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    The principal executive divisions of the federal government of the United States, headed by a secretary who is a member of the President's cabinet, the agencies within them and the independent establishments and corporations that fall outside the cabinet structure.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    Making Home AffordableGovernment program to help homeowners get mortgage relief and avoid foreclosure. Making Home Affordable programs offer a range of solutions that may be able to help:
    • Refinance and take advantage of low mortgage interest rates.
    • Reduce monthly mortgage payments
    • Get mortgage relief while searching for re-employment
    • Get help when you owe more than your home is worth
    • Avoid foreclosure when homeownership is no longer affordable or desirable.
    Making Home AffordableUnited States Department of Housing and Urban Development
    National Guard of the United StatesThe National Guard of the United States, part of the reserve components of the United States Armed Forces, is a reserve military force, composed of National Guard military members or units of each state and the territories of Guam, of the Virgin Islands, and of Puerto Rico, as well as of the District of Columbia, for a total of 54 separate organizations. All members of the National Guard of the United States are also members of the militia of the United States as defined by 10 U.S.C. § 311. The majority of National Guard soldiers and airmen hold a civilian job full-time while serving part-time as a National Guard member. These part-time guardsmen are augmented by a full-time cadre of Active Guard & Reserve (AGR) personnel in both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard, plus Army Reserve Technicians in the Army National Guard and Air Reserve Technicians (ART) in the Air National Guard. The National Guard is a joint activity of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) composed of reserve components of the United States Army and the United States Air Force: the Army National Guard of the United States and the Air National Guard of the United States respectively. United States Department of Defense, National Guard of the United StatesUnited States Department of Defense
    United States ArmyThe United States Army (USA) is the largest branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services. The primary mission of the army is "to fight and win our Nation’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders."[7] The army is a military service within the Department of the Army, one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense. The army is headed by the Secretary of the Army, and the top military officer in the department is the Chief of Staff of the Army. The highest ranking army officer is currently the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.United States Department of Defense, United States Department of the ArmyUnited States Department of Defense
    United States Coast GuardThe United States Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation's maritime interests and environment around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship. Pennsylvania falls with the Coast Guard’s 5th District. The Fifth Coast Guard District ensures the safety and security of the oceans, coastal areas, and marine transportation system within America’s Mid-Atlantic Region. We focus on risk reduction and prevention, but are prepared to respond with courage and speed to any maritime incident. D5’s 156,000 square miles of ocean, bays, rivers, wetlands and tidal marshes are unique and filled with historical significance, encompassing six states, vital geographic waterways, several major mid-Atlantic ports, the largest naval base in the world, and our Nation’s capitol. United States Coast GuardUnited States Department of Homeland Security
    United States Department of DefenseThe Department of Defense is America's oldest and largest government agency. With our military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the Department of Defense has grown and evolved with our nation. The Defense Department manages an inventory of installations and facilities to keep Americans safe. The Department’s physical plant is huge by any standard, consisting of more than several hundred thousand individual buildings and structures located at more than 5,000 different locations or sites. These sites range from the very small in size such as unoccupied sites supporting a single navigational aid that sit on less than one-half acre, to the Army's vast White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with over 3.6 million acres, or the Navy’s large complex of installations at Norfolk, Virginia with more than 78,000 employees. The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. The department's headquarters is at the Pentagon. The mission of Defense.gov is to support the overall mission of the Department of Defense by providing official, timely and accurate information about defense policies, organizations, functions and operations. Also, Defense.gov is the single, unified starting point for finding military information online. This mission is consistent with the DoD Principles of Information, which outline the Department's policy for providing information to military members, DoD civilians, military family members, the American public, the Congress, and the news media. The information you find here is cleared for public release in accordance with applicable DoD policies. United States Department of DefenseUnited States Department of Defense
    United States Department of Defense, Defense Health AgencyOn Oct. 1, 2013, the Defense Health Agency was established by the Secretary of Defense. The DHA is responsible for driving greater integration of clinical and business processes across the Military Health System (MHS), implementing shared services with common measurement of outcomes, enabling rapid adoption of proven practices, helping reduce unwanted variation, and improving the coordination of care across time and treatment venues. In short – the Agency is tasked with making military medicine stronger, better and more relevant for the future. As a designated Combat Support Agency, the DHA is also responsible for meeting the medical needs of the combatant commanders. Central to this role is to ensure our service members are medically ready to perform their mission, and our military medical personnel are ready to perform their mission – “Medically Ready Force…Ready Medical Force.” The DHA is responsible for ten shared services that are listed below. 1. Facility Planning 2. Medical Logistics 3. Health Information Technology 4. TRICARE Health Plan 5. Pharmacy 6. Budget and Resource Management 7. Contracting/Procurement 8. Public Health 9. Medical Education and Training 10. Medical Research and Development The DHA is a Combat Support Agency supporting the Military Services. The DHA supports the delivery of integrated, affordable, and high quality health services to beneficiaries of the MHS, and executes responsibility for shared services, functions, and activities of the MHS and other common clinical and business processes in support of the Military Services. The DHA serves as the program manager for the TRICARE health plan, medical resources, and the market manager for the National Capital Region (NCR) enhanced Multi-Service Market. United States Department of Defense, Defense Health AgencyUnited States Department of Defense
    United States Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency - Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is a computerized database for United States Service members, retirees, dependents, United States Department of Defense active Contractors, and others worldwide who are entitled to Public Key Infrastructure and TRICARE eligibility. If you are a servicemember, retiree, or dependent, DEERS registration is the key to getting your TRICARE benefits eligibility established. DEERS is a computerized database of military sponsors, families and others worldwide who are entitled under the law to TRICARE benefits.United States Department of Defense, Defense Health AgencyUnited States Department of Defense
    United States Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency - TRICARETRICARE, formerly known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), is a health care program of the United States Department of Defense Military Health System for active, Guard/Reserve, and retired service members and their families around the world. TRICARE is a major part of the Military Health System that:
    • Combines the resources of military hospitals and clinics with civilian health care networks,
    • Provides access to high-quality health care,
    • Supports military operations and readiness.
    TRICARE is managed by the Defense Health Agency under leadership of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).
    United States Department of Defense, Defense Health AgencyUnited States Department of Defense
    United States Department of Defense, Military Health SystemThe Military Health System is the enterprise within the United States Department of Defense that provides health care to active duty and retired U.S. Military personnel and their dependents. Its mission is to provide health support for the full range of military operations and sustain the health of all who are entrusted to MHS care. Its primary mission is to maintain the health of military personnel, so they can carry out their military missions; and to deliver health care during wartime. Often described as the medical readiness mission, this effort involves medical testing and screening of recruits, emergency medical treatment of troops involved in hostilities, and the maintenance of physical standards of those in the armed services. The MHS also provides, where space is available, health care to dependents of active duty service members, to retirees and their dependents, and to some former spouses. Such care has been made available since 1966, (with certain limitations and co-payments), through the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS) and its successor, TRICARE. In October 2001, TRICARE benefits were extended to retirees and their dependents aged 65 and over.United States Department of Defense, Military Health SystemUnited States Department of Defense
    United States Department of Defense, United States Army ReserveThe United States Army Reserve (USAR) is the federal reserve force of the United States Army. Together, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard constitute the Army element of the Reserve components of the United States Armed Forces. The Army Reserve's mission, under Title 10 of the U.S. Code, is to provide trained, equipped, and ready Soldiers and cohesive units to meet the global requirements across the full spectrum of operations. The Army Reserve is a key element in The Army multi-component unit force, training with Active and National Guard units to ensure all three components work as a fully integrated team.United States Department of Defense, United States Army ReserveUnited States Department of Defense
    United States Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentResponsible for national policy and programs that address America's housing needs, that improve and develop the Nation's communities, and enforce fair housing laws. Headquarters (Washington office): 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410 888-995-4673 Hope for HomeownersUnited States Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentUnited States Department of Housing and Urban Development
    United States Department of Labor - Employment and Training AdministrationThe United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) contributes to the more efficient and effective functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing high quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services primarily through State and local workforce development systems. ETA administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems. Programs administered by the Employment and Training Administration:
    • Career Advancement Accounts,
    • Community-Based Job Training Grants,
    • Disaster Unemployment Assistance,
    • Federal Bonding Program,
    • Foreign Labor Certification,
    • High Growth Job Training Grants,
    • Indian and Native American Job Training Program,
    • Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Job Training Program,
    • National Emergency Grants,
    • Occupational Information Network (O*NET),
    • One-Stop Career Centers,
    • Registered Apprenticeship,
    • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP),
    • Trade Adjustment Assistance,
    • Unemployment Insurance,
    • Wagner-Peyser Act Programs,
    • Work Opportunity Tax Credit,
    • Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED),
    • Workforce Investment Act Adult Job Training Programs,
    • Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker Programs,
    • Workforce Investment Act Youth Job Training Programs.
    United States Department of Labor - Employment and Training AdministrationUnited States Department of Labor
    United States Marine CorpsThe United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces for air, land and sea-based operations while under its own command. The U.S. Marine Corps is the largest marine force in the world, the most decorated service branch of the U.S. armed forces, one of the four branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, and is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It operates posts on land and aboard sea-going Amphibious Assault Ships around the world. Created in 1775, the Marine Corps has been a component of the U.S. Department of the Navy since 1834, working closely with naval forces for training, transportation, and logistics.United States Department of Defense, United States Department of the NavyUnited States Department of Defense
    United States NavyThe mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.United States Department of Defense, United States Department of the NavyUnited States Department of Defense
    USAGovServices: - Distributing federal consumer publications - Maintaining website - Providing specialized Information and Referral in regards to questions about federal agencies, programs and services - Publisher of Consumer Action Handbook (www.consumeraction.gov) and Guia del Consumidor (www.consumidor.gov)USAGovUSAGov
    US Department of Housing and Urban Development - Philadelphia Field OfficeResponsible for national policy and programs that address America's housing needs, that improve and develop the Nation's communities, and enforce fair housing laws. Also provides consumers with information on a range of housing issues, including foreclosures and reverse mortgages, and referrals to approved local housing counseling agencies. Headquarters (Washington office): 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410PhiladelphiaHUD - Philadelphia Field OfficeUnited States Department of Housing and Urban Development
    US Housing and Urban Development ( HUD )- Pittsburgh Field OfficeHUD / FHA mortgage insurance, low and moderate income and elderly housing programs, community development assistance to local governments, and financial and technical assistance to organizations administering ongoing HUD programs, projects, and developments. Literature and speakers available. In most cases, HUD does not provide direct service to the public. Callers can request the list of HUD - subsidized housing. There are three housing lists, one for families, one for the elderly, and one for persons with disabilities.AlleghenyHUD - Pittsburgh Field OfficeUnited States Department of Housing and Urban Development

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