Washington (CNN) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that he launched his plan to restructure the government's Minerals Management Service, which has come under criticism because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Under a secretarial order signed by Salazar, the agency will be made into three divisions to split what he called the conflicting duties of regulating oil companies and collecting royalties from them.
The three tasks of the Minerals Management Service - energy development, enforcement and revenue collection - "are conflicting missions and must be separated," Salazar said.
Salazar previously announced his plan to split the responsibilities into separate divisions. The restructuring announced Wednesday provided further details.
Last week, Salazar said that a "culture of corruption" existed at the agency and that he has been trying to change it since becoming interior
secretary in January 2009.