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Department of the Interior

Presidential Rank Awards

Department of the Interior

James Kurth
AGENCY SPOTLIGHT: Distinguished Executive
James Kurth
Deputy Director For Operations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mr. Kurth is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, including overseeing a budget of $2.5 billion and nearly 9,000 employees working across the nation. In conjunction with the Director, he ensures agency performance and accountability, customer service and consistent application of resource management policies.

Distinguished Executive

  • Margaret Schneider
    Deputy Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
    Ms. Schneider is responsible for oversight of field operations including permitting, research, inspections, offshore regulatory programs, oil spill response, training and environmental compliance functions.

Meritorious Executive

  • Robyn Thorson
    Regional Director – Pacific Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Ms. Thorson manages 1.3 million acres on 64 national wildlife refuges, 24 fish hatcheries, 8 fisheries stations, and 11 ecological services field offices/sub-offices.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list and only includes winners agreeing to public recognition, as of December 15, 2015.

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