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United States Federal Government

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: 202.456.1414
Fax: 202.456.2461
TDD Phone: 202.456.2121
  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Agencies & Commissions
Description: An alphabetical listing of all federal government agencies and commissions and their web site addresses.

Go to the web site for this listing.

Service/program name: Executive Branch - Office of the President of the United States
Description: Executive Branch

The power of the executive branch is vested in the President, who also serves as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The President appoints the Cabinet and oversees the various agencies and departments of the federal government.

In order for a person to become President, he or she must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, be at least 35 years of age, and have resided in the United States for at least 14 years. Once elected, the President serves a term of four years and may be re-elected only once.
Phone: 202.456.1414

Service/program name: Executive Branch Offices
Description: The Executive Offices of the United States can be located at the website.
Phone: 202.456.1414

Service/program name: Judicial Branch - Supreme Court
Description: Judicial Branch

The judicial branch hears cases that challenge or require interpretation of the legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President. It consists of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts. Appointees to the federal bench serve for life or until they voluntarily resign or retire.

The Supreme Court is the most visible of all the federal courts. The number of Justices is determined by Congress rather than the Constitution, and since 1869, the Court has been composed of one Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. Justices are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.


Service/program name: Legislative Branch - Congress
Description: Legislative Branch

The legislative branch of the federal government consists of the Congress, which is divided into two chambers -- the Senate and the House of Representatives. Each member of Congress is elected by the people of his or her state. The House of Representatives, with membership based on state populations, has 435 seats, while the Senate, with two members from each state, has 100 seats. Members of the House of Representatives are elected for two-year terms, and Senators are elected for six-year terms.

Visit the House of Representative's web site for a listing of United State's Representatives and more information at

Visit the Senate's web site for update information on the United States Senate and more information at

Phone: 202.456.1414

Service/program name: Cabinet of the United States

The President chooses people to be in charge of departments or offices in the Federal Government. These leaders are call his Cabinet and help the President make decisions. They must be approved by Congress. The cabinets are as follows:

Agriculture Secretary
Works with farming industry and makes sure foods are safe.

Attorney General
Sees to it that laws are enforced. Can appoint special prosecutors.

Commerce Secretary
Handles trade policies and works with U.S. business on rules and regulations.

Defense Secretary
Works with the military to protect the U.S.

Education Secretary
Works with schools and helps fund education programs and grants

Energy Secretary
Helps set policy on the fuels we use, from oil to solar energy.

Health and Human Services
Handles matters like welfare, Medicare and Social Security.

Housing and Urban Development
Focuses on low-income housing and long-term planning for cities and towns.

Deals with environment issues and runs national parks system.

Works with unions and industries on employent-related issues.

Represents the president in talks and negotiations with foreign countries.

Regulates how people and goods get moved around in the U.S.

In charge of money matters and taxes for the U.S. and the Secret Service.

Veterans Affairs
Helps military veterans with matters like health care.

  General Information:
Description: A detailed alphabetical listing of federal agencies and commissions that includes web sites to these agencies.
Agency Type: Federal
Territory/Geographical area: National

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