For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 28, 2001
Executive Order on Succession at the Department of Interior
Executive Order Providing An Order of Succession Within the Department of the Interior
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including Subchapter III of Chapter 33 of title 5 of the United States Code, it is hereby ordered that:
Section 1. Subject to the provisions of section 3 of this Executive Order, the officers named in section 2, in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the office of Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) during any period when both the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary of the Interior (Deputy Secretary) have died, resigned, or are otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of Secretary.
Sec. 2. Order of Succession.
(a) Solicitor of the Department of the Interior;
(b) Assistant Secretary of the Interior in charge of Policy,
Management and Budget;
(c) Assistant Secretary of the Interior in charge of Land and
(d) Assistant Secretary of the Interior in charge of Water and
(e) Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and
(f) Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs.
Sec. 3. Exceptions.
(a) No individual who is serving in an office listed in section
2(a)-(f) in an acting capacity shall act as Secretary pursuant to
this Executive Order.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Executive Order, the
President retains discretion, to the
extent permitted by Subchapter III of Chapter 33 of title 5 of
the United States Code, to depart from this Executive Order in
designating an acting Secretary.
Sec. 4. Executive Order 11487 of October 6, 1969, is hereby revoked.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 18, 2001.
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