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Main article: "Executive Schedule

The heads of the executive departments and most other senior federal officers at cabinet or sub-cabinet level receive their salary under a fixed five level pay plan known as the "Executive Schedule, which is codified in "Title 5 of the United States Code. 21 positions, including the heads of the executive departments and others, receiving Level I pay are listed in "5 U.S.C. § 5312, and those 46 positions on Level II pay (including the number two positions of the executive departments) are listed in "5 U.S.C. § 5313. As of 2015, Level I annual pay, was set at $203,700.[4]

The annual salary of the "Vice President is $235,300.[4] The salary level was set by the Government Salary Reform Act of 1989, which also provides an automatic cost of living adjustment for federal employees. The Vice President does not automatically receive a pension based on that office, but instead receives the same pension as other members of Congress based on his "ex officio position as "President of the Senate.[5]

Current Cabinet and Cabinet-rank officials[edit]

Cabinet of Donald Trump

The individuals listed below were nominated by President "Donald Trump to form his Cabinet and were confirmed by the "United States Senate on the date noted, or are serving as acting department heads by his request pending the confirmation of his nominees. For a full list of people nominated for Cabinet positions, see "Formation of Donald Trump's Cabinet.

Vice President and the heads of the executive departments[edit]

The Cabinet includes the "Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments, listed here according to their "order of succession to the Presidency. These 16 positions are the core "cabinet member" seats, as distinct from other "Cabinet-level seats for other various top level White House staffers and heads of other government agencies, none of whom are in the presidential line of succession.[6] Note that the "Speaker of the House and the "President pro tempore of the Senate follow the Vice President and precede the Secretary of State in the order of succession, but both are in the legislative branch and are not part of the Cabinet.

(statutory basis)
Incumbent Term began
""Seal of the Vice President of the United States.svg
"Vice President
"(Constitution, Art. II, Sec. I)
""Mike Pence new official portrait.jpg
January 20, 2017
""US Department of State official seal.svg
"Secretary of State
("22 U.S.C. § 2651a)
""Rex Tillerson official portrait.jpg
February 1, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of the Treasury.svg
"Secretary of the Treasury
("31 U.S.C. § 301)
February 13, 2017
""United States Department of Defense Seal.svg
"Secretary of Defense
("10 U.S.C. § 113)
""James Mattis Official SECDEF Photo.jpg
January 20, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Justice.svg
"Attorney General
("28 U.S.C. § 503)
""Jeff Sessions, official portrait.jpg
February 9, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of the Interior.svg
"Secretary of the Interior
("43 U.S.C. § 1451)
""Ryan Zinke official photo.jpg
March 1, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Agriculture.svg
"Secretary of Agriculture
("7 U.S.C. § 2202)
""Secretary Sonny Perdue official photo (cropped).jpg
April 25, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Commerce.svg
"Secretary of Commerce
("15 U.S.C. § 1501)
""Wilbur Ross Official Portrait (cropped).jpg
February 28, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Labor.svg
"Secretary of Labor
("29 U.S.C. § 551)
""Alexander Acosta.jpg
April 28, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.svg
"Secretary of Health and Human Services
(Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1953, 67 "Stat. 631 and "42 U.S.C. § 3501)
""Tom Price official Transition portrait.jpg
February 10, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.svg
"Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
("42 U.S.C. § 3532)
""Ben Carson official portrait as HUD secretary.jpg
March 2, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Transportation.svg
"Secretary of Transportation
("49 U.S.C. § 102)
""Elaine L. Chao (cropped).jpg
January 31, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Energy.svg
"Secretary of Energy
("42 U.S.C. § 7131)
""Secretary Rick Perry (cropped 2).jpg
March 2, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Education.svg
"Secretary of Education
("20 U.S.C. § 3411)
""Betsy DeVos official Department of Education portrait.jpg
February 7, 2017
""Seal of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.svg
"Secretary of Veterans Affairs
("38 U.S.C. § 303)
February 14, 2017
""Seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security.svg
"Secretary of Homeland Security
("6 U.S.C. § 112)
""John Kelly official DHS portrait.jpg
January 20, 2017

Cabinet-level officials[edit]

The following officials hold positions that are considered to be Cabinet-level positions. Cabinet-level officials attend Cabinet meetings, but are not official Cabinet Members:

Cabinet-level Officials
Office Incumbent Term began
""Seal of the Executive Office of the President of the United States 2014.svg
"White House Chief of Staff
(Pub.L. 76–19, 53 "Stat. 561, enacted April 3, 1939, "Executive Order 8248, "Executive Order 10452, "Executive Order 12608)
""Reince Priebus by Gage Skidmore.jpg
January 20, 2017
"Trade Representative
("19 U.S.C. § 2171)
""No image.png
March 2, 2017
""The Office of the Director of National Intelligence.svg
"Director of National Intelligence[7][8]
("50 U.S.C. § 3023)
""Dan Coats official DNI portrait.jpg
March 16, 2017
""US Department of State official seal.svg
"Ambassador to the United Nations
("22 U.S.C. § 287, "Executive Order 9844, "Executive Order 10108)
""Nikki Haley official Transition portrait.jpg
January 27, 2017
"Director of the Office of Management and Budget
("31 U.S.C. § 502, "Executive Order 11541, "Executive Order 11609, "Executive Order 11717)
""Mick Mulvaney, Official Portrait, 113th Congress (cropped).jpg
February 16, 2017
""Seal of the Central Intelligence Agency.svg
"Director of the Central Intelligence Agency[7]
("50 U.S.C. § 3036)
""Mike Pompeo official Transition portrait.jpg
January 23, 2017
""Environmental Protection Agency logo.svg
"Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
("5 U.S.C. § 906, "Executive Order 11735)
""Scott Pruitt, EPA official portrait (cropped).jpg
February 17, 2017
""Seal of the United States Small Business Administration.svg
"Administrator of the Small Business Administration
("15 U.S.C. § 633)
""Linda McMahon official photo.jpg February 14, 2017

Former executive and Cabinet-level departments[edit]

Renamed heads of the executive departments[edit]

Other positions no longer of Cabinet rank[edit]

Proposed Cabinet departments[edit]


See also[edit]

For navigational boxes containing the names of members of each President's Cabinet, see:


  1. ^ Harper, Douglas. "cabinet (n.)". Online Etymology Dictionary. Archived from the original on December 18, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2015. Meaning "case for safe-keeping" (of papers, liquor, etc.) is from 1540s, gradually shading to mean a piece of furniture that does this. Sense of "private room where advisers meet" (c.1600) led to modern political meaning (1640s); perhaps originally short for Cabinet council (1630s); compare board (n.1) in its evolution from place where some group meets to the word for the group that meets there. 
  2. ^ Wulwick, Richard P.; Macchiarola, Frank J. (1995). "Congressional Interference With The President's Power To Appoint" (PDF). Stetson Law Review. XXIV: 625–652. 
  3. ^ Pierce, Olga (2009-01-22). "Who Runs Departments Before Heads Are Confirmed?". ProPublica. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  4. ^ a b Obama, Barack (2014-12-19). "ADJUSTMENTS OF CERTAIN RATES OF PAY" (PDF). EXECUTIVE ORDER 13686. The White House. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  5. ^ Purcell, Patrick J. (2005-01-21). "Retirement Benefits for Members of Congress" (PDF). CRS Report for Congress. "Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  6. ^ The "White House. "The Cabinet". Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces His Cabinet". White House. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ Demirjian, Karoun (March 15, 2017). "Coats confirmed as nation's new spy chief". "Washington Post. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  9. ^ The office of Secretary of Foreign Affairs existed under the "Articles of Confederation from October 20, 1781 to March 3, 1789, the day before the "Constitution came into force.
  10. ^ "President Clinton Raises FEMA Director to Cabinet Status" (Press release). Federal Emergency Management Agency. February 26, 1996. Archived from the original on January 16, 1997. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  11. ^ Fowler, Daniel (November 19, 2008). "Emergency Managers Make It Official: They Want FEMA Out of DHS". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on November 29, 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2010. During the Clinton administration, FEMA Administrator James Lee Witt met with the Cabinet. His successor in the Bush administration, Joe M. Allbaugh, did not.  (Archived March 3, 2010, by WebCite at
  12. ^ "Tenet, George (2007). At the Center of the Storm. London: HarperCollins. p. 136. "ISBN "0-06-114778-8. Under President Clinton, I was a Cabinet member—a legacy of John Deutch's requirement when he took the job as DCI—but my contacts with the president, while always interesting, were sporadic. I could see him as often as I wanted but was not on a regular schedule. Under President Bush, the DCI lost its Cabinet-level status. 
  13. ^ Schoenfeld, Gabriel (July–August 2007). "The CIA Follies (Cont'd.)". Commentary. Retrieved May 22, 2009. Though he was to lose the Cabinet rank he had enjoyed under Clinton, he came to enjoy "extraordinary access" to the new President, who made it plain that he wanted to be briefed every day. 
  14. ^ Sciolino, Elaine (September 29, 1996). "C.I.A. Chief Charts His Own Course". New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2009. It is no secret that Mr. Deutch initially turned down the intelligence position, and was rewarded for taking it by getting Cabinet rank. 
  15. ^ Clinton, Bill (July 1, 1993). "Remarks by the President and Lee Brown, Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy". White House. Retrieved May 22, 2009. We are here today to install a uniquely qualified person to lead our nation's effort in the fight against illegal drugs and what they do to our children, to our streets, and to our communities. And to do it for the first time from a position sitting in the President's Cabinet. 
  16. ^ Cook, Dave (March 11, 2009). "New drug czar gets lower rank, promise of higher visibility". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved March 16, 2009. For one thing, in the Obama administration the Drug Czar will not have Cabinet status, as the job did during George W. Bush's administration. 
  17. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces His Cabinet". 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  18. ^ "President Trump announces his full Cabinet roster". Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  19. ^ "A Department of Commerce". The New York Times. 1881-05-13. 
  20. ^ Company, DIANE Publishing (April 1, 1998). "Improving Management and Organization in Federal Natural Resources and Environmental Functions: Hearing Before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, U. S. Senate". DIANE Publishing. Retrieved February 20, 2017 – via Google Books. Chairman STEVENS. Thank you very much. I think both of you are really pointing in the same direction as this Committee. I do hope we can keep it on a bipartisan basis. Mr. Dean, when I was at the Interior Department, I drafted Eisenhower's Department of Natural Resources proposal, and we have had a series of them that have been presented. 
  21. ^ a b c "116 - Special Message to the Congress on Executive Branch Reorganization". The University of California, Santa Barbara - The American Presidency Project. The administration is today transmitting to the Congress four bills which, if enacted, would replace seven of the present executive departments and several other agencies with four new departments: the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Community Development, the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Economic Affairs. 
  22. ^ "Republican Party Platform of 1976". The University of California, Santa Barbara - The American Presidency Project. August 18, 1976. 
  23. ^ Thrush, Glenn (November 8, 2013). "Locked in the Cabinet". "Politico. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  24. ^ Schuman, Frederick L. (1969). Why a Department of Peace. Beverly Hills: Another Mother for Peace. p. 56. "OCLC 339785. 
  25. ^ "History of Legislation to Create a Dept. of Peace". Archived from the original on 2006-07-20. 
  26. ^ a b c "10 - Summary of the Report of the Committee on Administrative Management". The University of California, Santa Barbara - The American Presidency Project. Overhaul the more than 100 separate departments, boards, commissions, administrations, authorities, corporations, committees, agencies and activities which are now parts of the Executive Branch, and theoretically under the President, and consolidate them within twelve regular departments, which would include the existing ten departments and two new departments, a Department of Social Welfare, and a Department of Public Works. Change the name of the Department of Interior to Department of Conservation. 
  27. ^ "23 - Special Message to the Congress Transmitting Reorganization Plan 1 of 1962". The University of California, Santa Barbara - The American Presidency Project. 
  28. ^ "121 - Special Message to the Congress: The Quality of American Government". The University of California, Santa Barbara - The American Presidency Project. In my State of the Union Address, and later in my Budget and Economic Messages to the Congress, I proposed the creation of a new Department of Business and Labor. 
  29. ^ "33 - Special Message to the Congress on Rural Development". The University of California, Santa Barbara - The American Presidency Project. 
  30. ^ "116 - Special Message to the Congress on Executive Branch Reorganization". The University of California, Santa Barbara - The American Presidency Project. The new Department of Economic Affairs would include many of the offices that are now within the Departments of Commerce, Labor and Agriculture. A large part of the Department of Transportation would also be relocated here, including the United States Coast Guard, the Federal Railroad Administration, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Transportation Systems Center, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Motor Carrier Safety Bureau and most of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Small Business Administration, the Science Information Exchange program from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the Office of Technology Utilization from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration would also be included in the new Department. 
  31. ^ "Public Notes on 02-RMSP3". Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  32. ^ J. Stapelton Roy (June 29, 2007). "A Conversation with Michael McConnell". "Council on Foreign Relations. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Time for a Cabinet-Level U.S. Department of Global Development". The Center for Global Development. 
  34. ^ Clarke, Jr., John (January 16, 2009). "Quincy Jones Lobbies Obama for Secretary of Culture Post". "Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  35. ^ "President Obama Announces proposal to reform, reorganize and consolidate Government". Barack Obama White House. 
  36. ^ "Obama Suggests 'Secretary of Business' in a 2nd Term - Washington Wire - WSJ". The Wall Street Journal. 

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