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Executive office of the president

The staff of the executive office serves the president directly and when he or she is replaced the office may be completely reorganised. The bodies which make up the executive office advise the president and carry out the detailed work of implementing presidential policies and programmes. Playing leading roles in the executive office are the National Security Council (NSC) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The NSC advises and assists the president on national security and foreign policy matters. It is chaired by the president and includes the vice-president, national security adviser and secretaries of state, defence and the treasury. The OMB assists the president in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and formulating the president's spending plans.

James L Jones
Former general James L Jones is President Obama's National Security Advisor

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