Does Dun & Bradstreet Have Government Linkage?

Dun & Bradstreet tracks and maintains Government Family Trees for United States governments and many other countries around the globe.

The Government Family Tree expresses the relationship between the Executive Departments at the national, state, province and/or county levels, and the cabinet and/or administrative offices which conduct the daily affairs of government. For reporting purposes, Government Family Trees have the same structure as the Corporate Family Tree, and are built and maintained in the same manner.

Broadly speaking, the rules established for the Corporate Family Tree structure apply in equal measure to Government trees, with some minor modification to the definitions and terminology that apply to each.

Global Ultimate: The topmost entity at the national, state, province and/or county level (generally the nation, state, province or county itself) to which all other Executive, Legislative and Judicial bodies ultimately report. The Global Ultimate is also the Government Family Tree’s Domestic Ultimate.

Domestic Ultimate: Domestic Ultimates are the highest-ranking entities with direct linkage to the Global Ultimate within a particular nation, state, province and/or county. The Domestic Ultimate may be a Headquarters or Parent location. The Domestic Ultimate is also the Global Ultimate for Government Family Trees.

Parent: Broadly speaking, a parental governmental entity will be any of these:

  • Cabinet-level department to which one or more administrative or operational organizations would report, each with operations of their own
  • Governmental entity with significant budgetary responsibility and/or to which one or more administrative or operational organizations would report, each with operations of their own.
  • Governmental entity providing a regional, national, state or province-wide service
  • Two examples are cabinet-level departments and entities with significant budget responsibility and multiple operations.

Headquarters: A Headquarters is a government entity that has at least one Branch or Division reporting to it. When a government entity has multiple Branch locations, the controlling management of the entity determines the designated Headquarters location. It can be an Ultimate, Parent or Subsidiary in its own right.

Domestic Branch: A Domestic Branch is a secondary location for which its Headquarters has legal and/or financial responsibility and is located in the same country in which its Headquarters resides.

  • Typically, a Branch is at a separate location. However, a Branch can be located together with its Headquarters or sister Branch, provided they have unique, separate, and distinct operations.
  • Branches often have secondary names or Tradestyles, but the Branch primary business name is always identical to its headquarters’ primary name.
  • A Branch record is linked to a Headquarters Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® Number.

Foreign Branch: A Foreign Branch is a secondary location reporting to a Headquarters in another country, and is subject to the same policies as a Domestic Branch listed above. A Foreign Branch is not a separate legal entity from the Headquarters, but is distinguished from a Domestic Branch in that it is locally registered and/or subject to local country laws and/or taxes.

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