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State Agencies

New Mexico Attorney General – The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer for the state and also functions as the “people’s attorney.” The Attorney General is a guardian of public interest and serves as a consumer advocate. The duties and responsibilities of the Attorney General stem from statutory authority and Attorney General’s initiatives. These duties reflect the organization of the office. Specific divisions cover many areas of responsibility such as utility rate cases, prosecuting violent crime cases, tracking cyber predators, educating kids on Internet safety, border violence, violence against women and many more.

New Mexico Children, Youth & Families – The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is dedicated to providing high-quality programs and services to individuals and families throughout New Mexico and partners with communities to strengthen families in New Mexico to be productive and self-sufficient.

New Mexico Department of Finance & Administration – The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) provides fiscal advice and problem solving support to the Governor, provides budget direction and fiscal oversight to state agencies and local governments to ensure a positive impact on the daily lives of all New Mexico citizens, and ensures every tax dollar is spent wisely. DFA’s Local Government Division assists local government entities, local representatives and citizens with the appropriate use of public funds and to strengthen their ability to better serve New Mexico communities to improve their quality of life. The Department of Finance and Administration Local Government Division (LGD) provides administrative and technical support to local government entities throughout the State of New Mexico.

New Mexico Department of Homeland Security – The Department of Homeland Security’s mission is to secure the nation with respect to guarding against terrorism; securing our borders; enforcing immigration laws; improving readiness for, response to and recovery from disasters; and maturing and unifying the Department. The Department works in partnership with communities, first responders, law enforcement and government agencies – at the state, local, tribal, federal and international levels for the purpose of the deployment of science, technology, and innovation in order to make America more secure. For more information, please visit

New Mexico Environment Department – The New Mexico Environment Department was established under the provisions set forth in the Department of the Environment Act by the 40th Legislature, enacted July 1, 1991 (Laws of 1991, Chapter 25). The department’s mission is to provide the highest quality of life throughout the state by promoting a safe, clean and productive environment.

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) regulates the utilities, telecommunications, motor carriers and insurance industries to ensure fair and reasonable rates, and to assure reasonable and adequate services to the public as provided by law. The PRC also has responsibility for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Firefighter Training Academy, Pipeline Safety and the registration of all corporations doing business in New Mexico.

New Mexico Secretary of State – The Office of the Secretary of State is an elected state office, second in line of succession behind the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor. The Secretary of State is responsible for administering an agency with a number of ongoing functions. The most visible of these is the role as the state’s chief election officer. In this role the Secretary of State oversees the entire election process, which includes maintaining a computerized listing of the state’s registered voters, testing and evaluating voting machines, and certifying precinct boundary maps.

With the passage of the 1993 Governmental Conduct Act, the agency assumed the role of state government ethics regulator. Besides regulating lobbyist activity, this job oversees the reporting of campaign finances by candidates for public office and political action committees, as well as financial disclosure by candidates and state officials. In addition, under the Governmental Conduct Act, each elected statewide executive branch public officer and the Legislative Council are required to file a general code of conduct for the employees under their supervision.

The Secretary of State also maintains records vital to commerce and industry in New Mexico. All trademarks and service marks used in New Mexico may be registered in this office. Under the provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Farm Product Secured Interest Act, records of loans secured through financial institutions with the use of collateral must be filed with the office. All persons who wish to serve as notaries public must register with the Secretary of State’s office. In early 1995, online access was made available to the UCC filings and the list of registered lobbyists. The Secretary of State’s online service will be expanded to include other election and commercial databases.

Federal Agencies

U.S. Department of Agriculture – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the United States federal executive department responsible for developing and executing U.S. federal government policy on farming, agriculture, and food. It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities and end hunger in the United States and abroad.

Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil and Water Conservation Districts – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers. Its mission is to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources on private lands through a cooperative partnership with local and state agencies. While its primary focus has been agricultural lands, it has made many technical contributions to soil surveying, classification and water quality improvement.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is a federal government agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and habitats. The mission of the agency reads as ‘working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.’ The Service manages 548 national wildlife refuges and 66 national fish hatcheries, amongst other facilities.



U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance – U.S. Communities is the leading national government purchasing cooperative, providing world class government procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutes, and nonprofits looking for the best overall supplier government pricing.  and click on “Register Now” and begin to save!

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Federal Emergency Management Agency – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The primary purpose of FEMA is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities. In addition to disaster response, FEMA assists local governments with funding to prevent and prepare for disasters. For more information, please visit

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New Mexico Municipal League – The New Mexico Municipal League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and serving New Mexico’s cities, towns and villages. Its 103 member cities comprise 100% of the state’s municipal population and approximately 68% of its total population. Its largest member has 10,000 times the population of its smallest, yet each member city casts one delegate vote in setting policy and electing officers at the Annual Conference. The League Board of Directors consists of 26 municipal officials elected by the membership and 10 ex officio subsection presidents. Day-to-day activities and the policies established by the Board and policy committees are carried out by a full-time executive director and a 25-member staff.

Quality New Mexico – Quality New Mexico administers the New Mexico Quality Awards that is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards Program. The NMQA program assesses and recognizes organizations at three levels: Zia Award for Performance Excellence, Roadrunner Recognition for Progress, and Pinon Recognition for Commitment.

New Mexico Sentencing Commission – The New Mexico Sentencing Commission (NMSC) serves as a criminal and juvenile justice policy resource to the State of New Mexico. NMSC provides information, analysis, recommendations, and assistance from a coordinated cross-agency perspective to the three branches of government and interested citizens so that those citizens have the information and resources they need to make policy decisions that benefit the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission (NMSC) is contracted by the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) to conduct studies to assess the cost of housing arrestees charged with felonies in New Mexico detention facilities.

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