The United States Government Manual is the "official government handbook," providing information about all of the different agencies and organizations of the federal government. Information from the USGM about some of the major federal organizations relevant to business is presented below.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The CFPB regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products and services under Federal consumer financial laws. It gives consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies. It also makes regulations and guidance as clear and streamlined as possible so providers of consumer financial products and services can understand and follow the rules without assistance.
Consumer Product Safety Commission: To protect the public from risk of injury, the CPSC requires manufacturers to report defects in products presenting substantial hazards; conducts outreach programs for consumers, industry, and local governments; collects information on consumer product-related injuries and maintains the National Injury Information Clearinghouse; conducts research on consumer product hazards; and encourages and assists in the development of voluntary standards affecting the safety of consumer products. When appropriate, the CPSC requires manufacturers to correct hazards associated with specific consumer products already in circulation, establishes mandatory consumer product standards, and bans hazardous products.
Department of Agriculture: The Department of Agriculture develops agricultural markets, fights hunger and malnutrition, conserves natural resources, and ensures food quality standards.
Department of Commerce: The Department of Commerce promotes the Nation's domestic and international trade, economic growth, and technological advancement by fostering free enterprise worldwide, supporting fair trade, compiling social and economic statistics, protecting Earth's physical resources, granting patents and registering trademarks, and assisting small and minority-owned businesses.
Department of Housing and Urban Development: HUD administers various programs to facilitate its six core functions: insuring mortgages for single-family and multifamily dwellings and extending loans for home improvement and for the purchasing of mobile homes; channeling funds from investors to the mortgage industry through the Government National Mortgage Association–Ginnie Mae; making direct loans for construction or rehabilitation of housing projects that benefit the elderly and handicapped; providing Federal housing subsidies for low- and moderate-income families; giving community development grants to States and communities; and promoting and enforcing fair housing and equal housing opportunity.
Department of Labor: The Department of Labor promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners, and retirees by improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment, protecting retirement and health care benefits, matching workers to employers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in economic indicators on a national scale.
Department of the Treasury: The Department of the Treasury enforces financial laws, manufactures coins and currency, and recommends economic, fiscal, and tax policies.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: The FDIC preserves and promotes public confidence in U.S. financial institutions by insuring bank and thrift deposits, examining State-chartered banks, and liquidating assets of failed institutions.
Federal Reserve System: In addition to implementing monetary policy, the FRS supervises and regulates banks, transfers funds, handles Government deposits and debt issues, and acts as lender of last resort.
Federal Trade Commission: The FTC protects consumers and promotes competition in broad sectors of the economy. It safeguards and strengthens free and open markets and helps consumers make informed choices. The FTC carries out its mission by using a variety of tools: consumer and business education, law enforcement, research, rulemaking, and studies of marketplace trends and legal developments.
National Credit Union Administration: The NCUA regulates and insures all Federal credit unions and insures State-chartered credit unions that apply and qualify for share insurance.
National Labor Relations Board: The NLRB remedies unfair labor practices and safeguards employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. It is authorized to designate appropriate units for collective bargaining and to conduct secret ballot elections to determine whether employees desire representation by a labor organization.
Securities and Exchange Commission: The SEC protects investors, facilitates capital formation, and maintains efficient, fair, and orderly securities markets.
Small Business Administration: The SBA aids, assists, and counsels entrepreneurs and protects their business interests; preserves free and competitive enterprise; and maintains and strengthens the overall economy.
Trade and Development Agency: The USTDA is a foreign assistance agency that delivers its program commitments through overseas grants and contracts with U.S. firms. The Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.
The Congressional Research Service is a nonpartisan agency within the Library of Congress that provides research support services for lawmakers. CRS regularly produces high-quality research reports for Congress on matters of public significance, including hundreds of reports on trade, international finance, the economy, the labor market, health care, taxes, and the budget. These reports are also available to the public.
The U.S. Code (U.S.C.) is the compilation of the "general and permanent laws" of the U.S. government. Here are some of the U.S.C. Titles that relate to business law:
The Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) compiles regulations passed by federal administrative agencies. Here are some of the C.F.R. Titles relevant to business law: