Secretary of the Interior
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The Department of the Interior is a Cabinet-level agency that manages America's vast natural and cultural resources. The Secretary of the Interior heads the Interior Department, which employs 70,000 people, in nine technical bureaus and various offices.
Sub-DepartmentsRoyalty Policy Committee
The Department of Land and Minerals Management oversees land use planning, public land management including onshore and offshore mineral management, surface mining reclamation, and the regulation of operations for all minerals on the Outer Continental Shelf, among other duties.
Sub-DepartmentsOffice of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Bureau of Land Management
The Department of Water and Science manages and directs programs supporting the development and implementation of national water and mineral policies.
Sub-DepartmentsBureau of Reclamation
The Office of Insular Areas is responsible for coordinating federal policy with the U.S. Virgin Islands, the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks provides policy guidance and direction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service.
Sub-DepartmentsNational Park Service
The Department of Indian Affairs administers laws and regulations relating to Indian tribes, individual Indian tribal members, and Indian affairs, and is responsible for the management of programs, functions, and activities assigned to and undertaken by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Department of Influence was created by the Western Values Project to document the revolving door between special interest lobbyists and political appointees at the Department of the Interior and to expose how that revolving door influences decisions made by the department.