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This
memo will cover three specific federal agencies and a current new article that
relates to each agency. The agencies I will discuss in this memo are Federal
Department of Commerce, Federal Department of Labor and Federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Each level of government federal,
state and tribal government have their own agencies.

The first agency I will cover is the Federal
Department of Commerce. This agency has many important jobs; it’s most
important job is to promote economic growth in the country by fair trade1. Another
important role is to promote and create new jobs through businesses. Also,
another important job the Federal Department of Commerce is to improve the
living standards of all Americans. Commerce also has many different responsibilities
such as granting trademarks and patents for businesses.2 Commerce
has many bureaus that have specific roles; the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) is one of these bureaus. The role of (NIST) is to support
the united states industry and innovation; this can be cybersecurity or just
supporting the nations technological environment.3 Commerce
is important because, it’s main job is to support U.S. business growth. They
also help regulate domestic and international trade policy; also the data
Commerce collects is important because, it shows if we are growing as an
economy.

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Currently, the United States economy is booming
with the end of the fourth quarter many businesses benefited from a strong end
to the quarter. “Forecasters
on Friday raised their expectations for fourth-quarter growth after the Commerce Department reported sales at U.S. retailers, restaurants and websites rose a
seasonally adjusted 0.4% in December from the prior month.”4 Commerce collects data
from each quarter to see how the economy is doing and what can be improved. Another
current event is the U.S. Commerce wants to increase the tax on gas by
25-cents.5 The 25-cent tax increase
would help fund the governments new infrastructure bill. This would create many
jobs for the public which is a one of the most important roles of Commerce.     

The next agency to be discussed is the Federal Department of
Labor it has a responsibility to enforce wage and hour standards. They have
many responsibilities such as regulate working conditions, worker’s
compensation and employee benefit security. 6 The department of Labor
has the responsibility of enforcing 180 federal laws that regulate 125 million
workers. There are many agencies that go with the department of labor one is
the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They work directly with the department of labor
by measuring the labor market activity by collecting and analyzing data.7 This agency is very
important because the data it collects will help economist know what the
unemployment rate is and at what rate are individuals being hired in at.

Employment and wages are currently a hot topic in America recently.

In a recent news article the Trump administration is proposing allowing
tip-pooling in restaurants.8 This article relates to
the Federal Department of Labor in many ways because, it’s dealing with laws
about labor and wages. Some critics say that the law would give the employers
all the power over tips; this can relate directly with the labor department. Another
news headline is an increase of employment and hourly earnings increase from
the year previous.9
In this article it states that an increase of 148,000 jobs were reported last
month from the Labor Department. Also the Labor Department reported the unemployment
rate is at 4.1 percent which is a 17-year low. These reports were gathered from
the Labor Department’s data.

The final administrative agency I will be talking about is the
Federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. This agency has many important
responsibilities such as protecting individuals from workplace discrimination.

This agency is very important for everyone because, it ensures that no
workplace discrimination will take place.10 Another important role
that the (EEOC) has is enforcing specific laws that deal with discrimination an
example of these law are the equal pay act. This law ensure that men and women
get paid the same if they both perform equal work in the workplace.11 This government agency is
important for everyone on the work force because, it can be handle to you if
you feel you’re being treated unfairly or being discriminated against.

Discriminations and workplace violations occur frequently and
can be costly for the company’s involved. “Settlements from the 10 biggest
class-action lawsuits reached a record 2.72 billion.”12
The (EEOC) has been struggling to find staff to litigate the cases. The Increasing number of individual
cases that are associated with the #metoo movement that will be represented by
(EEOC). Harassment can come many different ways, the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission will fight for you if you’ve been a victim of harassment.13 The (EEOC) looks out for
those individuals that have been affected in the workplace and they look to
either resolve the complaint but may file a formal lawsuit.

The
three federal agencies I covered in this memo are very important for the United
States as a whole to operate. They regulate and enforce laws dealing with their
line of work. These agencies are very important to the government because, they
benefit the people and ensure that no one is treated wrongly and will fight for
them.

1
“About Commerce,” Commerce.gov, accessed January 23, 2018,https://www.commerce.gov/page/about-commerce

2
https://www.commerce.gov/doc/united-states-patent-and-trademark-office#4/37.71/-99.48

3
https://www.commerce.gov/doc/national-institute-standards-and-technology#5/37.546/-91.103

4
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-consumer-prices-rose-0-1-in-december-1515763920

5

US Chamber of Commerce Pitches Increased Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure

6
https://www.dol.gov/general/aboutdol/majorlaws

7
https://www.bls.gov/bls/infohome.htm

8
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2017/12/07/the-trump-administration-proposes-allow-tip-pooling-in-restaurants-critics-call-it-stealing-workers-wages/?utm_term=.69ddde35821c

9

10
https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/index.cfm

11
https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/

12
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-workplace-settlements-20180121-story.html

13
https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/opinion/contributors/viewpoints/2018/01/21/nyeholt-how-law-helps-victims-harassment-fight-back/1049402001/

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