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U.S. Department of the Interior

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U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of Interior (DOI), established in 1849, is the federal department responsible for protecting the country’s natural resources and cultural heritage.

Advertising Self-Regulatory Council

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Advertising Self-Regulatory Council

The Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC) (formerly known as the National Advertising Review Council) is a self-regulatory agency that was formed in 1971 by the American Advertising Federation, the American Association…

The Interactive Advertising Bureau

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The Interactive Advertising Bureau

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is an organization of online advertising businesses.  Since its inception in 1996, the IAB has developed guidelines, standards, and best practices for the online advertising…

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

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U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Among its many responsibilities, the USPIS enforces the laws regarding illegal or dangerous use of the mail system and conducts investigations (sometimes in conjunction with other federal agencies, like the…

Securities and Exchange Commission

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Securities and Exchange Commission

The stated mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which was created in 1934, is to “protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.

Office of Comptroller of the Currency

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Office of Comptroller of the Currency

The OCC is charged with regulating and supervising all national banks and federal savings associations in order to ensure that they comply with relevant laws and treat customers fairly.  As…

National Credit Union Administration

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National Credit Union Administration

Since 1970, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has been the regulator and primary enforcement authority for federal credit unions.  Among its many responsibilities, the NCUA is charged with enforcing…

Internet Crime Complaint Center

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Internet Crime Complaint Center

The Internet Crime Complaint Center’s self-proclaimed mission is to “serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime.”

Federal Trade Commission

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Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which was created in 1914, is a federal agency that is tasked with promoting consumer protection.  One of the central ways it does this is…

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

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Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which was formed in 1933, is a U.S. government corporation that generally focuses on guaranteeing the safety of deposits in member banks.

Food and Drug Administration

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Food and Drug Administration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal agency that is responsible for protecting public health through regulation and supervision of several different types of products, including food…

Environmental Protection Agency

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Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which was formed in 1970, is an agency of the U.S. federal government tasked with protecting human health and the environment.  It does this,…

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