Monday, January 14, 2013

Cabinet Positions--Elsa Pikulik

Secretary of Transportation
The current Secretary of Transportation is Ray LaHood, who has been in office since January 23, 2009. He leads an agency with over 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget used to oversee air, maritime, and ground transportation. The responsibilities of the Secretary of Transportation include overseeing the creation of national transportation policy and legislation, promoting intermodal transportation, debating and implementing international transportation agreements, maintaining U.S. airlines, carrying out airline consumer protection regulations, as well as preventing illegal drug and alcohol misuse in transportation systems. LaHood's primary goal includes ensuring all modes of transportation are safe and focused on the people who use them. He also would like to help to restore economic health, create new jobs, and stay sustainable, while still creating new transportation infrastructure.

Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano was sworn in as the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on January 21, 2009. She leads a Department of over 240,000 employees with a wide variety of jobs, but all committed to keeping America safe. The main goals of the Department are preventing terrorism and improving security, managing the country's borders, enforce immigration laws, protect cyberspace, as well as establish resilience after disasters. The jobs of the Department, which are overseen by the Secretary, are wide-ranging and include aviation and border security, emergency response, cyber security analysts, chemical facility inspectors, and more.

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