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 27 Housing of the Executive Branch

Chapter 27 Housing of the Executive Branch

Chapter 27 Housing of the executive branch

The best-known executive branch structure is surely the White House, the official residence of the best-known U.S. government employee. But the executive branch is staffed with about five million other people as well. They work in fifteen cabinet-level departments and several dozen independent agencies in a vast network of buildings around the world that includes U.S. military installations, embassies, and consulates. Hundreds of executive branch buildings, including the headquarters of the departments and agencies, are located in the Washington, D.C., area.

Managing these properties is largely the job of the General Services Administration (GSA). GSA is the owner, operator, and developer for parts of the executive branch, and it also handles office space for ...

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