|Mandatory||Repeatable||Data Type||Authority||Public Element|
|No||Yes||Variable Character Length (700)||Program Area Thesaurus||Yes|
|Definition:||The function or program area of the organization.|
|Purpose:||Provides an access point for users to search for organizations by function. Associates specific program areas with specific organizations.|
Select an appropriate term to index the organization's function from the Program Area Thesaurus.
The terms should indicate the principal missions or areas of activity of the organization. To determine a Federal organization's function(s), consult available editions of the U.S. Government Manual; the Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States; organization and functions manuals; establishing legislation, executive or departmental orders, or other directives.
Generally, broader terms should be assigned to higher-level organizations, such as departmental organizations, and more specific terms should be applied to organizations having narrower program areas.
Be sure to indicate the program area of the organization itself and not its parent organization or the subject of the records of the organization. The subject of the archival materials themselves are indexed under Subject Reference.