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This industry is comprised of establishments of local, state and federal government agencies that administer, oversee and manage public programs, and have executive, legislative or judicial authority over other institutions within a given area. Such establishments may set policy, create laws, adjudicate civil and criminal legal cases, provide for public safety and for national defense.

Establishments for the administration and regulation of government programs are included in this industry, while the actual operation of that program may be classified in a separate industry. For example, the governmental administrative authority for an airport is in the Public Administration industry, whereas the airport itself would be included in the Transportation and Warehousing industry. Examples include:

  • Executive offices, Federal, State and Local (e.g., Governor, Mayor, President)
  • National Security and International Affairs
  • Administration of Public Health Programs, Veterans’ Affairs, Conservation Programs, Housing Programs, etc.
  • Correctional Institutions and Fire Protection
  • Parole Offices and Probation Offices

Organizations in Public Administration