R.I.P., Department of Commerce? President Obama Seeks to Consolidate Government Agencies - Yahoo! News The president noted that there are "five different entities dealing with housing; more than a dozen agencies involved in food safety. And my favorite example, which I mentioned in last year's State of the Union Address. As it turns out, the Interior Department is in charge of salmon in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in saltwater. I predict that Obama's biggest obstacle to achieving this goal will be the Democrats.