Responsibilities include helping define and promote the Secretary's vision of conservation; coordinating Department-wide implementation of the President's agenda, providing detailed and objective advice on program planning, budget, and policy matters; overseeing compliance with environmental statutes and standards; developing and maintaining internal administrative policy, standards, objectives, and procedures for use throughout the Department; overseeing the administrative appeals process; and undertaking special analytical and administrative support services for the Office of the Secretary.

The Assistant Secretary performs and oversees the following activities: presentation of annual budget request to the Office of Management and Budget and Congress; other Departmental budget activities; management control and financial management; property, procurement and grants management; energy conservation; information resources management, including management systems, ADP and telecommunications; policy and program analysis; environmental affairs; management improvement; directives and regulatory management; personnel management, including training and career development; aircraft services; safety and space management; information and library services; law and drug enforcement; emergency preparedness; and special emphasis programs, including construction management, equal opportunity, small and minority business utilization and minority educational institutions.

Organization Chart (Updated February 6, 2015)