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WASHINGTON - President Bush plans to overhaul his economic team for the second time in two years and wants to tap prominent figures outside the administration to help sell rewrites of Social Security and the tax laws to Congress and the country, White House aides and advisers said over the weekend.

The aides said the replacement of four of the five top economic officials -- including the Treasury and Commerce secretaries, with only budget director Joshua Bolten likely to remain -- is part of Bush's preparation for sending Congress an ambitious second-term domestic agenda.

Administration officials had signaled that they would move gradually to replace the economic team, but the White House is now indicating it may move more quickly to convey a fresh start. Aides also indicated that Bush is considering reaching beyond the kind of administration loyalists who will staff key national security posts in the second term.

Republican officials said that Bush's economic team has been weaker than his national security advisers and that the president believes he needs aides who can relate better to Congress and be more effective in dealing with financial markets and television interviewers. A more skilled team is essential, the aides said, because of the complex and politically challenging agenda of overhauling Social Security to add private investment accounts and simplifying the tax code.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Thursday chose Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns as secretary of agriculture to oversee the nation's farm and food programs, an administration official said.

Johanns would succeed Ann M. Veneman, who recently announced her resignation despite saying earlier that she wanted to stay.

So far, seven of Bush's 15-member Cabinet have announced they won't be part of the second term.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush is half way through the job of restocking his Cabinet, naming three new members to help him push through his second term agenda.

The administration has been busy in the weeks since the November 2 election, which has seen the resignations of Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Commerce Secretary Don Evans, Education Secretary Rod Paige, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

So far, Bush has name three replacements, all very close associates

He nominated White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to succeed Ashcroft, Condoleezza Rice, his national security advisor and trusted confidant, to take over at the State Department and domestic policy adviser Margaret Spellings to replace Paige.
The secretary oversees the Department of Energy, which President Carter established in 1977.

Spencer Abraham, January 2001 to present
Resignation announced November 15
Before he was appointed energy secretary, Spencer Abraham was a U.S. senator from Michigan for one term and a top aide to Vice President Dan Quayle.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Tuesday nominated Condoleezza Rice, his confidante and national security adviser, as secretary of state.

She will succeed Colin Powell, who announced his resignation Monday.

"During the last four years I have relied on her counsel, benefited from her great experience and appreciated her sound and steady judgment," Bush said in a ceremony in the White House Roosevelt Room.

Bush said he was honored that she agreed to take the post.

"The secretary of state is America's face to the world, and in Dr. Rice the world will see the strength, the grace and the decency of our country," he said.

Bush said that Rice's deputy, Steve Hadley, would succeed her as national security adviser.

Rice said it had been a privilege to work for Bush during his first term.

"I look forward, with the consent of the Senate, to pursuing your hopeful and ambitious agenda as secretary of state," she said.
The Department of Health and Human Services was established under President Carter in 1979. Agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services fall under the department's authority.

Tommy Thompson, January 2001 to present
Before becoming health and human services secretary, Tommy Thompson was governor of Wisconsin, where he overhauled the state's welfare system with the Wisconsin Works program.
The Department of Homeland Security was established in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks. The department is responsible for coordinating a national strategy to protect the United States against future attacks.

Tom Ridge, appointed October 2001
Resignation announced November 30
As the first secretary of homeland security, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge has overseen the development of a terror threat advisory system and new security measures at airports and borders.

President Johnson created the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1965 as part of his "Great Society" effort to eradicate poverty.

Alphonso Jackson, January 2004 to present
Alphonso Jackson was named secretary after serving as deputy secretary since June 2001. He is the former president of a Texas utility company and former public housing director in Washington.

Mel Martinez, January 2001 to December 2003
Mel Martinez left his post as HUD secretary before announcing a run for a U.S. Senate seat from Florida. Martinez won the November 2004 election and will be the first Cuban-American member of the U.S. Senate.

The Department of the Interior, created in 1849 by President Taylor, oversees such federal agencies as the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Gale Norton, January 2001 to present
Gale Norton, a former Colorado attorney general, is the first woman to head the Department of the Interior. Norton has drawn criticism from environmental groups and others over her support for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

The attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer in the country and oversees the Department of Justice, which President Grant established in 1870.

Alberto Gonzales
Nominated November 10, 2004; would replace John Ashcroft if confirmed by Senate
As White House counsel since January 2001, Gonzales has been involved in many of the issues that he would confront as attorney general, including the legal handling of detainees in the war on terror. He is a former Texas Supreme Court justice and Texas secretary of state.

John Ashcroft, appointed January 2001
Resignation announced November 9
Ashcroft has been a key defender of the USA Patriot Act, a controversial federal law aimed to aid the government's anti-terrorism efforts.

The Labor Department, created in 1913 when President Wilson divided the Commerce and Labor departments, administers federal labor laws that govern, for example, minimum wage, unemployment insurance and protection from employment discrimination.

Elaine Chao, January 2001 to present
Elaine Chao, a former Peace Corps director, is the first Asian-American woman to hold a Cabinet post.

The State Department is the federal agency responsible for foreign affairs. Thomas Jefferson was named the first secretary of state in 1789.

Condoleezza Rice
Nominated November 16, 2004; would replace Colin Powell if confirmed by Senate
Condoleezza Rice, who has served as national security adviser during President Bush's first term, is a former provost of Stanford University. She was an adviser on Soviet affairs to President George H.W. Bush.

Colin Powell, appointed January 2001
Resignation announced November 15
Colin Powell served in the U.S. Army for 35 years, eventually becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993.
The secretary oversees the nation's road, rail, air and sea transit systems. President Johnson created the Department of Transportation in 1966.

Norman Mineta, January 2001 to present
Democrat Norman Mineta was commerce secretary in the Clinton administration. Before taking that post, he was a congressman from California for 21 years, including a stint as chairman of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee.
The Treasury Department oversees U.S. economic and financial systems. Federal agencies that fall under its authority include the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Mint.

John Snow, January 2003 to present
John Snow is a former chairman and chief executive officer of transportation company CSX Corp.

Paul O'Neill, January 2001 to December 2002
Paul O'Neill was chairman of Alcoa Corp. before taking charge of the Treasury Department. He was forced out of his post in 2003 amid a shake-up of the president's economic team.
The Department of Veterans Affairs serves U.S. veterans and their families through a network of hospitals and support organizations.

Anthony Principi, January 2001 to present
Anthony Principi was deputy secretary of veterans affairs in President George H.W. Bush's administration. He later was named acting secretary.
Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, spoke to Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska last Friday about the possibility of replacing Veneman at the Department of Agriculture, according to two sources familiar with their conversation.

Nelson told CNN he could not confirm or deny whether Rove made an offer, adding that he is "happy" in his current job.

But when pressed as to whether he would consider the job if Bush offered it, Nelson said, "Any time the president talks, you listen."

If Nelson took the job, he would be the second Democrat in the Bush Cabinet, joining Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. (Sources: Dem approached for agriculture post)
The secretary oversees the Department of Agriculture, which President Lincoln created in 1862. The USDA provides information to the country's farmers and oversees safety of food products.

Ann M. Veneman, January 2001 to present
Resignation announced November 15
Ann M. Veneman is an attorney who served as deputy agriculture secretary in President George H.W. Bush's administration.
The Department of Commerce, which was established in 1913 by President Wilson, is responsible for promoting American business.

Carlos Gutierrez
Nominated November 29; would replace Don Evans if confirmed by Senate
Cuban-born Carlos Gutierrez, 51, has been chief executive officer of Kellogg Co. since 1999. He started at the company selling cereal out of a van in Mexico City.
The secretary oversees the U.S. military. The Department of Defense was created in 1947 when President Truman merged the War and Navy departments with the new U.S. Air Force.

Donald Rumsfeld, January 2001 to present
Donald Rumsfeld was defense secretary in the Ford administration and is a former congressman from Illinois. During his tenure in the Bush administration, he has conducted wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The secretary oversees the Department of Education, which was created in 1979 when President Carter split the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Margaret Spellings
Nominated November 17; would replace Rod Paige if confirmed by Senate
Margaret Spellings is a longtime adviser to President Bush who has served as a White House domestic policy adviser since 2001. She was a key figure in drafting the "No Child Left Behind" education initiative.