The 15 Departments of the Federal Government By Michelle Liu and Yin

Rex Tillerson IN ACTION
  • Secretarty of State: Rex W. Tillerson
  • Year Founded: July 27, 1789
  • Mission of the Department: The Department's mission is 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. This mission is shared with the USAID, ensuring we have a common path forward in partnership as we invest in the shared security and prosperity that will ultimately better prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow.
  • Iron Triangle example: Special interest group Peace Action West, which supports world peace and diplomacy over military action, endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election.
Department of Treasury
The Secretary of Treasury TALKING
  • Secretary of Treasury: Steven Terner Mnuchin
  • Year Founded: September 2, 1789
  • Mission of Department: 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.
  • Iron Triangle Example: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste's mission is to advocate the elimination of waste and inefficiency in government through lobbying and grassroots activities. They endorsed Richard Burr in the 2016 election.
Department of Justice
Jeff Sessions being SWORN IN
  • Attorney General: Jeff Sessions
  • Year Founded: July 1, 1870
  • Mission Statement: To 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.
  • Iron Triangle Example: The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police units and associations from across the United States. NAPO was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America's law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action, and education.
Ryan Zinke IN THE WILD
  • Secretary of Interior: Ryan Zinke
  • Year Founded: March 3, 1849
  • Mission Statement: The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.
  • Iron Triangle Example: The purposes of the Sierra Club are to protect the environment through lobbying lawmakers. They endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Department of Agriculture
There is no picture of Mike Young because he is merely an acting secretary while Trump's nomination is vetted / approved.
  • Secretary of Agriculture: Mike Young
  • Year Founded: May 15, 1862
  • Mission Statement: The Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
  • Iron Triangle Examples: The United Farm Workers of America is also pushing its historic bipartisan and broadly backed Agricultural Jobs immigration reform bill. This group endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Department of Commerce
Penny Pritzker WORKIN
  • Secretary of Commerce: Penny Pritzker
  • Year Founded: February 14, 1903
  • Mission Statement: The Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities, and workers.
  • Iron Triangle Example: The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce is creating economic and leadership opportunities for women by lobbying. They endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Department of Labor
The Department of Labor was created from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1884 under the Department of Interior.
  • Secretary of Labor: Edward Hugler
  • Year Founded: March 4, 1913
  • Mission Statement: To 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.
  • Iron Triangle Example: American Postal Workers Union's Committee on Political Action, was created to raise voluntary contributions from the union's active, retired and auxiliary members to support the campaigns of candidates for public office. This group endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election.
Department of Defense
Department of Defense DEFENDING
  • Secretary of Defense:Jim Mattis
  • Year Founded:August 10, 1949
  • Mission Statement: The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. The department's headquarters is at the Pentagon.
  • Iron Triangle Example: National Defense Political Action Committee is dedicated to supporting the election of balanced-budget-committed Military Veterans to the U. S. Congress.
Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services DOING STUFF
  • Secretary of Health & Human Services: Thomas E. Price, M.D.
  • Year Founded: April 11, 1953
  • Mission Statement: The Office of the Chief Information Officer advises the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology (ASRT) on matters pertaining to the use of information and related technologies to accomplish Departmental goals and program objectives. The mission of the Office is to establish and provide: assistance and guidance on the use of technology-supported business process re-engineering; investment analysis; performance measurement; strategic development and application of information systems and infrastructure; policies to provide improved management of information resources and technology; and better, more efficient service to our clients and employees.
  • Iron Triangle Example: The American Nurses Association Political Action Committee was established to promote the improvement of the healthcare system in the United States by raising funds from ANA members and contributing to support worthy candidates for federal office who have demonstrated their belief in the legislative and regulatory agenda of the ANA. This PAC endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Secretary of Housing & Urban Development: Ben Carson
  • Year Founded:September 9, 1965
  • Mission Statement: HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.
  • Iron Triangle Example: The National Association of Realtors is involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
Department of Transportation
Secretary of Transportation MOVING
  • Secretary of Transportation: Secretary Elaine L. Chao
  • Year Founded: April 1, 1967
  • Mission Statement: 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.
  • Iron Triangle Example: All Line Pilots Association works to maintains the enviable safety record for commercial air transportation tomorrow. This group endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Department of Energy
Secretary of Energy being ENERGETIC
  • Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry
  • Year Founded: August 4, 1977
  • Mission Statement: The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
  • Iron Triangle Example: The American Energy Alliance (AEA)'s mission is to enlist and empower energy consumers to encourage policymakers to support free market policies. They supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Department of Education
Secretary of Education EDUCATING THE WORLD
  • Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos
  • Year Founded:October 17, 1979
  • Mission Statement: ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
  • Iron Triangle Example: The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. They are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work the members do. This union endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Veterans Affairs attempting to take care of our veterans.
  • Secretary of Defense: David J. Shulkin
  • Year Founded: July 21, 1930
  • Mission Statement: To 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.
  • Iron Triangle Example: The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is dedicated to supporting the election of fiscally conservative Combat Veterans to Congress. They seek Combat Veterans For Congress who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the U.S. Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights. This interest group supported John McCain III in the 2016 congressional election.
Department of Homeland Security
This department was created in response to 9/11
  • Secretary of Homeland Security:John F. Kelly
  • Year Founded: November 25, 2002
  • Mission Statement: With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.
  • Iron Triangle Example: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence supports stricter gun checks and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.


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