|Deputy Secretary of the Interior of the United States|
Seal of the Department of the Interior
Flag of the Deputy Secretary of the Interior
|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|
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. 
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from the date a first or second nomination is pending before the Senate, the date a first or second nomination is withdrawn, rejected, or returned, or the date the Senate reconvenes if the appointment has taken place while Congress has adjourned sine die. 
|#||Name||Term began||Term ended||President(s) served under|
|1||John Garamendi||August 15, 1995||April 1998||Bill Clinton|
|2||Lynn Scarlett||2005||May 22, 2009||George W. Bush|
|3||David J. Hayes||May 22, 2009||June 30, 2013 |
|4||Michael L. Connor||February 27, 2014||January 20, 2017|
|*||Julie Lillie (acting)||January 20, 2017||August 1, 2017||Donald Trump|
|5||David L. Bernhardt||August 1, 2017||Incumbent|
Other former Deputy Secretaries include David J. Hayes who served during the second term of the Clinton administration from 1997 to 2001, and J. Steven Griles who served during President George W. Bush's first term from 2001 to 2004.
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- "US Code: Title 5,3345. Acting officer". Retrieved September 20, 2007.
- "US Code: Title 43,1452. Deputy Secretary of the Interior; appointment". Retrieved September 20, 2007.
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- "U.S. Department of the Interior - Lynn Scarlett Biography". Archived from the original on August 4, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2007.
- "US Code: Title 5,3346. Time limitation". Retrieved September 20, 2007.
- Snow, Nick. "Hayes resigns as Deputy US Interior Secretary". Oil and Gas Journal. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
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