The Executive Branch
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