U.S. Department of the Interior

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Department of the Interior
Secretary:Sally Jewell
Deputy Secretary:David J. Hayes
Annual budget:$19.4 billion
Total employed:10,365
Year created:1849
Official website:http://www.doi.gov/


Executive Departments of the United States

Executive Departments
Department of DefenseDepartment of StateDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of JusticeDepartment of CommerceDepartment of EducationDepartment of the TreasuryDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of EnergyDepartment of LaborDepartment of TransportationDepartment of the InteriorDepartment of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Veterans AffairsDepartment of Housing and Urban Development

Department Secretaries
Ashton CarterJohn KerryJeh JohnsonEric HolderPenny PritzkerArne DuncanJack LewTom VilsackErnest MonizTom PerezAnthony FoxxSally JewellSylvia Mathews BurwellRobert McDonaldJulian Castro
The Department of the Interior is a United States executive department established in 1849. The department was formed to protect and manage the nation's natural resources and cultural heritage.[1] The department is led by the current secretary of the interior, Sally Jewell.

The department employs 10,365 employees. The operating budget for fiscal year 2012 was $19.4 billion.[2] The department oversees various federal agencies including: the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.[3]


The Office of the Interior was formed in 1849 to protect and manage the nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage. Following is a list of important dates in the department's policies:[4]

  • 1869: Hayden expedition began geological survey of Western territories
  • 1872: Yellowstone National Park established by Congress
  • 1879: U.S. Geological Survey established
  • 1903: First National Wildlife Refuge established at Pelican Island, Florida
  • 1916: National Park Service established by President Woodrow Wilson
  • 1940: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service created from agency merging
  • 1982: Minerals Management Service established for mineral revenue collection and offshore land management



The Department of the Interior website states the mission:

The Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.[5]

—Department of the Interior[1]


The current secretary of the interior is Sally Jewell.

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Organizational chart

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The Department of the Interior had a budget of $19.4 billion for the fiscal year 2012. The department's request for fiscal year 2013 was $17.5 billion, a 1.8% decrease.[2]


The Best Places to work in the Federal Government is a website that tracks workforce trends in federal agencies. According to their analysis, from 2008-2012, the Department of the Interior has lost an average of 803 jobs per year.[6]


Secretary Ken Salazar stated the cuts would result in furloughs for National Park Service employees, but a statement on May 24, 2013, put an end to furloughs after three days.[7]

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