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Vision, Mission & Goals
The Federal Trade Commission enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The
Commission seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively, and are
vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The Commission also works to enhance
the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair
or deceptive. In general, the Commission's efforts are directed toward stopping actions
that threaten consumers' opportunities to exercise informed choice. Finally, the
Commission undertakes economic analysis to support its law enforcement efforts and to
contribute to the policy deliberations of the Congress, the Executive Branch, other
independent agencies, and state and local governments when requested.
In addition to
carrying out its statutory enforcement responsibilities, the Commission advances the
policies underlying Congressional mandates through cost-effective non-enforcement
activities, such as consumer education.