Administrative law is a branch of law that contains the legal principles governing the administration and regulation of federal and state government agencies. It is considered a branch of public law and commonly called regulatory law. Decision making in the daily activities of various federal and state agencies is governed by administrative law.
Most government agencies in the U. S. are established under the executive branch of government. The executive branch is led by the president. It controls the federal executive departments, which are led by secretaries who are members of the U. S. Cabinet. Even though many of the important independent agencies of the federal government created by statutes enacted by Congress exist outside of the federal executive departments, they are part of the executive branch of the government. Administrative law stands as a key to the functioning of these agencies and departments and ensures smooth running of the government.