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Magazine ranks 5 best Cabinet secretaries

By Ed O'Keefe

President Obama and his Cabinet posed earlier this year for an White House portrait.

We couldn't let this one get away without allowing Federal Eye readers to weigh in: U.S. News & World Report has ranked President Obama's top five Cabinet secretaries based on an informal survey of Beltway junkies.

"Washington Whispers" columnist Paul Bedard concludes that Washington especially likes Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

No surprise there, but the back three may raise Eyebrows:

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

The reason? "All three secretaries are bringing new energy to the stodgy posts," Bedard writes. Indeed LaHood has taken the lead on the Toyota recall scare, Duncan has been pushing the federal direct student loan program and Shinseki announced plans to review the VA's policy on Gulf War Syndrome.

"Typically, State, Treasury, and Defense lead the pack, followed by Commerce," the Whispers scribe says. "But under Obama, Treasury has fallen way down to what many believe is the bottom of the list of influential cabinet agencies, in large part because of Secretary Timothy Geithner's troubles and all the talk that he might be replaced."

Agree or disagree? Opine in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 3, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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Steven Chu at Energy, perhaps?

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat | March 4, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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