United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior
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. The deputy secretary of the interior is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. In 1990, the title of the position was changed from under secretary of the interior to deputy secretary of the interior.
|Deputy Secretary of the Interior of the United States|
|Department of the Interior|
|Style||Mr. Deputy Secretary|
(formal address in writing)
|Reports to||Secretary of the Interior|
|Seat||Washington, D.C., United States|
with Senate advice and consent
|Term length||No fixed term|
|Constituting instrument||45 U.S.C. § 1452|
|First holder||John Garamendi|
|Salary||Level II of the Executive Schedule|
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