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Monday, 4/13/15, Day 3 Essential Skill: Explicitly Assess Information and Draw Conclusions 1-Executive Branch Test Wednesday, 4/15 2- “The Cabinet” 3- “Roles of the President” Tomorrow, 4/14 4-Tomorrow is a study day Bring your study materials
1-There are 15 cabinet-level departments in the executive branch.
2-What do cabinet secretaries do? Advise the president Serve as administrators of large bureaucracies
3-What factors must a president consider when appointing a cabinet member? List 5 1-background compatible with the department he/she will head 2-is acceptable to interest groups that have a stake in a department’s policies 3-high-level administrative skills and experience 4-race, gender and ethnic background 5-geographical balance
4-List 4 characteristics of most cabinet members 1-College graduates 2-advanced degrees 3-leaders in the fields of what their department represents 4-deep sense of public service
5-How are cabinet members nominated? President draws up a list of candidates after consulting with campaign advisers, congressional leaders and representatives of interest groups.
6-How are appointments confirmed? The Senate confirms
7-List 3 factors that interfere with a cabinet member’s usefulness to a president. 1-Conflicting loyalties: not always loyal to the president; but to long-term officials in their own department; members of Congress and special interest groups. 2-Competetion between cabinet members 3-Difficult to maintain secrecy and trust when 15 cabinet secretaries are involved: leaks to the press
State- Implements foreign policy Protects rights of US citizens travelling abroad
Treasury- Manages the monetary resources of the US Manufactures coins [US Mint] Produces paper money [Bureau of engraving and Printing] IRS: creates nation’s tax code and collects taxes
Interior- Protects public lands and natural resources Oversees relations with Native Americans Bureau of Mines oversees mining of natural resources National Park Service manages national monuments, historic sites and national parks
Agriculture- Develops conservation programs Provides financial credit to farmers Safeguards the nation’s food supply
Justice- FBI Drug Enforcement Administration Helps enforce civil rights legislation
Commerce- Protects the industrial & commercial segments of the US economy. Census Bureau Patent and Trademark Office issues patents for new inventions and registers trademarks.
Labor- Protects American workers: safe working conditions safeguards a minimum wage protects pension rights
Defense- Works with the Joint Chiefs of Staff [leaders of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines] to manage the armed forces.
Health and Human Services- Manages the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. Implement a national health policy Funds medical research The Food and Drug Administration inspects food and drug processing plants and approves all new drugs before they can be sold.
Housing and Urban Development- Ensures Americans equal housing opportunities. Helps make mortgage money available for people to buy homes.
Transportation- Federal Aviation Administration regulates air travel Federal Railroad Administration oversees the national railroads Federal Highway Administration regulates highways
Energy- Plans energy policy and researches and develops energy technology.
Education- Coordinates federal assistance to public and private schools Programs with students with limited English Proficiency Programs for physically challenged students.
Veterans Affairs- Administers hospitals and educational programs for veterans and their families.
Homeland Security- Controls the Coast Guard, the Border Patrol, Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Customs service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Analyzes information collected by the FBI and CIA.