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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

PrayFocusExecutiveRobert A. McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Robert Alan McDonald was born in June 1963 in Gary, Indiana, and grew up in Chicago. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Engineering. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for five years, primarily in the 82nd Airborne Division, attaining the rank of Captain and earning the Ranger tab. He earned an MBA at the University of Utah.

He joined Proctor & Gamble, working first as a brand manager for Tide, working himself up through the ranks in the U.S. and abroad. He became President and Chief Executive in 2009, and assumed the Chairman of the Board role in 2010. He retired from P&G in 2013.

A year later, President Barack Obama nominated McDonald to fill the Cabinet position of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and he was confirmed by the Senate in a 97-0 vote. He succeeded Eric Shinseki, who resigned due to the Veterans Health Administration scandal of 2014.

He is married to Diane McDonald and they have two children.

IN THE NEWS: Veterans Choice is a $10 billion program worked out between Congress and the VA. Through it, veterans received a card that was supposed to allow them to see a non-VA doctor if they were either more than 40 miles away from a VA facility or they were going to have to wait longer than 30 days for a VA provider to see them. The problem was, Congress gave the Veterans Administration only 90 days to set up the system.

Facing that deadline, the VA turned to two private companies to administer the program – helping veterans get an appointment with a doctor and then working with the VA to pay that doctor. It sounds like a simple idea, but it’s not working. Wait times have gotten worse. There are 70,000 more veterans waiting at least a month for an appointment than there were at this time last year.

The VA claims there has been a massive increase in demand for care, but the problem has more to do with the way Veterans Choice was set up. It is confusing and complicated. Vets don’t understand it, doctors don’t understand it, and even VA administrators admit they can’t always figure it out.

The pressure is still on the Veterans Administration to figure out how to get veterans the care they have been promised, without all the confusion. Secretary Robert McDonald in a roundtable discussion with reporters this week, said “When you go to Disneyland, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? What’s important? What’s important is: What’s your satisfaction with the experience?” Those comments have caused some members of Congress to suggest that Secretary McDonald is “tone deaf” to the basic needs of veterans.

Today’s Presidential Schedule

Sunday May 29, 2016

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Executive Branch Prayer Needs


President Obama is using his Asia trip to reassure the world that the current presidential election isn’t a sign of worse things to come from America. “Things are going to be OK,” he has repeated to his Asian hosts.

Facing a backlash over long security lines and management problems, the head of the Transportation Security Administration shook up the agency, replacing the top security official and adding more personnel in Chicago.

Pray for continued safety and good health for President Obama as he travels through Asia.