FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Executive

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The Executive Branch of the government consists of the President, the White House Offices, the Cabinet Departments and a number of independent agencies. The office was created in 1787 by Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution and came into being with the ratification of that document in 1788 and the inauguration of George Washington in March of 1789.


STRUCTURE
The White House
OOO)OThe President, Vice-President, Offices of Management & Budget, Economic Advisors, and National Security Counsel
The Department of Agriculture
OO)OOFarm subsidies, nutrition information, food inspection and production, agricultural statistics and the Forest Service
The Department of Commerce
OO)OOBureaus of Economic Analysis and the Census, the NOAA and the Patent Office
The Department of Defense
OO)OOArmy, Navy, Air Force and Marines
The Department of Education
OOOOOStudent financial aid, education statistics and policy, No Child Left Behind.
The Department of Energy
OOOOOFuel economy, energy resources and efficiency, both military and non-military nuclear energy.
The Department of Health & Human Services
OOOOOMedicare, Medicaid, Food & Drug Administration, Center for Disease Control, National Institute of Health, Surgeon General
The Department of Homeland Security
OOO)OImmigration & border control, Secret Service, Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, airport security
The Department of Housing & Urban Development
OOOOOFederal housing programs, consumer housing information
The Department of the Interior
OOOOONational parks, Bureau of Land Management, Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey
The Department of Justice
OOOOOThe FBI, Solicitor General, Drug Enforcement Administration, Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Justice Statistics
The Department of Labor
OOOOOFederal labor law enforcement, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occulational Safety & Health Administration
The Department of State
OOOOOForeign policy and foreign service, treaties, United States Agency for International development
The Department of Transportation
OOOOOTransportation statistics, highways, traffic safety, railroads, Federal Aviation Administration, public transit, trucking
The Department of Treasury
OOOOOThe IRS, engraving & printing, the Mint, economic & tax policy, domestic finance, the Treasurer
The Department of Veterans' Affairs
OOOOOVeterans' services including employment, education, housing and health.
Independent Executive Agencies
OOOOOThe CIA, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, Social Security, the Federal Reserve, and much much more

HISTORY
American Experience: The Presidents
The on-line companion to the PBS series. In addition to the usual vitals, the site provides thumbnail blurbs on foreign and domestic policies.
AmericanPresident.org
A superb site from the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. It covers every aspect of both the modern Presidency and of presidents in history. This should be the first destination for anyone interested in the topic.
The American Presidency
The Encyclopedia Brittanica's impressive foray into presidential history includes bios of vice-presidents and first ladies, histories of political parties, presidential documents and election results. Unfortunately, for details on the last, you have to subscribe. However, that, and a rather uninspired home page are the only flaws in an otherwise very good site.
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
This exhibit from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is both prettty and surprisingly informative. The text, though brief, is concise and to the point. Unfortunately, you have to continually click through each packet of data, and many topics are presented as merely a series of historical artifacts.
Medical History of American Presidents
Thank you, Dr. Zebra.
POTUS [President of the United States]
From the University of Michigan's Internet Public Library, a collection of thorough, well-organized facts, plus extensive links for each president. Includes electoral and family information as well as cabinet members for each administration. Clean, clear and easy to use.
Presidents of the United States
Directory covering a multitude of presidential subjects.
The Presidents of the United States
From the White House, the site is rather sparse and disappointing considering the source.

THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY
The American Presidency Project
From John Woolley and Gerhard Peters of the University of California, the site is especially useful for its collection of presidential public papers going back to Hoover, and the "Historical and Academic Data" concerning the office of the Presidency in tabular and graph form. The site charts such things as the growth of the office through staff, year by year deficits or surpluses and the difference between presidential budget requests and the final figure passed by Congress.
AmericanPresident.org
Same as above. Excellent resource on the office.
U.S. Presidency Links
Russell Renka's directory is almost overwhelmingly comprehensive.
Presidential Powers
As it says, from the National Paralegal College as suggested by a student of Mrs. Sarah Russell

POLICY & DOCUMENTS
The American Presidency Project
The same site as above, it has the most complete list of presidential papers we have found.
Federal Register
Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
From Revolution to Reconstruction: Presidents
The public papers of the presidents, especially inaugural addresses and state-of-the-nation speeches. This excellent document-based site deserves a browse.
National Security Archive
The lovely folks at George Washington University submit requests under the Freedom of Information Act, and publish the results. Dinosaurs like us who remember Laugh-In will find it veeery interesting.
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
From the Government Printing Office. Only those since George H.W. Bush are available on line, though the GPO plans eventually to publish the entire collection which, with the exception of the Roosevelt papers, goes back to the Hoover administration.
Regulations.gov
Where the public can go to comment on proposed and pending federal regulations as formulated by executive departments and agencies.
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
Just that. The records, from the Government Printing Office go back to 1993.

LINKS
Economic Report of the President

The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. (At least, that's the official description. It's also 4.1 MB to download.

FedWorld

From the Department of Commerce, links to the bureaucracy, documents, job searches and more.

Federal Citizen Information Center

The Pueblo, Colorado site designed to answer almost any question the average citizen might ask of the government.

FedStats

Government gateway to statistics from over 100 federal agencies. A bit hard to use.

GovEngine

A thorough directory of links to local, state and federal government bodies.

GovExec

The on-line version of Government Executive Magazine, GovExec provides an inside look at the doings of government, including pay rates, the state and workings of government management with special pages for homeland security and defense. The site includes a bill tracker, and a digest of news stories named The Early Bird.

Government Printing Office: Federal Digital System

Though it sounds relatively mundane, FDSys is an impressive window on government and the offcial resource for government documents.

Louisiana State University Federal Agencies Directory

A complete list, arranged alphabetically or hierarchically as you wish.