Federal Executive Branch: STEP 3
Federal Executive Branch: STEP 3
Below is a list of the agencies and departments within the Federal Executive Branch of the government. Click on the name of the agency or department and you will be taken to the corresponding website. Each of these sites provides useful information including answers to frequently asked questions and links to downloadable federal forms.
If you still cannot find what you are looking for, my staff is always ready and willing to assist you. Click here to move on to STEP 4: Contact a Seventh District Caseworker.
The White House website provides access to domestic and foreign policy statements, Administration nominations, radio addresses and press briefings from the Executive Office of the President. The site serves as a good resource for finding the history of the White House, presidential proclamations, executive orders, and federal government statistics. Additionally, the White House website provides a gateway to the websites for the Office of the Vice President, the First Lady and all the offices included within the Executive Office of the President.
The Department of Defense website provides information and links to the branches of our Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard. This site will give you the opportunity to review TriCare benefits, pay scales, civilian job opportunities, recruiting, voting assistance and deployments. In addition, the site can also provide breaking DoD news, transcripts of interviews and Pentagon press briefings, and useful information on terrorism and homeland security.
The principal mission of the Department of Energy is to enhance national security through promoting international nuclear safety, advancing, increasing, promoting the development of, and sponsoring cutting-edge technology. The Department of Energy website will give you the opportunity to consider a range of community-based renewable and alternative energy initiatives, review annual energy data on supply, disposition and prices, and subscribe to email alerts on over 40 selective lists of energy topics. The website also serves as a resource for home consumer tips, an energy tool-kit to help families manage energy costs better, and links to the Department's Energy and Law Library.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the Federal agency responsible for creating opportunities to provide housing assistance for low-income persons, helping the homeless, and enforcing the nation's housing laws. HUD works with local communities to help them meet their development needs. The HUD website provides resources such as a homebuyer's kit, information on protecting your family from lead in the home, grant information as well as HUD handbooks, forms, and publications. The site also provides answers to common questions relating to purchasing a home, FHA mortgages, HUD homes for sale, FHA refunds, homeless services, fair housing, grants, consumer information, public housing, Section 8, and other housing assistance programs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment as provided for under Federal laws. The EPA is responsible for implementing and enforcing most of the provisions included in the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. The EPA's website contains useful information on air and water pollutants and the laws and regulations governing those pollutants. The EPA's website also contains information about environmental issues and factors that may affect air and water quality in specific regions of the nation.
The Department of Commerce serves as the voice of business in our government by promoting American business, gathering economic and demographic data, issuing patents and trademarks, and helping set industrial standards. The Department of Commerce website provides the opportunity to apply for export licenses, grants, patents and trademarks and to complete survey forms. The site also serves as a portal for commerce issues, including an e-marketplace providing trade opportunities for US exporters, multiple grant application sites, and daily releases of key economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. If you wish to locate contact information and the Commerce offices nearest to you in Georgia, please click here.
Established in 1989, the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) is responsible for administering benefits and services to veterans and their dependents. The VA is the second largest of the 15 departments in the federal government, as nearly one-quarter of the nation's population - or 70 million individuals - are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members, or survivors of veterans. The VA's website provides an excellent resource for information on survivor benefits, compensation benefits, VA health care services, VA legislation in Congress, and job opportunities, among others. The VA's website also provides the appropriate contacts needed to ascertain whether or not individuals are either entitled to benefits or how to obtain additional VA services.
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was created in 1891 to carry out adjudications and nationality inspections, investigations, and detention and deportation, as well as to oversee the U.S. Border Patrol. The INS was charged with ensuring the safety of our borders, as well as establishing sound policies to combat illegal immigration. On March 1, 2003, however, INS enforcement, services, and responsibilities transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security. INS customers are advised that all familiar immigration customer services have been retained through this transition. In addition, with the March 1, 2003, transfer of INS immigration enforcement responsibilities into the Department of Homeland Security, the new United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was created.
In the wake of the tragic September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Congress established a department within the executive branch to oversee the security of this country. The mission of this Department is to prevent future terrorist attacks within our nation's borders, reduce our nation's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage from attacks that do occur. The Department of Homeland Security's website provides the current terrorist threat levels, information on homeland security coordination efforts by federal agencies, as well as information on the individual state offices charged with coordinating homeland security efforts.
Originally established in 1775 by the first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin, the modern-day U.S. Postal Service (USPS), was created as an independent entity by the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. As the largest employer of federal employees, the USPS handles approximately 208 billion pieces of mail annually, and ships correspondence to over 38,000 postal installations across the country. On the USPS site, individuals can find online shipping services, mail schedules, rates, and supplies. In addition, the USPS website provides a zip code finder and package tracking information.
In 1979, the U.S. Department of Education was created to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. The Department's website provides information on a variety of education topics including financial aid options for students and publications on education methods and policies.
Established in 1789, the U.S. Department of State advises the President on the formulation and execution of foreign policy as well as on the long-range security and well-being of the nation. State's website contains useful information about relations with foreign nations. Individuals planning overseas travel may find the site's travel advisories particularly informative; the "Travel Warnings" section provides detailed information on possible dangers to travelers abroad. Individuals interested in knowing more about specific countries may refer to the "Country Background Notes" section for information on the history, government, and economy of foreign nations, as well as a summary of relations with those countries. The site also contains useful information about passport and visa applications for foreign travel.
Created in 1913, the U.S. Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners, and retirees. The Department's website contains information of interest to employees and employers, including federal statutes and regulations on the minimum wage, overtime pay, unemployment compensation, pension plans, and health plans. Individuals looking for a new job may be interested in the "Job Seekers" link which is accessible through the Department's website. Use the "GovBenefits" link to discover federal benefits for which you may be eligible.
The U.S. Department of the Interior was created in 1849 to protect and provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage by managing public lands and resources and upholding Federal trust responsibilities to Indian tribes. The National Park Service section of its website includes information about visiting national parks. Individuals may also access information on endangered species in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service section. The U.S. Geological Survey section includes drought information and useful information on water resources for students.
Established by Executive Order in 1971, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the federal government's central agency for emergency planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. This agency also manages the President's Disaster Relief Fund, which is the source of most Federal funding assistance after major disasters. The agency's website provides a comprehensive list of state offices and personnel who can provide grant assistance to a disaster-stricken area. In addition, this website also provides a nation-wide map of recent disaster declarations as well as information on what individuals can do to better prepare themselves either before or after a disaster strikes.
While most Americans believe the National Archives is solely entrusted with protecting our nation's treasured documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) was established in 1949 to also ensure that citizens and federal officials have ready access to essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, actions of federal officials, and other historically valuable records of the federal government. At the Archives website, individuals can research the records of Congress, presidential libraries, veterans' service records, and genealogies as well as find information on regional offices that traditionally house historically important regional records and documents.
Created as an independent establishment in 1978, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is responsible for providing federal departments and agencies with technical assistance and guidance when examining competitive positions in the federal civil service. In addition, OPM is tasked with establishing basic qualification standards for all federal occupations as well as providing benefits to federal employees, retired federal employees, and their survivors. The most important function of the agency's web site is the link that lists all employment opportunities with the Federal government. In addition, federal employees may find information on pay adjustments and systems to help support employees once they retire from federal service.
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