Your goal is to find out about the law that established your agency. The steps below use the example of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Step 1: Locate the name, year, and U.S. Code citation of the law that created your agency
A. You will find a profile of your agency in the United States Government Manual
Tip: some agencies are inside departments--check Wikipedia or agency website to figure out where to look for your agency.
Tip: the agency's profile in the US Government Manual also includes head of agency, agency type, and overview of agency function.
B. Check the agency's website to confirm that the law & year you found are plausible. Look for a link to "about" or "history".
Example: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5801)
Step 2: Get from your law's Popular Name to its US Code, Stat, & PL citations
Where to look:
Example: The legal citations for the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 are
U.S. Code citation: 42 U.S.C. 5801
Public law number: P.L. 93-438
Statutes at Large citation: 88 Stat. 1233
Enacted Bill 93 H.R. 11510
Law Enacted date: Oct. 11, 1974
Note: The Legislative History in Proquest Legislative Insight contains far more information than you need for Assignment 2.