Dept. of Interior gets organization chart

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Interior gets organization chart

By Bill McAllister, Denver Post Columnist

Sunday, December 30, 2001 - WASHINGTON - Ever wonder what the pecking order is at Gale Norton's Interior Department?

President Bush resolved that question for Interior officials and those at six other departments a week before Christmas. With no public announcement, the Bush administration published the succession lists for the departments in the Federal Register.

At Interior, there was no question that Deputy Secretary J. Steven Griles, a former coal industry lobbyist from Virginia, would rank as No. 2 behind Norton, a former Colorado attorney general.

Nor was there much doubt that Solicitor William G. Myers III, a Denver-educated lawyer, would rank as No. 3.

What's fascinating about the president's executive order is that it shows the rankings of the department's other top political appointees, the assistant secretaries whose influence can vary widely.

In the Bush listing, No. 4. is Lynn Scarlett, the former head of a Southern California Libertarian think tank who serves as assistant secretary of policy, management and budget;

No. 5 has yet to be confirmed. She is attorney Rebecca Watson of Helena, Mont., who is in line to be assistant secretary for land and mineral management, a position that gives her a direct say over much of Interior's Western lands.

No. 6 is Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Bennett W. Raley, formerly a Denver water lawyer.

No. 7 is Harold Craig Manson of California, an Air Force Academy graduate, who is also awaiting Senate confirmation as an assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks.

No. 8 is Assistant Secretary for Indian affairs Neal A. McCaleb of Oklahoma. He was the first of Norton's deputies to be confirmed.
 
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