Textbooks explain that the power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of the United States, who also acts as head of state and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. Under Article II of the Constitution, the President is responsible for the execution and enforcement of the laws created by Congress. Fifteen executive departments — each led by an appointed member of the President's Cabinet — carry out the day-to-day administration of the federal government. The President also appoints the heads of more than 50 independent federal commissions, such as the Federal Reserve Board or the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as federal judges, ambassadors, and other federal offices. The Vice President is also part of the Executive Branch, ready to assume the Presidency should the need arise.
Our current President, however, is unlike any other. While weirdly divorced from the executive branch he oversees, he nevertheless has steered it sharply to the right, appointing Cabinet Secretaries who embody the opposite of what each department has stood for, appointing racist and anti-choice justices to the Federal bench, and issuing executive orders that roll back environmental and civil rights protections, weaken regulations designed to protect consumers, and suppress voting rights.
The Cabinet is an advisory body made up of the heads of the 15 executive departments, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Other officials also hold Cabinet-rank, including the White House Chief of Staff; the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers; the Administrator of the Small Business Administration; and the U.S. Trade Representative. The personnel changes fast these days, so we offer you these filing cabinets as a placeholder.
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of the Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of the Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs