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This Week at Interior April 19, 2013


April 19, 2013


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Hi. I'm Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior -- and you're watching This Week at Interior.

THIS WEEK AT INTERIOR

(Cheering and applause)

A HEARTY AND HEARTFELT WELCOME FOR THE 51ST SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. EMPLOYEES REPRESENTING ALL OF INTERIOR'S BUREAUS AND AGENCIES CHEERED AS SALLY JEWELL ARRIVED THIS WEEK FOR HER FIRST FULL DAY ON THE JOB... AND SHE TOLD THE CROWD OF WELL WISHERS HOW MUCH SHE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM AS HER COLLEAGUES.

This is my first shot at public service. You are all public servants, and there is no higher calling than the work that you all do, and it is a privilege and pleasure to be among you....Thank you for this warm welcome...thank you for everything that you do...and let's have some fun together.

(Cheering and applause.)

SECRETARY JEWELL WAS SWORN IN LAST FRIDAY BY RETIRED SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR...JUST A FEW HOURS LATER, SHE RECORDED HER FIRST VIDEO MESSAGE TO THE 70,000 EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT, WHOM SHE SAID SHE'S VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING IN HER TRAVELS.

I'll see you from coast to coast and we'll get out on some trails and maybe throw a few fishhooks in the water. We'll maybe do some bird watching and I look forward to learning from the scientists, the engineers, the tribal elders, and the many other folks that we work with in this great department.

AND THIS WEEK THE SECRETARY MET WITH INTERIOR EMPLOYEES IN A TOWN HALL AT INTERIOR'S BISON BISTRO. NEXT WEEK ON MONDAY SECRETARY JEWELL WILL HOST HER FIRST WEBCHAT WITH MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY, AND IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL PARK WEEK. YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT AT WWW.DOI.GOV/LIVE.

THAT'S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.