National security adviser Condoleezza Rice is expected to replace Colin Powell as secretary of state, according to Bush administration officials. Powell announced his resignation today.

Stephen Hadley, Rice's deputy, is expected to replace her as national security adviser,

Reuters

reported.

Powell's resignation comes along with the departure of three other Cabinet members: Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, Education Secretary Rod Paige and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

President Bush nominated his legal counsel, Alberto Gonzalez, last week to replace John Ashcroft as attorney general.