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Executive Branch Resources

Executive Departments

Three Branches of Government

The U.S. Federal Government is made up of three branches: legislative, executive and judicial.

The Legislative Branch is made up of the House and Senate, known collectively as the Congress. Among other powers, the legislative branch makes all laws, declares war, regulates interstate and foreign commerce and controls taxing and spending policies

The Executive Branch consists of the President, his or her advisors and various departments and agencies. This branch is responsible for enforcing the laws of the land.

The Judicial Branch consists of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Judicial Center.


Judicial Branch Resources

  • Supreme Court of the United States

    See recent decisions, oral arguments, court rules, opinions, and information on visiting the court.

  • SCOTUSblog

    Keep up with the daily court activities and follow issues being heard by the Supreme Court Justices. Community Discussions of legal issues included.

  • Supreme Court Collection – CQ Press

    Blends historical perspective with timely updates and expert commentary, providing patrons with bold scope and depth of content and supports courses in political science, American history, and law, including Advanced Placement courses in American Government and Politics.

  • Federal Judicial Center

    Federal Judicial Center is the education and research agency of the courts. It was created to promote improvements judicial administration in the courts.

Legislative Branch Resources

Other Resources

The Government Manual

The United States Government Manual is the official handbook of the Federal Government and provides comprehensive and authoritative descriptions of the programs and activities of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.includes information about quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership, and Federal boards, commissions, and committees.