Talk:Office of the United States Trade Representative

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Cabinet confusion[edit]

Is the head of this office a member of the Cabinet or not? The article currently says the position is "not technically" a Cabinet position, but the Ron Kirk article says it is. —mjb (talk) 21:44, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

The distinction is between Cabinet offices and Cabinet-level offices. The former are fixed (consisting of the Pres, the AG, and the department secretaries). The president can also promote offices to Cabinet level at will. For instance, the SBA was Cabinet level in the Clinton years. Bush demoted it, but it was again made Cabinet level in the current administration. It is a distinction worth noting in this article, but probably not at Ron Kirk. -Rrius (talk) 02:52, 18 May 2012 (UTC)