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The Clinton Administration

Cabinet members make some of the most important decisions in an administration, and drive issues to the forefront of the policy agenda. Below are the people who make things happen – and the jurisdiction of each agency. The departments and their heads are listed below in order of presidential succession, after the vice president, the speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate.

Albright
Albright

Department of State: Madeleine K. Albright
The key United States foreign affairs agency, the State Department is in charge of diplomacy, negotiation and relations with other nations.

Department of the Treasury: Lawrence Summers
Treasury helps maintain the nation's economy, sets monetary policy and provides safety for American citizens and leaders. Its agencies include the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, the Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Summers
Summers


Cohen
Cohen

Department of Defense: William S. Cohen
A central player in setting foreign policy, the Pentagon oversees the U.S. military including all the armed forces, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other defense agencies.

Department of Justice: Janet Reno
Justice's duties include enforcing the law, investigating and preventing crime and prosecuting offenders. It also represents the administration and the federal government in lawsuits.
Reno
Reno

Babbitt
Babbitt

Department of the Interior: Bruce Babbitt
Interior is chiefly in charge of protecting natural resources. Its agencies include the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Department of Agriculture: Dan Glickman
USDA oversees farm and agriculture policy, including international trade, nutrition programs, food safety and consumer issues, rural development and natural resources.
Glickman
Glickman

Daley
Daley
Department of Commerce: William M. Daley
Chiefly responsible for business and trade, Commerce focuses on domestic and global economic performance. Its agencies include the Census Bureau, the Patent and Trademark Office and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Department of Labor: Alexis M. Herman
Labor's chief responsibility is the nation's work force. It sets policy for workers, mediates contract disputes and oversees statutes on wages, workplace health and safety, pensions, equal opportunity, worker's compensation and job training.
Herman
Herman

Shalala
Shalala
HHS: Donna E. Shalala
The primary focus of the Department of Health and Human Services is public health, welfare and safety issues. Its domain includes Medicare and Medicaid, aid for low-income families, immunization and funding to fight infectious disease, Head Start, child support enforcement and preventing domestic violence.

HUD: Andrew Cuomo
HUD takes care of America's cities. The department is responsible for public housing, empowerment zones and business and economic support for communities.
Cuomo
Cuomo

Slater
Slater
Department of Transportation: Rodney E. Slater
Transportation formulates policy on aviation, railroads, waterways and highways. It also is in charge of regulation, infrastructure and maintenance.

Department of Energy: Bill Richardson
Energy focuses on technology to improve energy sources, education and efficiency. The department also addresses environmental quality and issues like nuclear waste disposal.
Richardson
Richardson

Riley
Riley
Department of Education: Richard W. Riley
The department oversees U.S. education policy and standards. Its responsibilities also include student loans and leadership on specific education issues.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Togo D. West
The department operates services – including medical care, assistance, benefits and cemeteries – for the more than 26 million American veterans.
West
West

Cabinet-Level Positions
Although not technically part of the Cabinet, some top administration positions are treated as such. Like the Cabinet, nominees to these posts must be approved by the Senate.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations: Richard C. Holbrooke
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency: Carol M. Browner
U.S. Trade Representative: Charlene Barshefsky
Director, Central Intelligence: George J. Tenet
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation: Louis J. Freeh



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