15 Departments of the Federal Bureacracy By: Phillip Nesbitt and Riya Anand

Department of State

  • Founded: July 27, 1789
  • Current Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

Mission: The goal of the State department is to ensure the prosperity and safety of the United States and its interests abroad by fighting terrorism and implementing the foreign policy directives of the United States

Iron Triangle: The Iron Triangle for the State Department is as follows: the committee in Congress is Foreign Relations, the department is the State Department, and an interest group is the American Foreign Service Association

Department of Treasury

  • Founded: September 2nd, 1789
  • Current Secretary: Steven Terner Mnuchin

Mission: The goal of the Treasury department is to ensure the continued growth and prosperity of the United States economy

Iron Triangle: The Iron Triangle for the Treasury Department is as follows: The Congressional Committee is the Finance Committee, the department is the Treasury Department, and the relevant interest group is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Department of Justice

  • Founded: July 1st, 1870
  • Current Leader: Jeff Sessions

Mission: To defend the lawful interests of the United States of America, ensuring the administration of justice to prevent crime, protect Americans at home and abroad, and ensure the swift execution of all United States laws as well as the punishment of those who violate them.

Iron Triangle: The iron triangle for this group is as follows: the Congressional Committee for this department is the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the department is the Justice Department, and the relevant interest group is the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Department of Interior

  • Founded: March 3rd, 1849
  • Current Secretary: Ryan Zinke
  • Mission: The Department of the Interiors primary focus is on protecting the natural resources and cultural heritage. It does this through scientific research, monitoring, and by honoring the United States' commitments to Native Americans and other groups.
  • Iron Triangle: The Iron Triangle for this department is as follows: the Congressional Committee is the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the department is the Department of the Interior, and the interest group is the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Department of Agriculture

  • Founded: May 5th, 1862
  • Current Secretary: Mike Young
  • Mission: The Department of Agriculture provides leadership on food, agriculture, and nutrition and related issues based on policy, science, and efficiency.
  • Iron Triangle: The Iron Triangle for this group is as follows: the Congressional Committee is the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, the department is the USDA, and the interest group is the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Department of COmmerce

  • Founded: February 14th, 1903
  • Current Secretary: Penny Pritzker
  • Mission: The goal of the Department of Commerce is to work with workers, businesses, and communities to promote sustainable growth, job creation, and economic prosperity for all Americans.
  • Iron Triangle: The Iron Triangle is as follows: the Congressional Committee is the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the department is the Department of Commerce, and the interest group is the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Department of Labor

  • Founded: March 4th, 1913
  • Nominee: Alexander Acosta
  • Mission: The goal of the labor department is to promote the welfare of workers and retirees, by ensuring fair wages, safe working conditions, opportunities for advancement, and proper employee benefits.
  • Iron Triangle: The Committee is the Health and Welfare Committee, and the interest group is RESULTS.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

  • Founded: August 10th, 1949
  • Current Secretary: James Mattis
  • Mission: The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military force to defend our national interests and to promote and protect peace.
  • Iron Triangle: The Committee is the Veterans Affairs Committee and the interest group is the National Defense PAC.

department of health and human services

  • Founded: April 11, 1953
  • Current Secretary: Tom Price
  • Mission: The goal of the Department of Health and Human Services is to increase the well being of all Americans by promoting advances in science, medicine, and public policy to benefit the health of all Americans.
  • Iron Triangle: The Committee is the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee and the interest group is the American Medical Association.

Department of housing and urban development

  • Founded: September 9th, 1965
  • Current Secretary: Ben Carson
  • Mission: The mission of the Department of Housing and Urban Development is to create cohesive and affordable housing for all Americans.
  • Iron Triangle: The Committee is the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and the interest group is the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Department of Transportation

  • Founded: April 1st, 1967
  • Current secretary: Elaine Chao
  • Mission: The mission of the Department of Transportation is to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that enhances the quality of life of the American people.
  • Iron Triangle: The Committee is the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the interest group is the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Department of Energy

  • Founded: August 4th, 1977
  • Nominee: Rick Perry
  • Mission: The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America's security by addressing its energy challenges through science and technology solutions.
  • Iron Triangle: The committee is the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the interest group is the American Energy Alliance.

Department of education

  • Founded: October 17, 1979
  • Current secretary: Betsy Devos
  • Mission: To promote student achievement and competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access to education for all Americans.
  • Iron Triangle: The Congressional Committee is the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee and the interest group is American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Department of veterans affairs

  • Founded: July 21st, 1930
  • Current secretary: David Shulkin
  • 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.
  • Iron Triangle: The Committee is the Veterans Affairs Committee and the interest group is the Iraq Veterans for Congress.

Department of homeland security

  • Founded: November 25th, 2002
  • Current Secretary: Elaine C. Duke
  • Mission: The goal of the Department of Homeland Security is to help ensure the safety of Americans domestically by monitoring, preventing, and protecting Americans from terrorist attacks.
  • Iron Triangle: The Congressional Committee is the Homeland Security and Governmental affairs committee and the interest group is Keep America Safe.

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