US Govt Links

 1. The Executive Branch
The Cabinet's role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member's respective office. The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.

The following positions have the status of Cabinet-rank:

Independent establishments are created by Congress to address concerns 
that go beyond the scope of ordinary legislation. These agencies are 
responsible for keeping the government and economy running smoothly.

1.    Administrative Conference of the United States

2.    Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

3.    African Development Foundation

4.    AMTRAK (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)

7.    Commodity Futures Trading Commission

8.    Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

9.    Corporation for National and Community Service

10. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia

11. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
13. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

14. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

15. Export-Import Bank of the United States

16. Farm Credit Administration

17. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

18. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

20. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

21. Federal Housing Finance Board

22. Federal Labor Relations Authority

23. Federal Maritime Commission

24. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

25. Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission

27. Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

29. General Services Administration (GSA)

30. Institute of Museum and Library Services

31. Inter-American Foundation

32. International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB)

33. Merit Systems Protection Board

34. Millennium Challenge Corporation

35. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

36. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

37. National Capital Planning Commission

38. National Council on Disability

39. National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)

40. National Endowment for the Arts

41. National Endowment for the Humanities

42. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

43. National Mediation Board

44. National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK)

45. National Science Foundation (NSF)

46. National Transportation Safety Board

47. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

48. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

49. Office of Compliance

50. Office of Government Ethics

51. Office of Personnel Management

52. Office of Special Counsel

53. Office of the Director of National Intelligence

54. Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive

55. Overseas Private Investment Corporation

56. Panama Canal Commission

58. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

59. Postal Regulatory Commission

60. Railroad Retirement Board

65. Tennessee Valley Authority

66. U.S. Trade and Development Agency
68. United States International Trade Commission

70. Quasi-Official Agencies:
Quasi-official agencies are not officially executive agencies but are required 
by statute to publish certain information on their programs and activities in 
the Federal Register.


These organizations were established by congressional or Presidential action, and 
their functions are not limited to supporting a parent agency.

1.    Administrative Committee of the Federal Register

2.    American Battle Monuments Commission

3.    Appalachian Regional Commission

4.    Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board)

5.    Arctic Research Commission

6.    Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee

7.    Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

8.    Broadcasting Board of Governors (Voice of America, Radio/TV Marti and more)

9.    Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

10. Chief Acquisition Officers Council

11. Chief Financial Officers Council

12. Chief Human Capital Officers Council

13. Chief Information Officers Council

14. Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee

15. Commission of Fine Arts

16. Commission on International Religious Freedom

17. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)

18. Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled

19. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements

20. Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States

21. Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
22. Delaware River Basin Commission

23. Denali Commission

24. Endangered Species Committee

25. Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
28. Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council

29. Federal Financing Bank

30. Federal Geographic Data Committee

31. Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds

32. Federal Interagency Committee on Education

33. Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy

34. Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer

35. Federal Library and Information Center Committee

36. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

37. Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

38. Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission
39. Indian Arts and Crafts Board

40. Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group

41. Interagency Council on Homelessness

42. Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin

44. James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

45. Japan-United States Friendship Commission

46. Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries

47. Joint Fire Science Program

48. Marine Mammal Commission

49. Migratory Bird Conservation Commission

50. Millennium Challenge Corporation

51. Mississippi River Commission

52. Morris K. Udall Foundation: Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental 

53. National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare

54. National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

55. National Indian Gaming Commission

56. National Park Foundation

57. Northwest Power Planning Council

58. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

59. Presidio Trust

60. Regulatory Information Service Center

61. Social Security Advisory Board

62. Susquehanna River Basin Commission

63. Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

64. United States Election Assistance Commission

65. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

66. Veterans Day National Committee

67. Vietnam Educational Foundation

69. White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance

2. Legislative Branch

3. Judicial Branch:

The judicial branch is made up of the Supreme Court, Lower 
Courts, Special Courts, and court support organizations.

The Supreme Court:

Lower Courts:

Special Courts: 

Additional Resources: 

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Federal Grants and Private Funding Assistance

Information courtesy of the Congressional Research Service.
Federal grants are intended for projects that benefit states and communities and are typically available to public sector and private sector organizations.
Free information is readily available to grant-seekers who discerned in advance the details of their projects. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) lists more than 2,100 federal programs. Federal department and agency websites provide additional information and guidance, as well as state agency contacts.
Once a program has been identified by a federal agency, eligible grant-seekers may apply electronically for grants through a uniform process for all agencies accessed at
Individuals seeking financial help to start or expand a small business or education funds, benefits or loans including Pell grants may be available at the following websites:
Who is Eligible for a Government Grant?
Find out if you are eligible to apply for a government grant.
Watch this helpful animated eligibility tutorial.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cautions grant-seekers about advertisements or phone calls that claim you will qualify to receive a "free grant" to pay for education costs, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. The FTC warns that these "money for nothing" grant offers usually are misleading, whether you see them in your local paper, via the Internet, or hear about them on television or receive a phone call. Consumers should beware of paying "processing fees" for information that is available free to the public.
Key Federal Funding Sources
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program
I provide SBIR tutorials to my constituents that meet the criteria outlined here. For further information please contact my district staff member, Dr. George Kuck, at 714-960-6483.
Program Description:
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was created to increase the participation of small, high technology firms in federal Research and Development (R&D) efforts.  Every federal department with an R&D budget of $100 million sets aside 2.5% of their budget to contract mission-related work with small companies.  All SBIR contracts must satisfy written requirements of the sponsoring agency.
SBIR programs are designed to stimulate technological innovation in the small business sector, increase small business involvement to meet the government's R&D needs, include minority and disadvantaged individuals in R&D, and expand commercialization of federally funded R&D.   SBIR efforts involve a three-phase activity. First phase contracts of up to $150,000 for six months are competitively evaluated and selected by a government team. The evaluation criteria are the scientific merit, the technical merit and the feasibility of the concept. The project must be of interest to and coincide with the mission of the supporting organization.  Proposals are written in response to annually-published agency topics. Projects that demonstrate potential after the first phase contract may compete for Phase II awards of up to $1 million, and which may last from one to two years. Phase II awards are based upon the performance of the small firm and the demonstrated success of the concept.  Phase III funding is directed at the commercialization of the product or process. The project is expected to generate funds from the private sector and federal funds may be used if it is determined that the final product will meet the sponsoring agency need.  P.L. 102-564 directs the sponsoring agency to weigh commercial potential as an evaluation factor in SBIR proposals.
Eleven departments currently have SBIR programs including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense (DOD), Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Each agency's SBIR activity reflects that organization's management style. For example, most DOD SBIR projects are in the form of contracts.  NSF and HHS use grants.  Selected topics are published by each agency in their R&D interest area.  Each agency administers its program operations and controls its financial support.  Cooperative agreements may also be written to help fund specific projects by specific agencies. Each agency establishes its own solicitation timelines, the type of agreement, and the funding.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) establishes the broad policy and guidelines under which individual departments operate SBIR programs and monitors and reports to Congress on the conduct of each department’s activities and results.  Eligibility requirements require that the business is 1) independently owned and operated, 2) not dominant in the field of research proposed, 3) for profit, 4) the employer of 500 or fewer people, 5) the primary employer of the principal investigator is the company, 6) and the company be at least 51% owned by one or more U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens. Subsidiaries of SBIR-eligible companies can participate as long as the parent company meets all SBIR requirements.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (General Services Administration)
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) is the primary source of information on federal grants and nonfinancial assistance programs. Actual funding depends upon annual budget appropriations. The CFDA:
  • Describes 2,100 federal domestic assistance programs, financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by the departments and agencies of the federal government; approximately 1,000 of these are grants programs.
  • Allows grant-seekers to identify federal programs that might provide support for their projects, either directly or through grants to states and local governments that in turn make sub-awards to local grant-seekers.
  • Available free to the public, searchable full-text, and updated continuously on the Web.
  • Enables searching by keyword; or by other useful searchable listings, such as by subject, by department or agency, by applicant eligibility, by beneficiary, or by other category.
  • Describes objectives of each program, eligibility requirements, the application and award process, post assistance requirements, past fiscal year obligations and future estimates, program accomplishments and examples of funded projects, related CFDA programs, and information contacts, including regional or local offices of federal agencies if applicable.
  • Links to department and agency websites and to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars affecting program management and record-keeping requirements.
  • Includes information on developing and writing grant proposals: provides guidance in formulating federal grant applications, proposal development, basic components of a proposal, review recommendations, and referral to federal guidelines and literature.
After grant-seekers identify federal programs in CFDA and contact agencies, they may be directed to register and apply at websites such as or FedConnect when application announcements for competitive grants become available. The websites allow grant-seekers to register and download applications for current competitive funding opportunities from all 26 federal grants-making agencies. Grant-seekers themselves may check on notices of funding availability (NOFAs) or requests for proposals (RFPs); sign up to receive e-mail notification of grant opportunities; and apply for federal grants online through a unified process. The sites also guide grant-seekers in obtaining Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) numbers, and registering at Central Contractor Registration (CCR), both required for all federal grants.
Federal Agency Regional and Local Office Addresses (from CFDA)
Many federal departments and agencies have state or regional offices that grant-seekers may contact for additional program information and application procedures. Much of the federal grant budget moves to the states through formula and block grants. State, regional, and local federal offices often handle grants applications and funds disbursement. Each federal agency has its own procedures: applicants should call the department or agency in question before applying for funding to obtain the most up-to-date information.
Related Federal Sources:
A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies (General Services Administration)
To better develop a grant proposal, search a department or agency's home page and learn more about its programs and objectives. The site also includes the following:
Grants Management Website (Office of Management and Budget)
OMB establishes government-wide grants management policies and guidelines through circulars and common rules. OMB Circulars are cited in CFDA program descriptions.
State Administering Agencies:
Many federal grants are awarded directly to state governments, which then allocate funds within that state. For more information on how a state distributes federal funds, grant-seekers may contact the State Administering Agency (SAA). State government agencies are familiar with federal program requirements, may assist local governments and nonprofit organizations with proposals, and may provide other guidance.
Many federal department and agency websites include SAAs and the site will often have an interactive U.S. map. Grant-seekers may click on their state and obtain program and state contact information. A selection of some department websites includes the following:
State Single Point of Contact (Office of Management and Budget)
States often require federal grants applicants to submit a copy of their application for state government review and comment, and many (but not all) have designated a state Single Point of Contact (SPOC). The state offices listed here coordinate government grants development and may provide guidance to grant-seekers.
Private, Corporate, and Additional Funding Sources
Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is a clearinghouse for information about private, corporate, and community foundations, with collections of resources in every state. Learn how to write a grant proposal on the no-charge online Foundation Center’s website and at the Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance website. Free information on the website includes the following:
Community Foundations Locator (Council on Foundations)
Community foundations may be particularly interested in funding local projects and maintain diverse grants programs.
Funding Sources (Grantsmanship Center)
The website provides listings by state of top grantmaking, community, and corporate foundations that grant-seekers might consider in identifying likely sources of private foundation funding.
Grants and Related Resources (Michigan State University Libraries)
The site provides government and private grants resources, primarily Internet, by subject or group categories, and is updated frequently.
Funding for Business and Economic Development
Grants for Nonprofit
Grants for Individuals (primarily financial aid and scholarships)
Grant Proposal Writing Websites
A number of websites provide guidance, tips, and sample proposals. My constituents may request from my district office CRS Report RL32159, How to Develop and Write a Grant Proposal which discusses standard content and formats. Useful websites include the following:

Federal Government Business Opportunities

Information gateway, prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, provides guidance and online procurement procedures for doing business with the federal government. May 2012.

Information and Training

Learning how to sell successfully to the U.S. government, the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, can be daunting. Most of the process is conducted online: using a computer is essential. Here are suggested approaches:
  • Update your company’s business plan, highlighting special products, skills and expertise that might be of interest to government agencies.
  • Review your company’s marketing strategy and goals.
  • Learn federal procurement processes and terms.
  • Government Contracting (SBA)
    Resources to help you sell your products and services to the Federal government.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Provides a step-by-step guide for selling to the government, with tips on bidding, marketing, and competing for government contracts, and links to free online courses.
  • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
    Provides an on-line system that allows minority business firms to register the company with the (MBDA)’s database to access contract opportunities and other resources.
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
    As the government’s chief acquisitions agency, GSA spends billions of dollars annually on products and services offered to all federal agencies.
    • Doing Business with (GSA)
      Covers government procedures, marketing strategies, and bidding procedures for contracts. Also lists important contacts, such as the 11 GSA regional centers and technical advisors for small businesses.
    • Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU)
      Through outreach activities in regional offices, promotes increased access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities for small, minority, veteran, HUBZone, and women business owners.
    • GSA Training Programs
      Online and onsite courses for vendors and small business, for federal employees, and for state and local government officials.
  • Contact offices in your state or region
    • Speak with procurement specialists or contracting officers about federal government buying procedures.
    • Ask questions about application procedures, technical requirements, and marketing suggestions.
    • Attend procurement programs, which provide opportunities for business people to meet directly with government officials and to learn from other companies involved in federal contracting.
    • Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
      Located in every state, these centers advise and train businesses in financial matters, including certification procedures for small and minority businesses. They are an excellent first stop for any business, especially those with little or no previous experience in dealing with federal procurement.
    • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
      MBDA Network regional enterprise centers provide resources for minority-owned firms.
    • Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)
      Although the main focus is providing technical assistance on selling to the military, the centers cover marketing to all government agencies through counseling, training, and procurement programs.
    • GSA Regions Overview
      The contracting officers are familiar with the procurement needs of the federal facilities located in their region.

Registration Requirements

Registration is required to compete for federal government procurement and contracts. The federal government’s Business Partner Network (BPN) is the single source for vendor data for the Federal Government.
Review Small Business Certifications & Audiences (SDB) If your business is classified as small or disadvantaged, this certification may lead to more federal procurement opportunities.
Additional statistical codes, required for many government forms:

Federal Business Opportunities

FedBizOpps (Federal Business Opportunities)
Single point of entry for announcements of federal contract opportunities over $25,000, both civilian and military agencies. Serves both federal agencies as buyers and businesses as vendors.
For continuing business, apply to be a GSA Schedule contractor.
Under the GSA Schedules Program, GSA establishes long-term governmentwide contracts that allow customers to acquire a vast array of supplies and services directly from commercial suppliers. Gives many businesses, small and large, further opportunities for multiple awards.
  • Also called Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) and Federal Supply Schedules (FSS).
  • Getting on Schedule
    Application and approval process "to get on the Schedule" can take considerable time but may be worth it for future business with government agencies.
  • GSA Training
    Includes Training for Vendors, such as Need Help Getting on Schedule?

Subcontracting Opportunities

A federal contract may be so large that a single company might have difficulty in providing the products or services required to meet the terms of the contract. A prime contractor may need to use subcontractors to complete contractual obligations.
  • SUB-Net (SBA Subcontracting Network)
    Identify subcontract opportunities by reviewing the postings of prime contractors.
  • Subcontracting Opportunities (SBA)
    Identify prime contractors through a listing of contractors, with addresses and phone numbers, by state.
  • Subcontracting Directory (GSA)
    GSA contractors with subcontracting plans and goals. Companies are listed within each of the eleven GSA regions. For each, gives products and services offered, and the small business contact within the company.

Selling to the Military and Department of Defense

Specialized Information on Selling to the Military
Many of the DOD contract announcements and registration requirements for businesses have been incorporated into FedBizOpps (Federal Business Opportunities), with registration at Central Contractor Registration (CCR). However, there are often special requirements for selling to the military. The vast majority of DOD contracts are awarded by DOD field organizations, or specific mission-oriented agencies within an organization.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for organizing these useful links of our BIG government to help us understand them, find them, know them and to help us get educated about them. As an ordinary US citizen I didn't know our Government is so big, but now I know :)