This compilation is a list of government agencies, offices, commissions, bureaus, foundations, divisions, directorates, departments, bureaus, institutes, administrations and “services”, many of them redundant, overlapping or unnecessary. When I first started building this list, I thought it would be much shorter than this. As I look into it more and more, the sheer size of our government has become tragically humorous. After exploring the structure and organization of one department after another, there seems to be no end in sight.
Most of these entities perform functions that should (according to the U.S. Constitution) be left up to state or local governments, or to private industry, churches or charities. Several of these agencies perform functions which overlap corresponding agencies at the state level. There is no constitutional authority for the creation and maintenance of most of the offices in the list below. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to matter any more. The limitations of government spelled out in the Constitution are no longer under consideration, either in Congress or in our public schools. The few of us who still care are called extremists!
One obvious trait seen in this list is the number of offices and agencies dedicated to career advancement for certain people based on their gender or ethnicity. Every facet of the government seems to include an office for the promotion of workplace diversity, equal employment opportunity, minority resources, civil rights, or disadvantaged business utilization. You may notice that in some cases a single office is in charge of equal employment opportunity and workplace diversity, even though it is logically impossible to implement diversity without discrimination. But the topic of workplace diversity, politically correct discrimination and better-than-equal opportunity is covered on another page.
Similarly, many of the larger agencies have their own offices for safety issues, environmental concerns and education, probably overlapping the functions of other federal agencies. The two agencies with the most unexpectedly complex structures are the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture. I may never exhaust all the hallways and sidetracks in their organizational labyrinths.
Anyway this is by no means a complete or exhaustive list, nor is it necessarily shown in alphabetical order. The various branches of the military have numerous subdivisions, which would take weeks to categorize, and there are probably many agencies — especially in the Department of Defense — which are not openly discussed on the internet. One Defense Department web site has 25 pages of links to various departments. Intelligence agencies are beyond public scrutiny (and thus can never be completely listed here) as are certain other agencies like FEMA. That’s why the CIA occupies only a single line on this page.
More, much more….