Federal government of the United States

  • u.s. federal government
    great seal of the united states (obverse).svg
    great seal of the united states
    formation1789; 231 years ago (1789)
    founding documentwww.usa.gov
    legislative branch
    legislaturecongress
    meeting placecapitol
    executive branch
    leaderpresident
    appointerelectoral college
    headquartersthe white house
    main organcabinet
    departments15
    judicial branch
    courtsupreme court
    seatwashington, d.c.

    the federal government of the united states (u.s. federal government)[a] is the national government of the united states, a federal republic in north america, composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories and several island possessions. the federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive and judicial, whose powers are vested by the u.s. constitution in the congress, the president and the federal courts, respectively. the powers and duties of these branches are further defined by acts of congress, including the creation of executive departments and courts inferior to the supreme court.

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U.S. Federal Government
Great Seal of the United States (obverse).svg
Formation1789; 231 years ago (1789)
Founding documentwww.usa.gov
Legislative branch
LegislatureCongress
Meeting placeCapitol
Executive branch
LeaderPresident
AppointerElectoral College
HeadquartersThe White House
Main organCabinet
Departments15
Judicial branch
CourtSupreme Court
SeatWashington, D.C.

The federal government of the United States (U.S. federal government)[a] is the national government of the United States, a federal republic in North America, composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories and several island possessions. The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the president and the federal courts, respectively. The powers and duties of these branches are further defined by acts of Congress, including the creation of executive departments and courts inferior to the Supreme Court.