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 by using the search below. 

Witness Subject Committee
Robert Dreher Poaching And Terrorism: A National Security Challenge U.S. House Of Representatives, Committee On Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee On Terrorism, Nonproliferation, And Trade Subject

Poaching And Terrorism: A National Security Challenge

Witness

Robert Dreher

Committee

U.S. House Of Representatives, Committee On Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee On Terrorism, Nonproliferation, And Trade

Date

04/22/2015

Dan Ashe Examining The Spending Priorities And Missions Of The U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service And The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration In The President's FY 2016 Budget Proposal U.S. House Of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee On Federal Lands And Subcommittee On Water, Power And Oceans Subject

Examining The Spending Priorities And Missions Of The U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service And The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration In The President's FY 2016 Budget Proposal

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

U.S. House Of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee On Federal Lands And Subcommittee On Water, Power And Oceans

Date

03/19/2015

Dan Ashe Oversight Hearing on The Service's Response to Subpoenas and Concerns on Agency Transparency House Natural Resources Committee Subject

Oversight Hearing on The Service's Response to Subpoenas and Concerns on Agency Transparency

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee

Date

09/10/2014

Gary Frazer Legislative Hearing on Bills Pertaining to the Endangered Species Act House Natural Resources Committee Subject

Legislative Hearing on Bills Pertaining to the Endangered Species Act

Witness

Gary Frazer

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee

Date

09/09/2014

Stephen Guertin Legislative Hearing on: H.R. 3109 (Young of AK), to Assist Alaskan Native Handicrafts, H.R. 3409 (Fincher), the National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Limitation Act, H.R. 5026 (Gosar), the Fish Hatchery Protection Act, and H.R. 5069 (Fleming) House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs Subject

Legislative Hearing on: H.R. 3109 (Young of AK), to Assist Alaskan Native Handicrafts, H.R. 3409 (Fincher), the National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Limitation Act, H.R. 5026 (Gosar), the Fish Hatchery Protection Act, and H.R. 5069 (Fleming)

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs

Date

07/23/2014

Stephen Guertin Legislative Hearing on: S. 571, Great Lakes Water Protection Act, S. 1153, Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, S. 1175, Infrastructure Facilitation and Habitat Conservation Act of 2013, S. 1202, SAFE Act, S. 1232 Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife Subject

Legislative Hearing on: S. 571, Great Lakes Water Protection Act, S. 1153, Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, S. 1175, Infrastructure Facilitation and Habitat Conservation Act of 2013, S. 1202, SAFE Act, S. 1232

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife

Date

07/16/2014

Robert Dreher Oversight Hearing on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Plan to Implement a Virtual Ban on the Commercial Trade in Elephant Ivory and the Consequences of that Policy House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

Oversight Hearing on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Plan to Implement a Virtual Ban on the Commercial Trade in Elephant Ivory and the Consequences of that Policy

Witness

Robert Dreher

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Date

06/24/2014

Dan Ashe Oversight Hearing on Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in the Era of Changing Climate Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy Subject

Oversight Hearing on Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in the Era of Changing Climate

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy

Date

06/03/2014

Dan Ashe Oversight Hearing on The Escalating International Wildlife Trafficking Crisis: Ecological, Economic And National Security Issues Senate Committee On Foreign Relations, Subcommittee On African Affairs And Subcommittee On East Asian And Pacific Affairs Subject

Oversight Hearing on The Escalating International Wildlife Trafficking Crisis: Ecological, Economic And National Security Issues

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

Senate Committee On Foreign Relations, Subcommittee On African Affairs And Subcommittee On East Asian And Pacific Affairs

Date

05/21/2014

Stephen Guertin Oversight Hearing on Oil and Gas Activities within the National Wildlife Refuge System House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs Subject

Oversight Hearing on Oil and Gas Activities within the National Wildlife Refuge System

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs

Date

05/20/2014

Cynthia Dohner Oversight Hearing on Protecting The Rights Of Property Owners: Proposed Federal Critical Habitat Designations Gone Wild House Committee on Natural Resources Subject

Oversight Hearing on Protecting The Rights Of Property Owners: Proposed Federal Critical Habitat Designations Gone Wild

Witness

Cynthia Dohner

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources

Date

05/14/2014

Genevieve Larouche Oversight Hearing Conowingo Dam Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife Subject

Oversight Hearing Conowingo Dam

Witness

Genevieve Larouche

Committee

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife

Date

05/05/2014

Jim Kurth Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4402, the Guam Military Training and Readiness Act of 2014 Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs Subject

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4402, the Guam Military Training and Readiness Act of 2014

Witness

Jim Kurth

Committee

Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs

Date

04/29/2014

Michael Bean Legislative Hearing on the Endangered Species Act House Natural Resources Committee Subject

Legislative Hearing on the Endangered Species Act

Witness

Michael Bean

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee

Date

04/08/2014

Gary Frazer Legislative Hearing on the Coastal Barrier Resources Act House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

Legislative Hearing on the Coastal Barrier Resources Act

Witness

Gary Frazer

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Date

04/08/2014

Dan Ashe Oversight Hearing on the Obama Administration's Enforcement Approach for America's Widlife Laws and Its Impact on Domestic Energy House Natural Resources Committee Subject

Oversight Hearing on the Obama Administration's Enforcement Approach for America's Widlife Laws and Its Impact on Domestic Energy

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee

Date

03/26/2014

David Hoskins Oversight Hearing on the National Fish Hatchery System: Strategic Hatchery and Workforce Planning Report House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

Oversight Hearing on the National Fish Hatchery System: Strategic Hatchery and Workforce Planning Report

Witness

David Hoskins

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Date

03/04/2014

William Woody Regarding H.R. 3105, Aquaculture Risk Reduction
Act; H.R. 3280, Lacey Act Clarifying Amendments Act of 2013;
H.R. 3324, Lacey Act Paperwork Reduction Act; and
H.R. 4032, North Texas Invasive Species Barrier Act
House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

Regarding H.R. 3105, Aquaculture Risk Reduction
Act; H.R. 3280, Lacey Act Clarifying Amendments Act of 2013;
H.R. 3324, Lacey Act Paperwork Reduction Act; and
H.R. 4032, North Texas Invasive Species Barrier Act

Witness

William Woody

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Date

02/27/2014

Michael Bean Examining the Endangered Species Act House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements Subject

Examining the Endangered Species Act

Witness

Michael Bean

Committee

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements

Date

02/27/2014

Dan Ashe Oversight Hearing on International Wildlife Trafficking Threats
to Conservation and National Security
House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subject

Oversight Hearing on International Wildlife Trafficking Threats
to Conservation and National Security

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Date

02/26/2014

Dan Ashe Natural Resources Conservation: Protecting Ecosystems and the Economy Senate Committee on Enviornment and Public Works Subject

Natural Resources Conservation: Protecting Ecosystems and the Economy

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

Senate Committee on Enviornment and Public Works

Date

02/25/2014

Dan Ashe Review of the President's Climate Action Plan Senate Committee on Enviornment and Public Works Subject

Review of the President's Climate Action Plan

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

Senate Committee on Enviornment and Public Works

Date

01/16/2014

David Hoskins The Department of the Interior’s Proposal to Use a Categorical Exclusion Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for Adding Species to the Lacey Act’s List of Injurious Wildlife Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs Subject

The Department of the Interior’s Proposal to Use a Categorical Exclusion Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for Adding Species to the Lacey Act’s List of Injurious Wildlife

Witness

David Hoskins

Committee

Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs

Date

09/20/2013

Gene Peltola Examining Wildlife Management Authority Within the State of Alaska Under the Alaska National Interest Lands Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subject

Examining Wildlife Management Authority Within the State of Alaska Under the Alaska National Interest Lands Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

Witness

Gene Peltola

Committee

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Date

09/19/2013

Dan Ashe Implementing MAP-21's Provisions to Accelerate Project Delivery Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subject

Implementing MAP-21's Provisions to Accelerate Project Delivery

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Date

09/18/2013

Stephen Guertin Regarding H.R. 2208, The North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act; H.R. 2799, The Sportsmen’s Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act; And H.R. 2798, To Amend P.l. 106-206 Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs Subject

Regarding H.R. 2208, The North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act; H.R. 2799, The Sportsmen’s Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act; And H.R. 2798, To Amend P.l. 106-206

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs

Date

08/02/2013

Dan Ashe “Transparency and Sound Science Gone Extinct?: The Impacts of the Obama Administration's Closed-Door Settlements on Endangered Species and People” House Natural Resources Committee Subject

“Transparency and Sound Science Gone Extinct?: The Impacts of the Obama Administration's Closed-Door Settlements on Endangered Species and People”

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee

Date

08/01/2013

Stephen Guertin Regarding H.R. 358, Strategic Response To Asian Carp Invasion Act; H.R. 709, Upper Mississippi Conservation And River Protection Act Of 2013; H.R. 1818, Polar Bear Conservation And Fairness Act Of 2013; H.R. 2158 Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs Subject

Regarding H.R. 358, Strategic Response To Asian Carp Invasion Act; H.R. 709, Upper Mississippi Conservation And River Protection Act Of 2013; H.R. 1818, Polar Bear Conservation And Fairness Act Of 2013; H.R. 2158

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs

Date

07/25/2013

Dan Ashe The Draft Land Protection Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Expansion of Chickasaw and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs Subject

The Draft Land Protection Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Expansion of Chickasaw and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs

Date

06/20/2013

Stephen Guertin Oversight hearing on "The 2008 Lacey Act Amendments". Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs Subject

Oversight hearing on "The 2008 Lacey Act Amendments".

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs

Date

05/15/2013

Jim Kurth H.R. 638, The National Wildlife Refuge Review Act, H.R. 1300, to Reauthorize the National Wildlife Refuge System Volunteer and Community Partnership Enhancement Act, and H.R. 1384, The Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp Act. House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

H.R. 638, The National Wildlife Refuge Review Act, H.R. 1300, to Reauthorize the National Wildlife Refuge System Volunteer and Community Partnership Enhancement Act, and H.R. 1384, The Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp Act.

Witness

Jim Kurth

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Date

04/25/2013

Stephen Guertin Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service House Committee on Appropriations, Interior Subcommittee Subject

Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

House Committee on Appropriations, Interior Subcommittee

Date

04/18/2013

Stephen Guertin Legislative Hearing H.R. 910, To Reauthorize the Sikes Act. “Sikes Act Reauthorization Act of 2013.” and H.R. 1080, To amend the Sikes Act to promote the use of cooperative agreements under such an Act for land management related to Department of Defense Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs Subject

Legislative Hearing H.R. 910, To Reauthorize the Sikes Act. “Sikes Act Reauthorization Act of 2013.” and H.R. 1080, To amend the Sikes Act to promote the use of cooperative agreements under such an Act for land management related to Department of Defense

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular Affairs

Date

03/21/2013

Statement For the Record H.R. 511 Prohibit Importation of Various Injurious Species of Constrictor Snakes House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs Subject

H.R. 511 Prohibit Importation of Various Injurious Species of Constrictor Snakes

Witness

Statement For the Record

Committee

House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs

Date

11/29/2012

Tom Melius Regarding H.R. 6007, North Texas Zebra Mussel Barrier Act of 2012 House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

Regarding H.R. 6007, North Texas Zebra Mussel Barrier Act of 2012

Witness

Tom Melius

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

Date

07/19/2012

Dan Ashe The Science of How Hunting Assists Species Conservation and Management Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Subject

The Science of How Hunting Assists Species Conservation and Management

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight

Date

06/19/2012

Statement For the Record H.R. 3065, S. 1249 Target Practice and Marksmanship Training House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

H.R. 3065, S. 1249 Target Practice and Marksmanship Training

Witness

Statement For the Record

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans

Date

05/17/2012

Eileen Sobeck H.R. 3210 and H.R. 4171 Related to Lacey Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

H.R. 3210 and H.R. 4171 Related to Lacey Act

Witness

Eileen Sobeck

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans

Date

05/08/2012

Dan Ashe S. 357 Wildlife Disease Emergencies, S. 1249 Target Practice and Marksmanship Training, S. 2071 Electronic Duck Stamp, S. 2156 Migratory Bird Habitat , S. 2282 North American Wetlands, S. 1266 Delaware River Basin Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subject

S. 357 Wildlife Disease Emergencies, S. 1249 Target Practice and Marksmanship Training, S. 2071 Electronic Duck Stamp, S. 2156 Migratory Bird Habitat , S. 2282 North American Wetlands, S. 1266 Delaware River Basin

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Date

04/24/2012

Alexandra Pitts H.R. 4043 Military Readiness and Southern Sea Otter Conservation House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

H.R. 4043 Military Readiness and Southern Sea Otter Conservation

Witness

Alexandra Pitts

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans

Date

04/19/2012

Jim Kurth H.R. 2984 Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests Subject

H.R. 2984 Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act

Witness

Jim Kurth

Committee

House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests

Date

03/29/2012

Jerome Ford H.R. 1917 Joint Ventures for Bird Habitat Conservation, H.R. 1960 North American Wetlands Conservation and H.R. 3074 Cormorant Management House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

H.R. 1917 Joint Ventures for Bird Habitat Conservation, H.R. 1960 North American Wetlands Conservation and H.R. 3074 Cormorant Management

Witness

Jerome Ford

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans

Date

03/29/2012

Dan Ashe Fiscal Year 2013 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

Fiscal Year 2013 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans

Date

03/06/2012

Wendi Weber Proposed Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

Proposed Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Witness

Wendi Weber

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans

Date

02/17/2012

Cynthia Dohner Ownership Rights Concerning the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

Ownership Rights Concerning the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Witness

Cynthia Dohner

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs

Date

12/15/2011

Dan Ashe The Endangered Species Act: How Litigation is Costing Jobs and Impeding True Recovery Efforts House Committee on Natural Resources Subject

The Endangered Species Act: How Litigation is Costing Jobs and Impeding True Recovery Efforts

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources

Date

12/06/2011

Rachel Jacobson Oversight Hearing "Florida Everglades Restoration: What are the Priorities?" House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

Oversight Hearing "Florida Everglades Restoration: What are the Priorities?"

Witness

Rachel Jacobson

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs

Date

11/03/2011

George Phocas The Safeguarding of Hawai’i’s Ecosystem and Agriculture against Invasive Species House Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subject

The Safeguarding of Hawai’i’s Ecosystem and Agriculture against Invasive Species

Witness

George Phocas

Committee

House Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia

Date

10/27/2011

Jim Kurth H.R. 3009, 2236 and 2791 National Wildlife Refuge-related, H.R. 2027 and 2154 Coastal Barrier Resource-related, H.R. 2714 Marine Mammal Protection Act, H.R. 3117 Electronic Duck Stamp House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

H.R. 3009, 2236 and 2791 National Wildlife Refuge-related, H.R. 2027 and 2154 Coastal Barrier Resource-related, H.R. 2714 Marine Mammal Protection Act, H.R. 3117 Electronic Duck Stamp

Witness

Jim Kurth

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs

Date

10/25/2011

Ren Lohoefener Questionable Fish Science and Environmental Lawsuits: Jobs and Water Supplies At Risk in The Inland Empire House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power Subject

Questionable Fish Science and Environmental Lawsuits: Jobs and Water Supplies At Risk in The Inland Empire

Witness

Ren Lohoefener

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power

Date

10/18/2011