Structure of the Executive Branch

By: Jackson Bridgeman and Tristin Alderman

President Line of Succession

1. Vice President of the United States

2. Speaker of the House

3. President pro tempore of the Senate

4. Secretary of State

5. Secretary of the Treasury

6. Secretary of Defense

7. Attorney General

8. Secretary of the Interior

9. Secretary of Agriculture

10. Secretary of Labor

11. Secretary of Health and Human Services

12. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

13. Secretary of Transportation

14. Secretary of Energy

15. Secretary of Education

16. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

17. Secretary of Homeland Security

The Major Responsibilities of the Vice President

He is to be ready at a moment's notice to assume the Presidency if the President is unable to perform his duties. Due the President's death, resignation, or temporary incapacitation, or if the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet judge that the President is no longer able to discharge the duties of the presidency.


Influence and Prominence Changed Over Time

  1. He is president of the senate
  2. He helps decide Presidential Disability


Leaders That Make up the President's Cabinet

All the members of the Cabinet take the title Secretary, excepting the head of the Justice Department, who is styled Attorney General.

Purpose and Duty of the Cabinet

Body made up of the heads of the 15 executive departments and play an important role in the Presidential line of succession.

Purpose of the National Security Council

Advises the President on foreign policy, intelligence, and national security.


What the Office of Management and Budget

They help the President get everything together to be able to come up with a national annual budget. Then they help the President prepare a professional presentation of the annual budget.

Duties of the Chief of Staff, Press Secretary, and White House Staff Members

-The man closest to the President

-Chief of all Advisors, Sets Pres. agenda

-Decides many policies with the President

Federal Bureaucracy

Federal Bureaucracy is a group of about 500 departments that all help to look over Congressional Legislation

Agencies Within the Cabinet Departments

They are groups that manage certain tasks to relieve pressure from the other larger Departments...

- FBI

- DEA

- US Marshall's

- Bureau of Indian Affairs

- National Park Services

- Forest Service

- Coast Guard

- Marines

Independent Agencies

They are headed by the cabinet secretary and exist outside of the federal executive departments. Examples are...

- FDIC

- FEMA

- USA Freedom Corps

- USPS

- Peace Corps

- USGS

Regulatory Commissions

They are created by Congress and considered to be part of the executive branch. They are meant to impose and enforce regulations free of political influence. Examples...


- United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission

- Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

- Federal Communications Commission

-United States Maritime Service

- Department of Energy