A Soldier's Sketchbook
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The day-to-day enforcement and administration of federal laws is in the hands of the various federal executive departments , created by Congress to deal with specific areas of national and international affairs. The heads of the 15 departments, chosen by the President and approved with the "advice and consent" of the . Senate, form a council of advisers generally known as the President's "Cabinet". Once confirmed "cabinet officers" serve at the pleasure of the President. In addition to departments, a number of staff organizations are grouped into the Executive Office of the President . These include the White House staff, the National Security Council , the Office of Management and Budget , the Council of Economic Advisers , the Council on Environmental Quality , the Office of the . Trade Representative , the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Office of Science and Technology Policy . The employees in these United States government agencies are called federal civil servants .