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The Executive Departments
Transcript of The Executive Departments
Each of these departments is responsible for a certain area of government
The "Secretary" of each department is a member of the President's cabinet As cabinet members, the secretaries advise the President on issues related to their particular department Department of Justice: Whenever a FEDERAL law is broken, the Department of Justice is responsible for investigating the crime, tracking down the lawbreakers, putting them on trial, and punishing them if they are found guilty.
The best known part of the Department of Justice is the FBI Department of Transportation manages the country's highways, railroads, airlines, and sea traffic. The Department of State The Department of State is the executive department that helps the President create foreign policy.
The Secretary of State (Currently Hillary Clinton), is responsible for managing relationships with other countries
Embassies, ambassadors, and consulates are all a part of this department. The Department of the Treasury This department handle's all of the nation's money.
Responsible for collecting, borrowing, and spending money that the nation requires
The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) collects taxes The Department of Commerce: This department supervises international trade, promotes tourism and business, and collects information about the country's economy The Department of Veterans Affairs: Serves people who have served in the armed forces
manages special services, life insurance, financial aid, and medical injuries The Department of Agriculture The Department of Agriculture helps farmers and consumers farm products.
Helps farmers to develop newer, safer, and better ways to develop crops The Department of Health and Human Services: concerned with the welfare of Americans.
Works to keep Americans free from illness
Conducts research to prevent and cure diseases The Department of the Interior responsible for the management and protection of the nation's public lands and national resources
Responsible for caring for National Parks The Department of Energy regulates and directs the development and use of oil, gasoline, and other fuels in the country.
also develops other sources of energy, such as nuclear and solar energy. The Department of Housing Deals with living situations in cities
Rebuilding slums, improving neighborhoods, and building low-income housing The Department of Labor manages labor practices in the United States
sets health and safety standards to protect employees from harm
collects information about the job market (unemployment rate) The Department of Defense manages the armed forces of the United States
carries out most of the President's duties as Commander in Chief
military advisers (people that actually serve and work in war territories) advise the President The Department of Education although the responsibility of Education lies mostly with the states, the Department of Education offers advice and assistance whenever possible
distributes federal money to states and school districts to fund programs The Department of Homeland Security
first priority is to protect the nation against further terrorist attacks.
analyze threats and intelligence, guard the nation's borders and airports, protect critical national infrastructure, and coordinate the nation's response for future emergencies.