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  • An organizational entity of government, either executive, legislative or judicial, that is defined by law and has decision-making authority. Can be an office, department, board, commission, or other separate unit.

  • any department, division, board, bureau, commission, council, committee, authority, task force, instrumentality, or other separate unit of state or local government created or established by the constitution or by state law, county resolution, municipal ordinance, or pursuant thereto, including the legislative branch, the executive branch, and the judicial branch of state or local government; it may also be used more loosely to refer to any entity or instrumentality that created a record for use as a tool in its work.

    Tennessee State Library and Archives - Cite This Source - This Definition

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