20 USC 3404 - Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless otherwise provided or indicated by the context
(1) the term Department means the Department of Education or any component thereof;
(2) the term Secretary means the Secretary of Education;
(3) the term Deputy Secretary means the Deputy Secretary of Education;
(4) the term function includes any duty, obligation, power, authority, responsibility, right, privilege, activity, or program;

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(5) the term State includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands;
(6) the terms private and private educational refer to independent, nonpublic, and private institutions of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education; and
(7) the term office includes any office, institute, council, unit, organizational entity, or component thereof.