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
President Obama nominated David Hayes
to be the Deputy Secretary. He was confirmed on May 20, 2009.
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.
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from the date a first or second nomination is pending before the Senate, the date a first or second nomination is withdrawn, rejected, or returned, or the date the Senate reconvenes if the appointment has taken place while Congress has adjourned sine die