Department of State
Founded: July 27, 1789
Mission: 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.
Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson
Iron Triangle: Senate committee on foreign relations, Secretary of State, council for a livable world
Department of Treasury
Founded: Sept 11, 1789
Mission: 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.
Secretary of Treasury: Steve Mnuchin
Triangle: Secretary of Treasury, Senate committee on finance, Financial Executives international
Department of Defense
Founded: Sept 19, 1947
Mission: 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.
Secretary: James Mattis
Triangle: Secretary of Defense, Center for Security Policy, House of Representatives armed services committee
Department of Justice
Founded: September 26, 1789
Mission: 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.
Secretary/Attorney General: Jeff Sessions
Triangle: Attorney General, Judiciary Senate committee, National Criminal Justice Association
Department of Agriculture
Founded: February 15, 1889
Mission: We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.
Triangle: Senate committee on agriculture, nutrition, forestry; sec of agriculture, American farm bureau federation
Secretary: Mike Young
Department of Labor
Founded: March 4, 1913
Mission: 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.
Secretary: Ed Hugler
Triangle: secretary of labor, HoR committee on education and workforce, united auto workers
Department of Health and Human Services
Founded: August 3, 1979
Mission: It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.
Secretary: Tom Price
Triangle: sec of health and human services, citizens for health, senate committee on health/education/labor/pensions
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Founded: September 9, 1965
Mission: 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.
Secretary: Ben Carson
Triangle: sec of HUD, national housing institute, the house of rep house administration
Department of Transportation
Founded: April 1, 1967
Mission: 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.
Secretary: Elaine Chao
Triangle: Sec of Transportation, Transportation communications union, House committee on transportation and infrastructure
Department of Energy
Founded: August 4, 1977
Mission: To ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
Secretary: Rick Perry
Triangle: Sec of energy, US Chamber of Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources committee
Department of Education
Founded: October 17, 1979
Mission: To promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
Secretary: Betsy DeVos
Triangle: Sec of Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Health, Education, Labor, and Pension committee
Department of Veteran Affairs
Founded: July 21, 1930
Mission: 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.
Secretary: David Shulkin
Triangle: Sec of Veteran Affairs, Iraq Veterans for Congress, committee on veterans affairs