U.S. Federal Agency Acronyms

Below, you will see a bunch of acronyms for U.S. Federal Agencies. Fill in the blanks.
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Acronym
Stands For ….
CIA
Central Intelligence Agency
FBI
Federal Bureau of Investigation
IRS
Internal Revenue Service
EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
NSA
National Security Agency
NTSB
National Transportation Safety Board
SEC
Securities and Exchange Commission
FDIC
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
FDA
Food and Drug Administration
NIH
National Institutes of Health
Acronym
Stands For ….
FAA
Federal Aviation Administration
CDC
Centers for Disease Control
DHS
Department of Homeland Security
HUD
Housing and Urban Development
SSA
Social Security Administration
FCC
Federal Communications Commission
FEC
Federal Election Commission
FTC
Federal Trade Commission
DEA
Drug Enforcement Agency
DOD
Department of Defense
VA
Veterans Affairs
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Level 50
Jun 3, 2013
Missed election. Bummer.
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Level 81
Mar 10, 2017
I wish I had.
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Level 67
Jun 10, 2013
I don't know if I should be pleased or not that I know all my government agencies...
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Level 16
Jun 24, 2013
Why do we have so many? So the newspapers have enough scandals to fill up their front pages each day?
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Level 62
Aug 1, 2013
The government creates these so that more people can have jobs to keep unemployment down.
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Level 71
Mar 10, 2017
More specifically, the bureaucrats create these (many redundant) agencies so their friends can get their kick backs "legally".
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Level 55
Mar 10, 2017
They also serve vital purposes to make life better, safer, and more efficient.
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Level 71
Mar 10, 2017
That's sarcasm, right? No one who has ever had to deal with even one agency would ever attribute any of the words you used to government or "civil servants".
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Level 64
Jan 4, 2018
You must have never worked for the government. If you had, you'd see the monstrous inefficiency and corruption. Billions of tax dollars going to nothing whatsoever.
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2018
Ah yes, corporations use resources much more efficiently with $40 million severance packages for CEOs that run the company into the ground. There's waste in government, no one argues that, but by and large, agencies are full of normal people who mostly try to do their jobs, just like any large organization. I personally have an easier time dealing with government agencies than with Comcast, AT&T, my bank, my health insurance, or whatever other big corporate bureaucracy controls much more of my life than the government does.
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Level 74
Oct 17, 2013
15/22 but surprised I knew so many as a non-American. Why do I know these things?
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Level 76
May 6, 2019
Hollywood?
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Level 74
Mar 1, 2014
Boy that was easy. All of them with 2:55 left. I guess I'm just a policy wonk.
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Level 55
May 28, 2014
It's a libertarian hit list.
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Level 46
Jul 27, 2014
Haha! I totally thought to myself as I was doing it "Here's one that needs to go, that one never should have been made, here's another we need to get rid of..."
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Level 60
Feb 7, 2018
love imagining a world with no environmental or food regs where I can get giardia from my pork and watch the river catch on fire
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Level 76
May 6, 2019
Or at least cook your pork in the river ;P
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Level 50
Jun 20, 2014
All with 1:42. I always was a spy freak. And a conspiracy theorist of sorts. But mainly just a spy freak. And I love EVERYTHING that ends in 'agency'. Especially if it gets an acronym.
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Level 52
Jul 8, 2014
2:55 left. Thanks NPR!
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Level 50
Dec 21, 2014
Is not the 'Drug Enforcement Agency' an organisation in Liberia based upon the Federal US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)?
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Level 57
Feb 18, 2016
13/22, pretty good given the fact that I'm only basing my knowledge on hollywood movies.
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Level 70
Feb 18, 2017
Infernal Revenue Service?
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Level 78
Feb 18, 2017
I tried that first.
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Level 84
Oct 28, 2019
Me too. I really think that should be accepted as a type in for those (all) of us who can't stand typing anything indicating it's a service.
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Level 62
Nov 4, 2019
I so got stuck on that one because here it is Inland and I just could not figure out why that did not work.
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Level 78
Mar 10, 2017
Quiz will be meaningless when trump abolishes all these departments. sigh...
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Level 47
May 8, 2018
big oof
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Level 57
Jul 17, 2021
I wish he would have
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Level 50
Mar 10, 2017
There is a federal exchange Commission as well
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Level 67
Mar 10, 2017
All with 3:02 left. Thanks, bygone journalism career! Of course, many of these agencies will be gone soon enough too if the current administration gets its way.
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Level 62
Mar 10, 2017
I think the EPA is about to move into a history quiz...
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Level 47
May 8, 2018
big oof
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Level 79
Aug 6, 2017
From a traveller's perspective NPS, NFS and BLM are missing.
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Level 82
Jun 20, 2018
Black Lives Matter is not a federal agency
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Level 68
Aug 12, 2019
Not sure if you were being facetious, but I think he meant Bureau of Land Management
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Level 52
Jul 17, 2020
stealth, I'm sure he was. BLM is, in fact, a federal agency as you correctly pointed out. The other BLM is not....yet.
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Level 55
Feb 7, 2018
CSB = Chemical Safety Board

OSHA = Occupational Safety and Health Administration

USDA = United States Department of Agriculture

NIOSH = National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health

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Level 37
Apr 2, 2018
With all these agencies and commissions protecting us why do we still have widespread diseases, natural disasters, rampant corruption and generally inefficient services?
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2019
Widespread diseases? like what? chlamydia? The CDC, WHO, and many other organizations do tremendous work preventing disease. If not for government intervention we'd still be living in a world with rampant polio, smallpox, and meningitis. Ebola, SARS, bird flu, and Zika would probably all have made it to the USA in large numbers. AIDS cases would still be growing rapidly instead of shrinking.

and while the government can only do so much to prevent natural disasters (effective measures to combat global warming would be a great start! and something only governments can do in a meaningful way), I'm sure the emergency response services that FEMA, etc provide have made quite a big difference to those who benefitted from them.

As for corruption, well, that's a little hard to combat when, instead of having politicians influenced by vile oligarchs, we just cut out the middle man and vote in a vile oligarch as president. Maybe in 2020...

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Level 37
Jul 22, 2019
Smallpox, though "eradicated" is still around. Measles are making a comeback, so are STD's and Zika remains a danger, particularly in the Southern states.
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Level 52
Jul 17, 2020
So, rampant corruption on the federal level didn't happen until the 2016 election? You may not have agreed with the results of that election but corruption was well in place before it. Politicians have pledged to fight it for almost as long as we've had elections, yet here it still is more pervasive than ever. Can't blame that one on the orange man.
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Level 62
Nov 4, 2019
And would run rampant if not properly watched and prevented from spreading by that vigilance and prompt action when needed by the right agencies so don't dis the agencies, they are there for good reasons.

With STDs that is no agency going to kick that without input into education of children and parents but they are only going to listen if there is reliable information to base it on. These agencies work to make sure what we know about diseases and how to prevent and treat them is accurate and up to date.

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Level 82
Sep 18, 2020
Public education campaigns against HIV/AIDS cut that down to minuscule numbers. Free clinics giving out antibiotics and free testing have kept incidence of things like chlamydia and syphilis fairly low. Development and deployment of the HPV vaccine will save thousands of women's lives in the future. Though the number of new cases of some diseases are increasing, mostly chlamydia and gonorrhea, probably among new immigrants and younger people who didn't live through the strong push for condom use in the 80s and are less likely to use them now, it's still less than 1% of the population affected each year. And one very likely culprit for the rise of new cases is decreased funding to state and local STD prevention programs - so, eliminating such programs all together is obviously not the answer.
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Level 59
Mar 3, 2021
It's not nearly as simple. The fact is, just because they don't impossibly destroy the problem, doesn't mean they are doing nothing. Like @kalbahamut said, many of these agencies are completing efficient tasks.
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Level 50
May 24, 2019
Had to learn about a lot of these for AP US Government this year.
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Level 67
Mar 31, 2020
CTU?
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Level 75
Jun 7, 2020
As a non-American, a lot of the departments listed are to do with defence and security rather than social services - is the US federal state a bit militaristic still?
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Level 82
Sep 18, 2020
The CIA gathers foreign intelligence, the FBI investigates domestic federal crimes, the NSA handles code breaking and cyber security, Veterans Affairs handles benefits for military veterans like healthcare, the Social Security Administration is like a pension program for retirees and has nothing to do with defense, Homeland Security works in counter-terrorism... all of these agencies have specific missions and several are actually part of the larger Department of Defense. It's not like Americans just like war so much they needed multiple redundant departments for it.
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Level ∞
Jul 18, 2021
If you look at the budget of the United States, you will see that the most goes to pensions and health care.

https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/main-parts-of-the-us-budget

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Level 50
Jan 21, 2021
I guess living in the suburbs of DC for the past 20+ years has its advantages. Got them all with plenty of time to spare.

Probably the ONLY advantage to living here, but I digress.

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Level 51
May 8, 2021
Why do we have a National Security Agency and a Department of Homeland Security? Isn't that a bit redundant?
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Level ∞
Jul 18, 2021
The DHS was created because the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc... weren't talking to each other and thus completely missed the obvious signs that 9/11 was about to happen.

How adding yet another three letter agency on top of everything is supposed to help, I have no clue.

Any time there is a crisis, politicians want to "do something" which then just creates more cruft and inefficiency. These agencies are frequently created but as far as I know never go away.