President Obama’s 2013 – 2017 Cabinet

President Obama's Cabinet

President Obama’s Cabinet

The tradition of the Cabinet dates back to the beginnings of the Presidency itself. Established in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, the Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office.

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.

The 15 Secretaries from the executive departments are appointed by the President, and they must be confirmed by a majority vote (51 votes) of the Senate. They cannot be a member of Congress or hold any other elected office. Cabinet appointments are for the duration of the administration, but the President may dismiss any member at any time, without approval of the Senate. In addition, they are expected to resign when a new President takes office.

Over the next few days President Obama will be nominating his choices to fill the vacancies for his 2013-2016 Cabinet.

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In order of succession to the Presidency:

Vice President of the United States
Joseph R. Biden

Department of State
Secretary John Kerry
www.state.gov

Department of the Treasury
Secretary Jack Lew
www.treasury.gov

Department of Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel
www.defense.gov

Department of Justice
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
www.usdoj.gov

Department of the Interior
Secretary Sally Jewell
www.doi.gov

Department of Agriculture
Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack
www.usda.gov

Department of Commerce
Secretary Penny Pritzker
www.commerce.gov

Department of Labor
Secretary Thomas Perez
www.dol.gov

Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell
www.hhs.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Julián Castro
www.hud.gov

Department of Transportation
Secretary  Anthony Foxx
www.dot.gov

Department of Energy
Secretary Ernest Moniz
www.energy.gov

Department of Education
Secretary Arne Duncan
www.ed.gov

Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary Robert A. McDonald
www.va.gov

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Jeh Johnson
www.dhs.gov

The following positions have the status of Cabinet-rank:

White House Chief of Staff
Denis McDonough

Director B. Todd Jones (Nominated 2011, Confirmed 2013)
http://www.atf.gov

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
John O. Brennan
https://www.cia.gov/

Environmental Protection Agency
Secretary Gina McCarthy
www.epa.gov

Office of Management & Budget
Director Shaun Donovan
www.whitehouse.gov/omb

United States Trade Representative
Ambassador Michael Froman
www.ustr.gov

United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador Samantha Power
www.usunnewyork.usmission.gov/

Council of Economic Advisers
Chairman Jason Furman
www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cea/

Small Business Administration
Maria Contreras-Sweet
www.sba.gov/

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* Acting Directors

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For All WH Nominations & Appointments: http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/nominations-and-appointments

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“As Jonathan Cohn pointed out in The New Republic, filibusters of presidential agency nominations were once very rare, happening only two times each to Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Bill Clinton had nine nominations blocked, and George W. Bush had seven. Obama is “already up to 16 blocks,” Cohn noted.”

Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_23678239/e-j-dionne-jr-thawing-senates-deep-freeze

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, January 7,, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden are in the U.S. Virgin Islands with family members.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:05 PM
    President Obama announces his nomination to become the next Defense Secretary and CIA Director
    East Room

    2:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
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  2. CR says:

    The President’s Cabinet

    The purpose of the Cabinet is to advise the President on matters relating to the duties of their respective offices. As the President’s closest and most trusted advisors, members of the Cabinet attend weekly meetings with the President. The Constitution does not directly mention a “Cabinet,” but the Constitutional authority for a Cabinet is found in Article II, Section 2. The Constitution states that the President “may require the opinion, in writing of the principle officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices.” The Constitution does not say which or how many executive departments should be created.

    Who makes up the Cabinet?
    The Cabinet traditionally includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments-the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General. Cabinet-level rank has also been given to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; the Director of the National Drug Control Policy; the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; and the U.S. Trade Representative.

    When requested by the President, other officials are asked to attend these weekly meetings including, the President’s Chief of Staff, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, the Counselor to the President, the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Representative to the United Nations.

    How does one become a member of the Cabinet?
    The 15 Secretaries from the executive departments are appointed by the President, and they must be confirmed by a majority vote (51 votes) of the Senate. They cannot be a member of Congress or hold any other elected office. Cabinet appointments are for the duration of the administration, but the President may dismiss any member at any time, without approval of the Senate. In addition, they are expected to resign when a new President takes office.

    For more: http://bensguide.gpo.gov/9-12/government/national/cabinet.html

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    • CR says:

      President Obama’s Nominations for his 2013-2017 Cabinet

      November 5, 2008
      President-elect Obama Nominates Janet Napolitano for United States Secretary of Homeland Security – Served January 21, 2009 – September 6, 2013

      November 5, 2008
      President-elect Obama Nominates Susan Rice for United States Ambassador to the United Nations – Served January 22, 2009 – July 1, 2013

      November 24, 2008
      President-elect Obama Nominates Timothy Geithner for United States Secretary of the Treasury – Served January 26, 2009 – January 25, 2013

      November 24, 2008
      President-elect Obama Nominates Christinia Romer for Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers – Served January 28, 2009 – September 3, 2010

      November 25, 2008
      President-elect Barack Obama Nominates Peter R. Orszag for United States Office of Management and Budget – Served January 20, 2009 – July 30, 2010

      December 1, 2008
      President-elect Obama Nominates Hillary Clinton for United States Secretary of State – Served January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013

      December 1, 2008
      President-elect Obama announced that Robert Gates would remain in his position as United States Secretary of Defense – Served December 18, 2006 – July 1, 2011

      December 1, 2008
      President-elect Obama Nominates Eric Holder for United States Attorney General – Served February 3, 2009 –

      December 7, 2008
      President-elect Barack Obama Nominates Eric Shinseki for United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Served January 21, 2009 – May 30, 2014

      December 15, 2008
      President-Elect Barack Obama Nominates Lisa P. Jackson for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Served January 23, 2009 – February 19, 2013

      December 16, 2008
      President-elect Obama Nominates Arne Duncan for United States Secretary of Education – Served January 21, 2009 –

      December 17, 2008
      President-elect Barack Obama Nominates Tom Vilsack for United States Secretary of Agriculture – Served January 21, 2009 –

      December 18, 2008
      President-elect Barack Obama Nominates Hilda Solis for United States Secretary of Labor – Served February 24, 2009 – January 22, 2013

      December 19, 2008
      President-elect Barack Obama Nominates Ken Salazar for United States Secretary of the Interior – Served January 20, 2009 – April 12, 2013

      December 19, 2008
      President-elect Barack Obama Nominates Ray LaHood for United States Transportation Secretary – Served January 23, 2009 – July 2, 2013

      December 19, 2008
      President-elect Barack Obama Nominates Steven Chu for United States Secretary of Energy – Served January 21, 2009 – April 22, 2013

      December 19, 2008
      President-elect Barack Obama Nominates Karen Mills for Administrator of the SBA – Served April 6, 2009 – September 1, 2013

      February 23, 2009
      President Obama Nominates Gary Locke for United States Secretary of Commerce – Served August 1, 2011 – February 21, 2014

      March 2, 2009
      President Barack Obama Nominates Kathleen Sebelius for United States Secretary of Health and Human Services – Served April 28, 2009 – June 9, 2014

      March 18, 2009
      President Obama Nominates Ron Kirk for United States Trade Representative – Served March 18, 2009 – March 15, 2013

      June 4, 2009
      President Obama Nominates B. Todd Jones for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Served as Acting: August 31, 2011 – July 31, 2013, Served as ATF Director July 31, 2013 –
      * Due to opposition from gun rights lobbies, the ATF had not had a permanent director since the position was made subject to U.S. Senate approval in 2006.

      September 10, 2010
      President Obama Nominates Austan Goolsbee for Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers – Served September 9, 2010 – August 5, 2011

      April 18, 2011
      President Obama Nominates Leon Panetta as the United States Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Served July 1, 2011 – February 27, 2013

      December 21, 2012
      President Obama Nominates Senator John Kerry for United States Secretary of State – Served February 1, 2013 –

      January 07, 2013
      President Obama Nominates John O. Brennan for United States Secretary of Defense and CIA Director – Served March 8, 2013 –

      January 07, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Chuck Hagel for United States Secretary of Defense and CIA Director – Served February 27, 2013 –

      January 10, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Jack Lew for United States Secretary of the Treasury – Served February 28, 2013 –

      January 24, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Mary Jo White for Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission – Served April 10, 2013 –

      February 06, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Sally Jewell for United States Secretary of the Interior – Served April 12, 2013 –

      March 4, 2013
      President Obama nominates Ernest Moniz for United States Secretary of Energy – Served May 21, 2013 –

      March 4, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Gina McCarthy for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Served July 18, 2013 –

      March 18, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Thomas Perez for United States Secretary of Labor – Served July 23, 2013 –

      March 26, 2013
      President Barack Obama Nominates Julia A. Pierson for Director of the United States Secret Service – Served

      April 29, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Anthony Foxx for United States Secretary of Transportation – Served March 27, 2013 –

      May 02, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Penny Pritzker for United States Secretary of Commerce – Served June 26, 2013 –

      May 2, 2013
      President Obama nominates Michael Froman for United States Trade Representative – Served June 21, 2013 –

      June 05, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Samantha Power for United States Ambassador to the United Nations – Served August 2, 2013 –

      June 10, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Alan Krueger for chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers – Served November 7, 2011 – August 2, 2013

      June 21, 2013
      President Obama Nominates James Comey for United States Director of the FBI – Served September 4, 2013 –

      August 01, 2013
      President Obama Nominates John Koskinen as Commissioner of the United States Internal Revenue Service- Served December 23, 2013 –

      October 18, 2013
      President Obama Nominates Jeh Johnson for United States Secretary of Homeland Security – Served December 23, 2013 –

      January 15, 2014
      President Obama Nominaties Maria Contreras-Sweet for Administrator of the SBA- Served April 7, 2014 –

      April 11, 2014
      President Obama Nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell for United States Secretary of Health and Human Services – Served June 9, 2014 –

      May 23, 2014
      President Obama Nominates Julián Castro for Next HUD Secretary – Served July 28, 2014 –

      May 23, 2014
      President Obama Nominates Shaun Donovan as United States OMB Director – Served July 10, 2014 –

      June 29, 2014
      President Barack Obama nominates Robert A. McDonald for United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Served July 2014 -

  3. CR says:

    January 03, 2013

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Ghana to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Accra, Ghana to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President-elect of the Republic of Ghana on January 7, 2013.
    The Honorable Daniel W. Yohannes, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, will lead the delegation.

    Members of the Presidential Delegation:

    The Honorable Gene Cretz, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana
    The Honorable Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Department of State
    The Honorable Donald Teitelbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Department of State

  4. CR says:

    Ireland’s first meeting of EU Presidency takes place today

    Updated: 13:23, Monday, 07 January 2013 rte

    The first high-level meeting of Ireland’s seventh EU Presidency takes place today, when the Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide starts two days of talks with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.

    Bilateral and trade relations between the two countries will be on the agenda.

    Norway is Ireland’s 11th largest trading partner, with annual trade worth €3.8bn.

    Norway is also a major source for Ireland’s energy needs.

    Through its global investment fund, which is one of the world’s largest, Norway has significant holdings in Ireland.

  5. CR says:

    Court Returns With Gay Marriage

    1/7/13 By Ariane de Vogue | ABC OTUS News – 2 hrs 12 mins ago

    The Supreme Court is poised to take the bench today and begin the second half of a term laced with hot button issues such as affirmative action, gay marriage, voting rights and government secrecy.

    The justices will hear two potentially blockbuster cases in March concerning gay marriage. One of the cases – Hollingsworth v. Perry – addresses whether there is a fundamental right to same-sex marriage. The other – Windsor v. United States – deals with the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

    In both cases, the court will hear arguments on potential procedural obstacles that could stop it from getting to the core constitutional questions.

    The court will also hear a case challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 of the law says that certain states with a history of voter discrimination must clear any changes to their election laws with federal officials in Washington. Lawyers for Shelby County, Ala., are challenging the constitutionality of Section 5. The case, called Shelby County v. Holder, will be argued Feb. 27.

    The day before, the court will hear arguments in Maryland v. King, a case about whether Maryland officials can collect DNA from someone who has been arrested but not convicted of a crime.

    The justices are already working behind the scenes writing and reviewing draft opinions for cases they heard this fall.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-returns-today-gay-marriage-affirmative-action-130039454–abc-news-politics.html

    • CR says:

      Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in late March

      1/7/13 By Jonathan Stempel | Reuters – 4 hrs ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court will in late March hear oral arguments in a pair of cases challenging laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

      On March 26, the court will review a California ban on gay marriage, which voters narrowly approved in 2008. That case could give the court a chance to accept or reject a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, or issue a narrower ruling affecting only the nation’s most populous state.

      The next day the court will review a New York court ruling striking down a centerpiece of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that denies married same-sex couples a variety of federal benefits that heterosexual couples receive.

      The scheduling was announced in a calendar released by the court on Monday. In May, President Barack Obama said he believed same-sex couples deserve the right to marry, and the government is no longer defending the federal benefits law.

      Both cases are the most anticipated in the court’s current term and are among several cases that could allow the nine justices to better define what constitutes equality.

      In October, the court heard arguments challenging the use of affirmative action in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin. Next month, it will hear a challenge to a central provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

      Decisions in these cases are expected by the end of June.
      In the California case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had last February voided the same-sex marriage ban but ruled narrowly, saying the state could not take away a right to same-sex marriage after previously allowing it.

      That case was brought by two lawyers, Theodore Olson and David Boies, who were on opposite sides in the 2000 case Bush v. Gore, which decided the 2000 U.S. presidential election.

      The New York case, U.S. v. Windsor, challenged Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between only a man and a woman for the purpose of benefits such as Social Security survivor payments and the right to file joint federal tax returns.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-hear-same-sex-marriage-cases-march-183542836.html

  6. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  7. CR says:

    Ballon D’Or

    FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year 2012 – Pia Sundhage
    FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year 2012 Vicente Del Bosque
    FIFA Women’s World Player 2012 – Abbey Wambach
    FIFA Men’s World Player 2012 – Lionel Messi

  8. CR says:

    Supreme Court ruling allows stem-cell research to proceed

    1/07/13 02:06 PM ET By Elise Viebeck – TheHill

    The Supreme Court will not review a challenge to federal funding of human embryonic stem-cell research, allowing the controversial studies to proceed.

    The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from two scientists who said stem-cell research violates federal law banning the creation and destruction of human embryos for scientific purposes.

    The decision is a boon to supporters of stem-cell research, who believe it will yield treatments and cures for diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) applauded the court’s decision not to review lower-court rulings that allow research to proceed at the National Institutes of Health.

    “This is good news for patients. Research using hESCs conducted under rigorous ethical standards continues to offer great promise in the search for cures and treatments for a variety of intractable diseases,” the AAMC said in a statement. “With the legislative, regulatory, and legal barriers cleared, we hope the promise of hESC research can now be realized.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/other/275923-supreme-court-allows-stem-cell-research-to-proceed

  9. CR says:

    ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ dischargees to receive full back pay from DOD

    1/07/13 04:54 PM ET By Carlo Muñoz – TheHill

    In a landmark settlement, the Pentagon has agreed to give full back pay to U.S. service members who were discharged due to their sexual orientation under the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

    The payouts will be granted to service members dismissed from the military under the now-repealed policy on or after November 2004.

    “This means so much to those of us who dedicated ourselves to the military, only to be forced out against our will for being who we are,” former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins said in a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit.

    Under “Don’t ask,” service members who were honorably discharged automatically had their separation pay cut in half.

    The ACLU of New Mexico sued the Pentagon on behalf of 181 service members who were dismissed under the policy to recover their full pay. Each solider, sailor, airman and Marine in the case will receive, on average, a payout of $13,000, the ACLU said.

    The Defense Department will pay a total of $2.4 million to the plaintiffs.
    Federal law entitles service members to separation pay if they have been involuntarily and honorably discharged after completing at least six years of service, the ACLU said.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/275971-service-members-discharged-under-dont-ask-dont-tell-to-receive-full-back-pay

  10. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    President Obama meets with Defense Secretary Panetta

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  11. CR says:

    Race for Jesse Jackson Jr. seat: Ballot position lottery today

    January 8, 2013 9:22 AM By Lynn Sweet – suntimes

    WASHINGTON–The Illinois Board of Elections holds a lottery on Tuesday to determine ballot positions for the Feb. 26 primaries to fill the seat left vacant with the resignation of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)

    The filing period with the Illinois Board of Elections closed Tuesday and the field is big: 17 Democrats and 5 Republicans. The district is so heavily Democratic that the winner of the Feb. 26 primary has little to worry about in the general. Early voting starts Feb. 11, so the campaign time is short.

  12. CR says:

    Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at Kennedy Center

    Sun., Jan. 20, 2013, 7:00 PM
    Opera House
    $300.00
    Tickets on sale now

    Tickets went on sale January 8, 2013 to the public
    Call Kennedy Center Information or check online regularly for last-minute availability.

    In recognition of the presidential inauguration and Latino arts and culture, actress Eva Longoria, San Antonio philanthropist and business leader Henry R. Muñoz III, and San Juan attorney and activist Andrés W. López, in partnership with the nation’s leading Latino organizations, present “In Performance at the Kennedy Center.” The concert features performances by Antonio Banderas, Raúl Esparza, José Feliciano, Juan Diego Flórez, Melanie Griffith, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Robert Rodriguez, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Ballet Hispanico, Coro de Niños de San Juan, the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, and other entertainers.

    Performance Timing: 75 minutes, with no intermission

    For more: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=RNXBQ

  13. CR says:

    Consumer Credit Rose in November on U.S. Auto, Student Loans

    Jan 8, 2013 1:06 PM PT By Kasia Klimasinska – bloomberg

    Consumer credit in the U.S. increased more than forecast in November, led by borrowing for student loans and automobiles.
    The $16 billion gain followed a $14.1 billion advance in October, Federal Reserve figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 34 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a $12.8 billion November rise.

    With sustained gains in the labor market, reflected by December’s 155,000 increase in payrolls, and strong demand for student loans and cars, economists expect consumer credit to continue to grow in the early months of 2013. The ability to borrow, combined with an improved labor market, signals consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy, will bolster the expansion.

    “We’ve seen four straight months now of very significant increases in overall consumer credit,” Thomas Simons, a money market economist at Jefferies Group Inc. in New York, said in a phone interview. “I would expect that’s going to continue.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-08/consumer-credit-rose-in-november-on-u-s-auto-student-loans-1-.html

  14. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  15. CR says:

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