Employee Pocket Guide
Office of External Affairs

Program Information

Budget, Planning, and Human Resources
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: BPHC
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703/358-2400 Fax: 703/358-1981
Washington D.C., credit USFWS

Budget, Planning, and Human Resources has the authority and responsibility to develop policy directives; budget formulation and execution, and resource allocation and analyses, as well as forecasting workforce requirements and facilitating compliance with legal, regulatory, and Departmental policies

Roles and Responsibilities of Divisions

Human Resources - Develops and administers human resources policies and programs, workforce and strategic planning, and automation for the most effective management of human resources. HC develops and administers equal opportunity and civil rights policies and programs and is responsible for Affirmative Employment and Diversity, alternative dispute resolution and discrimination complaints, educational partnerships, and accessibility for individuals with disabilities. <www.fws.gov/humancapital/jobs.html>.

Budget -Directs and manages the budget formulation process prescribing policies, procedures, and controls, and ensures compliance with Administration objectives and conformance to statutory authorities. Budget maintains control of the budget process and the limitation of funds imposed by Congress and OMB and reviews the status of obligations and expenditures to evaluate program progress and recommends adjustments to policy and economical use of financial resources. <www.fws.gov/budget>

Policy and Directives Management - Develops, administers, and reviews Service-wide policies, systems, and procedures for activities such as directives, information collection, advisory committees, reports and forms management, processes regulations and Federal Register notices, patents and inventions, Alternative Dispute Resolution, FAIR Act Inventory, Competitive Sourcing, and OIG and GAO audits. <www.fws.gov/policy>

Conservation Business Management - Co-leads Service efforts to implement landscape scale conservation using surrogate species as indicators, administers GPRA, coordinating the development and maintenance of the Service’s portion of the DOI Strategic Plan, the Service Operational Plan, the performance section of the Service Budget, the DOI Annual Performance Plan and Report, Activity Based Cost Management, and assists efforts to streamline and automate human capital processes and other management systems. <www.fws.gov/planning/abc>


Business Management and Operations
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: BMO
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703/358-1822 Fax: 703/358-2160
Aleutian Canada Geese, credit Dave Menke/USFWS

Business Management and Operations is an integral part of the Service’s day-to-day operations, providing a foundation and the necessary tools for all natural resource programs to accomplish their mission. Functional areas include financial management, engineering, contracting and facilities management, Servicewide

Roles and Responsibilities of Divisions

Financial Management - Directs accounting and financial operations focusing on accounting policies, funds control, financial internal controls, travel, charge card administration, cash management, debt collection, cost recovery, investments , and internal/external financial reporting.

Engineering - Directs the Service’s engineering, construction, dam safety, bridge safety, seismic safety, energy management, and environmental and facilities compliance activities.

Contracting and Facilities Management - Develops policy and manages programs for Federal acquisition, personal property, government quarters, space leasing, and the motor vehicle fleet. Also manages office facilities at the Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Safety and Health - Develops and administers safety and occupational health policies and procedures to prevent and reduce employee injuries and work-related illnesses.

Economics - Conducts economic analyses to meet legislative requirements and Executive Orders and provides programs with technical assistance on economic and related social science analyses to assist programs in achieving conservation goals and objectives.


Public Affairs
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: EA
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703/358-2220 Fax: 703/358-1930
www.fws.gov/external-affairs/contacts.html and www.fws.gov/news
Earth, credit National Aeronautics Space Administration/USFWS

The Office of Public Affairs, located in External Affairs, works to ensure information about Service activities is provided to the public in a timely way and in formats the public can easily access, use, and understand. The office works with the news media and Service programs to coordinate communication on often controversial issues. Most of all, Public Affairs staff are a valuable resource for Service employees seeking guidance and assistance in developing effective communications strategies for their programs, as well as for employees dealing with direct inquiries from the media.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Responds to inquiries from the news media, constituent groups, and the public.
  • Keeps other program areas aware of developments with the media and stakeholder groups.
  • Helps develop communications and outreach strategies for emerging issues and crisis events.
  • Works with Service Leadership and Program Offices to continually enhance internal and external communications techniques and improve current methods.
  • Maintains the Service’s intranet site to provide employees with current government and Service news, tools and information.
  • Develops and reviews news releases and the Service newsletter, Fish and Wildlife News


Congressional and Legislative Affairs
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: EA
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (703)358-2240 Fax: (703)358-1780
Capital Washington D.C., credit USFWS

The Division of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (CLA) is the Service’s primary point of contact with Congress and is responsible for the Service’s legislative agenda and congressional relations program. Located within External Affairs, CLA also coordinates congressional and legislative ’s Regional Congressional Liaisons.

In FY2008, CLA, working with the Service’s programs, regional and field offices, and partner organizations, organized more than 18 congressional hearings; coordinated more than 250 congressional briefings, meetings, and field trips; handled hundreds of congressional calls and correspondence; and reviewed several hundred legislative referrals.

Roles and Responsibilities
Congressional and Legislative Affairs staff:

  • Develop and promote the Service’s legislative agenda including making recommendations for initiatives to the Service Directorate.
  • Prepare legislative priorities, review and report 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.


Ecological Services
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: ES
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703/358-2171 Fax: 703/358-1735
Working Together: Partnerships for Endangered Species Recovery Poster. Credit: USFWS

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) recognizes that fish, wildlife, and plants "are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people." The ESA is administered by the Service and the Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Service has primary responsibility for conservation of terrestrial and freshwater organisms, while the responsibilities of NMFS are centered mainly on estuarine and marine species. The Service’s program has two major goals: 1) recover listed species, and 2) conserve species-at-risk (candidates and other species-at-risk) so that listing under the ESA is not necessary. The conservation of our Nation’s imperiled species cannot be achieved by any one agency. The authorities, resources, and cooperation of all partners—States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, private landowners, and other Service programs—are required to meet our conservation objectives.

Roles and Responsibilities

Recovery - Facilitate and provide leadership for planning and partnering on recovery activities for listed species.

Proactive Conservation - Provide planning and technical assistance to partners to sign conservation agreements and implement actions for candidate and other species-at-risk.
Grants - Provide funding to States and Territories for species and habitat conservation actions on non-Federal lands.

Listing/Delisting - Use the best available commercial and scientific data for listing, reclassifying, or delisting species under the ESA; and to identify candidates for listing.

Consultation - Federal agencies consult with the Service to address threats to species and their programs and activities may affect.

Conservation Tools - Provide technical assistance for voluntary conservation tools such as Conservation Banks, Safe Harbor Agreements, Habitat Conservation Plans, and Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances, to increase flexibility and certainty for private landowners with listed, candidate, or species-at-risk on their property.

Conservation Planning Assistance - Works collaboratively with Federal agencies and project development proponents to recommend fish and wildlife conservation measures early in the NEPA environmental review and approval process. Program biologists supply expert conservation assistance on a wide range of projects such as navigation, flood control, highway, hydroelectric power, wind, and other renewable energy and infrastructure projects.

Sikes Act - Protects ecosystems while meeting the needs of military operations nationwide. Works with the military, the States, and others to develop integrated natural resource management plans for more than 25 million acres on 400 military installations.

Coastal Barrier Program - Administers provisions of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act and works with the Congress to digitize and maintain the official Coastal Barrier Resources System maps.

National Wetlands Inventory - Monitors the Nation’s wetlands. Produces digital wetland maps and resource data, and reports on the characteristics, extent, and status of the Nation’s wetland, riparian, and deepwater habitats.

Marine Mammal Program - Conducts stock assessment and conservation management work for polar bear, Pacific walrus, the northern and southern sea otter, and West Indian manatee pursuant to the MMPA. Works collaboratively with Alaska Native organizations on co-management of subsistence harvest, and with Russia on the Polar Bear Bilateral Agreement. Publishes regulations and annual reports to Congress, and advocates for the conservation and protection of the Nation’s marine mammal populations.

Natural Resource Damage Assessment/Oil Pollution/Contaminats
Concerns for pollution impacts on fish and wildlife began in the early 1900s when water quality was studied as part of a fisheries research program. In the late 1940s, Service researchers made important strides by studying the effects of pesticides, such as DDT, on fish and wildlife.

National attention focused on the ecological effects of toxic chemicals after former Service employee, Rachel Carson, published Silent Spring in 1962. Today, the Division of Environmental Quality is the only Federal program that investigates the effects of pollution, pesticides, and other contaminants on fish and wildlife.

Each year, more than 7 billion pounds of toxic substances are released onto the land, and into the air, water, and underground and more than 4.5 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the U.S. alone and across the world. The toxic impact of these substances is likely to increase with the environmental changes expected from climate change. Two important goals of the division are contaminant prevention and restoration of fish, wildlife, and habitats.

Roles and Responsibilities

Located within Ecological Services, these offices work with other agencies and the private sector to identify and assess effects of contaminants on species and their habitats, prevent toxic-level contaminant exposure to fish, wildlife, and refuge lands, and restore habitats and populations injured by contaminants. We accomplish our goals through:

Identifying and Assessing Contaminant Effects - We provide expertise on water quality criteria, pesticide registrations, pesticide use, other pest management practices, and emerging contaminants.

Prevent Contaminat Exposure - We review and comment on contaminant-related legislation, regulations, water quality standards, permits, and licenses to ensure that these documents provide protection for fish and wildlife.

Restoration of Trust Resources - We investigate and assess injuries from hazardous material releases and oil spills, negotiate settlements with polluters, and work with our federal, state, and tribal partners to carry out restoration projects. With our partners, we have spent over $300,000,000 to restore injured fish, wildlife, and habitats.


Information Resources and Technology Management (IRTM)
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: IRTM
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (703) 358-1729 Fax: (703) 358-2251

The Assistant Director for IRTM serves as the Service’s Chief Information Officer and directs the planning, governance, and implementation of information management resources and technology to enable and enhance the Service’s mission. The Division Chief serves as the Deputy AD and Deputy Chief Information Officer. IRTM provides Service policy, strategic planning, governance, and technical services and capabilities across a wide range of information technology functions.

Roles & Responsibilities
Working with programs, regions, and other partners to support Service business needs, the IRTM Directorate/CIO:

  • Provides Service Enterprise Architecture, data resource management, standards, and stewardship; national GIS coordination, GIS spatial data inventory, geospatial metadata creation/publication, as well as systems consultation and development.
  • Provides Service-wide, National-level infrastructure services such as Service Wide Area Network (SWAN), Enterprise Messaging, Web Services, Land Mobile Radio, Enterprise Technical Service Center and Enterprise technology engineering; provides network services and customer support in the Washington Office (WO).
  • Provides management and oversight of the IT portfolio and capital planning activities, E-Government initiatives, Section 508, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, Records Management, and enterprise hardware/software management.
  • Provides the Service information security program to include policies, procedures, compliance, system accreditation and certification, incident reporting/handling, audits/inspections, and associated reporting, and maintains and monitors network security subsystems to ensure a stable and reliable environment for the FWS Networks.
  • Provides oversight, guidance, and training in support of the Service information technology workforce.


International Affairs
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: IA
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (800)344-9453
CITES Permits: (800)358-2104

Wildlife Without Borders

The Service has international responsibilities under some 40 conventions, treaties, and agreements. Located within International Affairs, the divisions of International Conservation, Management Authority, and Scientific Authority implement these authorities for the benefit of wildlife. International Affairs provides leadership and assistance to other nations for wildlife management, conservation, and protection of global biodiversity. The divisions work with other governments and a variety of non-governmental organizations, scientific and conservation organizations, industry groups, and other interested parties to ensure the effective implementation of treaties and laws and the global conservation of species.

Roles and Responsibilities
Working with partners around the world to conserve species and their ecosystems, International Affairs:

  • Provides technical assistance to fish and wildlife managers in other countries.
  • Conserves species at risk through the regulation of sustainable trade and implementation of policies related to international wildlife conservation.
  • Works closely with States and Native American Tribes to help ensure conservation of U.S. species in trade.
  • Administers Wildlife Without Borders grant programs supporting human and institutional capacity building and conservation research for species and regions.
  • Addresses emerging issues, such as climate change, wildlife disease, invasive species, and the illegal bushmeat trade.


Law Enforcement
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop LE 3000
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (703)358-1949 Fax: (703)358-2271
www.fws.gov/le and www.fws.gov/lab
Seized Wildlife Property Evidence, credit John and Karen Hollingsworth/USFWS

In 1900, Congress passed the Lacey Act, the first Federal law to protect wildlife. Additional wildlife conservation laws followed, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Bald Eagle Protection Act, and the Endangered Species Act. All are upheld

Today, Service Law Enforcement contributes to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation, from protecting endangered species to preserving opportunities for hunting and fishing. Enforcement efforts target potentially devastating threats—illegal trade, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants. Innovative partnerships with industry groups are improving compliance with wildlife laws and eliminating hazards to wildlife.

Law Enforcement consists of eight regional offices that conduct investigations and inspections throughout the country; a headquarters operation that oversees training, conducts special investigations, and provides policy, intelligence, and administrative support; the Clark R. Bavin National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory; and the National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repositories.

Roles and Responsibilities
Law Enforcement investigates wildlife crimes, monitors a $2.8 billion annual trade in wildlife and wildlife products, and helps Americans obey wildlife protection laws. This work includes:

  • Infiltrating smuggling rings that target imperiled animals.
  • Preventing commercial exploitation of protected U.S. species.
  • Protecting wildlife from environmental hazards and safeguarding habitat.
  • Inspecting wildlife shipments to ensure compliance with laws and treaties and detecting illegal trade.
  • Using forensic science to analyze evidence and solve wildlife crimes.


Migratory Bird Program
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: MB
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (703)358-1714
Fax: (703)358-2217
Brown Pelicans, credit  Gary M. Stolz/USFWS

Migratory birds are some of nature’s most magnificent resources. They play a significant ecological, economic, and cultural role in the United States and internationally. The first law calling for international cooperation to conserve migratory birds was passed in 1918. Far-reaching for its time, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act guides the work of the Division of Migratory Bird Management today. The mission of the Migratory Bird Program is to conserve migratory bird populations and their habitats for future generations through careful monitoring and effective management.

Roles and Responsibilities
The Migratory Bird Management Program:

  • Assesses, manages, and conserves more than 800 native migratory bird species.
  • Develops and implements survey, monitoring, and assessment activities to determine the status of both game and non-game birds.
  • Evaluates the effects of human activities and natural conditions on the health of bird populations. Conducts hundreds of annual surveys across key breeding, migration, and wintering areas, and supports the National Aviation Manager in the Office of Aviation Management.
  • Plays a central role in working with others to develop and implement local, regional, national, and international bird management plans, including Partners In Flight, U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, North American Waterbird Conservation plan, and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
  • Provides opportunities, through the issuance of permits and regulations, for organizations and individuals to participate in migratory bird activities, such as hunting, scientific research, rehabilitation of injured birds, education, falconry, and taxidermy, as well as control of overabundant species.

National Activities
The national program office provides guidance on national, international, and regional policy matters that directly relate to migratory bird management. This office works in conjunction with the Service Directorate, Regional Offices, and regional Migratory Bird Program staff.

Regional Activities
Migratory Bird Management Program biologists in each Service region plan and implement program objectives on regional and local levels. Regional migratory bird biologists provide policy guidance, issue migratory bird permits, participate in monitoring and habitat conservation strategies, and conduct outreach and education initiatives.

The Division of Bird Habitat Conservation
Providing leadership in the conservation of migratory bird habitat through partnerships, grants, and outreach for present and future generations.

Roles and Responsibilities
Located within the Migratory Bird Program, the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation:


National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Phone: (304) 876-7263
Fax: (304) 876-7227
Lodging Reservations: (304) 876-7900
Front desk: (304) 876-1600
Aerial of NCTC Campus, credit Brian Jonkers/USFWS

The NCTC, established in 1997, supports the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in five critical ways:

Home and Heritage - NCTC serves as the physical and virtual “home” of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where the history and heritage of the Service are preserved and shared;

Training for The Mission - NCTC provides exemplary training and professional development tailored to support Service employees and conservation partners in accomplishing the agency’s mission;

Youth in Conservation - NCTC helps the Service engage, educate, and employ the next generation of conservationists who reflect our diverse society, ensuring that our natural resource legacy is left in capable hands;

Partnerships - NCTC helps solve urgent conservation challenges, such as climate change, by bringing together diverse partners representing multiple points of view;

Sustainability - NCTC is a national leader in the conservation community for its state-of-the-art facility and green practices



National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS)
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: NWRS
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (703)358-1744 ?????
Fax: (703)358-2248
Aerial of Pelican Island NWR, George Gentry/USFWS

The National Wildlife Refuge System began in1903 when President Theodore Roosevelt established Pelican Island, a 3-acre island off Florida’s coast, as the first national wildlife refuge. The NWRS has grown to about 150 million acres of strategically located habitats in all 50 States and U.S. territories, including 550 refuges and 37 wetland management districts that contain thousands of Waterfowl Production Areas and small prairie wetlands. It is the only network of Federal lands devoted specifically to wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation.

Roles and Responsibilities
The NWRS provides habitat for threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and some of the Nation’s most important fishery resources. It also includes about 20 percent of the designated Wilderness areas in the U.S. Fifty-nine national wildlife refuges have been established specifically to protect endangered species.

The NWRS offers outstanding wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities, including fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography, as well as environmental education and interpretation for present and future generations. Around 40 million people visit the NWRS annually

The Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning comprises three branches:

  • The Branch of Wildlife Resources oversees wilderness policy and refuge-specific issues, such as invasive species and pest management; biological support; water rights, management, and use; marine resources; contaminants; and migratory birds and endangered species. It also provides leadership in policy development and implementation; technical assistance and oversight in the development of Comprehensive Conservation Plans and step-down management plans; reviews proposals to create new or expand existing refuges; develops products, materials, and training courses to facilitate consistent implementation and application of policy; and provides budgetary information on refuge planning and policy issues.
  • The Branch of Air Quality supports air quality monitoring, regulation development and initiatives, and training and planning.
  • The Fire Management Branch provides policy, oversight, and scientific/technical support for managing fire on Service lands. This includes fire preparedness; fire suppression and emergency fire rehabilitation; hazardous fuels reduction; rural fire assistance; policy, procedures, and standards development; and coordination of the Service’s interagency fire involvement, including serving as the contact for the Department’s Office of Wildland Fire Coordination.
  • The Natural Resources Program Center in .

The Division of Refuge Law Enforcement provides policy, training, and budgeting functions for the NWRS law enforcement program. More than 400 officers nationwide are commissioned to enforce the laws protecting the Nation’s wildlife resources and their habitats, providing for visitor and employee safety, and protecting the public infrastructure. Refuge officers across the NWRS routinely deal with a myriad of crimes, including drug cultivation and production, in addition to the traditional natural resource crimes that occur on our public lands.

The Division of Realty acquires land interests for the NWRS and the National Fish Hatchery System using primarily the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. Nationally, Realty develops policy guidance, performs management oversight, and issues annual reports on the acquisition, utilization, and disposition of the Service’s land interests. Overall responsibilities include Acquisition Management, Real Estate Operations, Appraisal, Cartography, and Land Surveying. The Chief of the Division of Realty also serves as the Secretary of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. <www.fws.gov/refuges/realty>

The Division of Visitor Services and Communications is responsible for leading national programs to promote the highest quality visitor experiences on refuges; oversee the national Refuge Friends and Volunteer programs; provide policy and coordination related to cultural resource, fee and concession programs; administer Service Roads and Transportation programs; and lead a strategic, coordinated, and integrated communications program that builds long-term relationships and support for the NWRS. Using field station input from the Accomplishment Reporting System and other mechanisms, the Division develops the bimonthly Refuge Update newsletter, the quarterly Friends Forward newsletter, and a variety of materials and information for national media, among other communication tools.

The Division of Information Technology and Management develops and manages nationwide data base applications that support budget and management decision-making for refuge acquisition, operations, and maintenance. Also, the division is the lead for the NWRS and the Service for comprehensive asset management programs for facility portfolios and equipment fleets. More than 41,000 facility assets with a combined portfolio value of $19 billion are vital to management of NWRS lands and waters.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife: The Service’s premiere voluntary citizen and community-based conservation stewardship program. The Program offers technical and financial assistance to private landowners primarily for the restoration of wetland, stream, and riparian habitats.

Coastal Program: Identifies coastal resource problems and on-the-ground solutions to conserve coastal habitats. The program seeks partnerships and encourages public action to carry out habitat restoration and protection projects in the Nation’s highest priority coastal areas.

Office of Budget
The National Wildlife Refuge System Office of Budget provides four primary functions for the Refuge System: (1) formulating budgets, (2) executing budgets, (3) performance management, and (4) workforce planning. The office works with the Service’s Division of Budget and others to formulate national budgets for the Refuge System, and when appropriations are made, the office allocates budgets and tracks how funding is spent. The Office manages performance matters for the Refuge System by gathering information through the Refuge Annual Performance Planning (RAPP) system every year and uses that information to report to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on performance. The office also tracks workforce information for the Refuge System and uses that information to communicate to Congress, OMB and others about workforce issues and needs.


Native American Liaison
8510 NE 69th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683
Phone: (360) 604-2531
Chief Houdikoff Family Fishing on Attu, credit Victor B. Scheffer

Working together with Regional Native American Liaison officials and leaders from federally recognized Tribes nationwide, the Native American Liaison identifies areas in which both Federal and Tribal conservation efforts can most effectively conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. The Regional and National Native American Liaisons Liaison combine their backgrounds in wildlife biology, conservation, and Indian law and policy to achieve the best possible conservation scenario in Indian Country.

The Federal government has a unique and distinctive political relationship with federally recognized Indian tribes. It is defined by treaties, statutes, executive orders, judicial decisions and agreements and differs from relationships with state and local governments or other entities. It has given rise to a special Federal trust responsibility, involving the legal responsibilities and obligations of the United States toward Indian tribes and the application of fiduciary standards of due care with respect to Indian lands, tribal trust resources and the exercise of tribal rights. The Service has a mandated obligation to ensure that the Federal Indian trust responsibility is fulfilled.

Roles and Responsibilities
Responsibilities of the Native American Liaison include:

  • Providing counsel to the Directorate regarding Native American relations.
  • Serving as Service point of contact for Tribes.
  • Providing implementation of the Tribal Wildlife Grant program.
  • Serving as liaison to Tribal governments for wildlife conservation issues that impact Federal and Tribal resources.
  • Developing guidance materials, such as handbooks, Director’s and Secretarial Orders, as well as legal and policy memoranda regarding Tribal/Service issues.

Native American Liaisons:
Headquaters Office - Scott Aikin (National Native American Programs Coordinator) 360/604-2531 / D.J. Monette (Associate Native American Liaiosn Advisor) 413/244-4495
Region 1 - Nathan Dexter 503/736-4774
Region 2 - Joseph Early 505/248-6602
Region 3 - Chuck Traxler 612/713-5313
Region 4 - Tim Binzen 413/253-8731
Region 5 - Tim Binzen 413/253-8731
Region 6 - Anna Munoz 303/236-4510
Region 7 - Crystal Leonetti 907/786-3868
Region 8 - Richard Adkins 916/532-5327


Marketing Communications
5275 Leesburg Pike,
Mail Stop: EA
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703/358-1711 Fax: 703/358-2548
Seining in a Stream with Partners, credit Brian Jonkers/USFWS

Located within External Affairs, the Division of Marketing Communications provides strategic leadership to enhance Service partnerships by identifying needs, improving crossagency relationships, streamlining methods of developing partnership agreements, and providing a central repository for partnership-related information. Marketing Communications also provides a wide array of communications products encompassing web, print, the Service’s toll-free number, video and emerging social media.

Roles and Responsibilities
Marketing Communications consists of two branches, Branch of Digital Strategy, and Branch of Printing and Publishing. Marketing Communications works with all Service programs by:

  • Establishes digital media policy
  • Develops and maintains the Agency's home page and various supporting pages
  • Operates the national social media accounts and the Open Spaces blog
  • Oversees the Agency's overall web presence including www.fws.gov and all social media sites
  • Produces and edits videos
  • Assists other offices in the creation of online videos
  • Provides training and guidance throughout the Agency in digital media creation and policy
  • Maintains the Agency's internal website
  • Provides technical and policy support in the production of printed materials
  • Serves as the main point of contact to the General Printing Office for brochures and printed materials including the Code of Federal Regulations
  • Oversees the agency's call and e-mail information center
  • Maintains an in-house team to respond to inquiries that can't be handled by call center staff.


Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR)
5275 Leesburg Pike
Mail Stop: 4020
Arlington, Virginia 22203
Phone: (703) 358-2156 Fax: (703) 358-1837
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, credit George Gentry/USFWS

Two of the cornerstone conservation programs in the United States are the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs. For more than 70 years, these programs have played key roles in conserving fish and wildlife. The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act was passed in 1937. The Act created a partnership among State and Federal governments, hunters, shooters, and their industries. The Act directed a Federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition to fund State wildlife projects to conserve wildlife resources. The Wildlife Restoration Program is based on the "user pay-user benefit" philosophy. To date, more than $5 billion has been used to restore white-tailed deer, wild turkey, other wildlife, and habitat and to provide hunter safety education.

The Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act was passed by Congress in 1950 and also is based on the "user pay-user benefit" philosophy. The Act and subsequent amendments (notably the Wallop-Breaux Amendment) direct Federal excise taxes on sport fishing equipment and motorboat fuels to be used for sport fishery conservation and boating access projects. The Act brought State and Federal agencies, anglers, and boaters together to form conservation partnerships. Striped bass, American shad, Largemouth bass, and many other species have benefited significantly from the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which has funded research on whirling disease in trout species and taught more than 5.7 million Americans about fishing and the aquatic environment. To date, more than $5 billion has been used for sport fishery conservation and boating access opportunities throughout the country.

Roles and Responsibilities
Multi-state Conservation Grants:This program funds sport fishery and wildlife research projects, boating access development, hunter safety, aquatic education, habitat improvement, and other projects that benefit at least 26 States, or a majority of the States in a region of the Fish and Wildlife Service, or a regional association of State fish and wildlife agencies.

Clean Vessel Act: This competitive program enables States to build pumpout and wastewater dump stations for the disposal of sewage from recreational boats.

Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG): This two-part formula and competitive grant program supports States in building and enhancing facilities for transient recreational boats 26 feet long or larger.

Coastal Wetlands: This competitive program authorizes the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to grant funds to coastal States to carry out coastal wetlands conservation projects.

State Wildlife Grants Program: This program provides Federal funds to States for the development and implementation of programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. Additionally, a portion of the State Wildlife Grant funds are awarded based on criteria in a nationally competitive subprogram.

Sport Fish Restoration Program: The program assists State fish and wildlife agencies with sport fish management, boating access, and aquatic education projects. States receive apportionments of excise taxes based on size of the state and the number of licensed anglers.

Wildlife Restoration Program: The program assists State fish and wildlife agencies with restoration of wild birds and mammals; acquisition, development, and management of their habitats; hunter safety education; and development and management of shooting ranges. States receive apportionments of excise taxes based on the physical size of the state and the number of licensed hunters.

Financial Assistance Coordination: The WSFR Program provides the Service with consistent policies and procedures for administering and managing financial assistance. WSFR accomplishes this role through the work of the Financial Assistance Coordination Team (FACT). The membership of FACT is comprised of Regional and Program representatives who administer FWS financial assistance programs identified in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. The FACT is integral to streamlining and standardizing FWS grant management practices.

Public Access Civil Rights Program: The WSFR program provides policy oversight to ensure that members of the public who participate in programs and activities funded by the Service have equal access to those programs, activities, and facilities where the programs take place; and that recipients of Federal financial assistance, primarily grants to State fish and wildlife agencies funded by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration office (WSFR), do not exclude people from any program, activity or facility; deny them benefits; or otherwise discriminate against them ongrounds of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex in educational programs.

Last updated: November 21, 2017
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