- from How America Works
The executive branch carries out the laws. The president is the leader of this branch, which also includes the president’s advisors and the people the president appoints to work in government agencies.
The executive branch is responsible for enforcing the laws that Congress makes. It includes the president, the vice president, and the Cabinet. The Cabinet includes the vice president and the heads of the 15 executive departments, who act as advisors to the president. The executive branch includes many other organizations. The Central Intelligence Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the military are just a few. Counting the armed forces, more than 4 million people work for the executive branch.