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U.S. Government Agencies

Can you guess the abbreviations of the U.S. government agencies that perform each of these tasks?
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First submittedJune 12, 2019
Last updatedJune 12, 2019
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Investigates major crimes
FBI
Explores outer space
NASA
Runs security at airports
TSA
Collects taxes
IRS
Spies on other countries
CIA
Spies on people electronically
NSA
Distributes money to retirees
SSA
Insures bank deposits
FDIC
Regulates stock trading
SEC
Tries to stop the illegal drug trade
DEA
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Regulates medicine and food
FDA
Regulates air transit
FAA
Delivers mail
USPS
Regulates wireless communications
FCC
Performs biomedical research
NIH
Tries to reduce the spread of disease
CDC
Regulates business practices
FTC
Monitors North American airspace
NORAD
Compiles inflation and unemployment info
BLS
Gives grants to artists and performers
NEA
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level 68
Jun 12, 2019
FINRA also regulates stock trading
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level 69
Jun 13, 2019
FINRA is a self-regulatory organization, not a government agency.
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level 68
Jun 13, 2019
I stand corrected
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level 81
Jun 13, 2019
Oh. Wargames. I don't think I've heard of that agency since I saw Wargames.
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level 71
Jun 13, 2019
NORAD is not a US Government Agency. It is a bi-national agreement between the US and Canada and the US portion falls under DoD.
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level 60
Aug 8, 2019
FDIC and USPS also are not government agencies. They are government-owned corporations. The first sentence on the Wikipedia entry on the topic includes the phrase "unlike the federal agencies." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State-owned_enterprises_of_the_United_States
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level 57
Jun 13, 2019
Only got FBI, CIA, NASA, IRS and CDC. Thought WHO was the food one. (recognize NSA in hindsight). And tried UPS for mail (might ve slipped up though trying upc..).
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level 67
Jun 13, 2019
REALLY tough if you're not American, or North American. Got 7, missed two I should have known and two more I had heard of. The rest are all new to me.
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level 67
Jun 14, 2019
This was a little tricky, some of the acronyms are extremely commonly used (FBI, CIA, etc.) so much so that you rarely hear the full name. Others though I've never heard referenced by their acronym (National Institutes of Health and Bureau of Labor Statistics) for example.
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level 60
Jun 23, 2019
These kind of quizzes are painful for libertarians...
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level 73
Jun 26, 2019
NPS, NFS, BLM?
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level 46
Aug 8, 2019
CIA also does terrorism
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level 76
Aug 8, 2019
when was that?
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level 61
Aug 8, 2019
The CIA "does" terrorism? What does that mean?
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level 29
Aug 8, 2019
I dunno, checkout the CIA involvement in regime change in Iran, Guatemala maybe?
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level 76
Aug 8, 2019
I checked. Found some vague poorly supported allegations. Gonna need you to be more specific.
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level 76
Aug 8, 2019
I tried ATF for drug trade and ATC for air traffic control.
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level 61
Aug 8, 2019
I tried ATF as well. I am sure there is a difference between ATF and DEA, but this is a good example of how the government agencies overlap. I wonder how much tax money would be saved if government agencies didn't overlap and they were run efficiently?
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level 76
Aug 8, 2019
I guess the difference is that ATF regulates things that can kill you but are still somehow legal.
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level 64
Aug 8, 2019
Love the quiz. Could add ATF, ICE, FEMA, NOAA, NHC, USGS, BLM, NTSB. Probably a bunch more. Maybe the yellow box would make it better? Not sure.
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level 63
Aug 8, 2019
I think that the USAF also monitors North American airspace.
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level 54
Aug 8, 2019
FBI OPEN UP
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level 57
Aug 9, 2019
Could you accept NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) for "regulates business practices"?