Federal Trade Commission

What is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to ensure that the nation’s markets are vigorous, efficient and free of restrictions that harm consumers. Experience demonstrates that competition among firms yields products at the lowest prices, spurs innovation and strengthens the economy. Markets also work best when consumers can make informed choices based on accurate information.

To ensure the smooth operation of our free market system, the FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices. The Commission also enforces federal antitrust laws that prohibit anti competitive mergers and other business practices that restrict competition and harm consumers. Whether combating telemarketing fraud, Internet scams or price-fixing schemes, the FTC’s primary mission is to protect consumers.

In addition, the Commission conducts economic research and analysis to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations oft the Congress, the Executive Branch, other independent agencies, and state and local governments.

Try these link for more information on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):

Commissioners - The FTC is an independent agency that reports to Congress on its actions. The Commission is headed by five Commissioners, nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, each serving a seven-year term.
Bureau of Consumer Protection - Bureau of Consumer Protection’s mandate is to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices.
Bureau of Competition - The Bureau of Competition seeks to prevent anti competitive mergers and other anti competitive business practices in the marketplace
Bureau of Economics - The Bureau of Economics helps the FTC evaluate the economic impact of its actions
How the FTC brings an action - What happens when the FTC believes that a person or company has violated the law
FTC offices you should know about - The FTC’s Regional Offices cover seven geographic areas. The regional offices work with the Bureaus of Competition and Consumer Protection to conduct investigations and litigation


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