Authority for Administrative Agencies

Authority for Administrative Agencies

Learn about the constitutional basis for administrative agencies, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the different types of agencies.


Administrative law concerns the exercise of power by administrative agencies. In this lesson, we’ll discuss the nature and types of administrative agencies, and the two major sources of administrative power, the Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act, or APA.

I.               What is an Agency

Agencies are any authority of the federal government other than Congress, the courts, the president, and the governments of...