Monday, January 14, 2013

Secretary of Interior and Director of OMB

Secretary of the Interior
         The United States Secretary of the Interior is charged with overseeing agencies like the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Geological Survey, and the National Park Service. Created in 1849 by President Zachary Taylor, The position is primarily concerned with land management, conservation efforts, and allotment of natural resources in the United States. One of its current programs is called "America's Great Outdoors," which is devoted to preserving the natural spaces in America and finding lasting solutions for conservation. The Department of the Interior has also created a Climate Change Response Council, which is headed by the Secretary of the Interior and studies how the United States is being affected by climate change. Furthermore, the Department of the Interior works with Native American nations within the US by righting past wrongs, helping them economically, and improving health and education on struggling reservations. Another conservation push is to preserve fresh water resources for future generations and helping preserve America's water infrastructure. Finally one of the most important Department of the Interior projects is the New Energy Frontier initiative, which plans to use federal funds to create more sustainable energy sources at home.

Director of Office of Management and Budget
          The Director of Office of management and Budget (OMB) assists the President 
in overseeing the preparation of the Federal budget and evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, and makes sure that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President's Budget and with Administration policies. The director, who heads the department, oversees five major groups that assess federal spending in the areas of natural resource programs, ; education, income maintenance, and labor programs; health programs; general government programs; and national security programs. A major push in the department today is the Open Government Directive, which promotes the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration in government, particularly regarding financial matters. Also, the agency issues bulletins regularly, which explain the resolutions of the OMB in the coming fiscal year in order to keep the public informed about the Administration's goals.

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