Do you have
friends that you turn to for advice? When the President wants
advice he asks a group of people called the Cabinet. The purpose
of the Cabinet is to advise the President. They are the President's
closest and most trusted advisors. The Cabinet includes the
Vice President, the heads of 15 executive branch departments,
and other Government officials chosen by the President. The
Cabinet meets at least once a week to discuss matters that
effect the United States.
The 14 Secretaries
from the executive departments and the Attorney General are
nominated by the President, and they must be approved (confirmed)
by a majority vote (51 votes) of the Senate. Nominees can not
be a member of Congress or hold any other elected office. Executive
department Secretaries and the Attorney General serve as long
as the President is in office.
is a list of the current heads of the 15 executive department
agencies, their department, when that department was created,
and a brief description of the department. The list is organized
by order of succession.