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  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

    The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is an independent federal agency that provides a forum for influencing federal activities, programs and policies as they affect historic resources. The goal of the Advisory Council is to see that federal agencies behave responsibly as stewards of the nation's resources when their actions affect historic properties.

    http://www.achp.gov »
  • Central Intelligence Agency

    The Central Intelligence Agency is charged with coordinating the nation's intelligence activities and correlating, evaluating, and disseminating intelligence that affects national security. The CIA's mission is to support the President, the National Security Council, and all officials who make and execute U.S. national security policy.

    http://www.odci.gov »
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent Federal Regulatory agency whose goal is to reduce the risk of injury and death from consumer products. The CPSC has jurisdiction over 15,000 types of consumer products.

    http://www.cpsc.gov »
  • Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is responsible for independent, external oversight of all activities in conjunction with nuclear weapons, which might affect health and safety. The Board reviews operations, practices, and occurrences at nuclear facilities and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Energy that it finds necessary to protect public health and safety.

    http://www.dnfsb.gov »
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    The United State EPA protects the public's health and the environment by integrating quality environmental information for informative decisions, improving management, documenting performance and measuring success. This site provides browseable EPA Law and Regulations, programs involved with the EPA, and current environmental news articles.

    http://www.epa.gov »
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has developed a new section on its Web site that provides an extensive look at the agency's 35-year history, including the laws it enforces, key court rulings, annual milestones, photographs, and video and audio clips.

    http://www.eeoc.gov/index.html »
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States

    The Export-Import Bank of the United States is an independent U.S. government agency that helps finance the overseas sales of U.S. goods and services. The Export-Import Bank's mission is to create jobs through exports. It provides guarantees of working capital loans for U.S. exporters, and guarantees the repayment of loans, or makes loans to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods.

    http://www.exim.gov »
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

    The FCC site exists to provide consumers with accurate and timely information to resolve their complaints in an effective and amicable manner. This site promotes consumer awareness, solicits feedback and encourages public participation in the work of the Commission. It provides electronic means for applying for licensing etc.

    http://www.fcc.gov »
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's mission is to maintain the stability of and public confidence in the nation's financial system. To achieve this goal, the FDIC has insured deposits and promotes safe and sound banking practices. On the FDIC Web site, there is information regarding Deposit Insurance and statistics and analyses of the banking industry, as well as governing regulations and procedures and an annual summary of deposit balances for over 85,000 branch offices operated by FDIC-insured institutions. There also is a searchable database of property for sale by property type, state, city, cost, and other criteria, which is updated weekly.

    http://www.fdic.gov »
  • Federal Election Commission (FEC)

    The FEC enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act, the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law, and to oversee the public funding. This site will provide access to campaign finance reports and data, reporting forms and filing information, campaign finance law resources, elections and voting, and news releases.

    http://www.fec.gov »
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is an independent agency of the federal government, reporting to the President. FEMA's mission is to reduce loss of life and property and protect the nation's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The site reports on which communities and locations have been declared eligible for disaster assistance and the disbursements of such funds.

    http://www.fema.gov »
  • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

    The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is an independent government agency responsible for the regulation of shipping in the foreign trade of the United States. The Federal Maritime Commission is engaged in protecting the foreign commerce of the U.S., from restrictive rules and regulations by foreign governments and reporting on the practices of foreign flag-carriers that have an adverse effect on shipping and U.S. trade. Its site makes available its decisions, informs business and consumers how to file a complaint and initiate proceedings etc.

    http://www.fmc.gov »
  • Federal Reserve Board

    The Federal Reserve System conducts the central bank of the United States. Over the years, its role in banking and the economy has expanded to: (1) Conducting the nation's monetary policy by influencing the money and credit conditions in the economy; (2) Supervising and regulating banking institutions to ensure the safety of the nation's banking and financial system and protect credit rights; (3) Maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets; and (4) Provide certain financial services to the U.S. government, to the public, to financial institutions, and to foreign official institutions. On the site one can find reporting forms, which may be reproduced and used.

    http://www.federalreserve.gov/ »
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

    The Federal Trade Commission enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The Commission seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. In general, the Commission's efforts are directed toward stopping actions that threaten consumer opportunities to exercise informed choice. This site offers information about Consumer Protection, Antitrust/Competition, Business Guidance, Economic Issues, News Releases, Publications and Speeches, and Regional Offices.

    http://www.ftc.gov »
  • General Services Administration (GSA)

    The General Services Administration is one of the three central management agencies in the federal government. The GSA manages space, supplies, services, and solutions to enable federal employees to accomplish their missions and connect with each other. The site includes a section on selling to the government through GSA.

    http://www.gsa.gov »
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal agency that supports all types of museums, from art and history to science and zoos, and all types of libraries and archives, from public and academic to research and school. IMLS expands the educational benefits of these institutions by encouraging partnerships. It has recently inaugurated its 24/7 program, with a reference librarian available online 24/7 to answer queries and offer help in searches. This service is open to the general public.

    http://www.imls.gov »
  • National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)

    The NASA Web site allows the user to download the latest imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope; read about recent uses of NASA-developed technology by private industry; watch a short video of the first human landing on the moon or view the latest micro-gravity science experiment underway aboard the planned international Space Station.

    http://www.nasa.gov »
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

    NARA allows officials and agencies to review the government's actions and helps citizens hold the government accountable. Through this site there is access to the Federal Register.

    http://www.nara.gov »
  • National Council on Disability (NCD)

    The NCD is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting the millions Americans with disabilities. Its goal is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature of severity of the disability, and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

    http://www.ncd.gov »
  • National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)

    NCUA is the supervising agency for federally charted and insured credit unions. On this site under the Just Posted section the user can find the latest Treasury bill rates. There are also reports from the credit unions that answer to this agency.

    http://www.ncua.gov »
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

    The NEA supports the arts grant making; leadership initiatives; partnerships with state arts agencies, regional arts organizations, other federal agencies and the private sector; research; and public information. The NEA Web site offers information about all of these activities.

    http://arts.endow.gov »
  • National Endowment for Democracy (NED)/Democracy Net

    The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit, bipartisan organization created in 1983 to help strengthen democratic institutions around the world. Funded by an annual congressional appropriation, the Endowment's grants program assists organizations abroad working for democratic goals. The Endowment's programs encourage democratic political development primarily in three major functional areas: pluralism, democratic governance, and education, culture, and communications.

    http://www.ned.org »
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

    The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education and public programs in the humanities. Material about current projects and how to apply for grants is found on the site.

    http://www.neh.fed.us »
  • National Flood Insurance Program

    The NFIP makes federally backed flood insurance available in communities that agree to adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damage. National Flood Insurance is available in more than 19,000 communities across the United States and its territories. The Federal Insurance Administration manages the insurance component of the NFIP and works closely with FEMA's Mitigation Directorate, which oversees the floodplain management aspect of the program. The site has information for both the consumer and the insurance professional.

    http://www.fema.gov/nfip/ »
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

    The United States NLRB is an independent federal agency that conducts secret ballot elections to determine whether employees want union representation. The NLRB also investigates and remedies unfair labor practices by employers and unions. The NLRB site informs the public of its rights under the National Labor Relation Act and other labor laws and it also explains how to file a charge or an election petition. The site posts recent decisions of the NLRB’s administrative law judges in a weekly summary of cases.

    http://www.nlrb.gov »
  • National Mediation Board (NMB)

    The NMB is an independent U.S. Government whose principal role is to foster harmonious labor-management relations in the railroads and air transport industries and thereby minimize disruptions in the flow of interstate commerce. The NMB's integrated processes are specifically designed to promote three statutory goals: (1) Prompt and orderly resolution of disputes arising out of the negotiation of new or revised collective bargaining agreements; (2) Effectuation of employee rights of self organization where a representation dispute exists; and (3) Prompt and orderly resolution of disputes over the interpretation or application of existing agreements.

    http://www.nmb.gov »
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

    The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through programs that invest over $3.3 billion per year in almost 20,000 research and education projects in science and engineering. Information about the programs the NSF funds and the grants process it administers is found on the site.

    http://www.nsf.gov »
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

    The United States NRC is an independent agency established by the U.S. Congress under the Energy Reorganization Act to ensure adequate protection of the public health and safety, the common defense and security, and the environment in the use of nuclear materials in the United States. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power reactors, fuel-cycle facilities, medical, academic, and industrial uses of nuclear materials, and the transport, storage, and disposal of nuclear materials and waste.

    http://www.nrc.gov »
  • Office of International Information Programs (IIP)

    IIP designs, develops, and implements communications for the foreign affairs community, including Internet and print publications, traveling and electronically transmitted speaker programs, and information resource services. Key international audiences include the media, government officials, opinion leaders, and the general public in more than 140 countries around the world.

    http://usinfo.state.gov »
  • Office of Personnel Management

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the federal government's human resources agency. OPM ensures that the nation's civil service remains free of political influence and that federal employees are selected and treated fairly and on the basis of merit. OPM supports agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations, compensation policy development, and programs to improve workforce performance.

    http://www.opm.gov »
  • Peace Corps

    The volunteers of the Peace Corps are serving in more than 76 countries, working to bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new small businesses, and stop the spread of AIDS. On the site find current news; search by country; and find out how to volunteer. The Peace Corps helps people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women. Included in its mission is helping to promote a better understanding of America on the part of the peoples served and to help promote a better understanding of other nationalities on the part of Americans.

    http://www.peacecorps.gov/indexf.cfm »
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

    The PBGC protects the retirement income of about 43 million American workers -- one of every three working persons -- in nearly 40,000 defined benefit pension plans. PBGC is a federal government corporation established by Title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in 1974 to encourage the growth of defined benefit plans, provide timely and uninterrupted payment of benefits, and maintain pension insurance premiums at the lowest level necessary to carry out the Corporation's obligations. There is a legal information section on the site.

    http://www.pbgc.gov »
  • Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)

    The RRB is an independent agency that administers comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the nation's railroad workers and their families, under the Railroad Retirement and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Acts. In connection with the retirement program, the RRB has administrative responsibilities under the Social Security Act for certain benefit payments and railroad workers' Medicare coverage. There is a section titled “Information for Attorneys” on this site.

    http://www.rrb.gov »
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

    The SEC oversees stock exchanges, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, and public-utility holding companies. The SEC is concerned primarily with promoting disclosure of important information, enforcing the securities laws, and protecting investors who interact with these various organization and individuals.

    http://www.sec.gov »
  • Selective Service System

    The Selective Service System provides manpower to the armed forces in an emergency and runs an Alternative Service Program for men classified as conscientious objectors during a draft.

    http://www.sss.gov »
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)

    The U.S. Small Business Administration provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. SBA is one of the nation's largest single financial backers of small businesses. Among the offerings available on site is a CD Rom on Small Business Taxes. There also is a calendar with national, state and local events.

    http://www.sba.gov »
  • Smithsonian Institution

    The Smithsonian Institution is an independent trust of the United States holding more than 140 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." The Institution also is a center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history.

    http://www.si.edu »
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)

    The Social Security Administration official Web site provides information regarding Social Security retirement benefits, maximum amount of earnings that are subject to Social Security tax, how to change a name on a Social Security card, and much more. This site provides a Social Security Retirement Planner, your Social Security Statement, and Medicare Care Replacement, as well as noteworthy articles.

    http://www.ssa.gov/SSA_Home.html »
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    The USAID is an independent federal government agency that conducts foreign assistance and humanitarian aid to advance the political and economic interests of the United States.

    http://www.usaid.gov »
  • U.S. Institute for Peace (USIP)

    The USIP is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress. The Institute works help the U.S. promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. The site provides information on research, grants, fellowships, publications, education and training.

    http://www.usip.org »
  • United States International Trade Commission (USITC)

    The USITC advises the President, the U.S. Trade Representative and Congress on international trade issues. The USITC is an independent agency that reviews imports, copyright infringement and other unfair trade practices. The site offers information on current investigations.

    http://www.usitc.gov »
  • United States Postal Service

    Find zip codes, calculate postal rates, download change of address forms, track and confirm package deliveries, and other postal information.

    http://www.usps.com/ »
  • United States Trade Representative

    The United States Trade Representative is the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policy advisor to the President. The Representative is responsible for developing and implementing trade policies that: promote world growth; support efforts to protect the environment and advance labor standards; and create new opportunities for American businesses, workers and agricultural producers.

    http://www.ustr.gov »