Congressional Sites

US Department of State

Within the Executive Branch, the State Department is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency that works to advance U.S. objectives and interests in shaping a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through its primary role of developing and implementing foreign policy.

US Trade Representatives (USTR)

USTR is America's chief trade negotiator and principal trade policy advisor to the President. USTR is responsible for developing and implementing trade policies, which promote world growth, and create new opportunities for American businesses, workers, and agricultural producers.

Foreign Agricultural Service, US Department of Agriculture (FAS)

FAS works to improve foreign market access for U.S. agricultural products and operates programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of the U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace. FAS has the responsibility for the USDA's overseas activities - market development, international trade agreements, negotiations, and collection and analysis of market information.

The US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank)

The Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. Government agency that helps finance overseas sales of U.S. goods and services. With the mission to create jobs through exports, the Ex-Im provides guarantees of working capital loans for U.S. exports, guarantees repayment of loans, or makes loans to foreign purchasers of U.S. goods and services. Ex-Im also provides credit insurance that protects U.S. exporters against non-payment risks by foreign buyers.

US Trade and Development Agency (TDA)
TDA helps U.S. companies pursue overseas business opportunities, enabling them to compete for infrastructure and industrial projects in middle-income and developing countries through funding of feasibility studies, orientation visits, specialized training grants, business workshops, and various forms of technical assistance.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID works around the world to further America's foreign policy interests in expanding democracy and free markets while improving the lives of the citizens of the developing countries. USAID is the main U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.

Market Access Compliance, US Department of Commerce (MAC)

MAC's goal is to obtain market access for American firms and workers as well as to achieve full compliance by foreign nations with trade agreements they signed with the United States.

Trade Compliance Center, US Department of Commerce (TCC)
TCC is the U.S. Government's resource to help American exporters facing foreign trade barriers and to assure that foreign countries comply with their trade commitments.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

OPIC assists U.S. investors through four main activities designed to promote overseas investment and reduce associated risks: insuring against a range of political risks, financing through loans and loan guaranties, financing private investment funds that provide equity to businesses overseas, and advocating interests of the American business community overseas.

US Small Business Administration - Office of International Trade

Providing financial, technical, and management assistance to help small businesses grow and succeed overseas, OIT's goal is to help any firm wishing to export and to connect lenders and borrowers with mutual opportunities. SBA is the nation's largest single financial backer of small businesses.

Bureau of Export Administration, US Department of Commerce (BXA)

BXA seeks to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests by regulating exports of critical goods and technologies that could be used to damage those interests. BXA enforces compliance with regulations, cooperates with like-minded nations to obtain global support for this effort, assists nations that are key exporters or transit points for sensitive goods and technologies, and monitors the U.S. defense industrial base to ensure it remains strong.

Office of Defense Trade Controls, US Department of State (DTC)

DTC controls the export and temporary import of defense articles and services by taking final action on license applications and other requests for approval for defense trade exports, retransfers, and handling matters related to trade compliance, enforcement, and reporting.

Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Treasury Department (OFAC)

OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted countries, terrorism sponsoring organizations, and international narcotics traffickers based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals.

Department of Defense

The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.

Department of the Interior

The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) seeks to make the federal government more accountable to the American people for the tax dollars it spends and the results it achieves. The Department of the Interior is complying with GPRA by developing a performance management system that provides useful information to managers and promotes accountability for results. GPRA has three main components, strategic plans, annual performance plans, and annual performance reports.

Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor is charged with preparing the American workforce for new and better jobs, and ensuring the adequacy of America's workplaces. It is responsible for the administration and enforcement of over 180 federal statutes. These legislative mandates and the regulations produced to implement them cover a wide variety of workplace activities for nearly 10 million employers and well over 100 million workers, including protecting workers' wages, health and safety, employment and pension rights; promoting equal employment opportunity; administering job training, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation programs; strengthening free collective bargaining and collecting, analyzing and publishing labor and economic statistics.

Department of Transportation

Serves the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Department of Energy

The DOE promotes secure, competitive and environmentally responsible sources and production that serve the needs of the public; supports national security, promotes international nuclear safety, and reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; supports environmental quality by aggressively cleaning up the environmental legacy of nuclear weapons and civilian nuclear research and development programs, minimizing future waste generation, safely managing nuclear materials, and permanently disposing of the nation's radioactive wastes; delivers leading edge science and technology that is critical to our mission and the nation's science base; carries out information collection, analyses and researches on energy data & prices to help develop informed decisions on long term energy supply and use; and increases the efficiency and productivity of energy use, while limiting environmental impacts.

Office of Management and Budget

OMB's predominant mission is to assist the President in overseeing the preparation of the Federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. In helping to formulate the President's spending plans, OMB evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President's budget and with Administration policies.

Council of Economic Advisers

The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is a three member council that analyzes and interprets economic developments, appraises the programs and activities of the Government, and then advises the President on national economic policy.

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA's purpose is to ensure that: all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work; National efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information; Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively; Environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy; All parts of society--communities, individuals, business, state and local governments, tribal governments--have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks; Environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; The United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

National Economic Council

The NEC coordinates economic policy-making process with respect to domestic and international economic issues; ensures that economic policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President's stated goals; and monitors implementation of the President's economic policy agenda.


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Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs

Committee on Banking and Financial Services

Jurisdiction over international finance and international financial and monetary organizations. Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy.

Committee on Energy and Commerce

Jurisdiction over interstate and foreign commerce.

Committee on Government Reform

Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans' Affairs, and International Relations

Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs

Committee on International Relations

Committee on Small Business

Subcommittee on Tax, Finance, and Exports with jurisdiction over export opportunities and promotion.

Committee on Ways and Means

Jurisdiction over customs, collection districts, and ports of entry and delivery; reciprocal trade agreements. Subcommittee on Trade with jurisdiction over many international trade issues.

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Jurisdiction on matters relating to food, nutrition, and hunger - both in the U.S. and in foreign countries, required to study and review these issues and to report on them periodically. Subcommittee of Marketing, Inspection, and Product Promotion with jurisdiction covering legislation on foreign agricultural trade, foreign market development, oversight of international commodity agreements and export controls on agricultural commodities, and foreign assistance programs.

Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee of Foreign Operations with jurisdiction covering many international agencies and organizations.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Jurisdiction covering export and foreign trade promotion, export controls, and is mandated to study and review matters relating to the international economic policy as it affects U.S. monetary affairs, credit, and financial institutions. Subcommittee on International Trade and Finance.

Committee on Finance

Jurisdiction over customs, collection districts, and ports of entry and delivery; reciprocal trade agreements; and tariffs and import quotas. Subcommittee on International Trade.

Committee on Foreign Relations

Committee on Governmental Affairs

Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation, and Federal Services with jurisdiction on intergovernmental relationships between U.S. and the states and municipalities, and between the U.S. and international organizations of which the U.S. is a member and organization and management of U.S. nuclear export policy.

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