A permanent or semi-permanent organization in the machinery of government that is responsible for the oversight and administration of specific functions

Category Name and Code
Name REMS Category 
US Federal Government 1
State of California Government 2
Other Government, Inter, or Non-Governmental Organization  3

US Federal Government 

Departments and agencies of the United States federal government.  All US Federal Government sponsor codes are assigned to a "Type" attribute that is generally analogous to a cabinet level department. Some codes (e.g., Department of Defense) are assigned one or more "Sub Type" attributes that further distinguish a code in large, complex organizations.

List of Federal Government Categories:
01 - Department of Agriculture
02 - Department of Commerce
03 - Department of Defense
04 - Department of Education
05 - Department of Energy
06 - Department of Health & Human Services
07 - Department of Housing & Urban Development
08 - Department of Interior
09 - Department of Justice
10 - Department of Labor
11 - Department of State
12 - Department of Transportation
13 - Department of the Treasury
14 - National Aeronautics & Space Administration
15 - National Foundation on the Arts & the Humanities
16 - National Science Foundation
17 - Smithsonian Institution
18 - Executive Branch
19 - Legislative Branch
20 - ACTION (no longer in use)
44 - Department of Homeland Security
45 - Department of Veterans Affairs
99 - Other Agencies

How to verify: A-Z index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

The Library of Congress
Office of Naval Research
U.S. Agency for International Development

State of California Government 

Departments, agencies and commissions of the State of California. State of California sponsor codes are further distinguished with a "Type" and "Sub Type" indicator.

Note: The State of California underwent significant reorganization in 2013. Due to programming constraints, sponsor categories in REMS may not reflect the current structure of some state agencies. These will be updated in the near future.

How to verify: State of California organizational chart (pdf)

California Department of Child Support Services 
Native American Heritage Commission
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Other, Inter, or Non-Governmental Organization

Other governmental agencies, including: cities; counties; other states; sovereign tribal governments; foreign governments or governmental agencies; multi-national organizations such as the United Nations; or, quasi-governmental agencies or special districts, such as a water or pest control district. These sponsor codes are further distinguished with the "Type" indicator.

39 - Local Government: City of Sacramento, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
40 - Subnational/States: New Mexico Department of Transportation, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
41 - Nongovernmental: New codes are not currently being added to this category and this sponsor type will be removed in the future. Please use sponsor category 05 or 07 for non-profit NGOs.
42 - Intergovernmental: European Union, United Nations
43 - Foreign Government: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences