Defining Governments: A Primer

The federal government counts governments. They do it every 5 years as a function of the Census Bureau. They have their own definition of what a government is. Individual states may or may not count governments. For instance, California counts general purpose governments and public agencies which is not quite the same thing. Or as Indiana does, they may count governments but come to different judgments as to what is a government and what is not.

Citizen Intelligence is dedicated to keeping an eye on all governments. This means that if a government fits the federal definition or the state definition, it will be covered. This does not necessarily mean that an organization that is defined by the federal government as a government but not the state must obey state restrictions on what a government can do.