Local government offices are present in Ames. The local government is usually a two-tier system of counties and municipalities. These offices are of the various government departments, dealing with federal responsibilities such as your Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment, Child services, voting registration, educational grants, driving licenses and more. They are staffed with officers specialized in the particular area, who are there to assist you in your questions and queries, as well as carry out procedures as needed. These are usually administered and run by the local government. Some other duties and responsibilities that fall under the ambit of the local administration includes maintenance of roads and parks, local education, elections and utilities.