Life in the USA
Government and Law
Structure of Government
Shadow Government. Legislative bodies--from the U.S. Congress down to the smallest town council--create administrative agencies with broad powers. These agencies are often difficult to deal with because they account to no one. Major federal agencies are the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The most hated and feared is, of course, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is a branch of the Treasury Department.
Examples of state agencies would be the state conservation department, the state employment department, and the state highway department. Cities and towns operate parking authorities, water authorities, bridge and tunnel authorities, boards of education, welfare departments and a host of social service agencies.
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