Center for Political Awareness

Office of the President of the United States (Executive Branch)

Duties and Appointments:

  • Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
  • Appointing Supreme Court Justices, Federal Judges and Appeals Judges*
  • Implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress (and to that end, appoints Heads of Agencies):
  • Independent Federal Agencies:
    • EPA Administrator: Environmental Protection Agency (not cabinet but usually is in with them)
    • SSA Commissioner: Social Security Administration
    • SEC: US Security and Exchange Commission “Chair”*
  • Cabinet:
    • DOC: Department of commerce
    • DOD: Department of Defense
      • Military forces deter war and protection of the country
      • Headquarters is the Pentagon
      • Departments:
        • Army
        • Navy
        • Air Force
        • Joint Chiefs of Staff
        • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
        • NSA: National Security Agency
        • Defense Intelligence Agency
        • National Guard and Reserve Forces
    • Department of Education (Secretary of Education)
      • Financial Aid Higher Education
      • Educational Programs
      • Civil Rights Laws equity in student learning and opportunities
      • Sponsors research on America’s schools
      • Complement state and local governments, parents and students
    • DOE: Department of Energy (Ensuring America’s nuclear security responsible resolution to the legacy of nuclear weapon production)
    • HHS: Department of Health and Human Services
      • Medicare
      • Medical
      • National Institutes of:
        • Health
        • FDA: Food and Drug Administration
        • CDC: Center for Disease Control
    • DHS: Department of Homeland Security (3rd largest Cabinet Department) 2022 establish oversees 22 executive branch agencies.
        • Disrupt terrorist attacks
        • Civilian computer networks
        • Lawful trade and travel
        • Natural Disasters
        • Protect Borders
        • Regulate migration of individuals to and from our country
      • US Secret Service
      • TSA: Transportation Security Administration
      • FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
      • US Coast Guard
      • US Customs and Border Protection
      • INS:US Immigration
      • Customs Enforcement
      • US Citizenship
      • Immigration Services
      • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
    • HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development
      • FHA: Federal Housing Admin
      • Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
      • Community Development Block Grant Program
        • Communities Economic Development
        • Job Opportunities
        • Housing Rehabilitation
        • Public Housing and Homeless Assistance
    • DOI: Department of the Interior (conservation agency)
      • Bureau of Indian Affairs
      • Fish and Wildlife Service
      • US Geological Survey
      • National Parks
      • Protect Endangered Species
      • Revenue from Energy, Mineral, Grazing, and Timber Leases, Recreational Permits and Land Sales
    • DOJ: Department of Justice (40 component Organizations)
      • Attorney General Head of DOJ and Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Federal Government
      • DEA: Drug Enforcement Admin
      • FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation
      • US Marshals
      • Federal Bureau of Prisons
      • DOL: Department of Labor
      • OSHA: Occupational Safety & Health Admin
      • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Department of State (Secretary of State)
      • Top President’s foreign policy adviser serving appx. 180 countries
      • US Foreign Service Employees
        • CIA: Central Intelligence Agency
        • UN Ambassador: Appointed, Approved Senate*
      • International Organizations
    • DOT: Department of Transportation (secretary)
      • Federal Highway Admin
      • FAA: Federal Aviation
      • National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
      • Federal Transit Admin
      • Federal Railroad Admin
      • Maritime Admin
    • Department of Treasury
      • Coin and currency
      • Taxes
      • Borrowing of funds
    • USDA: The US Department of Agriculture
    • VA: Department of Veterans Affairs (1989)
  • Executive Office of the President (EOP) White House Chief of Staff
    • Executive Office of the President (EOP) White House Chief of Staff
      has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President’s message to the American people to promoting our trade interests abroad.
    • White House Communications Office and Press Secretary’s Office. (Press Secretary)
    • Council of Economic Advisers
    • CEQ: Council of Environmental Quality
    • Domestic Policy Council
    • National Economic Council
    • National Security Council (foreign policy, intelligence and national security)
    • Climate Policy Office
    • Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
    • Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
    • Office of Management and Budget*
    • Office of National Drug Control Policy
    • Office of Public Engagement
    • Office of Science and Technology Policy
    • Office of the National Cyber Director
    • Office of the United States Trade Representative
    • National Space Council
    • Presidential Personnel Office

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