Monday, January 14, 2013

Attorney General and Secretary of the Interior - Grant Kaplan

Grant Kaplan
Ms. Shapero
Political Science

Presidential Cabinets Assignment: Attorney General and Secretary of the Interior
The United States Attorney General:
              The United States Attorney General, as the chief legal officer of the states, commonwealths and territories of the United States, serves as counselor to their legislatures and state agencies. In a way, Attorney Generals also act as the "People's Lawyer," so-to-speak, for all citizens acting as public advocates in areas such as child enforcement, consumer protections, antitrust and utility regulation, and enforcing federal and state environmental laws. Attorney Generals also represent the state and state agencies before the state and federal courts, institute civil suits on behalf of the state, and handle criminal appeals and serious statewide criminal prosecutions. Other tasks for Attorney General include representing the public's interests in charitable trust and solicitations, as well as operating victim compensation programs. The current Attorney General is Eric Holder. The office of Attorney General was established by Congress by the Judiciary Act of 1789 with many limitations on power. The Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice and is nominated by the President but confirmed by Senate.
The United States Secretary of the Interior:
              The United States Secretary of the Interior is currently former senator Ken Salazar of Colorado. The United States Secretary of the Interior is the head of the United States Department of the Interior, which is the executive department of the U.S. government responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior also deals with the administration of programs relating to Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and territorial affairs. The Mission Statement of the Department of the Interior reads: “Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future: The U.S. Department of the Interior protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future.” Most of the department’s current issues include protecting National Parks and natural energy production.

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