What We Do

  • Develop and promote the Service’s legislative agenda, including recommending initiatives to the Service Directorate
  • Prepare legislative priorities, reviews and reports on legislation referred by the Department of the Interior, and coordinate the Service’s views with other bureaus and offices to achieve Service objectives
  • Educate Congress about Service programs and accomplishments
  • Inform Service leadership, programs, and regional and field offices about congressional actions and legislative activities
  • Serve as the main point of contact with members of Congress and committees
  • Provide information and materials in response to congressional inquiries and other assistance as required by members of Congress

As part of the legislative process, the United States holds congressional hearings where congressional committees are able to analyze information and gain insights during the beginning stages of rulemaking. These hearings often include testimony given from relevant witnesses as well as a time for congress to ask the witness questions. All archived testimony given by officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of the Interior on issues important to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can be found at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Congressional Testimony page.

Our Programs

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The Office of Communications program is the primary "voice" of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, communicating with the public, partners, and Congress. We share the Service story with the public and media through websites, social media, and news releases. We also work with Congress, partners, and...