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Government Information: The Executive Branch

How and where to find United States federal and other government information.

The Executive Branch

The Executive Branch is comprised of the offices of the President, the Vice President, and those Agencies and Bureaus (such as the CIA) under the direction of the President.

Founding Documents

The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
"These three documents, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, have secured the rights of the American people for more than two and a quarter centuries and are considered instrumental to the founding and philosophy of the United States. "

Access from NARA here.

Third-Party Sites

The American Presidency Project: a non-profit and non-partisan source of presidential documents

American Presidents: Life Portraits: C-SPAN's series profiling past presidents

Center for the Study of the Presidency: CSPC works with leading experts on presidential and congressional history to provide engaging case studies on political leadership, legislative compromise, and national strategy

Presidential Directives and Where to Find Them: from the Library of Congress, links to presidential directives. These directives go by different names and are are signed or authorized by the President. They are issued by the National Security Council

The White House Historical Association: a nonprofit institution whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House.

Subject Guide

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