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U.S. Government Information: Independent Agencies

Independent Agencies

What is an independent agency?

Independent agencies of the United States federal government are those agencies that exist outside of the federal executive branch which would include those lead by a Cabinet secretary. More specifically, the term is used to describe agencies that, while constitutionally part of the executive branch, are independent of presidential control, usually because the president's power to dismiss the agency head or a member is limited.

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