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The Cabinet Reporting to the President … and to You

Summary: 
Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu announces the fifth Cabinet Meeting of the Administration and a new interactive online feature showcasing Cabinet officials.

When President Obama and his Cabinet took office a year ago, they faced an array of historic challenges: an economy in freefall; job losses averaging almost 700,000 a month; a middle class under assault; two wars and badly frayed global alliances; and a staggering $1.3 trillion budget deficit.

Faced with these unparalleled challenges, the President and his Cabinet went straight to work.  The Administration took bold steps to: rescue the country from a potential second Great Depression; rebuild the economy for the long-term by creating good-paying jobs, improving education, reducing health care costs, and promoting energy independence; and restore America’s standing and leadership in the world.

Over the past year, the Administration has made real progress towards these goals.  Today, I’m pleased to announce a new interactive online feature, "The President’s Cabinet Reporting to You."  Through short videos, members of the President’s Cabinet describe their agencies’ accomplishments over the past year, as well as their plans for moving the country forward.

For example:

  • Energy Secretary Chu highlights the thousands of green jobs that have been created through Recovery Act dollars;
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius talks about the success in helping to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus;
  • Secretary of State Clinton describes her department’s efforts to restore our global partnerships; and
  • Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag discusses the President’s initiative to streamline government programs that work and eliminate those that don’t.

This Friday morning, President Obama will convene the fifth Cabinet Meeting of his Administration and continue his discussions with the Cabinet about their efforts to create more jobs, rebuild the middle class, and transform our economy for the 21st Century.

Chris Lu is Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary