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The U.S. Senate is composed of 100 members, two from each state who are elected to six-year terms. Thus one-third of the Senate faces re-election every two years. Senators must have been U. S. citizens for at least nine years and must be at least 30 years old.
The U.S. House of Representatives is composed of 435 members, with at least one member for each state, of more depending on population. The entire House faces re-election every two years. Representatives must have been U. S. citizens for at least seven years and must be at least 25 years old.
The Library of Congress (LOC) was created by law in 1800. Its purpose is to provide information for use by Congress and other federal agencies. The librarian is appointed by the President. The LOC maintains the National Library of the United States. It develops and maintains national book classification systems such as the Dewey Decimal System and the Library of Congress Numbering System. It also maintains the National Union Catalogs.
The Library of Congress THOMAS Congressional Research Service provides analysis services for Congress on legislative matters and pending bills, and is a convenient source for tracking down information of bills before Congress.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was created by law in 1821. The GAO provides legal, accounting, auditing, and claims settlement services for Congress. It is supposed to facilitate more efficient government services and operations.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was created by law in 1974. It provides analysis on fiscal and budgetary policy options before Congress.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) was established in 1980 to implement the health-related sections of laws that supposedly protect the public from hazardous wastes and environmental spills of hazardous substances. ATDSR manages the Superfund Act to assess the presence and nature of heakth hazards at specfic Superfund sites, and to help prevent or reduce further exposure and the illnesses that may result from such exposures, and to expand the knowledge about health effects from exposure to hazardous substnces. The ATSDR further manages the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act which covers legitimate hazardous waste storage.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission was created by law in 1973. It is supposed to protect the public fro unreasonable risk of injury from consumer products. It develops, evaluates, and is supposed to enforce safety standards for consumer products.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides information about a wide range of Medicare and Medicaid services,
The Environmental Protection Agency was created by law in 1970. It is supposed to protect and enhances the environment, in part by controlling and reducing pollution of the air and water. It's portfolio includes regulation solid-waste disposal, the use of pesticides, radiation and toxic substances.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting public health by assuring the safety, efficiency, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was established by law in 1974. It advises the president on formulation of policy about health, welfare and senior income and security programs.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation's medical research agency that is the primary Federal agency responsible for conducting and supporting medical research to prevent disease, improve people's health, and save lives.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established by law in 1970. It is supposed to promote health and safety standards in the workplace. It issues regulations, conducts investigations, issues citations, and proposes penalties for violations of health standards and regulations.
The National Library of Medicine maintains an extensive and searchable database of much of the scientific medical literature.
The Environmental Health and Toxicology database provides access to an extensive database of resources regarding environmental health.
Medscape maintains an extensive and searchable database of much of the federally supported medical and scientific literature.
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"The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals."
C.E.A. Winslow, Circa 1920
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supports mortgage programs to help families become homeowners. HUD promotes community development, and increases access to affordable housing whose occupants are supposed to be free of discrimination. It also provides assistance for low-income families and encourages a strong private housing industry.
The Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) agency administers federal laws and establishes national policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to housing of their choice regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status.Return to the top of this page
The Executive Office of the President provides services to the President to support the performance of his or her duties. It maintains communications with Congress, heads of executive agencies, the media and the public.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was created by law in 1970. It assists the President in reviewing and addressing the efficiency of the structure and management of the Executive Branch.
The Council on Environmental Quality was created by law in 1969. It recommends national policies to improve the quality of the environment. It analyzes environmental changes and trends, and provides an annual environmental quality report to the president.
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