The work of the Executive Branch gets done by the Departments, each focusing on its area of expertise. The Departments' chief officers are known Secretaries, and each Secretary is a member of the President's advisory council, known as the Cabinet.
Should the President become incapacitated or be removed from office, the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 gives the order of precedence for who should become the next President. After the Vice-President the Secretaries are in line for the Presidency in the Act's specified order. See the other box on this page for the Departments' order of precedence.
Each President can include in the Cabinet other members of his/her administration. President Obama's Cabinet non-Secretarial members are:
White House Chief of Staff
Director of the Environmental Protection Agency
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
United States Trade Representative
United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Department of State Secretary: John Kerry
Department of the Treasury Secretary: Jacob J. Lew
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