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
Dan AsheThe Science of How Hunting Assists Species Conservation and ManagementCommittee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations and OversightSubject

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 RecordH.R. 3065, S. 1249 Target Practice and Marksmanship TrainingHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and OceansSubject

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 SobeckH.R. 3210 and H.R. 4171 Related to Lacey ActHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and OceansSubject

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 AsheS. 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 BasinSenate Committee on Environment and Public WorksSubject

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 PittsH.R. 4043 Military Readiness and Southern Sea Otter ConservationHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and OceansSubject

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

Jerome FordH.R. 1917 Joint Ventures for Bird Habitat Conservation, H.R. 1960 North American Wetlands Conservation and H.R. 3074 Cormorant ManagementHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and OceansSubject

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

Jim KurthH.R. 2984 Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness ActHouse Subcommittee on National Parks, ForestsSubject

H.R. 2984 Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act

Witness

Jim Kurth

Committee

House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests

Date

03/29/2012

Dan AsheFiscal Year 2013 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and OceansSubject

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 WeberProposed Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Chincoteague National Wildlife RefugeHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and OceansSubject

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 DohnerOwnership Rights Concerning the Harris Neck National Wildlife RefugeHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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 AsheThe Endangered Species Act: How Litigation is Costing Jobs and Impeding True Recovery EffortsHouse Committee on Natural ResourcesSubject

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 JacobsonOversight Hearing "Florida Everglades Restoration: What are the Priorities?"House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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 PhocasThe Safeguarding of Hawai’i’s Ecosystem and Agriculture against Invasive SpeciesHouse Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of ColumbiaSubject

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 KurthH.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 StampHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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 LohoefenerQuestionable Fish Science and Environmental Lawsuits: Jobs and Water Supplies At Risk in The Inland EmpireHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and PowerSubject

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

Gary FrazerESA: Reviewing the Nexus of Science and PolicyHouse Committee on Science, Subcomittee on Investigations and OversightSubject

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

Cynthia DohnerProgress 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 WildlifeSubject

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

Teiko SaitoH.R. 50, Multinational Species Conservation Funds, H.R. 1760 Great Ape Conservation H.R. 1761 Marine Turtle ConservationHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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

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

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 KurthThe National Wildlife Refuge System’s Operations Needs and Maintenance BacklogHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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

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

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 SiekaniecH.R. 306 Wild Horse Protection, H.R. 588, S. 266, and H.R. 285 Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge RenamingHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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 GouldFiscal Year 2012 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans and Insular AffairsSubject

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 GouldNomination of Daniel M. Ashe to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceSenate Committee on Environment and Public WorksSubject

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 RecordEnbridge Pipeline Oil SpillHouse Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureSubject

Enbridge Pipeline Oil Spill

Witness

Statement For the Record

Committee

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Date

09/15/2010

Cynthia DohnerAssessing Natural Resource Damages Resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon DisasterSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and WildlifeSubject

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 SiekaniecH.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 ProtectionHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 CarlFederal Response to the Discovery of Asian Carp in Lake CalumetSenate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and PowerSubject

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 LyderOur Natural Resources at Risk: the Short and Long Term Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil SpillHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 AsheH.R. 5284 the Sikes Act Amendments ActHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 SchmidtH.R. 3805 Duck Stamp and H.R. 4973 National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Improvement ActHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 FrazerCollaborative Solutions to Wildlife and Habitat ManagementSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and WildlifeSubject

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. FrostHow to Manage Large Constrictor Snakes and Other Invasive SpeciesHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest and Public Lands and Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 GouldFiscal Year 2011 Budget of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 SobeckH.R. 3511 and 4493 Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Visitor Facility and Management EnhancementHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 StricklandThe 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 WildlifeSubject

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 LyderH.R. 4416 Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Amendments ActHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 AsheH.R. 2188, 3433 and 3537; S. 1214, 1421, 373, 1519 and 1965; H.R. 509 Wildlife Conservation and Invasive Species BillsSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and WildlifeSubject

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 AsheH.R. 2811 Amend the Lacey Act to include certain constrictor snakes as an injurious animalHouse Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland SecuritySubject

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 SchmidtH.R. 3537, H.R. 2213, and H.R. 3433 Migratory Bird BillsHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 GouldH.R. 1054 importation into the U.S. of polar bear trophies sport-hunted in CanadaHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 GouldH.R. 3086 Global Wildlife Conservation, Coordination, and Enhancement ActHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 HamiltonPrepared Statement of Sam D. Hamilton, Nominee to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceSenate Committee on Environment and Public WorksSubject

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 FrazerThreats to Native Wildlife SpeciesSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife and Subcommittee on OversightSubject

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 MoriartyField Hearing on the Impacts of Climate Change on the Chesapeake BayHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife and Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public LandsSubject

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 FrazerH.R. 2055, Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act, H.R. 2565 the National Fish Habitat Conservation ActHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 LarsenOverdose: How Drugs and Chemicals in Water Supplies and the Environment are Harming our Fish and WildlifeHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and WildlifeSubject

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 MoriartyJoint 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 LandsSubject

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

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