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United States Federal Executive Departments

Use this data set to learn about the facts regarding the current 15 federal executive departments in the U.S. government.
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DepartmentAbbreviationSealFlagPicture of HeadquartersHeadquartersDate of Original FoundingEstablishment of Current DepartmentPreceding AgencyMissionMain FunctionsMain SubdivisionsTitle of Department ExecutivePresidential Order of SuccessionFirst Department ExecutiveCurrent Department Executive (June 2017)2017 Outlays in Billions of Dollars
Department of Agriculture USDAJamie L. Whitten BuildingMay 15, 1862February 15, 1889Agricultural DivisionTo provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.Developing and executing federal laws related to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food.Agricultural Research Service; Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Economic Research Service; Farm Service Agency; Forest Service; National Agricultural Library; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Rural DevelopmentSecretary of Agriculture9Norman Jay ColemanSonny Perdue133.3
Department of Commerce DOCHerbert C. Hoover BuildingFebruary 14, 1903March 15, 1913Department of Commerce and LaborTo promote job creation and improved living standards for all Americans by creating an infrastructure that promotes economic growth, technological competitiveness, and sustainable development.Gathering economic and demographic data for business and government decision-making, and helping to set industrial standards.Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA); Census Bureau; International Trade Administration (ITA); NOAA Fisheries; National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST); National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); National Ocean Service; National Technical Information Service (NTIS); National Telecommunications and Information Administration; National Weather Service; Patent and Trademark OfficeSecretary of Commerce10William Cox RedfieldWilbur L. Ross9.3
Department of DefenseDODThe PentagonSeptember 29, 1789September 18, 1947Department of War; Department of the NavyTo provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.Coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government concerned directly with national security and the United States Armed Forces.Air Force; Army; Defense Logistics Agency (DLA); Marines; National Security Agency (NSA); NavySecretary of Defense6James V. ForrestalJames Mattis516.4
Department of EducationEDLyndon Baines Johnson BuildingMarch 2, 1867 October 17, 1979Office of Education; Department of Health, Education, and WelfareTo promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.Establishing policy for, administering and coordinating most federal assistance to education, collecting data on US schools, and enforcing federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights.Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC); Institute of Education Sciences (IES); National Library of Education (NLE)Secretary of Education16Shirley HufstedlerBetsy DeVos60
Department of EnergyDOEJames V. Forrestal BuildingAugust 1, 1946August 4, 1977Federal Energy Administration; Energy Research and Development AdministrationTo ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.Nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production.Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Los Alamos National Laboratory; National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); Office of Science; Pantex Plant; Sandia National Laboratories; Savannah River Site; Southwestern Power Administration; Y-12 National Security ComplexSecretary of Energy15James SchlesingerRick Perry26.7
Department of Health and Human Services HHSHubert H. Humphrey BuildingJuly 1, 1939May 4, 1980Federal Security Agency; Department of Health, Education, and WelfareTo enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.Regulating food products and new pharmaceutical drugs, implementing the nation’s biggest health care programs, preventing the outbreak and spread of diseases, and funding some of the most important medical research in the world.National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Library of Medicine (NLM)Secretary of Health and Human Services12Oveta Culp HobbyTom Price 1007.3
Department of Homeland Security DHSNebraska Avenue Complex (temporary)November 25, 2002November 25, 2002Preventing terrorism and enhancing security; managing our borders; administering immigration laws; securing cyberspace; and ensuring disaster resilience.Preparing for, preventing, and responding to domestic emergencies, particularly terrorism.Citizenship and Immigration Services; Coast Guard; Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers; Intelligence Careers; Secret ServiceSecretary of Homeland Security18Tom RidgeJohn F. Kelly42
Department of Housing and Urban Development HUDRobert C. Weaver Federal BuildingJuly 27, 1947September 9, 1965Housing and Home Finance AgencyTo creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.Enforcing a swath of federal housing laws, operating mortgage-supportive initiatives and distributing millions of dollars in federal grants.Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae); Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH); Public and Indian Housing (PIH)Secretary of Housing and Urban Development13Robert C. WeaverBen Carson35.8
Department of the Interior DOIMain Interior Building (also known as Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building)March 3, 1849March 3, 1849To protect and manage the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage, providing scientific and other information about those resources, and honoring its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities. Management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and insular areas of the United States. Bureau of Land Management; Bureau of Reclamation; Fish and Wildlife Service; Indian Affairs; National Park Service (NPS); Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE); US Geological Survey (USGS)Secretary of the Interior8Thomas EwingRyan Zinke13.2
Department of Justice DOJRobert F. Kennedy Building July 1, 1870July 1, 1870To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.Enforcing federal laws, preventing crime, protecting the public’s safety from all threats, including terrorism, and operating the federal prison system.Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Federal Bureau of Prisons; US Marshals Service (USMS)Attorney General7Edmund RandolphJeff Sessions31
Department of Labor DOLFrances Perkins BuildingFebruary 14, 1903March 4, 1913Department of Commerce and LaborTo foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.Administering federal labor laws covering 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.Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA); Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)Secretary of Labor11William B. WilsonAlex Acosta44.8
Department of State DOSHarry S. Truman BuildingJuly 27, 1789July 27, 1789Department of Foreign Affairs (previous name)To shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.Handling matters of foreign affairs with other nations and international bodies, negotiating treaties and agreements with foreign entities, and representing the United States at the United Nations.Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN); Department of State LibrarySecretary of State4Thomas JeffersonRex Tillerson25.4
Department of Transportation DOTApril 1, 1967April 1, 1967To serve the United States by 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.Developing, implementing and enforcing federal regulations governing use of America’s roads and highways, airports and air corridors, railways and seaports. Bureau of Transportation Statistics; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)Secretary of Transportation14Alan S. BoydElaine Chao75.5
Department of the TreasuryTreasury BuildingSeptember 2, 1789September 2, 1789To maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively.Managing Federal finances; Collecting taxes, duties and monies paid to and due to the U.S. and paying all bills of the U.S.; Currency and coinage; Managing Government accounts and the public debt; Supervising national banks and thrift institutions; Advising on domestic and international financial, monetary, economic, trade and tax policy; Enforcing Federal finance and tax laws; Investigating and prosecuting tax evaders, counterfeiters, and forgers.Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB); Bureau of Engraving and Printing; Bureau of the Fiscal Service; Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN); Internal Revenue Service (IRS); Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC); United States MintSecretary of the Treasury5Alexander HamiltonSteven Mnuchin544
Department of Veterans AffairsVAJuly 21, 1930March 15, 1989Veterans AdministrationTo fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.Providing the millions of American veterans and their dependents with health care services, benefits programs and access to national cemeteries.Veterans Health Administration; Veterans Benefits Administration; National Cemetery AdministrationSecretary of Veterans Affairs17Ed DerwinskiDavid Shulkin158.6
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