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. The President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress and, to that end, appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet. The Vice President is also part of the Executive Branch, ready to assume the Presidency should the need arise.
The Cabinet and independent federal agencies are responsible for the day-to-day enforcement and administration of federal laws. These departments and agencies have missions and responsibilities as widely divergent as those of the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Social Security Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Including members of the armed forces, the Executive Branch employs more than 4 million Americans.
The table below includes the names of major and independent agencies government corporations that are also a part of the Executive Branch! Each name links to the agency description in the United States Government Manual, which contains information about the agencies including links to their webpages.
|Administrative Conference of the United States|
|Central Intelligence Agency|
|Small Business Administration|
|Corporation for National and Community Service|
|Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission|
|Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation|
|United States Postal Service|
|Federal Housing Finance Agency|