Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet begins to take shape

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Possible replacements:

- Christine Gregoire - (See Energy section above)

- Bob Perciasepe - Jackson's deputy and the EPA's acting administrator has already been through the Senate confirmation process, which could be difficult for any new candidate because of Republican anger over EPA rules.

- Gina McCarthy - the assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Air and Radiation is well-known on Capitol Hill, and once worked for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he was Massachusetts governor.

- Mary Nichols - chairman of the California Air Resources Board, who is overseeing a state-run cap-and-trade system for climate-changing greenhouse gases.

- Kathleen McGinty - protege of Gore and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET - VACANT

The top job at the OMB has been vacant for a year since Jack Lew moved into the chief of staff role. It has been run by Jeff Zients, deputy budget director since 2009, who is considered a strong candidate to officially take the top job.

Other possible candidates:

- Douglas Elmendorf - an economist who has been director of the Congressional Budget Office since 2009. Elmendorf has worked at the Federal Reserve, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Treasury Department.

- Gene Sperling - Obama's National Economic Council director, a position he also held under President Bill Clinton. Before taking up his latest post, Sperling was a Treasury counselor under Geithner, providing policy advice on fiscal issues, job creation and other domestic policies.

- Jason Furman - deputy director of the National Economic Council. A veteran number-cruncher in many budget battles, he was an economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and on the National Economic Council in the Clinton administration.

UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE - COULD SOON BE VACANT

USTR Ronald Kirk has said he plans to leave. He could be offered another Cabinet-level post such as Commerce secretary, but there is speculation that he will opt for a private-sector job or seek state-wide office in his home state of Texas.

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