NPR’s Planet Money blog has a cute little rundown of federal agencies that have changed their names in the past, prompted by the Minerals Management Service’s rebranding as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (try to say that acronym three times fast).
This sort of thing intrigues me so I Googled around a bit and found a nice list on Wikipedia of defunct federal agencies.
Anyone remember the Board of Tea Appeals (which apparently hung around until 1996, somehow?!)?
How about the Board of Economic Warfare? The Federal Theatre Project?
Oh, for the days when a fed could sip a nice cup of tea at the theatre after a long day of economic warfare, without that meddling Congress ruining all the fun.