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  1. Why It’s Important

  2. Section Focus 3

  3. Chapter Assessment 1

  4. I. The Selection of the Cabinet • Factors in Selection: whether potential cabinet members’ backgrounds suit their cabinet posts geographical balance needs of interest groups high-level administrative skills include ethnic and racial minorities and women Section 3-2

  5. I. The Selection of the Cabinet • Cabinet members today: • usually college graduates • leaders in various professional fields The Senate’s Role must approve cabinet appointees usually does so out of courtesy to the president Section 3-3

  6. II. The Role of the Cabinet • A. Cabinet members are heads of the executive departments B. The cabinet’s role has always been determined by the president C. Modern presidents usually have not depended on the cabinet for advice in decision making many presidents now turn to White House staff and close friends as their advisors D. Certain cabinet members—the secretaries of state, defense, and treasury, plus the attorney general—form the “inner cabinet” influence the president’s decisions on matters related to their departments’ areas of interest. Section 3-5

  7. III. Factors Limiting the Cabinet’s Role • A. The president does not command the full loyalty of cabinet members B.Cabinet members are pressured: career officials in their departments interest groups members of Congress may result in disagreements within the cabinet over the president’s policies and plans. Section 3-7

  8. III. Factors Limiting the Cabinet’s Role • C. difficult to maintain secrecy in matters the president considers sensitive D. The president may not know and trust all the members of the cabinet because the president must weigh so many factors in appointing them. Section 3-8