Peer Review of Scientific Information
Pacific Region

Enhancing the Quality and Objectivity of Scientific Information

To improve the quality and objectivity of the scientific information we use to make decisions, the Fish and Wildlife Service will implement a more structured “peer review” process for influential scientific information and highly influential scientific assessments, per OMB Bulletin on Peer Review, “Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review,” (PDF, 263 KB) released December 16, 2004.

Part of the peer review process is to provide information on the Web about how each peer review is to be conducted, as described in this checklist.

Peer Review Agenda

We have identified the following documents as meeting the OMB criteria of peer review for influential scientific information. Click on a title to get more information about that document and the peer review process we have set up for it. This list will be updated as necessary.

  In Progress  
Posting Date
Draft Document Title
Proposed rule to Reclassify the Borax Lake Chub from Endangered to Threatened
In Progress
Peer Review Plan for Proposed Rule to List Oregon Spotted Frog as Threatened and Proposed Rule to Designate Critical Habitat
In Progress
  Recently Completed  
Posting Date
Draft Document Title
Listing 23 Species as Endangered and Designating Critical Habitat for 122 Species on Oahu
Completed; Final Rule
Proposed rule to Designate Critical for Southern Selkirk Mountain Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) under the Endangered Species Act
Complete (click here to view Federal Register Document)
March 2012
Proposed rule to List and Designate Critical for Eriogonum codium (Umtanum desert buckwheat) and Physaria douglasii ssp. tuplashensis (White Bluffs bladderpod) under the Endangered Species Act
Completed; Final Rule and Peer Review Comments
Proposed rule to List 38 Species on Molokai, Lanai, and Maui as Endangered and
Designate Critical Habitat on Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Kahoolawe for 135 Species
Completed; Final Rule
August 2012
Proposed Rule Listing 15 Species on Hawaii Island as Endangered and Designating Critical Habitat for 3 Species
Completed; Final Rule

Proposed rule to List Four Subspecies of the Mazama Pocket Gopher as Threatened and Propose the Designation of Critical Habitat

Completed; Summary of Comments
Peer Review Plan for Proposed rule to List Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly as Endangered and Streaked Horned Lark as threatened and Propose the Designation of Critical Habitat
Completed; Final Rule
November 2012
Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl
Completed; Final Critical Habitat Rule

Last updated: August 1, 2014
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