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US government departments and organizations

administration

noun

a department of the U.S. government

ATF

(Bureau of) Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives: an organization in the U.S. that works to reduce violent crime, collect taxes, and protect the public

BATF

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

the Bureau

noun

the fbi in the U.S.

the Capitol

the building in the main city of each U.S. state where government officials meet to make state laws

the CIA

the Central Intelligence Agency: a U.S. government organization that collects secret political, military, and other information about other countries and protects secret information about the U.S.

the DOD

Department of Defense: a U.S. government department

the DOE

Department of Energy: a U.S. government department

EEOC

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: a U.S. government organization that makes sure people can get jobs without being treated in an unfair way because of their race, national origin, sex, age, religion, or physical condition

the FAA

the Federal Aviation Administration: the U.S. government organization that is responsible for the safety of airplanes and airports

the FBI

the Federal Bureau of Investigation: a U.S. government department that deals with serious crimes that affect more than one state

the FDA

the Food and Drug Administration: a U.S. government department that controls the food and drugs that are allowed to be sold

the Federal Bureau of Investigation

the fbi

FEMA

noun

the Federal Emergency Management Agency: the U.S. government department responsible for planning for and dealing with emergency situations

Foggy Bottom

an informal name for the U.S. State Department, the government department responsible for relations with foreign countries

the Forest Service

the U.S. government department responsible for taking care of forests

the FTC

the Federal Trade Commission: a U.S. government department that makes companies do business in a fair way

Homeland Security

noun

the U.S. government department responsible for protecting the U.S. from attacks by terrorists, or the work of this department

the House of Representatives

the larger and less powerful part of the U.S. congress (=the national legislature in the U.S.)

HUD

Housing and Urban Development: a department in the U.S. government that deals mainly with houses for poor people

the INS

the Immigration and Naturalization Service: the part of the U.S. government that deals with people from other countries who want to live in the U.S.

interagency

adjective

between or involving two or more government departments or other agencies

the Internal Revenue Service

the irs

the IRS

the Internal Revenue Service: the U.S. government department that collects taxes

juvenile court

noun

a government department that is responsible for justice in cases where young people are involved in a crime or legal problem

land office

noun

a U.S. government department responsible for keeping records of sales of public land

the legislative branch

noun

the part of government that makes and changes laws. The other parts of government are the executive branch and the judicial branch.

the legislature

noun

the legislative branch of government

NASA

the National Aeronautics and Space Administration: a government organization responsible for space research and sending rockets into space

the National Security Council

the U.S. government department that advises the president on issues relating to national security

the NSC

the National Security Council

OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration: a U.S. government department that decides whether the buildings and places where people work, and the equipment and substances they use in their work, are safe

the Pentagon

the department of the U.S. government that controls the military, or the building that belongs to this department

the Postal Service

the government department in the U.S. that delivers the mail

the SEC

the Securities and Exchange Commission: a U.S. government organization that deals with financial markets

the Secret Service

noun

the U.S. government department responsible for protecting the president, the vice-president, and their families

senate

noun

the more senior part of a legislature that has two parts

the Senate

noun

the more senior part of the U.S. Congress

senatorial

adjective

relating to the work of a senator

the State Department

in the U.S., the government department that manages the country’s relations with other countries. The secretary of state is the head of this department.

the USDA

the United States Department of Agriculture: the U.S. government department responsible for farming laws and farm products

VA

(Department of) Veterans Affairs: a U.S. government department that takes care of people who have served in the military, for example by providing medical or financial help

one side/both sides of the aisle

used for referring to one or both major political parties in the U.S.

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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