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The President has the power to appoint men and women to work with him/her in running the government and carrying out the laws of the nation. The Cabinet includes the vice president and the heads of 14 executive departments, including Agriculture, Commerce Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veteran Affairs, and the Attorney General.
One of the principal purposes of the Cabinet is to advise the President on any subject he or she may require relating to the duties of their respective offices.
Although many appointments are tied directly to personal talents and qualifications of potential appointees, there is nothing in the Constitution that addresses the qualifications for members of the President's Cabinet. The only real requirements are that the President nominates a person to be a department secretary and the Senate must then confirm the appointment.
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