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. 

WitnessSubjectCommittee
Michael BeanReviewing the Proposed Revisions to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mitigation PolicySenate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and WildlifeSubject

Reviewing the Proposed Revisions to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mitigation Policy

Witness

Michael Bean

Committee

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

Date

09/21/2016

Stephen GuertinOversight Hearing on the Status of the Federal Government's Management of WolvesHouse Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Oversight and InvestigationsSubject

Oversight Hearing on the Status of the Federal Government's Management of Wolves

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

House Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Oversight and Investigations

Date

09/21/2016

Oversight of the Impact of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations on Citizens’ Private Property RightsSenate Committee On Environment And Public Works, Subcommittee On Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory OversightSubject

Oversight of the Impact of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations on Citizens’ Private Property Rights

Witness

Committee

Senate Committee On Environment And Public Works, Subcommittee On Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight

Date

08/30/2016

Stephen GuertinOversight Hearing on the Administration’s Response to Findings of Unethical and Criminal Conduct at the Department of the InteriorHouse Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Oversight and InvestigationsSubject

Oversight Hearing on the Administration’s Response to Findings of Unethical and Criminal Conduct at the Department of the Interior

Witness

Stephen Guertin

Committee

House Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Oversight and Investigations

Date

06/23/2016

William WoodyStopping The Money Flow: The War On Terror FinanceCommittee On Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee On Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade and Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and CapabilitiesSubject

Stopping The Money Flow: The War On Terror Finance

Witness

William Woody

Committee

Committee On Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee On Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade and Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities

Date

06/09/2016

Jim KurthMarine Debris and Wildlife: Impacts, Sources, and SolutionsSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and WildlifeSubject

Marine Debris and Wildlife: Impacts, Sources, and Solutions

Witness

Jim Kurth

Committee

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

Date

05/17/2016

Dan AsheBarriers To Endangered Species Act Delisting, Part IIHouse Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, Subcommittees on Interior and Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative RulesSubject

Barriers To Endangered Species Act Delisting, Part II

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, Subcommittees on Interior and Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules

Date

04/21/2016

Dan AsheOversight Hearing on Recent Changes to Endangered Species Critical Habitat Designation and ImplementationHouse Committee on Natural ResourcesSubject

Oversight Hearing on Recent Changes to Endangered Species Critical Habitat Designation and Implementation

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House Committee on Natural Resources

Date

04/19/2016

Jim KurthExamining the Missions and Impacts of the President’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Budgets of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Power Marketing AdministrationsHouse Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Water, Power And OceansSubject

Examining the Missions and Impacts of the President’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Budgets of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Power Marketing Administrations

Witness

Jim Kurth

Committee

House Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Water, Power And Oceans

Date

03/22/2016

Dan AsheHearing on the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceHouse committee on appropriations subcommittee on interior, environment, and related agenciesSubject

Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

House committee on appropriations subcommittee on interior, environment, and related agencies

Date

03/15/2016

William WoodyLegislative Hearing on H.R. 3070 and H.R. 4245House Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Water, Power And OceansSubject

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3070 and H.R. 4245

Witness

William Woody

Committee

House Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Water, Power And Oceans

Date

02/02/2016

Dan AsheBriefing On "Improving the Endangered Species Act: Perspectives from the Fish and Wildlife Service and State Governors"Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and WildlifeSubject

Briefing On "Improving the Endangered Species Act: Perspectives from the Fish and Wildlife Service and State Governors"

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

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

Date

09/29/2015

Michael BeanOversight Hearing On "Federal Agencies' Selective Enforcement Of ESA Consultation" House Natural Resources CommitteeSubject

Oversight Hearing On "Federal Agencies' Selective Enforcement Of ESA Consultation"

Witness

Michael Bean

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee

Date

07/29/2015

Wendi WeberLegislative Hearing On H.R. 564, H.R. 1772, H.R. 2168U.S. House Of Representatives Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Water, Power And OceansSubject

Legislative Hearing On H.R. 564, H.R. 1772, H.R. 2168

Witness

Wendi Weber

Committee

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

Date

07/23/2015

Luis SantiagoOperation Something BruinU.S. House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, Subcommittee On Government OperationsSubject

Operation Something Bruin

Witness

Luis Santiago

Committee

U.S. House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, Subcommittee On Government Operations

Date

06/19/2015

Dan AsheThe President’s FY2016 Budget Request For The Fish And Wildlife Service And Legislative Hearing On Endangered Species BillsThe Senate Committee On Environment And Public WorksSubject

The President’s FY2016 Budget Request For The Fish And Wildlife Service And Legislative Hearing On Endangered Species Bills

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

The Senate Committee On Environment And Public Works

Date

05/06/2015

Robert DreherPoaching And Terrorism: A National Security ChallengeU.S. House Of Representatives, Committee On Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee On Terrorism, Nonproliferation, And TradeSubject

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 AsheExamining 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 ProposalU.S. House Of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee On Federal Lands And Subcommittee On Water, Power And OceansSubject

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 AsheOversight Hearing on The Service's Response to Subpoenas and Concerns on Agency Transparency House Natural Resources CommitteeSubject

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 FrazerLegislative Hearing on Bills Pertaining to the Endangered Species ActHouse Natural Resources CommitteeSubject

Legislative Hearing on Bills Pertaining to the Endangered Species Act

Witness

Gary Frazer

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee

Date

09/09/2014

Stephen GuertinLegislative 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 AffairsSubject

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 GuertinLegislative 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. 1232Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and WildlifeSubject

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 DreherOversight 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 PolicyHouse Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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 AsheOversight Hearing on Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in the Era of Changing ClimateSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New EconomySubject

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 AsheOversight Hearing on The Escalating International Wildlife Trafficking Crisis: Ecological, Economic And National Security IssuesSenate Committee On Foreign Relations, Subcommittee On African Affairs And Subcommittee On East Asian And Pacific AffairsSubject

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 GuertinOversight Hearing on Oil and Gas Activities within the National Wildlife Refuge SystemHouse Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular AffairsSubject

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 DohnerOversight Hearing on Protecting The Rights Of Property Owners: Proposed Federal Critical Habitat Designations Gone WildHouse Committee on Natural ResourcesSubject

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 LaroucheOversight Hearing Conowingo DamSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and WildlifeSubject

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 KurthLegislative Hearing on H.R. 4402, the Guam Military Training and Readiness Act of 2014Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular AffairsSubject

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

Gary FrazerLegislative Hearing on the Coastal Barrier Resources ActHouse Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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

Michael BeanLegislative Hearing on the Endangered Species ActHouse Natural Resources CommitteeSubject

Legislative Hearing on the Endangered Species Act

Witness

Michael Bean

Committee

House Natural Resources Committee

Date

04/08/2014

Dan AsheOversight Hearing on the Obama Administration's Enforcement Approach for America's Widlife Laws and Its Impact on Domestic EnergyHouse Natural Resources CommitteeSubject

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 HoskinsOversight Hearing on the National Fish Hatchery System: Strategic Hatchery and Workforce Planning ReportHouse Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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 WoodyRegarding 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 AffairsSubject

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 BeanExamining the Endangered Species ActHouse Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and EntitlementsSubject

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 AsheOversight Hearing on International Wildlife Trafficking Threats
to Conservation and National Security
House Committee on Foreign AffairsSubject

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 AsheNatural Resources Conservation: Protecting Ecosystems and the EconomySenate Committee on Enviornment and Public WorksSubject

Natural Resources Conservation: Protecting Ecosystems and the Economy

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

Senate Committee on Enviornment and Public Works

Date

02/25/2014

Dan AsheReview of the President's Climate Action PlanSenate Committee on Enviornment and Public WorksSubject

Review of the President's Climate Action Plan

Witness

Dan Ashe

Committee

Senate Committee on Enviornment and Public Works

Date

01/16/2014

David HoskinsThe 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 AffairsSubject

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 PeltolaExamining Wildlife Management Authority Within the State of Alaska Under the Alaska National Interest Lands Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement ActSenate Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesSubject

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 AsheImplementing MAP-21's Provisions to Accelerate Project DeliverySenate Committee on Environment and Public WorksSubject

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 GuertinRegarding 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. 106-206Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular AffairsSubject

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 CommitteeSubject

“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 GuertinRegarding 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. 2158Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular AffairsSubject

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 AsheThe Draft Land Protection Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Expansion of Chickasaw and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife RefugesHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular AffairsSubject

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 GuertinOversight hearing on "The 2008 Lacey Act Amendments".Committee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular AffairsSubject

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 KurthH.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 AffairsSubject

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 GuertinFiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceHouse Committee on Appropriations, Interior SubcommitteeSubject

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 GuertinLegislative 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 DefenseCommittee On Natural Resources, Subcommittee On Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans And Insular AffairsSubject

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 RecordH.R. 511 Prohibit Importation of Various Injurious Species of Constrictor SnakesHouse Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular AffairsSubject

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