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
Gary Frazer ESA: Reviewing the Nexus of Science and Policy House Committee on Science, Subcomittee on Investigations and Oversight Subject

ESA: Reviewing the Nexus of Science and Policy

Witness

Gary Frazer

Committee

House Committee on Science, Subcomittee on Investigations and Oversight

Date

10/13/2011

Teiko Saito H.R. 50, Multinational Species Conservation Funds, H.R. 1760 Great Ape Conservation H.R. 1761 Marine Turtle Conservation House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

H.R. 50, Multinational Species Conservation Funds, H.R. 1760 Great Ape Conservation H.R. 1761 Marine Turtle Conservation

Witness

Teiko Saito

Committee

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

Date

06/28/2011

Cynthia Dohner Progress on Assessing Natural Resource Damages and Early Restoration after the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife Subject

Progress on Assessing Natural Resource Damages and Early Restoration after the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster

Witness

Cynthia Dohner

Committee

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

Date

06/28/2011

Dr. Gabriela Chavarria Why We Should Care About Bats: Devastating Impact White-Nose Syndrome is Having on One of Nature's Best Pest Controllers House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

Why We Should Care About Bats: Devastating Impact White-Nose Syndrome is Having on One of Nature's Best Pest Controllers

Witness

Dr. Gabriela Chavarria

Committee

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

Date

06/24/2011

Jim Kurth The National Wildlife Refuge System’s Operations Needs and Maintenance Backlog House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

The National Wildlife Refuge System’s Operations Needs and Maintenance Backlog

Witness

Jim Kurth

Committee

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

Date

05/26/2011

Rowan Gould H.R. 991 Marine Mammal Protection Act, H.R. 1160 and 670 McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery and Submerged Lands Conveyances, H.R. 1670 Sikes Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

H.R. 991 Marine Mammal Protection Act, H.R. 1160 and 670 McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery and Submerged Lands Conveyances, H.R. 1670 Sikes Act

Witness

Rowan Gould

Committee

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

Date

05/12/2011

Rowan Gould Joint Oversight Hearing "At Risk: American Jobs, Agriculture, Health and Species: the Costs of Federal Regulatory Dysfunction" House Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture Subject

Joint Oversight Hearing "At Risk: American Jobs, Agriculture, Health and Species: the Costs of Federal Regulatory Dysfunction"

Witness

Rowan Gould

Committee

House Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture

Date

05/03/2011

Greg Siekaniec H.R. 306 Wild Horse Protection, H.R. 588, S. 266, and H.R. 285 Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Renaming House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

H.R. 306 Wild Horse Protection, H.R. 588, S. 266, and H.R. 285 Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Renaming

Witness

Greg Siekaniec

Committee

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

Date

04/07/2011

Rowan Gould Fiscal Year 2012 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular Affairs Subject

Fiscal Year 2012 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Witness

Rowan Gould

Committee

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

Date

03/02/2011

Rowan Gould Nomination of Daniel M. Ashe to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subject

Nomination of Daniel M. Ashe to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Witness

Rowan Gould

Committee

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Date

02/15/2011

Statement For the Record Enbridge Pipeline Oil Spill House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subject

Enbridge Pipeline Oil Spill

Witness

Statement For the Record

Committee

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Date

09/15/2010

Cynthia Dohner Assessing Natural Resource Damages Resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife Subject

Assessing Natural Resource Damages Resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Witness

Cynthia Dohner

Committee

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

Date

07/27/2010

Greg Siekaniec H.R. 3850 Nutria Eradication and Control, H.R. 5331 John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System, H.R. 5380 Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, H.R. 5482 Corolla Wild Horses Protection House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 3850 Nutria Eradication and Control, H.R. 5331 John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System, H.R. 5380 Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, H.R. 5482 Corolla Wild Horses Protection

Witness

Greg Siekaniec

Committee

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

Date

07/27/2010

Leon Carl Federal Response to the Discovery of Asian Carp in Lake Calumet Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power Subject

Federal Response to the Discovery of Asian Carp in Lake Calumet

Witness

Leon Carl

Committee

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power

Date

07/14/2010

Jane Lyder Our Natural Resources at Risk: the Short and Long Term Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

Our Natural Resources at Risk: the Short and Long Term Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Witness

Jane Lyder

Committee

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

Date

06/10/2010

Dan Ashe H.R. 5284 the Sikes Act Amendments Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 5284 the Sikes Act Amendments Act

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

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

Date

05/25/2010

Paul Schmidt H.R. 3805 Duck Stamp and H.R. 4973 National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Improvement Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 3805 Duck Stamp and H.R. 4973 National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Improvement Act

Witness

Paul Schmidt

Committee

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

Date

05/06/2010

Gary Frazer Collaborative Solutions to Wildlife and Habitat Management Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife Subject

Collaborative Solutions to Wildlife and Habitat Management

Witness

Gary Frazer

Committee

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

Date

04/27/2010

Herbert C. Frost How to Manage Large Constrictor Snakes and Other Invasive Species House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest and Public Lands and Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

How to Manage Large Constrictor Snakes and Other Invasive Species

Witness

Herbert C. Frost

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest and Public Lands and Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife

Date

03/23/2010

Rowan Gould Fiscal Year 2011 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Witness

Rowan Gould

Committee

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

Date

03/04/2010

Eileen Sobeck H.R. 3511 and 4493 Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Visitor Facility and Management Enhancement House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 3511 and 4493 Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Visitor Facility and Management Enhancement

Witness

Eileen Sobeck

Committee

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

Date

02/25/2010

Tom Strickland The Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (*Hearing cancelled after link to testimony submitted.) House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

The Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (*Hearing cancelled after link to testimony submitted.)

Witness

Tom Strickland

Committee

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

Date

02/11/2010

Jane Lyder H.R. 4416 Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Amendments Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 4416 Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Amendments Act

Witness

Jane Lyder

Committee

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

Date

01/27/2010

Dan Ashe H.R. 2188, 3433 and 3537; S. 1214, 1421, 373, 1519 and 1965; H.R. 509 Wildlife Conservation and Invasive Species Bills Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 2188, 3433 and 3537; S. 1214, 1421, 373, 1519 and 1965; H.R. 509 Wildlife Conservation and Invasive Species Bills

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

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

Date

12/03/2009

Dan Ashe H.R. 2811 Amend the Lacey Act to include certain constrictor snakes as an injurious animal House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subject

H.R. 2811 Amend the Lacey Act to include certain constrictor snakes as an injurious animal

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

Date

11/06/2009

Paul Schmidt H.R. 3537, H.R. 2213, and H.R. 3433 Migratory Bird Bills House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 3537, H.R. 2213, and H.R. 3433 Migratory Bird Bills

Witness

Paul Schmidt

Committee

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

Date

09/22/2009

Rowan Gould H.R. 1054 importation into the U.S. of polar bear trophies sport-hunted in Canada House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 1054 importation into the U.S. of polar bear trophies sport-hunted in Canada

Witness

Rowan Gould

Committee

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

Date

09/22/2009

Rowan Gould H.R. 3086 Global Wildlife Conservation, Coordination, and Enhancement Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 3086 Global Wildlife Conservation, Coordination, and Enhancement Act

Witness

Rowan Gould

Committee

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

Date

07/28/2009

Sam Hamilton Prepared Statement of Sam D. Hamilton, Nominee to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subject

Prepared Statement of Sam D. Hamilton, Nominee to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Witness

Sam Hamilton

Committee

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Date

07/22/2009

Gary Frazer Threats to Native Wildlife Species Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife and Subcommittee on Oversight Subject

Threats to Native Wildlife Species

Witness

Gary Frazer

Committee

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

Date

07/08/2009

Marvin Moriarty Field Hearing on the Impacts of Climate Change on the Chesapeake Bay House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife and Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subject

Field Hearing on the Impacts of Climate Change on the Chesapeake Bay

Witness

Marvin Moriarty

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife and Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Date

06/23/2009

Gary Frazer H.R. 2055, Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act, H.R. 2565 the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 2055, Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act, H.R. 2565 the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act

Witness

Gary Frazer

Committee

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

Date

06/19/2009

Matthew Larsen Overdose: How Drugs and Chemicals in Water Supplies and the Environment are Harming our Fish and Wildlife House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

Overdose: How Drugs and Chemicals in Water Supplies and the Environment are Harming our Fish and Wildlife

Witness

Matthew Larsen

Committee

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

Date

06/09/2009

Marvin Moriarty Joint Oversight Hearing "White-Nose Syndrome: What's Killing Bats in the Northeast?" House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife and Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subject

Joint Oversight Hearing "White-Nose Syndrome: What's Killing Bats in the Northeast?"

Witness

Marvin Moriarty

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife and Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Date

06/04/2009

Paul Schmidt H.R. 1916 and 2062 Migratory Bird Habitat related Acts, H.R. 2188 Joint Ventures for Bird Habitat Conservation Act of 2009 House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 1916 and 2062 Migratory Bird Habitat related Acts, H.R. 2188 Joint Ventures for Bird Habitat Conservation Act of 2009

Witness

Paul Schmidt

Committee

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

Date

05/13/2009

Rowan Gould H.R. 556 Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research, H.R. 1454, Multinational Species Conservation Semipostal Stamp, H.R. 509 Marine Turtle Conservation House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 556 Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research, H.R. 1454, Multinational Species Conservation Semipostal Stamp, H.R. 509 Marine Turtle Conservation

Witness

Rowan Gould

Committee

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

Date

05/05/2009

Gary Frazer H.R. 669 Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subject

H.R. 669 Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act

Witness

Gary Frazer

Committee

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

Date

04/23/2009

Jim Kurth Recent trends concerning annual budgets for the National Wildlife Refuge System House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

Recent trends concerning annual budgets for the National Wildlife Refuge System

Witness

Jim Kurth

Committee

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

Date

09/24/2008

Benito A. Perez Impacts U.S. consumer demand is having on illegal and unsustainable trade of wildlife products House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

Impacts U.S. consumer demand is having on illegal and unsustainable trade of wildlife products

Witness

Benito A. Perez

Committee

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

Date

09/16/2008

Eric A. Alvarez H.R. 6479 the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

H.R. 6479 the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Witness

Eric A. Alvarez

Committee

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

Date

09/10/2008

Paul Schmidt An Assessment of the Global Decline in Bird Populations House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

An Assessment of the Global Decline in Bird Populations

Witness

Paul Schmidt

Committee

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

Date

07/10/2008

Gary Frazer H.R. 6311 Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

H.R. 6311 Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act

Witness

Gary Frazer

Committee

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

Date

06/26/2008

Kaush Arha H.R. 4455 Wildlife Without Borders Authorization Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

H.R. 4455 Wildlife Without Borders Authorization Act

Witness

Kaush Arha

Committee

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

Date

06/24/2008

Dan Ashe Planning for a Changing Climate and its Impacts on Wildlife and Oceans; State and Federal Efforts and Needs House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

Planning for a Changing Climate and its Impacts on Wildlife and Oceans; State and Federal Efforts and Needs

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

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

Date

06/24/2008

R. Lyle Laverty Implementation of the Endangered Species Act House Committee on Natural Resources Subject

Implementation of the Endangered Species Act

Witness

R. Lyle Laverty

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources

Date

05/21/2008

Ken McDermond Recovery of the Southern Sea Otter and H.R. 3639, the "Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

Recovery of the Southern Sea Otter and H.R. 3639, the "Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act

Witness

Ken McDermond

Committee

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

Date

04/24/2008

Benito A. Perez H.R. 5534 "Bear Protection Act of 2008," and H.R. 2964 "Captive Primate Safety Act" House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subject

H.R. 5534 "Bear Protection Act of 2008," and H.R. 2964 "Captive Primate Safety Act"

Witness

Benito A. Perez

Committee

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

Date

03/11/2008

Sam Hamilton Drought Issues in the Southeast House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Subject

Drought Issues in the Southeast

Witness

Sam Hamilton

Committee

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment

Date

03/11/2008

Benito A. Perez Poaching American Security: Impacts to Illegal Wildlife Trade House Committee on Natural Resources Subject

Poaching American Security: Impacts to Illegal Wildlife Trade

Witness

Benito A. Perez

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources

Date

03/05/2008

H. Dale Hall Fiscal Year 2009 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subject

Fiscal Year 2009 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Witness

H. Dale Hall

Committee

House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Date

02/28/2008