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Monday, August 10, 2015

Over 500 Federal Agencies, But the Basic Law Only Allows for a Handful of Agencies and Functions

Pretty off topic for an Energy blog, however, I think it is part of the problem.   

Way too large a government, over 500 Federal Agencies, being influenced in way too many ways.

Think if a candidate promised to eliminate / combine 200 of these agencies.   He would probably lose the gov worker votes, and the moocher votes.

He or she would get my vote.    Hillary "don't let anyone, you know, tell you that businesses create jobs" Clinton would not eliminate any agencies, but rather increase their numbers and sizes.  
Here is a link to the spreadsheet on Box (don't confuse this with Dropbox which I don't like for several reasons.


Compiled by Nukepro and support crew
532 Federal Agencies
55 State and similar governments
587 Total agencies listed at this site

How much better off would the USA be if 200 of these agencies were
eliminated and those "tax payer supported" worker were offered
some real productive work?

No. Could Be Eliminated Name Action to Eliminate, or combine into other agency
1       AbilityOne Commission  
2       Access Board  
3       Administration for Children and Families (ACF)  
4       Administration for Native Americans  
5       Administration on Aging (AoA)  
6       Administration on Developmental Disabilities  
7       Administrative Conference of the United States  
8       Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts  
9       Advisory Council on Historic Preservation  
10       African Development Foundation  
11       Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)  
12       Agency for International Development (USAID)  
13       Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry  
14       Agricultural Marketing Service  
15       Agricultural Research Service  
16       Agriculture Department (USDA)  
17       Air Force  
18       Air Force Reserve  
19       Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau  
20       Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bureau  
21       AmeriCorps  
22       American Battle Monuments Commission  
23       American Samoa  
24       Amtrak (AMTRAK)  
25       Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service  
26       Antitrust Division  
27       Architect of the Capitol  
28       Archives (National Archives and Records Administration) (NARA)  
29       Arctic Research Commission  
30       Armed Forces Retirement Home  
31       Arms Control and International Security  
32       Army  
33       Army Corps of Engineers  
34       Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee  
35       Bankruptcy Courts  
36       Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program  
37       Bonneville Power Administration  
38       Botanic Garden  
39       Broadcasting Board of Governors  
40       Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade  
41       Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives  
42       Bureau of Consular Affairs  
43       Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection  
44       Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)  
45       Bureau of Indian Affairs  
46       Bureau of Industry and Security  
47       Bureau of International Labor Affairs  
48       Bureau of Justice Statistics  
49       Bureau of Labor Statistics  
50       Bureau of Land Management (BLM)  
51       Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)  
52       Bureau of Prisons  
53       Bureau of Reclamation  
54       Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)  
55       Bureau of Transportation Statistics  
56       Bureau of the Census  
57       Bureau of the Fiscal Service  
58       Bureau of the Public Debt  
59       Capitol Police  
60       Capitol Visitor Center  
61       Census Bureau  
62       Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition  
63       Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  
64       Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  
65       Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)  
66       Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board  
67       Chief Acquisition Officers Council  
68       Chief Financial Officers Council  
69       Chief Human Capital Officers Council  
70       Chief Information Officers Council  
71       Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee  
72       Citizenship and Immigration Services  
73       Coast Guard  
74       Commerce Department (DOC)  
75       Commission of Fine Arts  
76       Commission on Civil Rights  
77       Commission on International Religious Freedom  
78       Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)  
79       Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements  
80       Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States  
81       Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)  
82       Community Planning and Development  
83       Compliance, Office of  
84       Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US CERT)  
85       Congress—U.S. House of Representatives  
86       Congress—U.S. Senate  
87       Congressional Budget Office (CBO)  
88       Congressional Research Service  
89       Consular Affairs, Bureau of  
90       Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  
91       Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  
92       Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  
93       Copyright Office  
94       Corps of Engineers  
95       Council of Economic Advisers  
96       Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency  
97       Council on Environmental Quality  
98       Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia  
99       Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims  
100       Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces  
101       Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit  
102       Court of Federal Claims  
103       Court of International Trade  
104       Customs and Border Protection  
105       Defense Acquisition University  
106       Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)  
107       Defense Commissary Agency  
108       Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)  
109       Defense Contract Management Agency  
110       Defense Field Activities  
111       Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)  
112       Defense Finance and Accounting Service Out-of-Service Debt Management Center  
113       Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)  
114       Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)  
115       Defense Legal Services Agency  
116       Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)  
117       Defense Security Service (DSS)  
118       Defense Technical Information Center  
119       Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)  
120       Delaware River Basin Commission  
121       Denali Commission  
122       Department of Agriculture (USDA)  
123       Department of Commerce (DOC)  
124       Department of Defense  
125       Department of Education (ED)  
126       Department of Energy (DOE)  
127       Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  
128       Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  
129       Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  
130       Department of Justice (DOJ)  
131       Department of Labor (DOL)  
132       Department of State (DOS)  
133       Department of Transportation (DOT)  
134       Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  
135       Department of the Interior (DOI)  
136       Department of the Treasury  
137       Director of National Intelligence, Office of  
138       Domestic Policy Council  
139       Drug Enforcement Administration  
140       Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy  
141       Economic Adjustment Office  
142       Economic Analysis, Bureau of (BEA)  
143       Economic Development Administration (EDA)  
144       Economic Research Service  
145       Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs  
146       Economics and Statistics Administration  
147       Education Department (ED)  
148       Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)  
149       Election Assistance Commission (EAC)  
150       Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of (OESE)  
151       Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)  
152       Employment and Training Administration  
153       Endangered Species Program  
154       Energy Department (DOE)  
155       Energy Information Administration  
156       English Language Acquisition Office  
157       Environmental Management (Energy Department)  
158       Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  
159       Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  
160       European Command  
161       Executive Office for Immigration Review  
162       Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)  
163       Fannie Mae  
164       Farm Credit Administration  
165       Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation  
166       Farm Service Agency  
167       Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board  
168       Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  
169       Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)  
170       Federal Bureau of Prisons  
171       Federal Citizen Information Center  
172       Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  
173       Federal Consulting Group  
174       Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)  
175       Federal Election Commission  
176       Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  
177       Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  
178       Federal Executive Boards  
179       Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council  
180       Federal Financing Bank  
181       Federal Geographic Data Committee  
182       Federal Highway Administration  
183       Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)  
184       Federal Housing Administration (FHA)  
185       Federal Housing Finance Agency  
186       Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds  
187       Federal Interagency Committee on Education  
188       Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy  
189       Federal Judicial Center  
190       Federal Labor Relations Authority  
191       Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer  
192       Federal Law Enforcement Training Center  
193       Federal Library and Information Center Committee  
194       Federal Maritime Commission  
195       Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service  
196       Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission  
197       Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)  
198       Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)  
199       Federal Protective Service  
200       Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)  
201       Federal Register  
202       Federal Reserve System  
203       Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board  
204       Federal Student Aid Information Center  
205       Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  
206       Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  
207       Federal Voting Assistance Program  
208       Federated States of Micronesia  
209       Financial Management Service  
210       Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Commission  
211       Fiscal Service, Bureau of  
212       Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)  
213       Food Safety and Inspection Service  
214       Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  
215       Foreign Agricultural Service  
216       Foreign Claims Settlement Commission  
217       Forest Service  
218       Fossil Energy  
219       Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board  
220       General Services Administration (GSA)  
221       Geological Survey (USGS)  
222       Global Affairs (State Department)  
223       Government Accountability Office (GAO)  
224       Government Ethics, Office of  
225       Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae)  
226       Government Publishing Office  
227       Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration  
228       Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation  
229       Health Resources and Services Administration  
230       Health and Human Services Department (HHS)  
231       Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Office  
232       Helsinki Commission  
233       Holocaust Memorial Museum  
234       Homeland Security Department (DHS)  
235       House Office of Inspector General  
236       House Office of the Clerk  
237       House of Representatives  
238       Housing Office  
239       Immigration and Citizenship Services  
240       Immigration and Customs Enforcement  
241       Indian Affairs  
242       Indian Arts and Crafts Board  
243       Indian Health Service  
244       Industrial College of the Armed Forces  
245       Industry and Security, Bureau of  
246       Information Resource Management College  
247       Information Resources Center (ERIC)  
248       Innovation and Improvement Office  
249       Inspectors General  
250       Institute of Education Sciences  
251       Institute of Museum and Library Services  
252       Institute of Peace  
253       Inter-American Foundation  
254       Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group  
255       Interagency Council on Homelessness  
256       Interior Department (DOI)  
257       Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  
258       International Labor Affairs, Bureau of  
259       International Trade Administration (ITA)  
260       International Trade Commission  
261       Interpol  
262       James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation  
263       Japan-United States Friendship Commission  
264       Job Corps  
265       John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts  
266       Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries  
267       Joint Chiefs of Staff  
268       Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies  
269       Joint Fire Science Program  
270       Joint Forces Command  
271       Joint Forces Staff College  
272       Joint Military Intelligence College  
273       Judicial Circuit Courts of Appeal  
274       Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation  
275       Justice Department (DOJ)  
276       Justice Programs, Office of  
277       Justice Statistics, Bureau of  
278       Labor Department (DOL)  
279       Labor Statistics, Bureau of  
280       Land Management, Bureau of (BLM)  
281       Legal Services Corporation  
282       Library of Congress (LOC)  
283       Marine Mammal Commission  
284       Maritime Administration (MARAD)  
285       Marketing and Regulatory Programs (Agriculture Department)  
286       Marshals Service  
287       Massachusetts  
288       Mediation and Conciliation Service  
289       Medicaid (CMS)  
290       Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission  
291       Medicare (CMS)  
292       Medicare Payment Advisory Commission  
293       Merit Systems Protection Board  
294       Migratory Bird Conservation Commission  
295       Military Postal Service Agency  
296       Millennium Challenge Corporation  
297       Mine Safety and Health Administration  
298       Minority Business Development Agency  
299       Mint  
300       Missile Defense Agency (MDA)  
301       Mississippi River Commission  
302       Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation  
303       Multifamily Housing Office  
304       NOAA Fisheries  
305       National AIDS Policy Office  
306       National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)  
307       National Agricultural Statistics Service  
308       National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)  
309       National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare  
310       National Capital Planning Commission  
311       National Cemetery Administration  
312       National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform  
313       National Constitution Center  
314       National Council on Disability (NCD)  
315       National Counterintelligence Executive, Office of  
316       National Credit Union Administration  
317       National Defense University  
318       National Defense University iCollege  
319       National Drug Intelligence Center  
320       National Economic Council  
321       National Endowment for the Arts  
322       National Endowment for the Humanities  
323       National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)  
324       National Gallery of Art  
325       National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency  
326       National Guard  
327       National Health Information Center (NHIC)  
328       National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  
329       National Indian Gaming Commission  
330       National Institute of Corrections  
331       National Institute of Food and Agriculture  
332       National Institute of Justice  
333       National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)  
334       National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health  
335       National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)  
336       National Institutes of Health (NIH)  
337       National Intelligence University  
338       National Interagency Fire Center  
339       National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)  
340       National Laboratories (Energy Department)  
341       National Marine Fisheries Service  
342       National Mediation Board  
343       National Nuclear Security Administration  
344       National Ocean Service  
345       National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  
346       National Park Foundation  
347       National Park Service  
348       National Passport Information Center (NPIC)  
349       National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK)  
350       National Reconnaissance Office  
351       National Science Foundation (NSF)  
352       National Security Agency (NSA)  
353       National Security Council  
354       National Technical Information Service  
355       National Telecommunications and Information Administration  
356       National Transportation Safety Board  
357       National War College  
358       National Weather Service (NOAA)  
359       Natural Resources Conservation Service  
360       Natural Resources Revenue, Office of  
361       Northern Command  
362       Northern Mariana Islands  
363       Northwest Power Planning Council  
364       Northwest Power and Conservation Council  
365       Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology  
366       Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)  
367       Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board  
368       Oak Ridge National Laboratory  
369       Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  
370       Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission  
371       Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of (BOEM)  
372       Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education  
373       Office of Community Planning and Development  
374       Office of Compliance  
375       Office of Disability Employment Policy  
376       Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)  
377       Office of Fossil Energy  
378       Office of Government Ethics  
379       Office of Housing  
380       Office of Justice Programs  
381       Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  
382       Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)  
383       Office of Natural Resources Revenue  
384       Office of Nuclear Energy (Department of Energy)  
385       Office of Personnel Management (OPM)  
386       Office of Refugee Resettlement  
387       Office of Science and Technology Policy  
388       Office of Scientific and Technical Information  
389       Office of Servicemember Affairs  
390       Office of Special Counsel  
391       Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)  
392       Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)  
393       Office of the Director of National Intelligence  
394       Office of the Federal Register  
395       Office of the Pardon Attorney  
396       Open World Leadership Center  
397       Out-of-Service Debt Management Center  
398       Overseas Private Investment Corporation  
399       Pacific Command  
400       Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council  
401       Pardon Attorney, Office of  
402       Parole Commission (Justice Department)  
404       Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)  
405       Pentagon Force Protection Agency  
406       Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration  
407       Policy Development and Research (HUD)  
408       Political Affairs (State Department)  
409       Postal Regulatory Commission  
410       Postal Service (USPS)  
411       Power Administrations  
412       President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports  
413       Presidio Trust  
414       Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office  
415       Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (State Department)  
416       Public and Indian Housing  
417       Radio Free Asia (RFA)  
418       Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)  
419       Radio and TV Marti  
420       Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)  
421       Reclamation, Bureau of  
422       Refugee Resettlement, Office of  
423       Regulatory Information Service Center  
424       Rehabilitation Services Administration (Education Department)  
425       Republic of The Marshall Islands  
426       Research and Innovative Technology Administration  
427       Risk Management Agency (Agriculture Department)  
428       Rural Business and Cooperative Programs  
429       Rural Development  
430       Rural Housing Service  
431       Rural Utilities Service  
432       Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Bureau of (BSEE)  
433       Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation  
434       Science Office (Energy Department)  
435       Science and Technology Policy, Office of  
436       Scientific and Technical Information, Office of  
437       Secret Service  
438       Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)  
439       Selective Service System (SSS)  
440       Senate  
441       Small Business Administration (SBA)  
442       Smithsonian Institution  
443       Social Security Administration (SSA)  
444       Social Security Advisory Board  
445       Southeastern Power Administration  
446       Southern Command  
447       Southwestern Power Administration  
448       Special Forces Operations Command  
449       State Department (DOS)  
450       State Justice Institute  
451       Stennis Center for Public Service  
452       Strategic Command  
453       Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)  
454       Supreme Court of the United States  
455       Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement  
456       Surface Transportation Board  
457       Susquehanna River Basin Commission  
458       TRICARE Management  
459       Tax Court  
460       Taxpayer Advocacy Panel  
461       Tennessee Valley Authority  
462       Trade and Development Agency  
463       Transportation Command  
464       Transportation Department (DOT)  
465       Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  
466       Transportation Statistics, Bureau of  
467       Treasury Department  
468       Trustee Program  
469       U.S. AbilityOne Commission  
470       U.S. Access Board  
471       U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)  
472       U.S. Air Force  
473       U.S. Air Force Reserve Command  
474       U.S. Arctic Research Commission  
475       U.S. Army  
476       U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  
477       U.S. Botanic Garden  
478       U.S. Capitol Police  
479       U.S. Capitol Visitor Center  
480       U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)  
481       U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal  
482       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  
483       U.S. Coast Guard  
484       U.S. Commission of Fine Arts  
485       U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom  
486       U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)  
487       U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims  
488       U.S. Customs and Border Protection  
489       U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  
490       U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)  
491       U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  
492       U.S. Department of the Treasury  
493       U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)  
494       U.S. Fleet Forces Command  
495       U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)  
496       U.S. House of Representatives  
497       U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  
498       U.S. International Trade Commission  
499       U.S. Marine Corps  
500       U.S. Military Academy, West Point  
501       U.S. Mission to the United Nations  
502       U.S. National Central Bureau - Interpol  
503       U.S. Navy  
504       U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  
505       U.S. Postal Service (USPS)  
506       U.S. Senate  
507       U.S. Sentencing Commission  
508       U.S. Trade Representative  
509       U.S. Trade and Development Agency  
510       U.S. Trustee Program  
511       US-CERT (US CERT)  
512       Unified Combatant Commands (Defense Department)  
513       Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences  
514       United States Mint  
515       United States Postal Inspection Service  
516       Veterans Affairs Department (VA)  
517       Veterans Benefits Administration  
518       Veterans Day National Committee  
519       Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS)  
520       Veterans' Employment and Training Service  
521       Vietnam Education Foundation  
522       Voice of America  
523       Washington Headquarters Services  
524       Weather Service (NOAA)  
525       Weights and Measures Division  
526       West Point (Army)  
527       Western Area Power Administration  
528       White House  
529       White House Commission on Presidential Scholars  
530       White House Office of Administration  
531       Women's Bureau (Labor Department)  
532       Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars  
1 s     Alabama  
2 s     Alaska  
3 s     Arizona  
4 s     Arkansas  
5 s     California  
6 s     Colorado  
7 s     Connecticut  
8 s     Delaware  
9 s     District of Columbia  
10 s     Florida  
11 s     Georgia  
12 s     Guam  
13 s     Hawaii  
14 s     Idaho  
15 s     Illinois  
16 s     Indiana  
17 s     Iowa  
18 s     Kansas  
19 s     Kentucky  
20 s     Louisiana  
21 s     Maine  
22 s     Maryland  
23 s     Michigan  
24 s     Minnesota  
25 s     Minor Outlying Islands  
26 s     Mississippi  
27 s     Missouri  
28 s     Montana  
29 s     Nebraska  
30 s     Nevada  
31 s     New Hampshire  
32 s     New Jersey  
33 s     New Mexico  
34 s     New York  
35 s     North Carolina  
36 s     North Dakota  
37 s     Ohio  
38 s     Oklahoma  
39 s     Oregon  
40 s     Palau  
41 s     Pennsylvania  
42 s     Puerto Rico  
43 s     Rhode Island  
44 s     South Carolina  
45 s     South Dakota  
46 s     Tennessee  
47 s     Texas  
48 s     Utah  
49 s     Vermont  
50 s     Virginia  
51 s     Washington  
52 s     West Virginia  
53 s     Wisconsin  
54 s     Wyoming  
55 s     U.S. Virgin Islands  


  1. awesome. there surely are a huge number of agencies! but, here's a funny thing to do... go get your phone with all agencies in your community (local, regional, statewide, federal) and see how many of those orgs are represented ... lol ... In the 80s I began noticing a shrinkage of government listings in the phone book.

    1. They don't want anyone in the public to be actually able to call them and yell at them. Must use US Mail

  2. Why do i get the sense that the only agency that regularly makes real money is the US Mint? Strange that whilst private enterprise tends towards consolidation, public "non-natural" entities, at least seemingly, tend towards proliferation.
    Are there not now multiple ways to spell D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R. what with a head of gold, and feet of clay?

    1. 200 less agencies would be a great start


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