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U.S. Federal Government Agencies Directory - A list of federal agencies on the Internet. 

Better Government Association - The Better Government Association is a non-partisan, not-for-profit citizens group. The BGA exists to expose waste, fraud corruption and inefficiency in government, to uphold high standards of public office and to educate the public.

Campaign Finance Information Center is administered by Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting. It's dedicated to helping journalists cover campaigns more in-depth by following the campaign money trail.

Center for Public Integrity's mission is to provide the American public with the findings of its investigations and analyses of public service, government accountability, and ethics-related issues.

Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Center's work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is a 600,000 member, private, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about the waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government.

Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy - Founded in 1979, is a 501 (c)(4) public interest research and advocacy organization focusing on federal, state and local tax policies and their impact upon our nation. CTJ's mission is to give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws. CTJ's sister organization, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), is one of the leading research and education organizations in the country working on government taxation and spending policy issues.

Consumer Project on Technology works to inform public debates on intellectual property such as pharmaceutical drug patents and web site domain names; electronic commerce; antitrust policy and practice including Microsoft and the AOL/TimeWarner merger; and telecommunications including open access and privacy.

Defense and the National Interest a website featuring analysis of military and defense issues by inside reformers.

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.

Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy - Through research, advocacy, and public education, the Project on Government Secrecy works to challenge excessive government secrecy and to promote public oversight.

FOIAdvocates is a project of Bahr & Stotter Law Offices, P.C. designed to assist the public in gaining access to records from federal, state and local governments using the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as well as state and local public records laws. Web site has links to state and federal statutes.

Fund for Constitutional Government A publicly supported, charitable, nonprofit corporation established in 1974 to expose and correct corruption in the federal government and other major national institutions through research and public education.

Government Accountability Project (GAP) mission is to protect the public interest and promote government and corporate accountability by advancing occupational free speech, defending whistleblowers and empowering citizen activists. We also advise public agencies and legislative bodies about management policies and practices that help government deal more effectively with substantive information and concerns, while protecting the jobs and identities of those who provide this critical information.

Government Purchasing Project (GPP) is dedicated to protecting the environment and human health through the effective use of purchasing power in addition to traditional advocacy. GPP works to encourage the government to use its immense purchasing power to promote safe, cost-effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally-sound products.

Legal Information – LexisNexis’ Lawyers.com provides a free collection of up-to-date legal news, articles, reactions, comments, and authoritative reference materials from leading sources.

MilitaryCorruption.com is a website dedicated to exposing cases of corrupt and unethical behavior.

National Security Archive was founded in 1985 by a group of journalists and scholars who had obtained documentation from the U.S. government under the Freedom of Information Act and sought a centralized repository for these materials. Over the years, the Archive has become the world's largest non-governmental library of declassified documents. The Archive is simultaneously a research institute on international affairs, a library and archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, a public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information through the FOIA, and an indexer and publisher of the documents in books, microfiche, and electronic formats.

The National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), founded in August 2004, is an independent and nonpartisan alliance of whistleblowers who have come forward to address our nation's security weaknesses; to inform authorities of security vulnerabilities in our intelligence agencies, at nuclear power plants and weapon facilities, in airports, and at our nation’s borders and ports; to uncover government waste, fraud, abuse, and in some cases criminal conduct.

National Taxpayers Union (NTU) is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1969 to fight for the American taxpayer. NTU is the largest grassroots taxpayer organization with more than 300,000 members across all fifty states. NTU lobbies Congress and state legislatures, educates politicians and the media on important taxpayer issues and teaches its members how to become effective, united citizen lobbyists.

National Whistleblower Center is a nonprofit educational advocacy organization that works for the enforcement of environmental laws, nuclear safety, civil rights and government and industry accountability through the support and representation of employee whistleblowers. The primary goal of the Center is to ensure that whistleblower disclosures about improper government and industry actions that are harmful to the environment and the public health are defended and heard.

OMB Watch was formed in 1983 to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which oversees regulation, thebudget, information collection and dissemination, proposed legislation, testimony by agencies, and much more. OMB Watch is guided by the belief that improving access to governmental decision-makers and energizing citizen participation will lead to a more just, equitable and accountable government, which will ultimately strengthen our civil society.

Project on Defense Alternatives seeks to adapt military policy to the circumstances of the post-Cold War era. To that end it develops pragmatic, cost-effective defense policy options that support progress toward more cooperative means of attaining security. PDA offers critical analysis of US policy as well as that of other nations and devises detailed alternative policy options.

Public Citizen, founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, is the consumer's eyes and ears in Washington. With the support of more than 150,000 people, Public Citizen fights for safer drugs and medical devices, cleaner and safer energy sources, a cleaner environment, fair trade, and a more open and democratic government. Public Citizen stands up for consumer against thousands of special interest lobbyists in Washington -- well-heeled agents for drug companies, the automakers, big energy interests, and the like.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) works nation-wide with government scientists, land managers, environmental law enforcement agents, field specialists and other resource professionals committed to responsible management of America's public resources. Resource employees in government agencies have unique responsibilities as stewards of the environment. PEER supports those who are courageous and idealistic enough to seek a higher standard of environmental ethics and scientific integrity within their agency.

Qui Tam Information Center is a place for whistleblowers and attorneys to gain information and help in pursuing qui tam actions. Qui Tam ("who sues on behalf of the king as well as for himself") is a provision of the Federal Civil False Claims Act that allows a private citizen to file a suit in the name of the U.S. Government charging fraud by government contractors and other entities who receive or use government funds, and share in any money recovered. The Qui Tam Information Center is operated by the Bauman & Rasor Group, Inc.

Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) is a nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to combating fraud against the Federal Government through the promotion of the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act and the filing of whistleblower lawsuits.

Taxpayers For Common Sense (TCS) is a nonpartisan advocate for American taxpayers. TCS is dedicated to cutting wasteful spending and subsidies in order to achieve a responsible and efficient government that lives within its means.

TomPaine.Com is a journal of opinion inspired by the great patriot Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and The Rights of Man. Paine was a man of humble origins and modest education, but he became a writer of extraordinary skill and passion. He used his talent to advance the cause of liberty and democracy against distant and unaccountable rulers. TomPaine.com seeks to enrich the national debate on controversial public issues by featuring the ideas, opinions, and analyses too often overlooked by the mainstream media.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization associated with Syracuse University. The purpose of TRAC is to provide comprehensive information about the activities of federal enforcement and regulatory agencies, and the communities in which they take place.