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Capitalization of Governmental Words
When you write about or to a governmental agency, do you wonder when to capitalize? Here are some simple rules to help you.
Rule: When you use the complete names of departments, capitalize. You may also capitalize a shortened form of a department. Do not capitalize when these words are used as adjectives or generically.
the United Nations General Assembly
the General Assembly
a congressional committee
Rule: Capitalize civil titles only when used with the name following or when used in place of a name.
Rule: If you are working on government documents or you are representing a government agency, then you may capitalize words like City, County, and District.
Example: The County will implement the plan approved by the voters last June.
Rule: When you refer back to a proper noun using a shortened version of the original name, you may capitalize it.
Example: The District Water Plan allocates… The Plan calls for…
Example: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken the case. The Bureau has sent out a bulletin to other federal departments to enlist their help in capturing the fugitive.
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