Going Global: Business and Government Information Partnering


BRASS preconference, June 26, 1998

Selected United States Government Agencies

Compiled by
Pauly Iheanacho
University of Delaware Libraries

Economics | Finance | Labor | Trade


Bureau of the Census
Suitland and Silver Hill Rd.
Suitland, MD (mailing address: Washington, D.C. 20233)
Tel: (301) 457-2800
The agency’s role is to collect and provide timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
1441 L St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
Tel. (202) 606-5344
BEA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the nation's economic accountant, preparing estimates that illuminate key national, international, and regional aspects of the U.S. economy

Economic Research Service
1800 M Street NW, Room 4145
Washington, D.C. 20036-5831
Tel. 202-694-5050
The Economic Research Service (ERS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Economic Research Service is official source for economic analysis and information on agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
650 Massachusette Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20226
Tel (202) 927-8540
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is a law enforcement organization within the United States Department of Treasury with unique responsibilities dedicated to reducing violent crime, collecting revenue, and protecting the public. ATF enforces the Federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives and arson by working directly and in cooperation with others agencies

General Accounting Office
441 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20548
Tel. (202) 275-6202
The General Accounting Office (GAO), as an independent and nonpolitical arm of the Congress, is concerned with finding ways of improving the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of government operations.

General Services Administration
18th and F Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20405
Tel. (202) 566-1231
The General Services Administration (GSA) is the government’s business manager, landlord, real estate agent, maintenance expert, purchasing agent for items ranging from trucks to typewriter ribbons, supplier of telecommunications and computer equipment and services, record keeper, office management specialist and recycler or disposer of any leftover or unwanted federal property, from military bases to mops and brooms.

Office of Federal Procurement Policy
126 Jackson Place, N.S.
Room 9013
Washington, D.C. 20503
Tel. (202) 359-5803
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OPP.) was established to improve the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the procurement processes by providing overall direction of procurement policies, regulations, procedures and forms.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
1919 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20554
Tel. (202) 632-7000
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency responsible for regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio under the provisions of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20590
Tel. (202) 366-0604/ 0660
FHWA provides leadership, expertise, resources and information to continually improve the quality of our Nation’s Highway System and its internodal connections. We undertake this mission in cooperation with all our partners to enhance the country’s economic vitality, quality of life and the environment.

The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room LJ 100
Washington, D.C. 20540-5550
Tel. 202-707-6500
The Library of Congress mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. It also provides access to the THOMAS: Legislative Information, a full text access to current bills under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. http://thomas.loc.gov/

United States Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20415-0001
Tel (202) 606-1800 - Office of Communications
The U. S. Office of Personnel Management administers a merit system for Federal employment that includes recruiting, examining, and promoting people on the basis of their knowledge and skills, regardless of their race, religion, sex, political influence, or other nonmerit factors. It also performs other personnel related functions on behalf of the American people.

Department of Commerce
14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
Tel:202- 482-6001
The Department of Commerce mission is the promotion job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards for all Americans, by working in partnership with business, universities, communities, and workers.

United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza West, SW
Washington, D.C. 20260
Tel. (202) 245-4000
The Office of International Postal Affairs is primarily responsible for coordinating mail policy and operational procedures in the United States Postal Service (USPS). In addition to this function, the Office makes bilateral international postal arrangements, maintains effective relationships with foreign postal services and serves as the U.S. representative in international postal organizations.

U.S. Government Printing Office
Room C804, Stop: LP
Washington, DC 20401
Tel: 202-512-1991 Fax: 202-512-1293
The Government Printing Office (GPO) prints, binds, and distributes the publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and establishments of the Federal Government. Distribution is being accomplished on an increasing basis via various electronic media in accordance with Public Law 103-40, "The Government Printing Office Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of 1993."

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Federal Accounting Standard Advisory Board
Suite 3B18
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548
Fax 202 512-7366
The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board was established in 1990 by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the Comptroller general of the U.S. The Board was created to consider and recommend accounting standards and principles to the federal government to improve the usefulness of Federal financial reports.

Bureau of the Public Debt
Office of the Commissioner
Bureau of Public Debt
Washington, DC 20239-0001
Tel (202) 219-3302
Bureau of the Public Debt an agency within the Department of the Treasury, charged with the job of borrowing the money needed to operate the Federal Government and to account for the resulting debt.

Export-Import Bank of the United States
811 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20571
Tel. (202) 566-2117
For more than four decades, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Eximbank), an independent U.S. government agency, has been an important source of financing for the sale of U.S. goods and services to purchasers overseas.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
1200 K Street NW
Washington DC 2005-4026
Tel. (202) 326-4180
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) protects the retirement incomes of more than 42 million American workers -- one of every three working persons -- in about 50,000 defined benefit pension plans. PBGC is a federal government corporation established by Title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in 1974 to encourage the growth of defined benefit plans, provide timely and uninterrupted payment of benefits, and maintain pension insurance premiums at the lowest level necessary to carry out the Corporation's obligations.

Farm Credit Administration
1503 Farm Credit Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102
Tel 703 883 4030
The Farm Credit Administration (FCA or Agency) is an independent agency in the executive branch of the U.S. Government. It is responsible for the regulation and examination of the banks, associations, and related entities that collectively comprise what is known as the Farm Credit System (System), including the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac). Initially created by an Executive order of the President in 1933, the Agency now derives its powers and authorities from the Farm Credit Act of 1971, as amended (Act). FCA's mission is to promote a safe and sound, competitive Farm Credit System.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
801 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20434-0001
Tel. (800) 276-6003 / (202) 416-6940
Fax (202) 416-2076
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is the major insurer of banks and savings associations, and in cooperation with other federal and state regulatory agencies, the FDIC promotes the safety and soundness of insured depository institutions and the U.S. financial system by identifying, monitoring, and addressing risks to the deposit insurance funds.

Internal Revenue Service
1111 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20224
Tel. (202) 622-5044 or call 1-800-829-1040 - for the nearest district office
The purpose of the Internal Revenue Service is to collect the proper amount of tax revenue at the least cost to the public in a manner warranting the highest degree of public confidence in our integrity, efficiency, and fairness.

Federal Housing Finance Board
1777 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-5210
Tel. (202) 408-2500
The Federal Housing Finance Board (Finance Board) was established as an independent agency in the Executive Branch by the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) of 1989. The Finance Board has regulatory authority and supervisory oversight responsibility for the twelve Federal Home Loan Banks and the Office of Finance. The Finance Board ensures the safety and soundness of the Bank System, establishes policy for the Community Investment Cash Advances program (including the Affordable Housing and Community Investment programs), and the Community Support Program, oversees the FHLBanks' financial performance and operations, and evaluates Banks' achievements of public policy mission as a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE).

Minority Business Development Agency
14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
Tel.(202) 482-4547
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is a Federal agency specifically created to encourage the growth of minority- owned businesses in the United States. MBDA increases opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities to participate in the free enterprise system through the formation and development of competitive minority-owned and managed firms. Established in 1969 by Executive Order 11458.

National Credit Union Administration
1775 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3428
Tel 703-518-6300
The National Credit Union Administration is an independent federal agency that supervises and insures 7,152 federal credit unions and insures 4,240 state-chartered credit unions.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation
1129 20th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20527
Tel. (202) 632-1804
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is a self-sustaining agency whose objective is to foster development through the encouragement of U.S. private investment in some 90 friendly developing countries in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

The Federal Reserve System
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Washington, DC 20551
Tel. 202-452-3245 Fax 202-728-5886
The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States. It was founded by Congress in 1913 to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system; over the years, its role in banking and the economy has expanded.

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Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250
Tel. (202) 720-2791
The Foreign Agricultural Service advances the interests of the agricultural community and the general public by working to develop and expand foreign markets for U.S. food and agricultural products.

Federal Maritime Commission
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20573
Tel. (202) 523-5911
The Federal Maritime Commission, an independent agency, regulates the liner shipping industry operating in U.S. ocean commerce.

Federal Railroad Administration
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20590
Tel. 202-366-0895/ 800-RAIL 990
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created to promote and enforce safety throughout the U.S. railroad system, rehabilitate Northeast Corridor rail passenger services, consolidate Federal support for rail transportation, and support research and development for rail transportation.

Federal Labor Relations Authority
607 Fourteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20424-0001
Tel. 202-482-6550
The Federal Labor Relations Authority oversees the Federal service labor- management relations program. It administers the law that protects the right of employees of the Federal Government to organize, bargain collectively, and participate through labor organizations of their own choosing in decisions affecting them.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472
Tel. (202) 646-3923
FEMA was organized on April 1, 1979 to be the central point of contact within the Federal government to provide leadership, coordination, and management in reducing risks and helping disaster victims, regardless of the cause. The Agency is dedicated to protect the Nation from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, all-hazards emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20460
Tel. (202) 755-0700
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperates with the Departments of State and Commerce to promote the sale abroad of pollution control devices and environmental technology.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1801 L Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20507
Tel. (202) 663-4900 TDD: (202) 663-4494
The mission of the EEOC, is to promote equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance.

Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB)
U.S. Department of Labor
Room S-2235
Washington, DC 20210
Tel. 202-219-6061
The Bureau of International Labor Affairs carries out the Department of Labor's international responsibilities under the direction of the Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs, and assists in formulating international economic, trade, and immigration policies affecting American workers.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Room 4110
Washington, DC 20212
Tel. (202) 606-5900
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor.

Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room S-1032
Washington, DC 20210
Tel (202) 219-8211
The U.S. Department of Labor was created by Congress in 1913 to "...foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States, to improve their working conditions and their opportunities for profitable employment." The department enforces applicable U.S. labor laws and regulates workplace activities required by those laws.

Office of Compliance
John Adams Building of The Library of Congress
110 2nd Street S.E.
Washington D.C. 20540
Tel (202) 724-9250
The Office of Compliance was established to implement the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. Known as the CAA, the Act generally extends the rights and protections of 11 employment and labor laws to covered employees in the legislative branch of the federal government.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Route I-270 and Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD (mailing address: Bldg.. 101, #A1134, Gaithersburg, MD 20899)
Tel: (301) 975-2762
An agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, NIST's primary mission is to promote U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. It carries out this mission through a portfolio of four major programs: Measurement and Standards Laboratories; Advanced Technology Program; Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

National Labor Relations Board
Division of Information
1099 14th Street, NW, Room 5400 East
Washington, D.C. 20570-0001
Tel. (202) 273-1789
The NLRB is an independent Federal agency created in 1935 to administer and enforce the National Labor Relations Act. It conducts secret-ballot elections to determine whether employees desire union representation, and it investigates and remedies unfair labor practices.

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Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Pennsylvania Avenue at Sixth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20580
Tel. (202) 523-3625
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency established pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. The FTC’s principal function is to protect consumers and the existence of a free enterprise system through prevention and elimination of unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive business acts or practices.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
2033 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20581
Tel. (202) 254-6387
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has jurisdiction over futures trading on all U.S. commodity exchanges and over trading in commodity options and leverage contracts, including those in gold and silver bullion and bulk gold and silver coins.

Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East West Highway (East West Towers)
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel. 301-504-0580
The Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public against unreasonable risks of injury from consumer products; assists consumers in evaluating the comparative safety of consumer products; develops uniform safety standards for consumer products and minimizes conflicting State and local regulations; and promotes research and investigation into the causes and prevention of product-related deaths, illnesses, and injuries.

International Communication Agency (Formerly United States Information Agency)
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20547
Tel. (202) 724-9103
The International Communication Agency (ICA) conducts international communication, educational, cultural and exchange programs designed to build two-way bridges of understanding between the people of the United States and other peoples of the world.

International Trade Administration (ITA)
14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
Tel 202 482-3808
ITA’s mission is to encourage, assist, and advocate U.S. exports, to ensure U.S. business has equal access to foreign markets, to enable U.S. businesses to compete against unfairly traded imports, and to safeguard jobs and the competitive strength of American industry.

Interstate Commerce Commission
Twelfth Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20423
Tel. 202-927-7119
The Interstate Commerce Commission regulates interstate surface transportation, including trains, trucks, buses, water carriers, household goods transporters, freight forwarders, transportation brokers, and pipelines that are not regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Inter-American Foundation
1515 Wilson Boulevard
Rosslyn, Virginia 22209
Tel. (703) 841-3800
The Inter-American Foundation (IAF), an independent agency of the United States government, was created in 1969 as an experimental U.S. foreign assistance program. The IAF works in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote equitable, responsive, and participatory self-help development by awarding grants directly to local organizations throughout the region. It also enters into partnerships with public- and private-sector entities to scale up support and mobilize local, national, and international resources for grassroots development.

Bureau of Export Administration
14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
Tel. (202) 482-2721
The Bureau of Export Administration enhances the nation's security and its economic prosperity by controlling exports for national security, foreign policy, and short supply reasons. We administer the Export Administration Act by developing export control policies, issuing export licenses, and prosecuting violators. Additionally, BXA enforces the EAA's antiboycott provisions.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
http://www. ntsb.gov
690 L’Enfant Plaza East, SW
Washington, DC 20594
Tel. (202) 314-600
The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation -- railroad, highway, marine and pipeline-- and issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration
14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
Tel.(202) 482-1551
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is the Executive Branch agency principally responsible for domestic and international telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA's major role is to promote the efficient and effective use of telecommunications and information resources in a manner that creates job opportunities, enhances U.S. competitiveness, and raises the standard of living.

U.S. Agency for International Development
1735 North Lynn Street
Rosslyn, Virginia
Tel. (703) 235-9155
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) carries out assistance programs designed to help the people of certain less developed countries develop their human and economic resources, increase productive capacities and improve the quality of human life as well as to promote economic or political stability in friendly countries.

Office of Management and Budget
Executive Office Building
17th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20503
Tel. (202) 395-3000
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is a highly influential agency on international commercial issues. OMB’s International Affairs Division helps determine budgetary priorities in such areas as: foreign assistance, Law of the Sea, trade policy, East-West trade and the policies and programs of the Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Office of Science and Technology Policy
Executive Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20500
Tel. (202) 456-7116
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was created to provide the President with timely advice and to coordinate investment in science and technology. OSTP has played a prominent role in advancing science, education and scientific literacy, and investment in applied research.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
250 E. Street SW
Washington DC 20219
Tel. (202) 874-5080
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) ensure a safe, sound and competitive national banking system that supports the citizens, communities and economy of the United States.

Office of Thrift Supervision
http:// www.ustras.gov/treasury/bureaus/ots/
1700 G Street NW
Washington DC 20552
Tel (202) 906-6547
The OTS is the primary regulator of all federal and many state-chartered thrift institutions. The OTS was established as a bureau of the Department of the Treasury on August 9, 1989. The OTS has five regional offices located in Jersey City, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco.

Patent and Trademark Office
2011 S. Clark Place
Arlington, VA 22202. (mailing address: Washington, D.C. 20231)
Tel. (703) 308-4357
The basic role of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution).

President’s Export Council
U.S. Department of Commerce Room 2015B
14th & Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: 202-482-1124
The President’s Export Council (PEC) was established to serve as a national advisory body to the President. The members of the Council includes: heads or representatives of the Departments of State, Treasury, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor, the Office of the United States Trade Representative , the Export-Import Bank, three members from both the House of Representatives and Senate, and 28 private citizens appointed by the President.

Securities and Exchange Commission
450 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20549
(202) 942-7040
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administers the federal securities laws. Its primary goal as mandated by such laws is the protection of investors through disclosure of material information by securities issuers and the maintenance of orderly and competitive securities markets.

Small Business Administration
1441 L Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20416
Tel. (202) 653-6600
The primary responsibility of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the small business community of the United States.

Social Security Administration
SSA's headquarters
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235
Tel.410) 965-8105
The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the nation’s Social Security systems and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Technology Administration (TA)
14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-8321
The Technology Administration (TA) is the only Federal agency working to maximize technology's contribution to America's economic growth. It operates through its three agencies: the Office of Technology Policy (OTP), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

United States Mint
United States Mint
Customer Service Center
10003 Derekwood Lane
Lanham, MD 20706
Tel (202) 283-COIN
United States Mint is an agency of the Treasury Department. Its primary mission is to produce sufficient amounts of coinage to meet the demands of commerce.

Department of the Treasury
15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20220
Tel. (202) 566-2000
The Department of the Treasury has responsibility for formulating and regulating U.S. international financial and tax policy and holds preeminent influence in international monetary, economic and investment matters.

United States International Development Cooperation Agency
Department of State Building
2201 C Street NW
Washington DC 20533-0001
Phone: 202-647-1850
The United States International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA) is responsible for the development aspects of U.S. participation in international organizations, including United Nations development programs. The Agencies include, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and a proposed Institute for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (ISTC).

U.S. International Trade Commission
701 E Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20436
Tel. (202) 523-0161
The primary duty of the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) is to investigate tariff and international trade complaints as required by law. It furnishes studies, reports and recommendations to the President, the Congress and other government agencies and also conducts studies, surveys and public hearings and initiates research projects pertaining to the international trade of the United States.

Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20570
Tel. (202) 653-6166
The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States is a quasi-judicial, independent agency within the Department of Justice which adjudicates claims of U.S. nationals against foreign governments, either under specific jurisdiction conferred by Congress or pursuant to international claims settlement agreements.

Office of the United States Trade Representative
1800 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20506
Tel. (202) 395-4647
The Office of the United States Trade Representative has primary responsibility for developing and coordinating the implementation of international trade policy. U.S. trade policy leadership and all trade negotiation responsibilities are consolidated in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

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