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National Park Service

National Park Service
Government Agency
Agency nameNational Park Service
Agency overview
FormedAugust 25, 1916
Employees15,828 permanent, 1,256 term, 2,984 seasonal (2007)
JurisdictionFederal Government of the United States
Annual budget$2.924 billion (2009)
Headquarters1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240
Operational structure
Agency executivesJonathan Jarvis, Director of The National Park Service
Parent agencyUS Department of the Interior

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The National Park Service (NPS) is the U.S. federal agency that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. It was created on August 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act.

It is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior, a federal executive department whose head, the Secretary of the Interior, is a Cabinet officer nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Most of the direct management of the NPS is delegated by the Secretary to the National Park Service Director, who must also be confirmed by the Senate.

The 21,989 employees of the NPS oversee units, of which 58 are designated national parks.

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