USA Civic - Government - Federal - The United States of America

The United States government is a federal republic set up by a Constitution adopted in 1787 by a Constitutional Convention; The federal government consists of three branches--executive, legislative, and judicial--which operate according to a system of checks and balances against each other and checks on their power set forth in the Constitution to protect the individual
  • Executive: The White House; portal to US Executive branch including the Presidential Cabinet, Vice President, and Executive Office of the President; the President also serves as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces; the President is elected by votes of an electoral college
  • Senate: US Senate; part of the bicameral US Congress; citizens from each US state elect two senators to represent their interests for a six-year term
  • House: US House of Representatives; part of the bicameral US Congress; citizens from each US congressional district elect a person to represent their interests in the House for a two-year term
  • Supreme Ct: The Supreme Court of the United States; consists of a Chief Justice and eight associate justices appointed by the President
  • Federal Cts: Portal to US Courts; includes US Supreme Court, US Courts of Appeals, US Disctrict Courts, and US Bankruptcy Courts; federal judges are appointed by the President for life
  • USA.gov: The US government's official web portal; attempts to provide a directory and search service to all federal government information as well as state government information; provided by the Federal Citizen Information Center, Office of Citizen Services and Communications, US General Services Administration
  • Thomas: Legislative portal; gives access to US Congressional legislative information; includes search by bill number or keyword
  • Fraud Report: Report fraud against the federal government and you may be entitled to a monetary reward; based on the False Claims Act; qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequiter
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