United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior

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Deputy Secretary of the Interior of the United States
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Incumbent
Michael L. Connor

since February 27, 2014
Department of the Interior
Style Mister/Madam Deputy Secretary
The Honorable
(formal address in writing)
Reports to Secretary of the Interior
Seat Washington, D.C., USA
Appointer The President
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument 45 U.S.C. § 1452
Salary Level II of the Executive Schedule
Website www.DOI.gov

The Deputy Secretary of the Interior, in the United States government, advises and assists the Secretary of the Interior in the supervision and direction of the Department of the Interior and its activities, and succeeds the Secretary in his or her absence, sickness, or unavailability.[1] The Deputy Secretary of the Interior is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.[2] In 1990, the title of the position was changed from Under Secretary of the Interior to Deputy Secretary of the Interior.[3]

With the resignation Secretary Gale Norton announced March 10, 2006, effective at the end of March, Lynn Scarlett became the Acting Secretary of the Interior until President George W. Bush's nomination for Secretary, Dirk Kempthorne, was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 26 of that year.[4]

Section 3346 of U.S. Code within Title 5, or 5 U.S.C. § 3346, details time limitations of acting officers. An acting officer may serve no longer than 210 days after the vacancy, from the date a first or second nomination is pending before the Senate, the date a first or second nomination is withdrawn, rejected, or returned, or the date the Senate reconvenes if the appointment has taken place while Congress has adjourned sine die.[5]

List of Deputy Secretaries of Interior[edit]

# Name Term Began Term Ended President(s) served under
1 Lynn Scarlett 2005 May 22, 2009 George W. Bush
Barack Obama
2 David J. Hayes May 22, 2009 June 30, 2013[6]
3 Michael L. Connor February 27, 2014 Incumbent Barack Obama

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US CODE: Title 5,3345. Acting officer". Retrieved September 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ "US CODE: Title 43,1452. Deputy Secretary of the Interior; appointment". Retrieved September 20, 2007. 
  3. ^ "US CODE: Title 43,1452. Deputy Secretary of the Interior; appointment". Retrieved September 20, 2007. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Department of the Interior - Lynn Scarlett Biography". Archived from the original on August 4, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2007. 
  5. ^ "US CODE: Title 5,3346. Time limitation". Retrieved September 20, 2007. 
  6. ^ Snow, Nick. "Hayes resigns as Deputy US Interior Secretary". Oil and Gas Journal. Retrieved 1 March 2014.