United States Department of the Interior

United States Department of the Interior
Seal of the United States Department of the Interior.svg
Seal of the U.S. Department of the Interior
Flag of the United States Department of the Interior.svg
Flag of the U.S. Department of the Interior
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Main Interior Building
Agency overview
FormedMarch 3, 1849 (1849-03-03)
TypeDepartment
Headquarters
  • Main Interior Building
  • 1849 C Street NW
  • Washington, D.C., U.S.
  • 20240

38°53′37.11″N 77°2′33.33″W / 38.8936417°N 77.0425917°W / 38.8936417; -77.0425917
Employees67,026 (2022)[1]
Annual budget$17.6 Billion (2022)[2]
Agency executives
WebsiteDOI.gov

The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is one of the executive departments of the U.S. federal government headquartered at the Main Interior Building, located at 1849 C Street NW in Washington, D.C. It is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal lands and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and insular areas of the United States, as well as programs related to historic preservation. About 75% of federal public land is managed by the department, with most of the remainder managed by the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service.[3] The department was created on March 3, 1849.

The department is headed by the secretary of the interior, who reports directly to the president of the United States and is a member of the president's Cabinet. The current secretary is Deb Haaland.

Despite its name, the Department of the Interior has a different role from that of the interior ministries of other nations, which are usually responsible for police matters and internal security. In the United States, national security and immigration functions are performed by the Department of Homeland Security primarily and the Department of Justice secondarily. The Department of the Interior has often been humorously called "the Department of Everything Else" because of its broad range of responsibilities.[4]

  1. ^ "Staffing" (PDF). Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  2. ^ "Departmental Overview" (PDF). Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  3. ^ GAO, "Federal Land Management: Observations on a Possible Move of the Forest Service into the Department of the Interior", February 11, 2009
  4. ^ "History", National Park Service web page. Retrieved May 20, 2010.

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