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The president is responsible for filling the many different cabinet positions within the executive branch of government. While congress has provided the president with the ability to do this in their own way there are 5 main factors that all presidents use for selecting these cabinet members. These factors include competency, confirmation viability, cohesion, loyalty, and prudence.

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Experience; knowledge of the particular area covered by the agency (for example, the director of the Dept. of Agriculture should have expertise in farming, ranching or agriculture); a good reputation; the ability to get things done; the ability to work well with the president and the majority party in congress.

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There are several factors that the president considers when selecting the head of a cabinet department. The president will look at the previous history of the candidate and make sure they have the experience and morals to do the job.

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For the departments of state, justice,treasury and defense, he needs somebody who is competent and , of course loyal to his plans and ideals. For the other departments, almost anyone whom the senate will confirm, will do an adequate job, so he picks people who will help him politically, or have helped him, or sometimes, he wants diversity, and will pick an Hispanic, a Black, a woman, maybe a Jew, as needed to fill out his cabinet.

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