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Executive Branch

As it relates to the checks and balances of our American government, the Executive Branch is responsible for the daily administration of the state bureaucracy. The head of the Executive Branch is the President of the United States. Underneath the President are the several Departments that have been created by Executive Order. The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice are just a few examples of these subgroups within the Executive Branch. The representative leaders of these departments are collectively known as the President’s “Cabinet” of advisors.

Since the Executive Branch of our government is in charge of administrating the affairs of the nation, it is important to keep them in our prayers. The Executive Branch directs the general political flow of the federal government.

Featured Member of the Executive Branch for Prayer

PrayFocusExecutiveJames B. Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

James Brien Comey, Jr. was born in December 1960 in Yonkers, New York. He grew up in Allendale, New Jersey where he attended Northern Highlands Regional High School. Comey graduated from the College of William and Mary, majoring in chemistry and religion. His senior thesis analyzed the liberal theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell, emphasizing their common belief in public action. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School.

After law school, Comey served as a law clerk for a U.S. District Court Judge before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He served as deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and helped prosecute the Gambino crime family. He went on to serve as Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Richmond Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. He served two years as the U.S. District Attorney and was part of the investigation into Martha Stewart’s securities fraud case.

He spent a period of time in the private sector, becoming General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Lockheed Martin and Bridgewater Associates.

President Obama nominated Comey to be Director of the FBI in June 2013; he was confirmed a month later by the Senate, and officially sworn in on September 4, 2013.

Comey and his wife Patrice are the parents of five children.

IN THE NEWS: In a speech on policy, FBI Director James Comey said that encryption technologies used on devices like the new iPhone have become so sophisticated that crimes will go unresolved because law enforcement officers will not be able to get information from them. The new iPhone, for example, encrypts emails, photos and contacts, thwarting intelligence and law enforcement agencies like the National Security Agency and FBI from gaining access to it, even if they have court approval. Comey said the FBI has long had concerns about devices “going dark” – when technology becomes so sophisticated that the authorities cannot gain access. But now, Comey believes that the new technologies have evolved to the point that will adversely affect crime solving. “The notion that people have devices, again, that with court orders based on a showing of probable cause in a case involving kidnapping or child exploitation or terrorism, we could never open that phone?” he said, “My sense is that we’ve gone too far when we’ve gone there.”




Today’s Presidential Schedule

Friday October 24, 2014

The following schedule is provided (live feed) from The White House and is solely responsible for its content.

ALL TIMES EASTERN STANDARD-DAYLIGHT


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The President
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Executive Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the debate over preschool is over and high-quality early education needs to be available to all children in America because it makes a fundamental difference in kid’s lives.

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder listed the Administration’s inability to enact more stringent gun control regulations as among the biggest failures of his tenure, saying it “weighs heavily” on his mind.

Pray for President Obama and his Cabinet members as they look for achievements in their last two years in office.