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.
Any executive department, military department, government corporation, government controlled corporation, or other establishment in the executive branch of the government (including the Executive Office of the President), or any independent regulatory agency, but does not include: 1) the General Accounting Office; 2) the Federal Election Commission; 3) the governments of the District of Columbia and of the territories and possessions of the United States, and their various subdivisions; or 4) government-owned contractor-operated facilities, including laboratories engaged in national defense research and production activities.
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