The Department of the Interior oversees a broad array of programs and agencies, and is often referred to as the “Department of Everything Else.” The department also oversees the federal government’s land holdings that total one of every three acres nationwide, and one of every two acres in the western U.S. Although the federal government keeps buying land, it has limited resources to maintain it. For example, the National Park Service has an over $10 billion maintenance backlog which puts the future of our national monuments and parks at risk. Halting land purchases, eliminating duplicative programs, and reducing the agency’s large overhead costs should be the agency’s top priorities.

12.58 Billion Annual Budget

Ryan Zinke Secretary

70,000 Government Employees

Budget Growth 2012 - 2016

$3.53 Trillion

Annual budget for the federal government

$12.58 Billion

Percentage of Federal Budget