Are Government Department Names and Positions Capitalized?

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All government department names and titles of positions are capitalized because they are considered proper nouns. See below for an extensive list of various titles and departments which are capitalized.

United States Government

Executive Departments

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Executive Offices of the President

  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Vice President
  • Council of Economic Advisers
  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • National Security Council
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

Judicial Branch

  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
  • Bankruptcy Courts
  • Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Court of Federal Claims
  • Court of International Trade
  • Federal Court Interpreters
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. Sentencing Commission

Legislative Branch

  • Senate
  • House of Representatives

The President’s Cabinet

  • Secretary of State
  • Secretary of the Treasury
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Attorney General
  • Acting Secretary of the Interior
  • Secretary of Agriculture
  • Secretary of Commerce
  • Secretary of Labor
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Secretary of Transportation
  • Secretary of Energy
  • Secretary of Education
  • Veteran’s Affairs Secretary
  • Secretary of Homeland Security

Others:

  • White House Chief of Staff
  • Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Director of the Office of Management & Budget
  • United States Trade Representative
  • United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
  • Administrator of the Small Business Administration

There are many other sub-agencies that should be capitalized as well.

 

United Kingdom Government

Departments

  • Attorney General’s Office (AGO)
  • Cabinet Office (CO)
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Department for Education (DfE)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU)
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • HM Treasury (HMT)
  • Home Office (HO)
  • Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
  • Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
  • Northern Ireland Office (NIO)
  • Office of the Advocate General for Scotland
  • Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
  • Office of the Leader of the House of Lords
  • Scotland Office
  • Wales Office
  • Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD)
  • Office for Veterans’ Affairs

Titles

  • Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service
  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State
  • Home Secretary
  • Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
  • Secretary of State for Defence
  • Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
  • Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
  • Secretary of State for Education
  • Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Secretary of State for Transport
  • Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
  • Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Secretary of State for Wales
  • Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Secretary of State for International Development
  • Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
  • Also attend Cabinet meetings
  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
  • Attorney General
  • Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (jointly with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)
  • Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
  • Also attend Cabinet meetings
  • Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

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