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The Layout of the Land: An Overview of the Federal Government

Senate, House, Committees, Cabinets, Non-Cabinet Agency Links

www.Firstgov.gov the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services
www.senate.gov
www.house.gov
www.supremecourtus.gov
http://www.whitehouse.gov/index.html
http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/cabinet.html lists all Cabinet members
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/index.html complete Federal Government agency listing, both alphabetically
www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive.shtml links you to each executive department
www.usda.gov Department of Agriculture
www.doc.gov Department of Commerce
www.defenselink.mil Department of Defense
www.ed.gov Department of Education
www.doe.gov Department of Energy
www.hhs.gov Department of Health and Human Services
www.dhs.gov Department of Homeland Security
www.hud.gov Department of Housing and Urban Development
www.doi.gov Department of the Interior
www.usdoj.gov Department of Justice
www.dol.gov Department of Labor
www.state.gov Department of State
www.dot.gov Department of Transportation
www.treas.gov Department of the Treasury
www.va.gov Department of Veteran Affairs 

Independent Government Agencies

There are over 50 independent federal agencies. These independent establishments are created by Congress to address concerns that go beyond the scope of ordinary legislations. These agencies are responsible for keeping the government and economy running smoothly. Below are links to some selected agencies.

www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Federal/Independent.shtml non-cabinet level agencies
Central Intelligence Agency www.cia.gov
Congressional Budget Office www.cbo.gov
Corporation for National and Community Service www.cns.gov
Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission www.eeoc.gov
Federal Communications Commission www.fcc.gov
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation www.fdic.gov
Federal Reserve System www.federalreserve.gov
General Accounting Office www.gao.gov
General Services Administration www.gsa.gov
Library of Congress www.loc.gov
National Aeronautics and Space Administration www.nasa.gov
National Archives and Records Administration www.nara.gov
Nuclear Regulatory Commission www.nrc.gov
Office of Management and Budget www.whitehouse.gov/omb/
Office of Personnel Management www.opm.gov
Securities and Exchange Commission www.sec.gov
Social Security Administration www.ssa.gov
Small Business Administration www.sba.gov
Smithsonian Institution www.si.edu
United States Agency for International Development www.usaid.gov

State and Local Government

http://bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs042.htm general information regarding state and local government
http://www.govtjob.net/ listings of state and local government job openings
http://www.govspot.com/ links to each state's home page as well as links to each branch of government within that state