The Federal Executive Establishment

Project Contacts

Staff Counsel
David E. Lewis
Professor, Department of Political Science
Vanderbilt University

The Administrative Conference undertook a project to examine the agencies and other organizational entities of the federal executive establishment, including independent agencies.  The resulting report catalogues a comprehensive set of characteristics for each entity, including structure (e.g., commission or single-head agency, internal organization), personnel (e.g., number and types of appointed positions, limitations on removal), decision-making processes and requirements, political oversight, and sources of funding.  No other up-to-date resource of its kind exists.

The results are contained in a book entitled "Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies," prepared by David E. Lewis and Jennifer L. Selin of Vanderbilt University and first published by the Administrative Conference in December 2012.  The information from this research is an especially valuable resource to Congress, both in carrying out its oversight activities and in legislating on matters concerning the organization, functioning, and governance of federal administrative agencies.  It also serves as a useful resource to the judiciary, individual agencies, the general public, and academic researchers in government and public administration. 

Click here to view the complete data that provide the basis for the Sourcebook on the Vanderbilt University website.  The website includes links to: (1) the data (in Microsoft Excel format), and (2) the complete codebook describing the data (with a 238-page appendix including all relevant statutory citations and language).