The three branches of the federal government—executive, legislative, and judicial—exercise its governmental powers and functions.


Executive Branch



Judicial Branch


  • Judicial Branch

    Courts decide arguments about the meaning of laws and how they are applied. They also decide if laws violate the Constitution—this is known as judicial review, and it is how federal courts provide checks and balances on the legislative and executive branches.

Lower Courts

Special Courts



Legislative Branch



U.S. Government Information, by Topic


U.S. Government Information, by Topic

  • Benefits, Grants, and Financial Aid
    Government grants, money, loans, financial aid, funding, social services, income security, Social Security…
  • Business and Nonprofits
    Business development, nonprofits, commerce, trade, economic data and analysis, do business with the government, labor…
  • Consumer Protection
    Identity theft, fraud, scams, recalls, consumer credit, credit reports, debt, better business bureaus, complaints, and more
  • Consumer Publications
    Print and electronic publications on health, money, employment, and many other topics.
  • Defense and International Relations
    Foreign relations, policy, national defense, military, international travel, trade, immigration, visas, embassies…
  • Environment, Energy, and Agriculture
    Farming, food production, environmental management, conservation, natural resources, solar energy, fisheries, weather, wildlife…
  • Family, Home, and Community
    Housing, family services, community development, social programs, human services, parents, vital records, children, child care…
  • Government Performance
    Track government performance on spending, Medicare fraud prevention, IT investments…
  • Government Sales and Auctions
    New, seized and surplus cars, houses, commercial vehicles and buildings, land, gifts…
  • Health and Nutrition
    Medical, health care, insurance, diet, food stamps, fitness, public health…
  • History, Arts, and Culture
    Museums, historic places and preservation, libraries, U.S. history, family history, genealogy, ethnic groups, traditions, symbols, holidays…
  • Jobs and Education
    Employment, career, workplace, labor, school, students, teachers…
  • Money and Taxes
    Government unclaimed money, investing, credit, spending, saving, banking, retirement…
  • Public Safety and Law
    Crime, law enforcement, courts, prisons, corrections, disasters and emergencies, homeland security, terrorism, identity theft, missing children…
  • Public Service and Volunteerism
    Government jobs, volunteer opportunities, donating to charities…
  • Reference and General Government
    Libraries, forms, government news, laws, photos, maps, research…
  • Science and Technology
    Space, biology, Internet security, media, phone, radio, patents…
  • Travel, Transportation, and Recreation
    Air travel, trains, international, travel advisory, tourism, passports, leisure, cars, national parks…
  • Voting and Elections
    Voter registration, election results, voting records, contacting elected officials, records containing elected officials, electoral college…


A-Z Index


A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

 

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