The legislative branch makes laws (Congress, comprised of the House of Representatives and Senate)
The executive branch carries out laws (president, vice president, Cabinet, most federal agencies)
Executive Office of the President
The Executive Office of the president communicates the president's message and deals with the federal budget, security, and other high priorities.
These are the main agencies of the federal government. The heads of these 15 agencies are also members of the president's cabinet.
Executive Department Sub-Agencies and Bureaus
Smaller sub-agencies support specialized work within their parent executive department agencies.
Although they're not officially part of the executive branch, these agencies are required by federal statute to release certain information about their programs and activities in the Federal Register, the daily journal of government activities.
These agencies are not represented in the cabinet and are not part of the Executive Office of the president. They deal with government operations, the economy, and regulatory oversight.
Boards, Commissions, and Committees
Congress or the president establish these smaller organizations to manage specific tasks and areas that don't fall under parent agencies.
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