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The Presidency #4. Management of the Presidency. Managing the Presidency. Over the last few sections, we have discussed the various jobs and responsibilities of the President. The President has a very large staff, which works to ensure: Presidential Efficiency Information for the President

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The presidency 4

The Presidency #4

Management of the Presidency


Managing the presidency

Managing the Presidency

  • Over the last few sections, we have discussed the various jobs and responsibilities of the President.

  • The President has a very large staff, which works to ensure:

  • Presidential Efficiency

  • Information for the President

  • Day to Day Management of the Executive Mansion

  • Presidential Security

  • Cabinet Needs

  • Vice Presidential Needs


Who is in charge of all of this

Who is in charge of all of this?

  • This guy is!

  • He is Jacob Lew, the President’s Chief of Staff.

  • The Chief of Staff is the President’s closest assistant.

  • The Chief of Staff can also function as an advisor to the President.


Where does the staff work

Where does the Staff work?

  • The staff works in the various wings of the White House, mostly in the West Wing.

  • Some offices are off-site in the Old Executive Office Building, near to the White House.

  • The majority of high level officials work in the White House while their support staff is in the OEOB.


The executive office of the president

The Executive Office of the President

  • Council of Economic Advisers

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • National Security/Homeland Security Council(s)

  • Office of Administration

  • Office of Management and Budget

  • Office of National Drug Control Policy

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Office of the United States Trade Representative

  • Office of the Vice President


Also working at the white house

Also Working at the White House…

  • Office of Cabinet Affairs

  • Office of the Chief of Staff

  • Office of Communications

  • Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy

  • Office of the First Lady

  • Office of Health Reform

  • National Security Advisor

  • Office of Legislative Affairs

  • Office of Management and Administration

  • Oval Office Operations

  • Office of Political Affairs

  • Office of Presidential Personnel

  • Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs

  • Office of the Press Secretary

  • Office of Scheduling and Advance

  • Office of the Staff Secretary

  • Office of the White House Counsel

  • Office of White House Policy

  • White House Military Office


How the eop works

How the EOP Works

  • The EOP functions however the President and the Chief of Staff need it to.

  • This is done to ensure the best quality and efficiency of the EOP.

  • Some Presidents encourage competition to make sure the EOP is at its best.

  • Some Presidents use the collegial approach in an effort to develop “groupthink”.

  • This means that people work together to solve problems, rather than working in competition with each other.


Discussion question

Discussion Question

  • In the Space Below, write the question and your answer:

  • Which (of these 2) management tactics would you use if you were the President. Why? (Be sure to explain your reasons).


The cabinet

The Cabinet


Members of the obama cabinet

Members of the Obama Cabinet

  • Vice President of the United States-Joseph R. Biden

  • Department of State-Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

  • Department of the Treasury-Secretary Timothy F. Geithner

  • Department of Defense-Secretary Leon E. Panetta

  • Department of Justice-Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

  • Department of the Interior-Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar

  • Department of Agriculture-Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack

  • Department of Commerce-Secretary John E. Bryson

  • Department of Labor-Secretary Hilda L. Solis

  • Department of Health and Human Services-Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

  • Department of Housing and Urban Dev.-Secretary Shaun Donovan

  • Department of Transportation-Secretary Ray LaHood

  • Department of Energy-Secretary Steven Chu

  • Department of Education-Secretary Arne Duncan

  • Department of Veterans Affairs-Secretary Eric K. Shinseki

  • Department of Homeland Security-Secretary Janet A. Napolitano


How the cabinet is selected

How the Cabinet is Selected

  • The Cabinet is selected by the President.

  • The President begins selecting this group when they are the President-Elect.

  • Appointments to the Cabinet can be both Political and Merit Based.

  • An example of this is the appointment of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

  • Cabinet appointments must be confirmed by the Senate (as all Presidential appointments are!)


The cabinet does

The Cabinet does…..

  • The Cabinet serves as a advisory board for the President.

  • They also act as advocates for the areas they represent in the Cabinet.

  • The President is not required to have a cabinet or meet with them if they have one established.

  • This is another Washingtonian Tradition.

  • This aside, the Cabinet is often divided in to inner and outer groups.

  • The inner Cabinet is made up of Defense, Treasury, State and Justice.

  • The outer cabinet is made up of all others, but can shift depending on Presidential needs.


Discussion question1

Discussion Question

  • In the Space below, write the question and your answer:

  • If you were the President, which groups would make up your “inner cabinet”? Select 6 Cabinet offices to make your list.

  • Be sure you can explain why!


The vice president s role

The Vice President’s Role

  • As we have discussed on many occasions, the role of the VP has changed over time.

  • While the VP is still seen as “a back up”, they do serve an important purpose.

  • The VP:

  • Can be the head of EOP Councils.

  • Can be a direct advisor to the President.

  • Since the 1970s the VP has played a consistent role as a high level Presidential Advisor.

  • Trust and dependence on the VP as an Advisor and Council Head, along with any other duties, depends on how much the President trusts the VP.


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