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Hearings and Testimony of the 111th Congress




DATE

HEARING SUBJECT

WITNESS(ES)

Thurs., 11/18/10

Indian Tribal Self-Governance

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 4347 (Boren), To amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

George Skibine, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Fri.,10/15/10

Tribal Transportation

Full Committee oversight field hearing on tribal transportation in Indian Country

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary -Indian Affairs

Wed., 9/29/10

National Parks and Public Lands Bills

Joint Subcommittee hearing on
S. 3261 (Hutchinson),
A bill to establish the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area in the State of Texas

S. 3283 (Boxer), A bill to designate Mt. Andrea Lawrence

S. 3291 (Dodd), A bill to establish Coltsville National Historical Park in the State of Connecticut

S. 3524 and H.R. 4438 (Hutchinson), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a cooperative agreement for a park headquarters at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, to expand the boundary of the Park, to conduct a study of potential land acquisitions, and for other purposes

S. 3565 (McCain), A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain Bureau of Land Management land in Mohave County, Arizona, to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, for use as a public shooting range

S. 3612 (Sanders), A bill to amend the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Establishment Act to expand the boundary of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in the State of Vermont

S. 3616 (Bingaman), A bill to withdraw certain land in the State of New Mexico, and for other purposes

S. 3744 (Boxer), A bill to establish Pinnacles National Park in the State of California as a unit of the National Park System

S. 3778 and H.R. 4773 (Isakson), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands within Fort Pulaski National Monument

S. 3820 (Begich), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for a microhydro project in nonwilderness areas within the boundaries of Denali National Park and Preserve, to acquire land for Denali National Park and Preserve from Doyon Tourism, Inc.

S. 3822 (Bingaman), A bill to adjust the boundary of the Carson National Forest, New Mexico

H.R. 1858 (Markey), To provide for a boundary adjustment and land conveyances involving Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado, to correct the effects of an erroneous land survey that resulted in approximately 7 acres of the Crystal Lakes Subdivision, Ninth Filing, encroaching on National Forest System land

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall) and Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Katherine Stevenson, Assistant Director, Business Services, National Park Service

Tues., 9/28/10

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Hearing

National Commission on the BP Oil Spill

Jane Lyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Thomas Strickland, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Thurs., 9/23/10

Use of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Payments for Non-Coal Projects

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4817 (Teague), To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Glenda Owens, Deputy Director, Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement

Thurs., 9/23/10

Public Safety Radio Issues

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Progress on P25: Furthering Interoperability and Competition for public Safety Radio

House Science and Technology S/C on Technology and Innovation (Wu)

Russ Sveda, Manager of the Radio Technical Service Center

Thurs., 9/23/10

Partnerships in National Parks

Subcommittee oversight hearing on The Role of Partnerships in National Parks

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Daniel Wenk, Deputy Director, National Park Service

Thurs., 9/16/10

Indian Water Rights; Reclamation Water Act

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3061 (Salazar), To require the Secretary of the Interior to assess the irrigation infrastructure of the Pine River Indian Irrigation Project in the State of Colorado and provide grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe to assess, repair, rehabilitate, or reconstruct existing infrastructure

H.R. 5039 (Sanchez), To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design, planning, and construction of the Groundwater Replenishment System Expansion to reclaim and reuse municipal wastewater in the Orange County, California region

H.R. 5413 (Baca), To authorize the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement

H.R. 6107 (Hastings), To amend Section 301(d) of the Hoover Power Plant Act of 1984 to provide for notice regarding certification of certain projects

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

George Skibine, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

 

Thurs., 9/16/10

Parks Bills

Subcommittee hearing on

H.R. 1853 (Kirkpatrick), To clarify the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir

H.R. 4036 (Payne), To authorize National Mall Liberty Fund D.C. to establish a memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia to honor free persons and slaves who fought for independence, liberty, and justice for all during the American Revolution

H.R. 5965 (Mollohan), To designate certain Federal land within the Monongahela National Forest as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System

H.R. 6111 (Van Hollen), To extend the sunset date for the advisory commission of the C&O Canal National Historical Park commission an additional ten years

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Peter May, Associate Regional Director, Lands, Resources and Planning, National Capital Region, National Park Service

Thurs., 9/16/10

Insular Affairs Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4339 (Sablan), To encourage students from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to become civically engaged through local and Federal government fellowships

H.R. 6015 (Bordallo), To require the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the Department of Commerce to publish certain economic data regarding territories and Freely Associated States

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Anthony M. Babauta, Assistant Secretary of the Interior Insular Areas

Wed., 9/15/10

Enbridge Pipeline Oil Spill in Michigan

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Enbridge Pipeline Oil Spill in Michigan

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Oberstar)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Statement for the Record

Sat., 9/11/10

Facility Needs at Indian Schools

Full Committee oversight field hearing on Preparing Our Students for Tomorrow in Yesterdays Schools: Construction and Facility Needs at Bureau of Indian Education Schools

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

John Rever, Director, Office of Facilities, Environment and Cultural Resources

Thurs., 7/29/10

Funding Rural Schools Act

Subcommittee oversight h hearing on Building Success: Implementation of the Secure Rural Schools Program

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Ed Roberson, Assistant Director, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 7/29/10

Low-Impact and Affordable Hydropower Generation in the West

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Investment in Small Hydropower: Prospects of Expanding Low-Impact and Affordable Hydropower Generation in the West

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Wed., 7/28/10

American Indian Issues

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 4384 (Matheson),
To establish the Utah Navajo Trust Fund Commission

H.R. 5023 (Grijalva), To prescribe procedures for effective consultation and coordination by Federal agencies with federally recognized Indian tribes regarding Federal Government activities that impact tribal lands and interests to ensure that meaningful tribal input is an integral part of the Federal decision-making process

H.R. 5468 (McKeon), To take certain Federal lands in Mono County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Bridgeport Indian Colony

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Paul Tsosie, Chief of Staff, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Tues., 7/27/10

Assessing Damages from the BP Deepwater Disaster

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Assessing Natural Resource Damages Resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Senate Environment and Public Works S/C on Water and Wildlife (Cardin)

Cynthia Dohner,Regional Director, Southeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tues., 7/27/10

Nutria Eradication, Coastal Jobs and Public Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3850 (Kratovil), To provide for the eradication and control of nutria in Maryland, Louisiana, and other coastal States

H.R. 4914 (Pallone), To promote coastal jobs creation, promote sustainable fisheries and fishing communities, revitalize waterfronts

H.R. 5180 (Shea-Porter), To establish an Ombudsman Office within the National Marine Fisheries Service

H.R. 5331 (Kennedy), To revise the boundaries of John H. Chaffee Coastal Barrier Resources System Sachuest Point Unit RI-04P, Easton Beach Unit RI-05P, Almy Pond Unit RI-06, and Hazards Beach Unit RI-07 in Rhode Island

H.R. 5380 (Hirono), To provide for the expansion of Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii County, Hawaii

H.R. 5482 (Jones), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement to provide for management of the free-roaming wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Greg Siekaniec,Assistant Director, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thurs., 7/22/10

DOI’s Oversight of Offshore Oil Drilling

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior’s oversight of offshore oil drilling, including the reorganization of the Minerals Management Service

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Towns)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Michael Bromwich, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement

Tues., 7/20/10

Role of Interior Department in Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Joint Subcommittee oversight hearing on Role of Interior Department in Deepwater Horizon Disaster

House Energy and Commerce S/C on Energy and Environment (Markey) and Oversight and Investigations (Stupak)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Thurs., 7/15/10

Technical Assistance to Insular Areas

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Technical Assistance Program: Evaluating its Ability to Meet the Needs of the Insular Areas

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Charlene Leizear,Director, Technical Assistance Division, Office of Insular Affairs

Thurs., 7/15/10

Bureau of Reclamation

Subcommittee oversight hearing on The Bureau of Reclamation and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: A Progress Report and Planning for the Future

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 7/15/10

Rural Jobs on Public Lands

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Gateways to Prosperity: Managing Federal Lands to Create Rural Jobs

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forest and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Eileen Sobeck, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Wed., 7/14/10

Asian Carp

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Federal response to the discovery of exotic Asian Carp in Lake Calumet

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Stabenow)

Dr. Leon Carl, Midwest Area Regional Executive, U.S. Geological Survey

(Maps Used)

Wed., 6/30/10

Valles Caldera National Preserve

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 3452 (Bingaman), A bill to designate the Valles Caldera National Preserve as a unit of the National Park System

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Daniel Wenk, Deputy Director, National Park Service

Wed., 6/30/10

Temporary Employee Practices

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Temporary Employee Practices: How Long Does Temporary Last?

House Oversight and Government Reform S/Con Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia (Lynch)

Jerry Simpson, Associate Director, Workforce Management, National Park Service

Wed., 6/30/10

Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act

Full Committee hearing on the Discussion Draft Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to

H.R. 3534 (Rahall), To provide greater efficiencies, transparency, returns, and accountability in the administration of Federal mineral and energy resources by consolidating administration of various Federal energy minerals management and leasing programs into one entity to be known as the Office of Federal Energy and Minerals Leasing of the Department of the Interior

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Michael Bromwich, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement

Wed., 6/30/10

Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Legislation To Respond To The BP Oil Spill And To Prevent Future Oil Well Blowouts

House Energy and Commerce S/C on Energy and Environment (Markey)

David Hayes, Deputy Secretary

Thurs,, 6/24/10

Public Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4195 (Farr),
To authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs

H.R. 5192 (Lummis), To require the Secretary of Agriculture to designate national forests or portions of national forests in western States as locations for demonstration projects to prevent or mitigate the effect of pine beetle infestations and conduct forest restoration activities, to authorize the emergency removal of dead and dying trees to address public safety risks in western States, to make permanent the stewardship contracting authorities available to the Forest Service

H.R. 5388 (Heinrich), To expand the boundaries of the Cibola National Forest in the State of New Mexico


H.R. 5494 (
Norton), To direct the Director of the National Park Service and the Secretary of the Interior to transfer certain properties to the District of Columbia

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Peter May, Associate Regional Director, Lands, Resources, and Planning, National Capital Region, National Park Service

Thurs., 6/24/10

Minerals Management Overhaul; Oil Drilling Safety Plans

Full Committee hearing on
S. 3431 (Menendez), A bill to improve the administration of the Minerals Management Service

S. 3497 (Brown), A bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require leases entered into under that Act to include a plan that describes the means and timeline for containment and termination of an ongoing discharge of oil

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Ken Salazar,  Secretary

Michael Bromwich, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement

Wed., 6/23/10

Worker Health and Safety for Oil Spills

Full Committee oversight hearing on Worker Health and Safety from the Oil Rig to the Shoreline

House Education and Labor Committee (Miller)

Doug Slitor, Chief, Safety and Enforcement Branch, Minerals Management Service

Wed., 6/23/10

Health Benefits of Retired Coal Miners

Full Committee oversight hearing on
H.R. 5479 (Rahall), To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide for use of excess funds available under that Act to Provide for certain benefits

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Alfred Whitehouse, Chief of the Division of Reclamation Support, Office of Surface Mining

Thurs., 6/17/10

Indian Education

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Status of Indian Education

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Keith Moore, Director, Bureau of Indian Education

Thurs., 6/17/10

Water Resources

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4719 (Rodriguez), To establish a Southwest Border Region Water Task Force

H.R. 5487 (Napolitano), To amend the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 to reauthorize grants for and require applied water supply research regarding the water resources research and technology institutes established under that Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

John Tubbs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science

Thurs., 6/17/10

Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Subcommittee oversight hearing on The Deepwater Horizon Incident: Proposals to Split Up the Minerals Management Service (Part 5 of 7-part series)

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Robert Abbey, Acting Director, Minerals Management Service

Wed., 6/16/10

Wilderness and Mining Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 3294 (Crapo),
A bill to establish certain wilderness areas in central Idaho and to authorize various land conveyances involving National Forest System land and Bureau of Land Management land in central Idaho

S. 3310 (Johnson), A bill to designate certain wilderness areas in the National Forest System in the State of South Dakota

S. 3313 (Reid), A bill to withdraw certain land located in Clark County, Nevada from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws and disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Carl Rountree, Director, National Landscape Conservation System, Bureau of Land Management

Tues., 6/15/10

Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Ocean Science and Data Limits in a Time of Crisis: Do NOAA and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have the Resources to Respond? (Part 4 of 7-part series)

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 6/10/10

Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Our Natural Resources at Risk: The Short and Long Term Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Part 3 of 7-part series)

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Jane Lyder, Deputy Assistant for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Thurs., 6/10/10

National Park, Forest and Scenic Area Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3785 (Scott),
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the suitability and feasibility of expanding the boundary of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

H.R. 4823 (Kirkpatrick), To establish the Sedona-Red Rock National Scenic Area in the Coconino National Forest, Arizona

H.R. 5009 (Matheson), To designate certain lands in the Wasatch Mountains of Salt Lake County, Utah, as wilderness

H.R. 5110 (Kirkpatrick),To modify the boundary of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

H.R. 5131 (Larson),To establish Coltsville National Historical Park in the State of Connecticut, and for other purposes

H.R. 5152 (Gingrey),To adjust the boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the Wallis House and Harriston Hill

H.R. 5194 (McKeon), Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act of 2010

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forest and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Stephen Whitesell, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands, National Park Service

Wed., 6/9/10

Water Resources Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 2779 (Klobuchar) and H.R. 3671 (Kind),
A bill to promote Department of the Interior efforts to provide a scientific basis for the management of sediment and nutrient loss in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, and for other purposes

S. 2891 (Reid), A bill to further allocate and expand the availability of hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam

S. 3387 (Udall), A bill to provide for the release of water from the marketable yield pool of water stored in the Ruedi Reservoir for the benefit of endangered fish habitat in the Colorado River

S. 3404 (Udall), A bill to amend the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 to require the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to take actions to improve environmental conditions in the vicinity of the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel in Lake County, Colorado,

H.R. 4252 (Baca), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of water resources in the Rialto-Colton Basin in the State of California

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Stabenow)

Matthew Larsen, Associate Director for Water, U.S. Geological Survey

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Wed., 6/9/10

Legal Liability for Oils Spills

Full Committee oversight hearing on Liability and Financial Responsibility for Oil Spills under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and Related Statutes

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Oberstar)

Bob Abbey, Acting Director, Minerals Management Service

Wed., 6/9/10

Dealing with Oil Spills

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Deluge of Oil Highlights: Research and Technology Needs for Effective Cleanup of Oil Spills

House Science and Technology S/C on Energy and Environment (Baird)

Sharon Buffington, Chief, Engineering and Research Branch, Minerals Management Service

Wed., 6/9/10

Tribal Self-Governance

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 4347 (Boren),To amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Laura Davis, Associate Deputy Secretary

Wed., 6/9/10

Safety Measures for Outer Continental Shelf Energy Development

Full Committee oversight hearing on issues related to the Department of the Interior’s May 27th report: Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf, including oversight of recent actions recommended by the Department to address the safety of offshore oil development

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Wed., 5/26/10

Gulf Coast Oil

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Strategy and Implications of the Deepwater Horizon Rig Explosion

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Liz Birnbaum, Director, Minerals Management Service

Wed., 5/26/10

Indian Gaming

Full Committee oversight hearing on the President’s Nomination of Tracie L. Stevens to serve as Chairman of the National Indian Gaming

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Tracie Stevens, Nominee

Tues., 5/25/10

Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Full Committee hearing onthe liability and financial responsibility issues related to offshore oil production, including the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico, including

S. 3346 (Whitehouse), a bill to increase the limits on liability under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

David Hayes, Deputy Secretary

Tues., 5/25/10

America’s Best Idea

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Building on America’s Best Idea: The Next Century of the National Park System

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Tues., 5/25/10

Sikes Act Amendments

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 5284 (Bordallo), To amend the Sikes Act to improve natural resources management planning for State-owned facilities used for the national defense

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Dan Ashe, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Thurs., 5/20/10

Marshall Islands Free Association Compact

Subcommittee oversight hearing on  the Compact of Free Association with the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)

House Foreign Affairs S/C on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment (Faleomavaega)

Nikolao Pula, Director, Office of Insular Affairs

Thurs., 5/20/10

Telecommunications Transition

Full Committee oversight hearing on the major undertaking by the Federal Government to transition essentially all of the major telecommunications, network, and information services provided to Federal agencies under the General Services Administration’s Federal Technology Service 2001 contracts (FTS2001) to a unified program, known as “Networx”, which is expected to lower the Government’s telecommunications costs by as much as 40 percent

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Towns)

Sanjeev (Sonny) Bhagowalia, Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary

Thurs., 5/20/10

Renewable Energy

Full Committee hearing on
S. 2921 (Feinstein), A bill to provide for the conservation, enhanced recreation opportunities, and development of renewable energy in the California Desert Conservation Area, to require the Secretary of the Interior to designate certain offices to serve as Renewable Energy Coordination Offices for coordination of Federal permits for renewable energy projects and transmission lines to integrate renewable energy development

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Bob Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 5/19/10

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Deepwater Horizon: Oil Spill Prevention and Response Measures, and Natural Resource Impacts

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (Oberstar)

Liz Birnbaum, Director, Minerals Management Service

Wed., 5/19/10

Parks and Wilderness Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 349 (Casey),
A bill to establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania

S. 1596 (Boxer), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire the Gold Hill Ranch in Coloma, California

S. 1651 (Levin), A bill to modify a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the Interior

S. 1750 (Webb), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the General of the Army George Catlett Marshall National Historic Site at Dodona Manor in Leesburg, Virginia

S. 1801 (Carper), A bill to establish the First State National Historical Park in the State of Delaware, and for other purposes

S. 1802 (Burris) and H.R. 685 (Clay), A bill to require a study of the feasibility of establishing the United States Civil Rights Trail System

S. 2953 (Webb) and H.R. 3388 (Forbes), A bill to modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in the Commonwealth of Virginia

S. 2976 (Levin), A bill to designate as wilderness certain land and inland water within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the State of Michigan

S. 3159 (Specter) and H.R. 4395 (Platts), A bill to amend Public Law 101-377 to revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station

S. 3168 (Casey), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain non-Federal land in the State of Pennsylvania for inclusion in the Fort Necessity National Battlefield

S. 3303 (Bennett), A bill to establish the Chimney Rock National Monument in the State of Colorado

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Stephen Whitesell, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities and Lands, National Park Service

Bureau of Land Management, Statement for the Record

Wed., 5/19/10

Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, Marshall Island Issues

Full Committee hearing on
S. 2941 (Bingaman),
A bill to provide supplemental ex gratia compensation to the Republic of the Marshall Islands for impacts of the nuclear testing program of the United States

H.R. 2499 (Pierluisi), To provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico

H.R. 3940 (Bordallo), To amend Public Law 96-597 to clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to extend grants and other assistance to facilitate political status public education programs for the peoples of the non-self-governing territories of the United States

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Nikolao Pula, Director, Office of Insular Affairs

Tues., 5/18/10

Northern Mariana Islands and Guam

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Implementation of Public Law 110-229 to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Anthony Babauta, Assistant Secretary of the Interior Insular Areas

Tues., 5/18/10

Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Boxer)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Tues., 5/18/10

Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Full Committee oversight hearing on related to offshore oil and gas exploration including the accident involving the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Mon., 5/17/10

Water Policy and Agriculture

Subcommittee oversight field hearing on Managing Water for the Future: How Federal, State, and Local Entities are Supporting Agriculture

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Mike Ryan, Great Plains Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 5/13/10

BLM Helium Program

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Up in the Air: The BLM's Disappearing Helium Program

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 5/13/10

Safety at Indian Schools

Full Committee oversight hearing on “Does Indian School Safety Get a Passing Grade?”

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Thurs., 5/6/10

Safe Arctic Navigation; Electronic Duck Stamps; Wildlife Refuge Volunteers

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2864 (Kratovil), To amend the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 to authorize funds to acquire hydrographic data and provide hydrographic services specific to the Arctic for safe navigation, delineating the United States extended continental shelf, and the monitoring and description of coastal changes

H.R. 3805 (Wittman), To amend the Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2005 to extend by 2 years the period for the conduct of the electronic duck stamp pilot program under that Act

H.R. 4973 (Kratovil), To amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize volunteer programs and community partnerships for national wildlife refuges

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Paul Schmidt, Assistant Director, Migratory Birds, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 5/5/10

National Parks and the Stimulus

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the National Park Service’s implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Bruce Sheaffer, Comptroller, National Park Service

Wed., 4/28/10

Public Lands and Forests Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 86 (Campbell),
To eliminate an unused lighthouse reservation, provide management consistency by incorporating the rocks and small islands along the coast of Orange County, California, into the California Coastal National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and meet the original Congressional intent of preserving Orange County's rocks and small islands

S. 1241 (Inhofe), A bill to amend Public Law 106-206 to direct the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to require annual permits and assess annual fees for commercial filming activities on Federal land for film crews of 5 persons or fewer

S. 1571 (Feinstein) and H.R. 1043 (Miller), A bill to provide for a land exchange involving certain National Forest System land in the Mendocino National Forest in the State of California

S. 2762 (Udall),A bill to designate certain lands in San Miguel, Ouray, and San Juan Counties, Colorado, as wilderness

S. 3075 (Baucus),A bill to withdraw certain Federal land and interests in that land from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws and disposition under the mineral and geothermal leasing laws

S. 3185 (Reid),A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to Elko County, Nevada, and to take land into trust for the Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Tues., 4/27/10

Water Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 745 (Hatch) and H.R. 2265 (Chaffetz),
A bill to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Magna Water District water reuse and groundwater recharge project

S. 1138 (Feinstein) and H.R. 2442 (Miller),A bill to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to expand the Bay Area Regional Recycling Program

S. 1573 (Wyden) and H.R. 2741 (Walden), A bill to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the city of Hermiston, Oregon, water recycling and reuse project

S. 3099 (Risch), A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir

S. 3100 (Risch), A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Little Wood River Ranch

H.R. 325 (Grijalva),To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Avra/Black Wash Reclamation and Riparian Restoration Project

H.R. 637 (Calvert),To authorize the Secretary, in cooperation with the City of San Juan Capistrano, California, to participate in the design, planning, and construction of an advanced water treatment plant facility and recycled water system

H.R. 1120 (Edwards),To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Central Texas Water Recycling and Reuse Project

H.R. 1219 (Bilbray),To make amendments to the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992

H.R. 1393 (Hinojosa),To amend the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2000 to authorize additional projects and activities under that Act

H.R. 2522 (Gallegly),To raise the ceiling on the Federal share of the cost of the Calleguas Municipal Water District Recycling Project

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Stabenow)

Kira Finkler, Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation

Tues., 4/27/10

Lands and Parks Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2986 (Moran),
To amend the Act of May 29, 1930 (Chapter 354; 46 Stat. 482; commonly known as the Capper-Cramton Act), to authorize a grant program to preserve resources in the National Capital region

H.R. 3923 (Polis), To provide for the exchange of certain land located in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests in the State of Colorado

H.R. 3967 (Cummings),To amend the National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 to authorize appropriations through fiscal year 2015

H.R. 3989 (Lummis),To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of adding the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, in the State of Wyoming, as a unit of the National Park System

H.R. 4514 (Clay),To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the Colonel Charles Young Home in Xenia, Ohio as a unit of the National Park System

H.R. 4686 (Sablan),To authorize the Secretary of Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating prehistoric, historic, and limestone forest sites on Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as a unit of the National Park System

H.R. 4773 (Kingston),To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands within Fort Pulaski National Monument

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Katherine Stevenson, Assistant Director, Business Services, National Park Service

Tues., 4/27/10

Wildlife and Habitat Management

Subcommittee oversight hearing on candidate conservation agreements and collaborative solutions to wildlife and habitat management

Senate Environment and Public Works S/C on Water and Wildlife (Cardin)

Gary Frazer, Assistant Director, Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tues., 4/27/10

Promoting Travel to National Parks 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the new law that charges visitors from foreign countries a small fee when they enter the country, to be used to support tourism in the United States

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation S/C on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion (Klobuchar)

Will Shafroth, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

Michael Ward, Superintendent, Voyageurs National Park, National Park Service

Wed., 4/21/10

Lands and Forests Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 1546 (Bennett), A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to the town of Mantua, Utah

S. 2798 (Udall), A bill to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through the facilitation of insect and disease infestation treatment of National Forest System and adjacent land, and for other purposes

S. 2830 (Bingaman),A bill to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects

S. 2963 (Wyden),A bill to designate certain land in the State of Oregon as wilderness, to provide for the exchange of certain Federal land and non-Federal land, and for other purposes

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Glenda Owens, Director, Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement;

Ed Roberson, Assistant Director, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 4/21/10

Indian Affairs Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R.1554 (Boren),
To take certain property in McIntosh County, Oklahoma, into trust for the benefit of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation

H.R. 2340 (Young),To resolve the claims of the Bering Straits Native Corporation and the State of Alaska to land adjacent to Salmon Lake in the State of Alaska and to provide for the conveyance to the Bering Straits Native Corporation of certain other public land in partial satisfaction of the land entitlement of the Corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

H.R. 4445 (Heinrich),To amend Public Law 95-232 to repeal a restriction on treating as Indian country certain lands held in trust for Indian pueblos in New Mexico

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

George Skibine, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Tues., 4/20/10

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Bills

Full Committee hearing on
S. 1134 (Casey, Jr.), A bill to ensure the energy independence and economic viability of the United States by promoting the responsible use of coal through accelerated carbon capture and storage and through advanced clean coal technology research, development, demonstration, and deployment programs

S. 1856 (Barrasso), A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to clarify policies regarding ownership of pore space

S. __, To provide financial incentives and a regulatory framework to facilitate the development and early deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science

Sat., 4/10/10

War on Buffelgrass

Subcommittee oversight field hearing on invasive Losing Ground: The War on Buffelgrass in the Sonoran Desert      

House Natural Resources S/C on National
Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Herb Frost, Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service

Fri., 4/9/10

Colorado River

Subcommittee field hearing on the Collaboration on the Colorado River: Lessons Learned to Meet Future Challenges

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Lorri Gray-Lee, Regional Director, Lower Colorado Region, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 4/8/10

Grand Canyon National Park

Joint Subcommittee oversight field hearing On the Edge: Challenges Facing Grand Canyon National Park

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva), and S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Herbert Frost, Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service

Thurs., 3/25/10

FY11 Budget Request – MMS, BLM, OSMRE, USGS, FS

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the fiscal year 2011 budget request for the Minerals Management Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the United States Geological Survey (excluding the water resources program), and the USDA Forest Service

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Elizabeth Birnbaum, Director, Minerals Management Service

Robert Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management

Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey

Joseph Pizarchik, Director, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Tues., 3/23/10

Managing Large Constrictor Snakes

Joint Subcommittee oversight hearing on How To Manage Large Constrictor Snakes And Other Invasive Species

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva) and Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Herbert Frost, Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service

Thurs., 3/18/10

Tribal Police Issues

Full Committee oversight hearing on Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal police recruitment, training, hiring, and retention

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Wizipan Garriott, Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Thurs., 3/18/10

Hydroelectric and Water Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4349 (Napolitano), To further allocate and expand the availability of hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam, and for other purposes

H.R. 4579 (Filner), To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in phase one of the South San Diego County Water Reclamation Project, and for other purposes

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Karl Wirkus, Deputy Commissioner for Operations, Bureau of Reclamation

Wed., 3/17/10

Parks, Trails and Heritage Sites Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 553 (Klobuchar),
A bill to revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota to include existing hiking trails along Lake Superior's north shore and in Superior National Forest and Chippewa National Forest

S. 1017 (Landrieu),A bill to reauthorize the Cane River National Heritage Area Commission and expand the boundaries of the Cane River National Heritage Area in the State of Louisiana

S. 1018 (Landrieu),A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement with Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, to construct a curatorial center for the use of Cane River Creole National Historical Park, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and the University

S. 1537 (Grassley), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, to designate the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Birthplace and Childhood Home in Cresco, Iowa, as a National Historic Site and as a unit of the National Park System

S. 1629 (Burris),A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the archeological site and surrounding land of the New Philadelphia town site in the state of Illinois

S. 2892 (Shelby),A bill to establish the Alabama Black Belt National Heritage Area

S. 2933 (Voinovich),A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the Colonel Charles Young Home in Xenia, Ohio, as a unit of the National Park System

S. 2951 (Burr),A bill to authorize funding to protect and conserve lands contiguous with the Blue Ridge Parkway to serve the public

H.R. 3804 (Tonko),To make technical corrections to various Acts affecting the National Park Service, to extend, amend, or establish certain National Park Service authorities

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Daniel Wenk, Deputy Director, National Park Service

Wed., 3/17/10

Alaska Native Claims Settlement

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 2099 (Young), To provide for the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Marcilynn A. Burke, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Tues., 3/16/10

SECURE Water Act

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Bureau of Reclamation’s implementation of the SECURE Water Act, (Title 9501 of P.L. 111-11) and the Bureau of Reclamation’s Water Conservation Initiative which includes the Challenge Grant Program, the Basin Study Program and the Title XVI Program (previously announced for February 9th)

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Stabenow)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 3/11/10

FY11 Budget Request – BOR and USGS

Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2011 budget request for the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Robert Wolf, Director, Program and Budget, Bureau of Reclamation

Matthew Larsen, Deputy Director, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 3/11/10

Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4289 (DeGette), To designate certain lands in the State of Colorado as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, and for other purposes

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 3/10/10

Public Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 2895 (Wyden), A bill to restore forest landscapes, protect old growth forests, and manage national forests in the eastside forests of the State of Oregon

S. 2907 (Murkowski), A bill to establish a coordinated avalanche protection program

S. 2966 (Risch) and H.R. 4474 (Minnick), A bill to authorize the continued use of certain water diversions located on National Forest System land in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in the State of Idaho

S. 2791 (Merkley) and H.R. 3759 (DeFazio), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to grant economy-related contract extensions of a certain timber contracts between the Secretary of the Interior and timber purchasers

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Edwin Roberson, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, Bureau of Reclamation

Wed., 3/10/10

Native American Trust Litigation

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Proposed Settlement of the Cobell v. Salazar Litigation

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Thurs., 3/4/10

FY11 Budget Request - FWS

Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2011 budget request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Rowan Gould, Ph.D., Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 3/3/10

FY11 Budget Request – DOI

Full Committee hearing on fiscal year 2011 budget request for the Department of the Interior

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Thurs., 2/25/10

Commemorative and Land Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2100 (Franks),
To provide for the conveyance of certain public land in Mohave Valley, Mohave County, Arizona, administered by the Bureau of Land Management to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, for use as a public shooting range

H.R. 3425 (Norton), To authorize the Fair Housing Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work on Federal land in the District of Columbia to commemorate the enactment of the Fair Housing Act in 1968

H.R. 4438 (Rodriguez),To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement to lease space from a nonprofit group or other government entity for a park headquarters at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, to expand the boundary of the Park, to conduct a study of potential land acquisitions

H.R. 4491 (Speier),To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks

H.R. 4524 (Shuler),To authorize funding to protect and conserve lands contiguous with the Blue Ridge Parkway to serve the public

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Steve Whitesell, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands, National Park Service

Thurs., 2/25/10

FY11 Budget Request – Indian and Tribal Programs

Full Committee oversight hearing on the fiscal year 2011 budget request for Tribal Programs and Initiatives Proposed in the President’s Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Thurs., 2/25/10

Asian Carp

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the science and policy behind the Federal framework and non-Federal efforts to prevent introduction of the aquatic invasive Asian carp into the Great Lakes

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Stabenow)

Dr. Leon Carl, Midwest Area Regional Executive, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 2/25/10

National Monument Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3511 (Sablan), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish and operate a visitor facility to fulfill the purposes of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument

H.R. 4493 (Bordallo), To provide for the enhancement of visitor services, fish and wildlife research, and marine and coastal resource management on Guam related to the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Eileen Sobeck, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Wed., 2/24/10

Geothermal Production Expansion

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3709 (Inslee), To amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to authorize noncompetitive leasing of certain areas adjoining other lands for which a qualified company or individual holds a preexisting legal right to develop geothermal resources

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Minerals (Costa)

Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 2/24/10

FY11 Budget Request – NOAA and OIA

Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2011 budget request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Office of Insular Affairs

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Anthony Babauta, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs

Thurs., 2/4/10

Drought Assistance Bill

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4225 (Costa), To authorize drought assistance adjustments to provide immediate funding for projects and activities that will help alleviate record unemployment and diminished agricultural production related to the drought in California

House Naturals Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 1/28/10

Indian Unemployment

Full Committee oversight hearing onUnemployment on Indian Reservations at 50%: The Urgent Need to Create Jobs in Indian Country

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Donald Laverdure, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Thurs., 1/28/10

Solar Energy Technology and Jobs

Full Committee oversight hearing on solar energy technology and jobs

Senate Environment and Public Works S/C on Green Jobs and the New Economy (Sanders)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Wed., 1/27/10

Great Ape Conservation Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4416 (Miller), To reauthorize the Great Ape Conservation Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Jane Lyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Mon., 1/25/10

California Water Supply

Subcommittee oversight field hearing on Perspectives on California Water Supply: Challenges and Opportunities

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 1/21/10

Public Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2788 (Calvert)
, To designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California

H.R. 2944 (Grijalva), To withdraw certain Federal lands and interests located in Pima and Santa Cruz counties, Arizona, from the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States

H.R. 3914 (Salazar), To designate certain lands in San Miguel, Ouray, and San Juan Counties, Colorado, as wilderness

H.R. 4003 (Hinchey), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate resources in the Hudson River Valley in the State of New York to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the site as a unit of the National Park System

H.R. 4192 (Thompson), To designate the Stornetta Public Lands as an Outstanding Natural Area to be administered as a part of the National Landscape Conservation System

H.R. 4395 (Platts), To revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 1/20/10

National Hazard Risk Reduction Bill

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3820 (Wu)
, To reauthorize Federal natural hazards reduction programs, and for other purposes

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Minerals Resources (Costa)

Dr. David Applegate, Senior Science Advisor for Earthquakes and Geologic Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 12/17/09

Cobell v. Salazar

Full Committee hearing on the Cobell v. Salazar Settlement Agreement

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Thurs., 12/17/09

Lands and Forest Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 1470 
(Tester), A bill to sustain the economic development and recreational use of National Forest System land and other public land in the State of Montana, to add certain land to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to release certain wilderness study areas, to designate new areas for recreation

S. 1719 (Bennett), A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to the town of Alta, Utah

S. 1787 (Bingaman), A bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act

H.R. 762 (Heller), To validate final patent number 27-2005-0081

H.R. 934 (Sablin), To convey certain submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in order to give that territory the same benefits in its submerged lands as Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have in their submerged lands

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Edwin Roberson, Assistant Director, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 12/9/09

Department of the Interior Indian Lands Backlogs

Full Committee oversight hearing on Where’s the Trustee? Department of Interior Backlogs Prevent Tribes from Using their Lands

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

George Skibine, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Tues., 12/8/09

Drinking Water Program

Full Committee oversight hearing on Federal Drinking Water Programs

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Boxer)

Matthew Larsen, Associate Director for Water, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 12/3/09

Parks and Memorials Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 760 (MsCaskill) and  H.R. 1849 (Cleaver), A bill to designate the Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as the "National World War I Memorial"

S. 1838 (Landrieu),A bill to establish a commission to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War

S. 2097 (Thune),A bill to authorize the rededication of the District of Columbia War Memorial as a National and District of Columbia World War I Memorial to honor the sacrifices made by American veterans of World War I

S. 2722 (Barrasso),A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of adding the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, in the State of Wyoming, as a unit of the National Park System

S. 2726 (Johnson),A bill to modify the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota

S. 2738 (Dodd), A bill to authorize National Mall Liberty Fund D.C. to establish a memorial on Federal land in the District of Columbia to honor free persons and slaves who fought for independence, liberty, and justice for all during the American Revolution

H.R. 3689 (Rahall), To provide for an extension of the legislative authority of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. to establish a Vietnam Veterans Memorial visitor center

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Katherine Stevenson, Assistant Director, Business Services, National Park Service

Thurs., 12/3/09

Invasive Species and Wildlife

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 509 (Brown), To reauthorize the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004

H.R. 2188 (Kratovil), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, to conduct a Joint Venture Program to protect, restore, enhance, and manage migratory bird populations, their habitats, and the ecosystems they rely on, through voluntary actions on public and private lands

H.R. 3433 (Wittman), To amend the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to establish requirements regarding payment of the non-Federal share of the costs of wetlands conservation projects in Canada that are funded under that Act

H.R. 3537 (Ortiz), To amend and reauthorize the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994

S. 373 (Nelson), A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to include constrictor snakes of the species Python genera as an injurious animal

S. 1214 (Lieberman), A bill to conserve fish and aquatic communities in the United States through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation, to improve the quality of life for the people of the United States

S. 1421 (Levin), A bill to amend section 42 of title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation and shipment of certain species of carp

S. 1519 (Cardin), A bill to provide for the eradication and control of nutria in Maryland, Louisiana, and other coastal States

S. 1965 (Burris), A bill to authorize the award of a Congressional gold medal to the Montford Point Marines of World War II

Senate Environment and Public Works S/C on Water and Wildlife (Crapo)

Dan Ashe, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 12/2/09

Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 44 (Bordallo), To implement the recommendations of the Guam War Claims Review Commission

House Armed Services Committee (Skelton)

Anthony Babauta, Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs

Wed., 12/2/09

Indian Arts and Crafts

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 725 (Pastor), Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act of 2009

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Larry Parkinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Law Enforcement Security and Emergency Management – Policy, Management and Budget

Mon., 11/23/09

Abandoned Mines in California

Subcommittee oversight field Hearing on Abandoned Mines and Mercury in California

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy & Mineral Resources (Costa)

Jim Abbott, Acting CA State Director, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 11/19/09

Offshore Energy Production and the Environment

Full Committee oversight hearing onenvironmental stewardship policies related to offshore energy production

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Walter Cruickshank, Deputy Director, Minerals Management Service

Wed., 11/18/09

Managing Forests in Response to Climate Change

Subcommittee oversight hearing on managing Federal forests in response to climate change, including for natural resource adaptation and carbon sequestration

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Dr. Kit Batten, Science Advisor, Office of the Deputy Secretary    

Tues., 11/17/09

Lands and Parks Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2889
 (DeFazio), To modify the boundary of the Oregon Caves National Monument

H.R. 3339 (Heinrich), To reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act

H.R. 3444 (Farr), To establish Pinnacles National Park in the State of California as a unit of the National Park System

H.R. 3538 (Simpson), To authorize the continued use of certain water diversions located on National Forest System land in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in the State of Idaho

H.R. 3726 (Christensen), To establish the Castle Nugent National Historic Site at St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands

House Natural Resources S/C National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Steve Whitesell, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities and Lands, National Park Service

Robert Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management

Fri., 11/6/09

Constrictor Snakes

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 2811 (Meek), To amend title 18, United States Code, to include constrictor snakes of the species Python genera as an injurious animal

House Judiciary Committee S/C on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security (Scott)

Dan Ashe, Deputy Director for Policy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Thurs., 11/5/09

Water and Power Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 1757
 (Bennett), A bill to provide for the prepayment of a repayment contract between the United States and the Uintah Water Conservancy District

S. 1758 (Bennett), A bill to provide for the allocation of costs to project power with respect to power development within the Diamond Fork System

S. 1759 (Feinstein), A bill to authorize certain transfers of water in the Central Valley Project

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Stabenow)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 11/5/09

GuamPolitical Status Education Program

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3940 (Bordallo), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to extend grants and other assistance to facilitate a political status public education program for the people of Guam

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Nikolao Pula, Director, Office of Insular Affairs

Thurs., 11/5/09

Wilderness, Parks, and Timber Contracts Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 765
 (Heller), To establish the Nellis Dunes National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area

H.R. 1769 (Reichert), To expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the State of Washington, to designate the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and Pratt River as wild and scenic rivers

H.R. 2476 (DeGette), To amend the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 to clarify the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture regarding additional recreational uses of National Forest System land that are subject to ski area permits

H.R. 3388 (Forbes), To modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in the Commonwealth of Virginia

H.R. 3603 (Marshall), To rename the Ocmulgee National Monument

H.R. 3759 (DeFazio), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to grant economy-related contract extensions of certain timber contracts between the Secretary of the Interior and timber purchasers

H.R. 3804 (Tonko), To make technical corrections to various Acts affecting the National Park Service, to extend, amend, or establish certain National Park Service authorities

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Katherine Stevenson, Assistant Director, Business Services, National Park Service

Bureau of Land Management, Statement for the Record

Thurs., 11/5/09

Renewable Energy Siting and Transmission

Joint Subcommittee oversight hearing on Getting Past Gridlock: Models for Renewable Energy Siting and Transmission

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa) and S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 11/4/09

Parks Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. Res. 275 (Kerry), A resolution honoring the Minute Man National Historical Park on the occasion of its 50th anniversary

S. 1369 (Wyden), A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Molalla River in the State of Oregon, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

S. 1405 (Kennedy), A bill to redesignate the Longfellow National Historic Site, Massachusetts, as the "Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site"

S. 1413 (Kerry), A bill to amend the Adams National Historical Park Act of 1998 to include the Quincy Homestead within the boundary of the Adams National Historical Park

S. 1767 and H.R. 1121 (Burr), A bill to authorize a land exchange to acquire land for the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina

H.R. 1287 (Visdosky), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a partnership with the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission regarding the use of the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center as a visitor center for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

H.R. 2802 (Delahunt), To provide for an extension of the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy

H.R. 3113 (Rahall), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of the Elk River in the State of West Virginia for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Dan Wenk, Deputy Director, Operations, National Park Service

Wed., 11/4/09

Federal Acknowledgement of Indian Tribes

Full Committee oversight hearing on Fixing the Federal Acknowledgement Process

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

George Skibine, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Wed., 11/4/09

American SamoaFisheries Subsidies 

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3583 (Faleomavaega), To provide for a subsidy to sellers and buyers of fish directly delivered to American Samoa from vessels with United States fisheries endorsements that manufacture for the United States

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Nikolao Pula, Director, Office of Insular Affairs

Wed., 11/4/09

Ocean Governance

Full Committee oversight hearing on the National Ocean Policy Task Force’s Interim Report and framework for coastal and marine spatial planning

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee S/C on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard (Rockefeller)

Laura Davis, Associate Deputy Secretary

Wed., 11/4/09

IndianLandTrust

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 3742 (Kildee) and H.R. 3697 (Cole), To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Donald Laverdure, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy – Indian Affairs

Thurs., 10/29/09

Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 129
 (Gallegly), To authorize the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California

S. 555 (Udall), A bill to provide for the exchange of certain land located in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests in the State of Colorado

S. 607 (Udall), A bill to amend the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 to clarify the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture regarding additional recreational uses of National Forest System land that are subject to ski area permits

S. 721 (Murray), A bill to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the State of Washington, to designate the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and Pratt River as wild and scenic rivers

S. 1122 (Barrasso), A bill to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements with State foresters authorizing State foresters to provide certain forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration and protection services

S. 1328 and H.R. 689 (Feinstein), A bill to provide for the exchange of administrative jurisdiction over certain Federal land between the Forest Service and theBureau of Land Management

S. 1442 (Bingaman), A bill to amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to expand the authorization of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, and the Interior to provide service-learning opportunities on public lands, establish a grant program for Indian Youth Service Corps, help restore the Nation's natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, and scenic resources, train a new generation of public land managers and enthusiasts, and promote the value of public service

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Bob Stanton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management, and Budget

Wed., 10/28/09

Climate Change and National Parks

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the current and expected impacts of climate change on units of the National Park System

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C National Parks (Udall)

Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Tues., 10/27/09

Water Management and Climate Variability

Subcommittee hearing on Water Data Management, Challenges and Opportunities for the Bureau of Reclamation and the Water Resources Division of the United States Geological Survey (USGS)

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Matthew Larsen, Associate Director for Water, U.S. Geological Survey

Tues., 10/27/09

Global Climate Change

Full Committee hearing on
S. 1733 (Kerry), A bill to create clean energy jobs, promote energy independence, reduce global warming pollution, and transition to a clean energy economy

Senate Environment and Public Works (Boxer)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Wed., 10/21/09

Tribal Homeownership

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 2523 (Heinrich), Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act (HEARTH) Act

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Jerry Gidner, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Thurs., 10/8/09

Lands and Wilderness Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 522
 (Murkowski), A bill to resolve the claims of the Bering Straits Native Corporation and the State of Alaska to land adjacent to Salmon Lake in the State of Alaska and to provide for the conveyance to the Bering Straits Native Corporation of certain other public land in partial satisfaction of the land entitlement of the Corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

S. 865 and H.R. 1442 (Bennett),A bill to provide for the sale of the Federal Government's reversionary interest in approximately 60 acres of land in Salt Lake City, Utah, originally conveyed to the Mount Olivet Cemetery Association under the Act of January 23, 1909

S. 881 (Murkowski), A bill to provide for the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

S. 940 (Reid), A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the Nevada System of Higher Education certain Federal land located in Clark and Nye counties, Nevada

S. 1272 (Wyden), A bill to provide for the designation of theDevil's Staircase Wilderness Area in the State of Oregon, to designate segments of Wasson and Franklin Creeks in the State of Oregon as wild or recreation rivers

S. 1689 (Bingaman), A bill to designate certain land as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System and the National Landscape Conservation System in the State of New Mexico

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 10/8/09

Energy, U.S. Geological Survey Nominations

Full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of
Marcia K. McNutt to be Director of the United States Geological Survey

Arun Majumdar to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Department of Energy

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Marcia K. McNutt – Nominee

Wed., 10/7/09

Native American Graves

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Dan Wenk, Deputy Director, Operations, National Park Service

Thurs., 10/1/09

Parks and Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 86
 (Campbell), To eliminate an unused lighthouse reservation, provide management consistency by bringing the rocks and small islands along the coast of Orange County, California, and meet the original Congressional intent of preserving Orange County's rocks and small islands

H.R. 118 (Frelinghuysen), To authorize the addition of 100 acres to Morristown National Historical Park

H.R. 1925 (Hinchey), To designate as wilderness certain Federal portions of the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin Deserts in Utah for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans

H.R. 2689 (Periello), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, as a unit of the National Park System

H.R. 2781 (Schrader), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Molalla River in Oregon, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

H.R. 2888 (DeFazio), To provide for the designation of the Devil's Staircase Wilderness Area in the State of Oregon, to designate segments of Wasson and Franklin Creeks in the State of Oregon as wild or recreation rivers

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Robert Abbey, Director, Bureau of Land Management

National Park Service - Statement for the Record

Thurs., 9/24/09

Getting to Better Government: Focusing on Performance

Subcommittee oversight hearing on “Getting to Better Government: Focusing on Performance”

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee S/C on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security (Carper)

Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget

Thurs., 9/24/09

America ’s Veterans and their Families

Subcommittee oversight hearing on “Honoring the Fallen: How Can We Better Serve America’s Veterans and their Families”

House Veterans Affairs S/C on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (Hall)

Kate Stevenson, Assistant Director, Business Services, National Park Services

Tues., 9/22/09

Water Resources Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2288
 (Salazar), To amend Public Law 106-392 to maintain annual base funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2023

H.R. 2316 (Baca), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of water resources in the State of California, and for other purposes

H.R. 3563 (Rehberg), To authorize the Crow Tribe of Indians water rights settlement, and for other purposes

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Dr. Matthew C. Larsen, Associate Director for Water, U.S. Geological Survey

Tues., 9/22/09

Polar Bear Importation

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1054 (Young), To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport hunts in Canada before the date the polar bear was determined to be a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973

H.R. 2213 (Kind), To reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act

H.R. 3433 (Wittman), To amend the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to establish requirements regarding payment of the non-Federal share of the costs of wetlands conservation projects in Canada that are funded under that Act

H.R. 3537 (Ortiz), To amend and reauthorize the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Rowan Gould, Deputy Director for Operations, Fish and Wildlife Services

Paul Schmidt, Assistant Director for Migratory Birds, Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 9/16/09

Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 3534 (Rahall), To provide greater efficiencies, transparency, returns, and accountability in the administration of Federal mineral and energy resources by consolidating administration of various Federal energy minerals management and leasing programs into one entity to be known as the Office of Federal Energy and Minerals Leasing of the Department of the Interior

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Wed., 9/9/09

Indian Water Rights and Infrastructure Issues

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3254 (Lujan
), To approve the Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Agreement, and for other purposes

H.R. 3342 (Lujan), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, to develop water infrastructure in the Rio Grande Basin, and to approve the settlement of the water rights claims of the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, and Tesuque

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Mon., 8/24/09

Impact of Climate Change on Colorado National Parks

Subcommittee oversight field hearing on climate change impacts on national parks in Colorado and related management activities

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Dr. Herbert C. Frost, Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service

Thurs., 8/6/09

FERC, Energy, Interior Nominations

Full Committee hearingto consider the nominations of
John R. Norris to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Jose Antonio Garcia to be Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, Department of Energy

Joseph G. Pizarchik to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the Interior

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Joseph Pizarchik - Nominee

Thurs., 8/6/09

Climate Change

Full Committee oversight hearing on Climate Change and Ensuring that America Leads the Clean Energy Transformation

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Boxer)

Thomas Strickland, Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Thurs., 7/30/09

Unconventional Fuels

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Unconventional Fuels, Part II: The Promise of Methane Hydrates

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Dr. Timothy Collett, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 7/30/09

Commemorative, Land and River Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2802 (Delahunt), To provide for an extension of the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy

H.R. 2806 (Hastings), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to adjust the boundary of the Stephen Mather Wilderness and the North Cascades National Park in order to allow the rebuilding of a road outside of the floodplain while ensuring that there is no net loss of acreage to the Park or the Wilderness

H.R. 3113 (Rahall), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of the Elk River in the State of West Virginia for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Daniel Wenk, Acting Director, National Park Service

Tues., 7/28/09

Energy, Park Service and Interior Nominations

Full Committee nomination hearing on
James J. Markowsky to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Fossil Energy)

Warren F. Miller, Jr. to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Nuclear Energy) and Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste

Anthony M. Babauta to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Insular Areas)

Jonathan B. Jarvis to be the Director of the National Park Service

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Anthony Babauta - Nominee

Jonathan Jarvis - Nominee

Tues., 7/28/09

Global Wildlife Conservation

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3086 (Bordallo), To coordinate authorities within the Department of the Interior and within the Federal Government to enhance the United States' ability to conserve global wildlife and biological diversity and for other purposes

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Rowan Gould, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Fri., 7/24/09

Economic Stimulus Package

Full Committee oversight hearing on The American Recovery Act and Reinvestment Act: Strengthening Our Economy

House Budget Committee (Spratt, Jr.)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Thurs., 7/23/09

Water Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 637
 (Baucus), A bill to authorize the construction of the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System in the State of Montana and a portion of McKenzie County, North Dakota

S. 789 (Feinstein), A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility and suitability of constructing a storage reservoir, outlet works, and a delivery system for the Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation in the State of California to provide a water supply for domestic, municipal, industrial, and agricultural purposes

S. 1080 (McCain), A bill to clarify the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir, and for other purposes

S. 1453 (Bingaman), A bill to amend Public Law 106-392 to maintain annual base funding for the Bureau of Reclamation for the Upper Colorado River and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2023

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Stabenow)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 7/23/09

Geospatial Data Management

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the usefulness of geospatial data to the nation, and also the status of federal efforts to create a National Spatial Data Infrastructure, reduce redundant geospatial data investments, promote data sharing, and increase coordination of geospatial data gathering activities within the federal government and between federal agencies and non-federal entities

H.R. 2489 (Sandlin), To authorize a comprehensive national cooperative geospatial imagery mapping program through the United States Geological Survey, to promote use of the program for education, workforce training and development, and applied research, and to support Federal, State, tribal, and local government programs

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Karen Siderelis, Geospatial Information Officer, Department of the Interior and Acting Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee

Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey

Wed., 7/22/09

Interior Department Nomination

Full Committee confirmation hearing to consider the nomination of
Samuel Hamilton to be the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Boxer)

Sam Hamilton - Nominee

Wed., 7/22/09

Parks Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2430
 (Hastings), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to continue stocking fish in certain lakes in the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

S. 635 (Murray), A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of Illabot Creek in Skagit County, Washington, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

S. 715 (Levin), A bill to establish a pilot program to provide for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic lighthouses

S. 742 (Chambliss), A bill to expand the boundary of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in the State of Georgia, to redesignate the unit as a National Historical Park

S. 1270 (Wyden), A bill to modify the boundary of the Oregon Caves National Monument

S. 1418 (Udall) and H.R. 2330 (Lamborn), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing Camp Hale as a unit of the National Park System

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Dan Wenk, Acting Director, National Park Service

Tues., 7/21/09

Water Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1065
 (Kirkpatrick), To resolve water rights claims of the White Mountain Apache Tribe in the State of Arizona

H.R. 1738 (Roybal-Allard), To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the city of Downey, California, regional wastewater treatment and reclamation facility projects

H.R. 2265 (Chaffetz), To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Magna Water District water reuse and groundwater recharge project

H.R. 2442 (Miller), To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to expand the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program

H.R. 2522 (Gallegly), To raise the ceiling on the Federal share of the cost of the Calleguas Municipal Water District Recycling Project

H.R. 2741 (Walden), To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the City of Hermiston, Oregon, water recycling and reuse project

H.R. 2950 (Matheson), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to allow for prepayment of repayment contracts between the United States and the Uintah Water Conservancy District

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Tues., 7/21/09

Wildland Fire Suppression

Full Committee hearing on
S. 561 (Bingaman) and H.R. 1404 (Rahall), A bill to authorize a supplemental funding source for catastrophic emergency wildland fire suppression activities on Department of the Interior and National Forest System lands, to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a cohesive wildland fire management strategy, and for other purposes; and on the preparedness of Federal land management agencies for the 2009 wildfire season

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget

Wed., 7/15/09

Parks and Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 714
 (Christensen), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands in Virgin Islands National Park

S. 227 (Cardin), A bill to establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland

S. 625 (Cornyn), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Waco Mammoth National Monument in the State of Texas

S. 853 (Kaufman), A bill to designate additional segments and tributaries of White Clay Creek, in the States of Delaware and Pennsylvania, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

S. 1053 (Murkowski), A bill to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date

S. 1117 (Leahy), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance in implementing cultural heritage, conservation, and recreational activities in the Connecticut River watershed of the States of New Hampshire and Vermont

S. 1168 (Schumer) and H.R. 1694 (Holt), A bill to authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Katherine Stevenson, Acting Deputy Director, National Park Service

Wed., 7/15/09

Indian Bills

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 1358 (Stupak), To reaffirm and clarify the Federal relationship of the Burt Lake Band as a distinct federally recognized Indian Tribe

H.R. 2678 (McDermott), To extend Federal recognition to the Duwamish Tribe

H.R. 3084 (Baird), To restore Federal recognition to the Chinook Nation

H.R. 3120 (Rehberg), To extend the Federal relationship to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana as a distinct federally recognized Indian tribe

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

George Skibine, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Tues., 7/14/09

Mining Legislation

Full Committee hearing on
S. 140 (Feinstein), A bill to modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain lands, consistent with the principles of self-initiation of mining claims

S. 796 (Bingaman), A bill to modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain land

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Thurs., 7/9/09

Interior, Energy Nominations

Full Committee confirmation hearing to consider the nominations of
Wilma A. Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior

Richard G. Newell to be Administrator of the Energy Information Administration

Robert V. Abbey to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Wilma A. Lewis - Nominee

Robert V. Abbey - Nominee

Wed., 7/8/09

Threats to Native Wildlife Species

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Threats to Native Wildlife Species

Senate Environment and Public Works S/C on Water and Wildlife (Lautenberg)

Gary Frazer, Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 7/8/09

Land, Rivers and Trails

Subcommittee hearing on

H.R. 481 (Oberstar), To revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota to include existing hiking trails along Lake Superior's north shore and in Superior National Forest and Chippewa National Forest

H.R. 685 (Clay), To require a study of the feasibility of establishing the United States Civil Rights Trail System

H.R. 2167 (Cuellar), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain lands as the Los Caminos del Rio Los Caminos del Rio National Heritage Corridor

H.R. 2806 (Hastings), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to adjust the boundary of the Stephen Mather Wilderness and the North Cascades National Park in order to allow the rebuilding of a road outside of the floodplain while ensuring that there is no net loss of acreage to the Park or the Wilderness

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Daniel N. Wenk, Acting Director, National Park Service

Tues., 7/7/09

Energy and Climate Legislation

Full Committee oversight hearing onMoving America toward a Clean Energy Economy and Reducing Global Warming Pollution: Legislative Tools

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Boxer)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Thurs., 6/25/09

Tribal Law and Order Act

Full Committee hearing on
S. 797 (Dorgan), Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009


Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Larry EchoHawk, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Tues., 6/23/09

Climate Change on the Chesapeake Bay

Joint Subcommittee oversight field hearing on The Impacts of Climate Change on the Chesapeake Bay

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva) and S/C on Insular Affairs (Bordallo)

Marvin Moriarty, Regional Director, Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 6/17/09

Conservation, Land Conveyance

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 409 
(Kyl), A bill to secure Federal ownership and management of significant natural, scenic, and recreational resources, to provide for the protection of cultural resources, to facilitate the efficient extraction of mineral resources by authorizing and directing an exchange of Federal and non-Federal land

S. 782 (Murkowski), A bill to provide for the establishment of the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System

S. 874 (Bingaman), A bill to establish El Rio Grande Del Norte National Conservation Area in the State of New Mexico

S. 1139 (Wyden), A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into a property conveyance with the city of Wallowa, Oregon

S. 1140 (Wyden), A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to Deschutes County, Oregon

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Forests (Wyden)

Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management

Tues., 6/16/09

Fiscal 2010 Budget: Park Service; NPS Stimulus Spending

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2010 budget for the National Park Service and proposed expenditures under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on National Parks (Udall)

Daniel Wenk, Acting Director, National Park Service

Tues., 6/16/09

Fish Conservation Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2055 (Thompson), To establish a Salmon Stronghold Partnership program to protect wild Pacific salmon

H.R. 2565 (Kind), To conserve fish and aquatic communities in the United States through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation, to improve the quality of life for the people of the United States

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Gary Frazer, Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tues., 6/16/09

Mountain Pine Beetle

Joint Subcommittee oversight hearing on Mountain Pine Beetle: Strategies for Protecting the West 

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (Grijalva) and the S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Herbert Frost, Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service

Tues., 6/9/09

Endocrine Disruption

Subcommittee oversight hearing on endocrine disruption in fish and wildlife

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Matthew Larsen, Associate Director for Water, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 6/4/09

Oil Spill Research

Subcommittee oversight hearing on A New Direction for Federal Oil Spill Research and Development

House Science and Technology S/C on Energy and Environment (Baird)

Statement for the Record, Minerals Management Service

Thurs., 6/4/09

Unconventional Fuels

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Unconventional Fuels, Part I: Shale Gas Potential

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Douglas Duncan, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 6/4/09

Bat Deaths in the Northeast

Joint Committee oversight hearing on White-Nose Syndrome: What's Killing Bats in the Northeast?

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva) and S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Marvin Moriarty, Northeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 6/3/09

Indian Land Trusts, Environmental Scholarship

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 1035 (Grijalva), To amend the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 to honor the legacy of Stewart L. Udall

H.R. 1061 (Dicks), To transfer certain land to the United States to be held in trust for the Hoh Indian Tribe, to place land into trust for the Hoh Indian Tribe

H.R. 2040 (Larsen), To authorize a process by which the Secretary of the Interior shall process acquisitions of certain real property of the Samish Indian Nation into trust

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

George Skibine, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development for Indian Affairs

Tues., 6/2/09

Energy, Interior Department Nominations

Full Committee markup on the nominations of Catherine Radford Zoi to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Energy, Efficiency, and Renewable Energy)

William F. Brinkman to be Director of the Office of Science, Department of Energy,

Anne Castle to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Anne Castle - Nominee

Wed., 5/27/09

Water Quality in Lower Colorado River

Subcommittee oversight field hearing on the effects of water quality issues in the Lower Colorado River

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Lorri Gray-Lee, Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region

Tues., 5/19/09

U.S. Relations with Guam and Marianas

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the implementation of Public Law 110-229 to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Nikolao Pula,Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs

Thurs., 5/14/09

Carbon Capture, Transportation and Storage

Full Committee hearing on
S. 1013 (Bingaman), A bill to authorize the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to demonstrate the commercial application of integrated systems for long-term geological storage of carbon dioxide

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Kit Batten, Ph.D. DOI Science Advisor, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 5/14/09

Hydroelectric Power in Utah

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2008 (Matheson), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

Reed Murray, Program Director, Central Utah Project Completion Art

Thurs., 5/14/09

Land Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 129 (Gallegly), To authorize the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California

H.R. 762 (Heller), To validate final patent number 27-2005-0081, and for other purposes

H.R. 865 (Boucher), To convey the New River State Park campground located in the Mount Rodgers National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest in Carroll County, Virginia, to the Commonwealth of Virginia

H.R. 1442 (Matheson), To provide for the sale of the Federal Government's reversionary interest in approximately 60 acres of land in Salt Lake City, Utah, originally conveyed to the Mount Olivet Cemetery Association under the Act of January 23, 1909

H.R. 1471 (Bishop), To expand the boundary of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in the State of Georgia, to redesignate the unit as a National Historical Park

H.R. 1641 (Inslee), To amend the National Trails System Act to provide for a study of the Cascadia Marine Trail

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands  (Grijalva)

Stephen Whitesell, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands, National Park Service

Wed., 5/13/09

Migratory Bird Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1916 (Dingell), To amend the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act to provide for a revised schedule of price increases for the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, popularly known as the "Duck Stamp"

H.R. 2062 (DeFazio), To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to provide for penalties and enforcement for intentionally taking protected avian species, and for other purposes

H.R. 2188 (Kratovil), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, to conduct a Joint Venture Program to protect, restore, enhance, and manage migratory bird populations, their habitats, and the ecosystems they rely on, through voluntary actions on public and private lands

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Wildlife and Oceans (Bordallo)

Paul Schmidt, Assistant Director for Migratory Birds and State Programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Mon., 5/11/09

Solar Energy Development on Federal Lands

Subcommittee oversight field hearing on "Solar Energy Development on Federal Lands: The Road to Consensus"

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Jim Abbott, Acting California State Director, Bureau of Land Management 

Thurs., 5/7/09

Interior Department Indian Affairs Nomination

Full Committee hearing on the nomination of Larry J. Echo Hawk to be Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Larry J. Echo Hawk – Nominee

Tues., 5/5/09

Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 980 (Maloney), To designate certain National Forest System lands and public lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior in the States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, wildland recovery areas, and biological connecting corridors

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Michael Nedd, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Tues., 5/5/09

Conservation Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 509 (Brown), Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2009

H.R. 556 (Farr), To establish a program of research, recovery, and other activities to provide for the recovery of the southern sea otter

H.R. 1454 (Brown), To provide for the issuance of a Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Fisheries, and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Rowan Gould, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tues., 5/5/09

Energy and Interior Nominations

Full Committee hearing on the nominations of
Daniel B. Poneman to be Deputy Secretary of Energy

David B. Sandalow to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (International Affairs and Domestic Policy)

Rhea S. Suh to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior

Michael L. Connor to be Commissioner of Reclamation

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Rhea Suh - Nominee

Michael Connor - Nominee

Tues., 4/28/09

Stimulus Funds for Water Projects

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds for the Bureau of Reclamation and the Water Resources Division of the United States Geological Survey (USGS)

House Natural Resources S/C on Water and Power (Napolitano)

J. William McDonald, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Matthew Larsen, Associate Director for Water, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 4/23/09

Energy and Interior Department Nominations

Full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of
Kristina M. Johnson to be the Under Secretary of Energy

Steven Elliot Koonin to be the Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy

Ines R. Triay to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Environmental Management)

Hilary Chandler Tompkins to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior

Scott Blake Harris to be the General Counsel of the Department of Energy

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Hilary Chandler Tompkins - Nominee

Thurs., 4/23/09

Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention

Subcommittee oversight hearing on
H.R. 669 (Bordallo), to prevent the introduction and establishment of nonnative wildlife species that negatively impact the economy, environment, or other animal species' or human health

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Gary Frazer, Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thurs., 4/23/09

Blue Ridge Parkway; Texas Monument

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1121
 (Foxx), To authorize a land exchange to acquire lands for the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina

H.R. 1376 (Edwards), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Waco Mammoth National Monument in the State of Texas

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Stephen Whitesell, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands, National Park Service

Tues., 4/7/09

Climate Change and National Parks

Subcommittee oversight field hearing on The Impacts of Climate Change on America 's National Parks

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Jon Jarvis, Regional Director, Pacific West Region, National Park Service

Thurs., 4/2/09

Service Learning on Public Lands

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1612 (Grijalva), To amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to expand the authorization of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, and the Interior to provide service-learning opportunities on public lands, help restore the Nation's natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, and scenic resources, train a new generation of public land managers and enthusiasts, and promote the value of public service

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Will Shafroth, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish Wildlife and Parks

Tues., 3/31/09

California Drought

Full Committee oversight hearing "The California Drought: Actions by Federal and State agencies to address impacts on lands, fisheries, and water users"

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

J. William McDonald, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 3/26/09

EPA and Interior Nominations

Full Committee hearing on the nominations of
Jonathan Z. Cannon to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Thomas L. Strickland to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks of the Department of the Interior

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Boxer)

Thomas Strickland - Nominee

Tues., 3/24/09

Interior Department Nomination

Full Committee hearing on the nomination of Thomas Strickland to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife, Department of the Interior

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Thomas Strickland - Nominee 

Tues., 3/24/09

Land Exchange; National Historic Parks

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 689
 (Herger), To interchange the administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal lands between the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management

H.R. 1078 (Arcuri), To establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland

H.R. 1275 (Matheson), To direct the exchange of certain land in Grand, San Juan, and Uintah Counties, Utah

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Michael Nedd, Acting Deputy Director,
Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 3/19/09

Restoring the Federal Public Lands Workforce

Subcommittee oversight on issues related to the morale and effectiveness of employees of the U.S. Forest Service (FS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service (NPS)

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Daniel Wenk, Acting Director, National Park Service

Wed., 3/18/09

Indian Recognition

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 31 (McIntyre), To provide for the recognition of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

H.R 1385 (Moran), To extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe

House Natural Resources Committee (Rahall)

George Skibine, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development for Indian Affairs

Tues., 3/17/09

Public Lands and OCS Energy Development

Full Committee oversight hearing on energy development on public lands and the outer Continental Shelf

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Ken Salazar, Secretary, Department of the Interior

Tues., 3/17/09

Resources on the Outer Continental Shelf

Subcommittee oversight hearing on “Leasing and Development of Oil and Gas Resources on the Outer Continental Shelf”

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Chris Oynes, MMS Associate Director, Offshore Energy and Mineral Management

(Attachment Slides)

Thurs., 3/12/09

Interior Department Nomination

Full Committee nomination hearing of
David Hayes to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

David Hayes - Nominee 

Thurs., 3/5/09

Onshore Offshore Resources

Subcommittee oversight hearing on "Energy Outlooks, and the Role of Federal Onshore and Offshore Resources in Meeting Future Energy Demand"

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

Brenda Pierce, Program Coordinator, Energy Resources Program, U.S. Geological Survey

Tues., 3/3/09

Combating Climate Change

Subcommittee oversight hearing on “The Role of Federal Lands in Combating Climate Change”        

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Thomas Armstrong, Senior Advisor for Global Change Program, U.S. Geological Survey

Tues., 3/3/09

Wild Horses, Land Boundaries and Conveyance

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 409
 (Heller), To provide for the conveyance of certain Bureau of Land Management land in the State of Nevada to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

H.R. 715 (Grijalva), To expand the boundary of Saguaro National Park, to study additional land for future adjustments to the boundary of the Park

H.R. 1018 (Rahall), To amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to improve the management and long-term health of wild free-roaming horses and burros

House Natural Resources S/C on National Parks, Forest and Public Lands (Grijalva)

Ed Roberson, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources & Planning, Bureau of Land Management

Stephen Whitesell, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands, National Park Service

Wed., 2/25/09

Coral Reef Conservation; Northern Mariana Islands Land Transfer

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 860
 (Bordallo), To reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000

H.R. 934 (Sablan), To convey certain submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in order to give that territory the same benefits in its submerged lands as Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have in their submerged lands

House Natural Resources S/C on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife (Bordallo)

Nikolao Pula, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary – Insular Affairs

Thurs., 2/12/09

Regulation and Disposal of Coal Ash

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 493
 (Rahall), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to promulgate regulations concerning the storage and disposal of matter referred to as “other wastes” in the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977

House Natural Resources S/C on Energy and Mineral Resources (Costa)

John R. Craynon, P.E., Chief, Division of Regulatory Support, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Thurs., 2/12/09

Secretary of the Interior on Indian Affairs

Full Committee oversight hearing to receive the Department’s views and priorities with regard to Indian Affairs related issues in the coming year

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Thurs., 1/15/09

Interior Nomination

Full Committee hearing to consider the nomination of
Ken Salazar to be Secretary of the Interior

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Bingaman)

Ken Salazar – Nominee

Thurs., 1/15/09

Job Creation and Investment in Infrastructure on Indian Lands

Full Committee oversight hearing on Job Creation and Investment in Infrastructure on Indian Lands 

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Dorgan)

Dr. Robert Middleton, Director of the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development for the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Jack Rever, Director of Facilities, Environmental and Cultural Resources

111th Congress