facts and figures, news, political information and much more.
    Your source to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants.
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
    The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.
  • Internal Revenue Service (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
    IRS Mission: Provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all. In the U.S., the Congress passes tax laws and requires taxpayers to comply. The taxpayer’s role is to understand and meet his or her tax obligations. The IRS role is to help the large majority of compliant taxpayers with the tax law, while ensuring that the minority who are unwilling to comply pay their fair share.
  • International Trade Administration
    ITA’s mission is to create prosperity by strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements. provides you access to ITA’s valuable information and services regarding U.S. international trade policy.
  • International Trade Commission
    The ITC is an independent, quasijudicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The mission of the Commission is to (1) administer U.S. trade remedy laws within its mandate in a fair and objective manner; (2) provide the President, USTR, and Congress with independent analysis, information, and support on matters of tariffs, international trade, and U.S. competitiveness; and (3) maintain the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. (HTS).
  • Library of Congress
    The LOC is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library’s mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
    Dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and current information on issues surrounding the competitiveness of American manufacturers and service industries.
  • Minority Business Development Agency
    The MBDA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America.
  • The National Archives and Records Administration
    The NARA is the nation’s record keeper. NARA keeps only those Federal records that are judged to have continuing value—about 2 to 5 percent of those generated in any given year. All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens.
  • National Credit Union Administration
    The NCUA is the independent federal agency that charters and supervises federal credit unions. NCUA, backed of the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, operates the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) insuring the savings of 80 million account holders in all federal credit unions and many state-chartered credit unions.
  • National Economic Council (The White House)
    The NEC was established in 1993 to advise the President on U.S. and global economic policy. It resides within the Office of Policy Development and is part of the Executive Office of the President. By Executive Order, the NEC has four principal functions: to coordinate policy-making for domestic and international economic issues, to coordinate economic policy advice for the President, to ensure that policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President’s economic goals, and to monitor implementation of the President’s economic policy agenda.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
  • National Labor Relations Board
    The NLRB is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector. The statute guarantees the right of employees to organize and to bargain collectively with their employers, and to engage in other protected concerted activity with or without a union, or to refrain from all such activity.
  • National Technical Information Service
    The NTIS serves as the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. For more than 60 years NTIS has assured businesses, universities, and the public timely access to approximately 3 million publications covering over 350 subject areas.
  • National Women’s Business Council
    A bi-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council’s mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women’s business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplaces — from start-up to success to significance.
  • Office of Administration (The White Houses)
    The Office of Administration was established by Executive Order on December 12, 1977. The organization’s mission is to provide administrative services to all entities of the Executive Office of the President (EOP), including direct support services to the President of the United States. The services include financial management and information technology support, human resources management, library and research assistance, facilities management, procurement, printing and graphics support, security, and mail and messenger operations. The Director of the organization oversees the submission of the annual EOP Budget Request and represents the organization before congressional funding panels.
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
    The OCC charters, regulates, and supervises all national banks. It also supervises the federal branches and agencies of foreign banks. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the OCC has four district offices plus an office in London to supervise the international activities of national banks. The OCC was established in 1863 as a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The OCC is headed by the Comptroller, who is appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a five-year term. The Comptroller also is a director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and NeighborWorks® America. The OCC’s nationwide staff of examiners conducts on-site reviews of national banks and provides sustained supervision of bank operations. The agency issues rules, legal interpretations, and corporate decisions concerning banking, bank investments, bank community development activities, and other aspects of bank operations.
  • Office of Government Ethics
    The OGE, a small agency within the executive branch, was established by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Originally part of the Office of Personnel Management, OGE became a separate agency on October 1, 1989 as part of the Office of Government Ethics Reauthorization Act of 1988. The Office of Government Ethics exercises leadership in the executive branch to prevent conflicts of interest on the part of Government employees, and to resolve those conflicts of interest that do occur. In partnership with executive branch agencies and departments, OGE fosters high ethical standards for employees and strengthens the public’s confidence that the Government’s business is conducted with impartiality and integrity.
  • Office of Management and Budget (The White House)
    OMB’s predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President’s spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President’s Budget and with Administration policies. In addition, OMB oversees and coordinates the Administration’s procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies. In each of these areas, OMB’s role is to help improve administrative management, to develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and to reduce any unnecessary burdens on the public.
  • Office of Personnel Management
    Mission Statement: It is OPM’s job to build a high quality and diverse Federal workforce, based on merit system principles, that America needs to guarantee freedom, promote prosperity and ensure the security of this great Nation.
  • Office of Thrift Supervision
    Mission Statement: To supervise savings associations and their holding companies in order to maintain their safety and soundness and compliance with consumer laws, and to encourage a competitive industry that meets America’s financial services needs.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative
    The Office of the USTR is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. The head of USTR is the U.S. Trade Representative, a Cabinet member who serves as the president’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues. USTR is part of the Executive Office of the President. Through an interagency structure, USTR coordinates trade policy, resolves disagreements, and frames issues for presidential decision.
  • Patent and Trademark Office
    For over 200 years, the basic role of the USPTO has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries.
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 requires the creation of “a website on the Internet to be named, to foster greater accountability and transparency in the use of funds made available in this Act.” The site’s primary mandate is to give taxpayers the user-friendly tools to track Recovery funds– how and where they are spent.  These tools — in the form of charts, graphs, and maps, which the site continues to enhance and refine — offer both telescopic and microscopic views of Recovery projects across the country, from the national overview down to specific zip codes. The site also provides an online way for reporting any suspected fraud, waste or abuse related to Recovery funding and projects. is operated by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which was also created by the Recovery Act.
    Source for all regulations (or rulemakings) issued by U.S. government agencies. Includes regulations that are open for public comment (i.e., proposed) and closed for comment (i.e., final). Also includes other non-rulemaking documents, such as Federal agency notices, supporting materials, public comments, and Federal agency guidance and adjudications. Your one-stop source to find and view all Federal regulations and related materials. Through you may also comment on proposed regulations open for comment and related documents.
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
    The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.
  • Small Business Administration
    Created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
  • Small Business Administration: Office of Small Business Development Centers
    The SBDC provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development’s network of training and counseling services.
  • Trade and Development Agency
    USTDA mission is to promote economic growth in developing and middle income countries, while simultaneously helping American businesses to export their products and services, thereby creating U.S. jobs. In addition, USTDA supports U.S. policy objectives related to development and capacity building activities. USTDA provides grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of modern infrastructure and an open trading system. The hallmark of USTDA development assistance has always involved building partnerships between U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors to bring proven private sector solutions to developmental challenges.
  • The United States Mint (U.S. Department of the Treasury)
    The primary mission of the U.S. Mint is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce. In addition to producing coins, the Mint has other responsibilities, including the following: Distributing U.S. coins to the Federal Reserve banks and branches; Maintaining physical custody and protection of the Nation’s $100 billion of U.S. gold and silver assets; Producing proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins, and medals for sale to the general public; Manufacturing and selling platinum, gold, and silver bullion coins; Overseeing of production facilities in Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco and West Point, as well as the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
    As the U.S. government’s official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.
  • Women’s Bureau (U.S. Department of Labor)
    The mission is to improve the status of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.


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