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PUBA 610 | Public and Non-profit Management

Public Organizations


Government Manuals

Handbook of the federal government describes programs and activities of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The Manual also includes information about quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership, and federal boards, commissions, and committees.

Federal Agencies

Organizations set up for a specific purpose such as, the management of resources, financial oversight of industries, or national security issues. These organizations can also regulate industries or practices that require close oversight or specialized expertise. Agencies are regulated by the Code of Federal Regulations and justification for and changes to regulations must be submitted to the Federal Register.


Code of Federal Regulations:

The CFR is a codification of the general and permanent rules and regulations published originally in the Federal Register by executive departments and agencies of the federal government.

Federal Register

The Federal Register is the official gazette of the United States Government which publishes a daily log of the actions of administrative agencies. These actions include regulatory changes which can found in Rules. The proposed rules and final rules cite the sections of the CFR that the rulemaking proposes to affect and then finally does affect when it is finalized.

Support and Oversight Agencies

Agencies that provide oversight, insight, and foresight on government programs, agencies, and programs to identify what is working, identify problems, and find solutions.

Government Accountability Office | GAO

GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. GAO’s work is done at the request of congressional committees or subcommittees or as directed by public laws or committee reports. GAO's products include reports, testimonies, correspondence, and legal decisions and opinions. GAO also produces special publications to assist Congress and executive branch agencies by recommending corrections to problems in government programs and operations, identifying long-term trends, and examining the nation’s fiscal health.

Congressional Research Services | CRS

CRS provides comprehensive research and analysis on all legislative and oversight issues of interest to Congress. CRS assists congressional members and staff with identifying and clarifying policy options; analyzing the implications of proposed policies; and assessing policy, procedural, and oversight options.

Congressional Budget Office | CBO

CBO produces independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the congressional budget process, including reports, projections, cost estimates, scorekeeping, sequestration reports, budget options, and others. CBO does not make policy recommendations.

Budget and Appropriations

View and analyze budget considerations through spending and appropriations for agencies.

Executive Branch

Legislative Branch