The Federal Bureaucracy Ritika kini and audrey rudinsky

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

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

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

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 Interior

Founded: March 3, 1849

Mission: Protecting America's Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future

Secretary: Ryan Zinke

Triangle: Secretary of Interior, american wilderness coalition, senate committee on env and public works

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 Commerce

Founded: March 15, 1913

Mission: The mission of the Department is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity.

Secretary: Wilbur Ross

Triangle: American shareholders association, sec of commerce, senate committee on banking/housing/urban affairs

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

Department of Homeland Security

Founded: November 25, 2002

Mission: To ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.

Secretary: John Kelly

Triangle: Sec of Homeland Security, Keep America Safe, house committee on homeland security


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