About this Guide
This guide is intended to provide information on the Independent Agencies of the United States Government. If you have questions that cannot be answered here, please do not hesitate to:
- Send an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Library Reference
- Call David Flores (361) 593-2918 or Library Reference (361) 593-3319
- Visit: the Jernigan Library
Independent establishments are created by Congress to address concerns that go beyond the scope of ordinary legislation. An agency of the United States government that is created by an act of Congress is independent of the executive departments.
Most independent agencies have a statutory requirement of bipartisan membership, so the President cannot simply fill vacancies with members of his own political party.
If the President of the United States feels that an independent agency is no longer need, the President may dissolve the agency.
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