U.S. Department of Interior

2:58pm

Wed February 6, 2013
It's All Politics

From Oil Fields To REI, Interior Nominee Has Outdoorsy Cred

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 5:19 pm

REI CEO Sally Jewell delivers remarks Wednesday after being nominated by President Obama to be the next secretary of the interior.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

President Obama's choice to take over at the Department of the Interior comes from the business world. Sally Jewell is the CEO of outdoor equipment supplier REI.

"For Sally, the toughest part of this job will probably be sitting behind a desk," the president said when introducing his nominee Wednesday. "I suspect she'll want to get out of the office quite a bit."

Before Jewell took the reins at REI, she worked in the financial industry at Washington Mutual. Before that, she was an engineer in the oil business, with Mobil.

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10:07am

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

REI Executive Tapped For Interior; Geithner Joins Council On Foreign Relations

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:29 pm

Sally Jewell, president and CEO of REI, who is in line to be the next secretary of interior.
Ron Sachs EPA /Landov

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET. It's Official:

Praising Sally Jewell as an executive who turned outdoors equipment retailer REI into one of the nation's most successful and environmentally conscious companies, President Obama just said he is nominating her to be his next interior secretary.

Noting that Jewell, who in a previous job worked as an engineer for Mobil, has also climbed mountains in Antarctica, the president joked about that being "just not something I think of doing."

Our original post:

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4:00pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Politics

Interior Secretary's Legacy Defined By Issues Of Oil

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 5:16 am

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the dedication for the Southwest's first urban wildlife refuge on the southern edge of Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 27, 2012. Salazar has announced that he'll leave his post in late March and return to Colorado.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

The Department of the Interior is huge — more than 70,000 employees manage a half-billion acres of public land, mostly in the West. The department does everything from operate national parks to administer Native American social programs and manage wild horses.

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8:28am

Wed January 16, 2013

6:24am

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Interior Sec. Salazar Is Latest Member Of Cabinet To Announce Departure

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 7:58 am

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar intends to step down at the end of March, his office confirms to NPR's Jeff Brady.

Word of Salazar's plan broke over night. According to The Denver Post, the former senator from Colorado intends to "return to Colorado to spend time with his family."

As the Post writes:

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