The federal government is divided into three branches, each with a different set of responsibilities. Consider these responsibilities and the information they produce when starting your research.
- The Legislative branch makes laws. Information from this branch also includes proposed laws, hearings and other documents included in the law-making process.
- The Executive branch regulates how the laws should be enforced. This branch, through its various agencies, also publishes a variety of reports, consumer information, maps, statistics, etc.
- The Judicial branch determines the constitutionality of the laws and questions the fairness and interpretation in their enforcement. This includes the federal system, including the Supreme Court.