When to capitalize the word 'federal'
Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:25 PM
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Insurance Contributions Act
Federal Trade Commission
Federal Water Pollution Control Act
Federal Reserve Board
When writing about the Federal Government in its official capacity using the term as an official title, you should capitalize both Federal and Government.
Most of the time, we use federal simply as a form of general classification, which would not require us to capitalize it.
Once a year, federal employees have an opportunity to choose a different health care provider.
Many issues we address each day are subject to federal, state, and local laws.
So, the next time you are writing about federal programs or issues, think twice about capitalization. More often than not, the correct answer to this question is federal not Federal.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:25 PM
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