This comprehensive guide is the definitive source for researchers seeking an understanding of those who have occupied the White House and on the institution of the U.S. presidency. Readers turn to Guide to the Presidency for its wealth of facts and analytical chapters that explain the structure, powers, and operations of the office and the president’s relationship with Congress and the Supreme Court. The work is divided into eight distinct subject areas covering every aspect of the U.S. presidency.

Chapter 25 The Cabinet and Executive Departments

Chapter 25 The Cabinet and Executive Departments

Chapter 25 The cabinet and executive departments
Adam L.Warber

The cabinet is one of the most unusual institutions of the presidency. Although not specifically mentioned in the Constitution or provided for by statute, the cabinet has become an institutionalized part of the presidency. The secretaries of the executive departments comprise the majority of the cabinet. The president's cabinet, however, has been expanded in recent years to give cabinet-rank to other members of the president's advisory circle. President Barack Obama has included in his cabinet not only the heads of the fifteen departments, but the vice president, the White House chief of staff, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. trade representative, the administrator of the Environmental Protection ...

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