Hearings and Testimony of the 113th Congress



DATE

HEARING SUBJECT

WITNESS(ES)

Wed., 7/30/14

Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 1049 (Heller) and H.R. 2166 (Heck),
A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions

S. 1437 (Wyden), A bill to provide for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land conveyed in 1954 by the United States, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, to the State of Oregon for the establishment of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center of Oregon State University in Hermiston, Oregon

S. 1554 (Heinrich), A bill to direct the heads of Federal public land management agencies to prepare reports on the availability of public access and egress to Federal public land for hunting, fishing, and other recreational purposes, to amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 to provide funding for recreational public access to Federal land

S. 1605 (Murkowski), A bill for the relief of Michael G. Faber

S. 1640 (Heller), A bill to facilitate planning, permitting, administration, implementation, and monitoring of pinyon-juniper dominated landscape restoration projects within Lincoln County, Nevada

S. 1888 (Feinstein) and H.R. 1241(Cook), A bill to facilitate a land exchange involving certain National Forest System land in the Inyo National Forest

S. 2123 (Franken), A bill to authorize the exchange of certain Federal land and non-Federal land in the State of Minnesota

S. 2616 (Risch), A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to Idaho County in the State of Idaho

H.R. 1684 (Lummis), To convey certain property to the State of Wyoming to consolidate the historic Ranch A

H.R. 3008 (Capps), To provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in Los Padres National Forest in California

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands, Forests and Mining (Manchin)

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

Statement for the Record, National Park Service

Statement for the Record, U.S. Geological Survey

Tues., 7/29/14

Energy Production on Federal Lands

Full Committee legislative hearing on
S. 279 (Tester) ,
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land

S. 2440 (Udall) , A bill to expand and extend the program to improve permit coordination by the Bureau of Land Management

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Landrieu)

Neil Kornze, Director, Bureau of Land Management
Tues., 7/29/14

Native American, Tribal Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3608 (Nolan), To amend the Act of October 19, 1973, concerning taxable income to members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

H.R. 4534 (Cramer), To amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to require background checks before foster care placements are ordered in tribal court proceedings

H.R. 5020 (Daines), To amend the Indian Land Consolidation Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to contract with eligible Indian tribes to manage land buy-back programs, to authorize that certain amounts be deposited into interest bearing accounts

H.R. 5049 (Simpson), To exchange trust and fee land to resolve land disputes created by the realignment of the Blackfoot River along the boundary of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation

H.R. 5050 (Simpson), To repeal the Act of May 31, 1918

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Larry Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
Tues., 7/29/14

Land Management Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 445 (Dent), To authorize a National Heritage Area Program

H.R. 1785 (Reichert), To establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington

H.R. 4119 (Johnson), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia

H.R. 4901 (Bishop), To maximize land management efficiencies, promote land conservation, generate education funding

H.R. 4979 (Thornberry), To provide legal certainty to property owners along the Red River in Texas

H.R. 5086 (Fortenberry), To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail

S. 311 (Landrieu), A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating sites in the Lower Mississippi River Area in the State of Louisiana as a unit of the National Park System

S. 476 (Cardin), A bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission

S. 609 (Udall), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land in San Juan County, New Mexico

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations (Bishop)

Steve Ellis, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Dr. Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science, National Park Service

Tues., 7/29/14

Nat'l Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

Subcommittee oversight hearing on A Review of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

House Science, Space and Technology S/C on Research and Technology (Bucshon)

Dr. David Applegate, Associate Director, for Natural Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey
Tues., 7/29/14

Energy Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 596 (Gosar), To promote the development of renewable energy on public lands

H.R. 1363 (Labrador), To promote timely exploration for geothermal resources under existing geothermal leases

H.R. 2004 (Simpson), To expand geothermal production

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

Michael Nedd, Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management 
Wed., 7/23/14

Parks and Land Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 412 (Tsongas), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the mainstem of the Nashua River and its tributaries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

S. 1189 (Menendez), A bill to adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium

S. 1389 (Gillibrand) and H.R. 1501 (Jeffries), Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument Preservation Act

S. 1520 (King) and H.R. 2197 (Pingree), A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the York River and associated tributaries for study for potential inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

S. 1641 (Rockefeller), A bill to establish the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area

S. 1718 (Warner), A bill to modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in the Commonwealth of Virginia

S. 1750 (Flake), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into agreements with States and political subdivisions of States providing for the continued operation, in whole or in part, of public land, units of the National Park System, units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and units of the National Forest System in the State during any period in which the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture is unable to maintain normal level of operations at the units due to a lapse in appropriations

S. 1785 (Alexander), A bill to modify the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park located in the States of Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker's Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System

S. 1794 (Udall), A bill to designate certain Federal land in Chaffee County, Colorado, as a national monument and as wilderness

S. 1866 (Markey), A bill 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

S. 2031 (Baldwin), A bill to amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the State of Wisconsin, and for other purposes, to adjust the boundary of that National Lakeshore to include the lighthouse known as Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light

S. 2104 (Flake), A bill to require the Director of the National Park Service to refund to States all State funds that were used to reopen and temporarily operate a unit of the National Park System during the October 2013 shutdown

S. 2111 (McCain), A bill to reauthorize the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area

S. 2221 (Levin), A bill to extend the authorization for the Automobile National Heritage Area in Michigan

S. 2264 (McCaskill), A bill to designate memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I

S. 2293 (Baldwin), A bill to clarify the status of the North Country, Ice Age, and New England National Scenic Trails as units of the National Park System

S. 2318 (Gillibrand), A bill to reauthorize the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act

S. 2346 (Coons), A bill to amend the National Trails System Act to include national discovery trails, and to designate the American Discovery Trail

S. 2356 (Heller), A bill to adjust the boundary of the Mojave National Preserve

S. 2392 (Walsh), A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain segments of East Rosebud Creek in Carbon County, Montana, as components of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System

S. 2576 (Cantwell), A bill to establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington

S. 2602 (Cantwell), A bill to establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington

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

Christina Goldfuss, Deputy Director, Congressional and External Affairs, National Park Service

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 7/23/14

Indian Gaming Outlook

Full Committee oversight hearing on Indian Gaming: The Next 25 Years

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
Wed., 7/23/14

Wildlife Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3109 (Young),
To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts

H.R. 3409 (Fincher),To amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to require that any expansion of a national wildlife refuge must be expressly authorized by statute

H.R. 5026 (Gosar),To prohibit closing or repurposing any propagation fish hatchery or aquatic species propagation program of the Department of the Interior unless such action is expressly authorized by an Act of Congress

H.R. 5069 (Fleming), To amend the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act to increase in the price of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps to fund the acquisition of conservation easements for migratory birds

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

Steve Guertin, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tues., 7/22/14

Natural Resource Production

Full Committee oversight hearing on Leveraging America's Resources as a Revenue Generator and Job Creator

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Landrieu)

Greg Gould, Acting Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue
Wed., 7/16/14

Land Buy-Back Program

Full Committee oversight hearing on Improving the Trust System: Continuing Oversight of the Department of the Interior's Land Buy-Back Program

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary 
Wed., 7/16/14

Water and Wildlife Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 571 (Kirk), A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a deadline for restricting sewage dumping into the Great Lakes and to fund programs and activities for improving wastewater discharges into the Great Lakes

S. 1153 (Gillibrand), A bill to establish an improved regulatory process for injurious wildlife to prevent the introduction and establishment in the United States of nonnative wildlife and wild animal pathogens and parasites that are likely to cause harm

S. 1175 (Feinstein), A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a program to provide loans and loan guarantees to enable eligible public entities to acquire interests in real property that are in compliance with habitat conservation plans approved by the Secretary of the Interior under the Endangered Species Act of 1973

S. 1202 (Whitehouse), A bill to establish an integrated Federal program to respond to ongoing and expected impacts of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, restoring, and conserving the natural resources of the United States, and to maximize government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and tribal governments and other entities

S. 1232 (Levin), A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to protect and restore the Great Lakes

H.R. 1300 (Runyan), To amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges

S. 1381 (Blumenthal), A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species

S. 1650 (Murkowski), A bill to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaska Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts

S. 2225 (Udall), A bill to provide for a smart water resource management pilot program

S. 2530 (Heller), A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation or exportation of mussels of certain genus

S. 2560 (Cardin), A bill to authorize the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to seek compensation for injuries to trust resources and use those funds to restore, replace, or acquire equivalent resources

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

Steve Guertin, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tues., 7/15/14

Indian Health, Self-Determination, Education & Land Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3229, (Young of AK), 
To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service by providing 2-fiscal-year budget authority

H.R. 4546, (DeFazio), To amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes

H.R. 4867, (Ruiz), To provide for certain land to be taken into trust for the benefit of Morongo Band of Mission Indians

S. 1603, (Stabenow), A bill to reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatami Indians

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

Tues., 7/15/14

Wildfire Preparedness and Forest Service Budget

Full Committee oversight hearing on Wildland Fire Preparedness and to consider the President's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 for the Forest Service

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Landrieu)

Kim Thorsen, Deputy Assistant Secretary – Policy, Management and Budget
Tues., 7/15/14

Helium Stewardship Act

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Implementation and Administration of the 2013 Helium Stewardship Act

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

Linda Lance, Deputy Director, Programs and Policy, Bureau of Land Management
Wed., 7/9/14

Land and Water Rights Legislation

Full Committee hearing on
S. 2442 (Walsh),
A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain land and mineral rights on the reservation of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana and other culturally important land into trust for the benefit of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe

S. 2465 (Udall), A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to take into trust 4 parcels of Federal land for the benefit of certain Indian Pueblos in the State of New Mexico

S. 2479 (Reid), A bill to provide for a land conveyance in the State of Nevada

S. 2480 (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 certain Indian tribes

S. 2503 (Flake), A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into the Big Sandy River-Planet Ranch Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Agreement, to provide for the lease of certain land located within Planet Ranch on the Bill Williams River in the State of Arizona to benefit the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, and to provide for the settlement of specific water rights claims in the Bill Williams River watershed in the State of Arizona

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Michael Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management
Wed., 7/9/14

Invasive Species Management and Memorial Renaming

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3994 (Bishop),
To improve the control and management of invasive species that threaten and harm Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior

H.R. 4751 (Kilmer), To make technical corrections to Public Law 110-229 to reflect the renaming of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Lori Williams, Executive Director, National Invasive Species Council

Statement for the Record, National Park Service

Mon., 7/7/14

Outer Continental Shelf Production

Full Committee oversight field hearing on Outer Continental Shelf Production and to Identify What Actions the Federal Government can take to Maximize the Opportunities and Minimize the Challenges

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Landrieu)

Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Wed., 6/25/14

Nexus of Energy and Water Sustainability Act

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 1971 (Murkowski),
NEWS Act of 2014

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

Tom Iseman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Tues., 6/24/14

Child Welfare on Spirit Lake Indian Reservation

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Child Protection and the Justice System on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Michael Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Tues., 6/24/14

Ban on Commercial Ivory Trade

Subcommittee oversight hearing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Plan to Implement a Virtual Ban on the Commercial Trade in Elephant Ivory and the Consequences of the Policy

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

Robert Dreher, Associate Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tues., 6/24/14

Federal Water Authority

Subcommittee oversight hearing on New Federal Schemes to Soak Up Water Authority: Impacts on States, Water User, Recreation, and Jobs

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

Statement for the Record, Buearu of Reclamation
Fri., 6/20/14

Gas Pipelines and Infrastructure Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1587 (Marino),
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to issue permits for rights-of-way, temporary easements, or other necessary authorizations to facilitate natural gas, oil, and petroleum product pipelines and related facilities on eligible Federal lands

H.R. 4293 (Cramer), To authorize the approval of natural gas pipelines and establish deadlines and expedite permits for certain natural gas gathering lines on Federal land and Indian land

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

Michael Nedd, Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management
Tues., 6/10/14

Parks and Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 318
(Hall),To authorize a Wall of Remembrance as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and to allow certain private contributions to fund that Wall of Remembrance

H.R. 4029 (Smith),To require the Secretary of the Interior to transfer all Federal land, facilities, and any other assets associated with the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to the State of Missouri for the purposes of maintaining a State park

H.R. 4049 (Duffy),To amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the State of Wisconsin, and for other purposes, to adjust the boundary of that National Lakeshore to include the lighthouse known as Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light

H.R. 4182 (Smith),To provide that the Ozark National Scenic Riverways shall be administered in accordance with the general management plan for that unit of the National Park System

H.R. 4272 (Walden),To stop implementation and enforcement of the Forest Service travel management rule and to require the Forest Service to incorporate the needs, uses, and input of affected communities before taking any travel management action affecting access to units of the National Forest System derived from the public domain

H.R. 4283 (Simpson),To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation services at Smith Gulch in Idaho

H.R. 4489 (Cleaver),To designate memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I

H.R. 4527 (Michaud), To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Victor Knox, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities and Lands, National Park Service
Tues., 6/10/14

Water Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3716 (Amodei),
To ratify a water settlement agreement affecting the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

H.R. 4166 (Thompson), To transfer recreational management authority for Lake Berryessa in the State of California from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Bureau of Land Management

H.R. 4508 (Daines), To amend the East Bench Irrigation District Water Contract Extension Act to permit the Secretary of the Interior to extend the contract for certain water services

H.R. 4562 (Smith), To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska

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

Tom Iseman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Tues., 6/10/14

America's Earthquake Warning System

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Whole Lotta Shakin': An Examination of America's Earthquake Early Warning System Development and Implementation

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

Dr. William Leith, Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey
Tues., 6/3/14

Klamath Basin

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 2379 (Wyden), A bill to approve and implement the Klamath Basin agreements, to improve natural resource management, support economic development, and sustain agricultural production in the Klamath River Basin in the public interest and the interest of the United States

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

John Bezdek, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary
Tues., 6/3/14

Climate Change

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Hunting in an Era of Changing Climate

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

Dan Ashe, Director, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service
Wed., 5/21/14

Indian Education

Full Committee hearing on Indian Education Series: Ensuring the Bureau of Indian Education has the Tools Necessary to Improve

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Dr. Charles M. Roessel
Director, Bureau of Indian Education
Wed., 5/21/14

Int'l Wildlife Trafficking

Joint Subcommittee oversight hearing on The Escalating International Wildlife Trafficking Crisis: Ecological, Economic and National Security Issues

Senate Foreign Relations S/C on African Affairs (Coons), and S/C on East Asian and Pacific Affairs (Cardin)

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

Tues., 5/20/14

Oil and Gas Activities

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Oil and Gas Activities within the National Wildlife Refuge System

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

Steve Guertin, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tues., 5/20/14

Parks and Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1776
(Farr), To establish the Clear Creek National Recreation Area in San Benito and Fresno Counties, to designate the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness in such counties, to designate additional components of the national wild and scenic rivers system

H.R. 2175 (Johnson), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to install in the area of the World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the United States on June 6, 1944, the morning of D-Day

H.R. 2489 (DeFazio), To modify the boundary of the Oregon Caves National Monument

H.R. 3806 (Meadows), To authorize payment of funds in accordance with the agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the State of North Carolina, Swain County, North Carolina, and the United States Department of the Interior

H.R. 4049 (Duffy), To amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the State of Wisconsin, and for other purposes, to adjust the boundary of that National Lakeshore to include the lighthouse known as Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light

H.R. 4272 (Walden), To stop implementation and enforcement of the Forest Service travel management rule and to require the Forest Service to incorporate the needs, uses, and input of affected communities before taking any travel management action affecting access to units of the National Forest System derived from the public domain

 

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Carl Roundtree, National Landscape Conservation System & Community Partnerships, Bureau of Land Management

Bruce Sheaffer, Comptroller, National Park Service

Wed., 5/14/14

Wildfires and Forest Management

Full Committee oversight hearing on Wildfires and Forest Management: Prevention is Preservation

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
Wed., 5/14/14

Federal Habitat Destinations

Full Committee oversight field hearing on Protecting the Rights of Property Owners: Proposed Federal Critical Habitat Designations Gone Wild

House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings)

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

Tues., 5/13/14

Interior and Energy Nominations

Full Committee oversight hearing to consider the nominations of
Suzette M. Kimball to be director of the United States Geological Survey

Estevan R. Lopez to be commissioner of reclamation, Department of the Interior

Monica C. Regalbuto to be assistant secretary of Energy for Environmental Management

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Landrieu)

Suzette Kimball, Nominee

Estevan Lopez, Nominee

Fri., 5/9/14

Marijuana in DC

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the federal government's response to recent efforts to decriminalize marijuana in the District of Columbia

House Oversight and Government Reform S/C on Government Operations (Mica)

Robert Maclean, Acting Chief, United States Park Police, National Park Service
Wed., 5/7/14

Land and Water Legislation

Full Committee hearing on
S. 1603 (Stabenow), A bill to reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatami Indians

S. 1818 (Reid), A bill to ratify a water settlement agreement affecting the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

S. 2040 (Crapo), A bill to exchange trust and fee land to resolve land disputes created by the realignment of the Blackfoot River along the boundary of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation

S. 2041 (Crapo), A bill to repeal the Act of May 31, 1918

S. 2188 (Tester), A bill 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

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
Wed., 5/7/14

Native American Land & Trust Management

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 409 (Simpson), To provide for Indian trust asset management reform

H.R. 4350 (Daines), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to take lands and mineral rights on the reservation of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana and other culturally important lands into trust

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Michael Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Statement for the Record, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

Wed., 5/7/14

Electricity Management on Federal Lands

Full Committee oversight hearing on Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Catastrophic Forest Fire Risk: Proper Management of Electricity Rights of Way on Federal Lands

House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings)

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

Mon., 5/5/14

Conowingo Dam

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Finding Cooperative Solutions to Environmental Concerns with the Conowingo Dam to Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

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

Genevieve LaRouche, Field Office Supervisor, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 4/30/14

Tribal Energy Development

Full Committee hearing on
S. 2132 (Barrasso),A bill to amend the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act of 2005

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Tues., 4/29/14

Military Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3687 (Issa),To amend the National Historic Preservation Act to provide that if the head of the agency managing Federal property objects to the inclusion of certain property on the National Register or its designation as a National Historic Landmark for reasons of national security, the Federal property shall be neither included nor designated until the objection is withdraw

H.R. 4458 (McCarthy),To make permanent the withdrawal and reservation of public land previously withdrawn and reserved to support the operations of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, and to provide for the withdrawal and reservation of additional public land

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations (Bishop)

Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science, National Park Service

Karen Mouritsen, Deputy Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management

Tues., 4/29/14

FY 15 Budget Request: OIA

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affair's spending and the President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request for the Office of Insular Affairs and

H.R. 4296 (Sablan), To amend Public Law 94-241 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands

H.R. 4402 (Bordallo), To authorize the Secretary of the Navy to establish a surface danger zone over the Guam National Wildlife Refuge or any portion thereof to support the operation of a live-fire training range complex

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

Thomas Bussanich, Director of Budget, Office of Insular Affairs

Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thurs., 4/10/14

Tribal Forest Management

Full Committee oversight hearing on Tribal Forest Management: A Model for Promoting Healthy Forests and Rural Jobs

House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings)

Michael Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Tues., 4/8/14

Fisheries Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 187 (Jones, Jr.),
To correct the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Unit L06, Topsail, North Carolina

H.R. 277 (Cicilline), To revise the boundaries of John H. Chafee 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. 1810 (Radel), To revise the boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Gasparilla Island Unit in Florida

H.R. 1811 (Radel), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System areas included in Florida System Unit P-16

H.R. 2057 (Southerland), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System the areas comprising Bay County Unit P-31P in Florida

H.R. 3226 (Rice), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System certain properties in South Carolina

H.R. 3227 (Rice), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System certain properties in South Carolina

H.R. 3572 (McIntyre), To revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in North Carolina

H.R. 4222 (Southerland), To correct the boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Florida

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

Gary Frazer, Assistant Director for Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Tues., 4/8/14

Endangered Species Bills

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 4315 (Hastings),
To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species

H.R. 4316 (Lummis), To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to improve the disclosure of certain expenditures under that Act

H.R. 4317 (Neugebauer), To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require disclosure to States of the basis of determinations under such Act, to ensure use of information provided by State, tribal, and county governments in decisionmaking under such Act

H.R. 4318 (Huizenga), To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to conform citizen suits under that Act with other existing law

House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings)

Michael Bean, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Fri., 4/4/14

FY 15 Budget Request: BOEM and BSEE

Subcommittee appropriations hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Calvert)

Tommy Beaudreau, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Brian Salerno, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Fri., 4/4/14

FY 15 Budget Request: BLM

Subcommittee appropriations hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Bureau of Land Management

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Calvert)

Neil Kornze, Acting Director, Bureau of Land Management

Fri., 4/4/14

Public Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. __ (Bishop),To amend the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to improve consistency and accountability in the collection and expenditure of Federal recreation fees

H.R. 2743 (Ruiz),To make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a discount to certain veterans

H.R. 3976 (Nugent),To provide for a lifetime National Recreational Pass for any veteran with a service-connected disability

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Pamela Haze, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Budget, Finance, Performance and Acquisition

Thurs., 4/3/14

Cobell v. Salazar Indian Trust Settlement

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Implementing the Cobell Settlement: Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Lawrence Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

Thurs., 4/3/14

FY Budget Request: FWS

Subcommittee appropriations hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Calvert)

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

Thurs., 4/3/14

FY 15 Budget Request: DOI

Full Committee oversight hearing on Department of the Interior, Spending and the President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal

House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings)

Sally Jewell, Secretary

Thurs., 4/3/14

FY 15 Budget Request: NPS

Subcommittee appropriations hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the National Park Service

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Calvert)

John Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Wed., 4/2/14

FY 15 Budget Request: DOI

Subcommittee appropriations hearing on fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Department of the Interior

Senate Appropriations S/C on Energy and Water Development (Feinstein)

Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science

Lowell Pimley, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Wed., 4/2/14

Indian Affairs Bills

Full Committee hearing on
S. 1474 (Begich),A bill to encourage the State of Alaska to enter into intergovernmental agreements with Indian tribes in the State relating to the enforcement of certain State laws by Indian tribes, to improve the quality of life in rural Alaska, to reduce alcohol and drug abuse

S. 1570 (Murkowski), A bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service by providing 2-fiscal-year budget authority

S. 1574 (Murkowski), A bill to amend the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 to facilitate the ability of Indian tribes to integrate the employment, training, and related services from diverse Federal sources

S. 1622 (Heitkamp), A bill to establish the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children

S. 2160, (Hoeven), A bill to amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to require background checks before foster care placements are ordered in tribal court proceedings

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs

Thurs., 3/27/14

Indian Affairs Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3822 (Lujan)
, To provide for the implementation of the property division regarding former Fort Wingate Depot Activity in McKinley County, New Mexico

H.R. 4002 (Mullin), To revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Thurs., 3/27/14

Earthquake Science

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Advances in Earthquake Science: 50th Anniversary of the Great Alaskan Quake

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

Dr. William Leith, Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey

Wed., 3/26/14

FY 2015 Budget: Tribal Programs

Full Committee oversight hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget for Tribal Programs

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Wed., 3/26/14

FY 15 Budget Request: BOR

Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Bureau of Reclamation

House Appropriations S/C on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies (Simpson)

Lowell Pimley, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Wed., 3/26/14

Wildlife Law and Domestic Energy

Full Committee oversight hearing on Collision Course: Oversight of the Obama Administration's Enforcement Approach for America's Wildlife Laws and Its Impact on Domestic Energy

House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings)

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

Wed., 3/26/14

FY 15 Budget Request: DOI

Full Committee appropriations hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Department of the Interior

Senate Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies (Reed)

Sally Jewell, Secretary

Tues., 3/25/14

Public Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 863 (Maloney), To establish the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum

H.R. 3006 (Calvert), To authorize a land exchange involving the acquisition of private land adjacent to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona for inclusion in the refuge in exchange for certain Bureau of Land Management lands in Riverside County, California

H.R. 4017 (Heck), To designate a peak located in Nevada as "Mount Reagan"

H.R. 4120 (Hoyer), To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date

H.R. 4253 (Bishop), To permanently withdraw, reserve, and transfer Bureau of Land Management lands used for military purposes in Alaska, Nevada, and New Mexico to the appropriate Secretary of the military department concerned

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management

Statement for the Record, National Park Service

Tues., 3/25/14

FY 15 Budget: BOR, Water Resources Programs, Power Marketing Administrations

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Examining the Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Spending, Priorities and the Missions of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Four Power Marketing Administrations and the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Program

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

Lowell Pimley, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Dr. Jerad Bales, Acting Associate Director for Water, U.S. Geological Survey

Tues., 3/25/14

FY 15 Budget Request: DOI

Subcommittee appropriations hearing on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Department of the Interior

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Calvert)

Sally Jewell, Secretary

Wed., 3/19/14

California Water Crisis

Subcommittee oversight field hearing on California Water Crisis and its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions

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

David Murillo, Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region, Bureau of Reclamation

Fri., 3/14/14

Alaska Native Subsistence Act

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. __,
To authorize a demonstration program that allows for State-Federal-Tribal co-management of wildlife throughout the traditional hunting territory of the Ahtna people

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

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

Thurs., 3/13/14

Tribal Transportation

Full Committee oversight hearing on Tribal Transportation: Pathways to Infrastructure and Economic Development in Indian Country

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Tester)

Michael Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Thurs., 3/6/14

Resources Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 414 (Young),
To provide for the continued lease or eventual conveyance of certain Federal land within the boundaries of Fort Wainwright Military Reservation in Fairbanks, Alaska

H.R. 1839 (Tipton), To designate certain Federal land in the San Juan National Forest in the State of Colorado as wilderness

H.R. 2430 (Pascrell),To adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science, National Park Service

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 3/5/14

Nat'l Fish Hatchery System

Subcommittee oversight hearing on National Fish Hatchery System: Strategic Hatchery and Workplace Planning Report

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

David Hoskins, Assistant Director for Fish and Aquatic Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thurs., 2/27/14

Endangered Species Act

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Implementation of the Endangered Species Act

House Oversight and Government Reform S/C on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements (Lankford)

Michael Bean, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Fish Wildlife and Parks

Thurs., 2/27/14

Water and Power Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 1419 (Wyden),
A bill to promote research, development, and demonstration of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies

S. 1771 (Merkley), A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to adjust the Crooked River boundary, to provide water certainty for the City of Prineville, Oregon

S. 1800 (Barrasso), A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to submit to Congress a report on the efforts of the Bureau of Reclamation to manage its infrastructure assets

S. 1946 (Wyden), A bill to amend the Reclamation Safety of Dams Act of 1978 to modify the authorization of appropriations

S. 1965 (Baucus), A bill to amend the East Bench Irrigation District Water Contract Extension Act to permit the Secretary of the Interior to extend the contract for certain water services

S. 2010 (Barrasso), A bill to amend the Water Conservation and Utilization Act to authorize the development of non-Federal hydropower and issuance of leases of power privileges at projects constructed pursuant to the authority of the Water Conservation and Utilization Act

S. 2019 (Schatz), A bill to reauthorize and update certain provisions of the Secure Water Act

S. 2034 (Schatz), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities

H.R. 1963 (Pryor), A bill to repeal section 403 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013

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

Robert Quint, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 2/27/14

Interior Department Hiring and Retention

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Obama Administration Oversight: GAO Report - Interior Hiring and Retention Challenges

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

Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management

Thurs., 2/27/14

Resources Bills

H.R. 3105 (Crawford), To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to exempt from such Act animals accidentally included in shipments of aquatic species produced in commercial aquaculture

H.R. 3280 (Fleming), To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to limit the application of such Act to certain imported plants and finished plant products

H.R. 3324 (Harris), To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to reduce burdensome paperwork

H.R. 4032 (Hall), To exempt from Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 certain water transfers by the North Texas Municipal Water District and the Greater Texoma Utility Authority

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

William Woody, Assistant Director, Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 2/26/14

Public Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 503 (Roe),
To authorize the National Desert Storm Memorial Association to establish the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia

H.R. 712 (Frelinghuysen),To extend the authorization of the Highlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2024

H.R. 1192 (McClintock), To redesignate Mammoth Peak in Yosemite National Park as "Mount Jessie Benton Fre'mont"

H.R. 1501 (Jeffries), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument in Fort Greene Park, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, as a unit of the National Park System

H.R. 1744 (Horsford), To provide for the implementation of the multispecies habitat conservation plan for the Virgin River, Nevada, and Lincoln County, Nevada, to extend the authority to purchase certain parcels of public land

H.R. 2569 (Welch), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Missisquoi River and the Trout River in the State of Vermont, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

H.R. 3222 (Meng), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of sites associated with the 1657 signing of the Flushing Remonstrance in Queens, New York

H.R. 3366 (Walden), To provide for the release of the property interests retained by the United States in certain land conveyed in 1954 by the United States, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, to the State of Oregon for the establishment of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center of Oregon State University in Hermiston, Oregon

H.R. 3802 (Lynch),
To extend the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Victor Knox, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands, National Park Service

Michael Nedd, Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 2/26/14

U.S. Energy Resources and Jobs

Subcommittee oversight hearing on American Energy Jobs: Opportunities to Veterans

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

Mary Pletcher, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Capital and Diversity, Policy, Management and Budget

Wed., 2/26/14

Wildlife Trafficking

Full Committee oversight hearing on International Wildlife Trafficking Threats to Conservation and National Security

House Foreign Affairs Committee (Royce)

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

Tues., 2/25/14

Natural Resource Protection

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting Ecosystems and Economies

Senate Environment and Public Works S/C on Oversight (Whitehouse)

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

Statement for the Record, U.S. Geological Survey

Wed., 2/12/14

Indian Law and Order Report

Full Committee oversight hearing on Indian Law and Order Commission Report: A Roadmap for make Native America Safer

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs

Thurs., 2/6/14

Forestry Bills

Full Committee hearing on
S. 1784 (Wyden),
A bill to improve timber management on Oregon and California Railroad and Coos Bay Wagon Road grant land

S. 1966 (Barrasso), A bill to provide for the restoration of the economic and ecological health of National Forest System land and rural communities

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Steven Ellis, Acting Deputy Director for Operations, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 2/5/14

Indian Affairs Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3110 (Young),
To allow for the harvest of gull eggs by the Huna Tlingit people within Glacier Bay National Park in the State of Alaska

H.R. 3605 (Grisham), To make a technical amendment to the T'uf Shur Bien Preservation Trust Area Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science, National Park Service

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

Wed., 2/5/14

Energy Production on Federal Lands

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Energy in America: BLM's Red-Tape Run Around and its Impact on American Energy Production

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

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management

Wed., 2/5/14

Water Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3981 (Hastings),
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to allow for prepayment of repayment contracts between the United States and water users, to provide surface water storage enhancement

H.R. 3980 (McClintock), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate Federal and State permitting processes related to the construction of new surface water storage projects on lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture and to designated the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for permit processing

H.R. __ (Hastings), To amend the secure Water Act of 2009 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to implement a surface water storage enhancement program

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

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Reclamation

Tues., 2/4/14

Interior Nominations

Full Committee hearing on the nominations of
Rhea Suh,
to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Janice Schneider, to be Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Rhea Suh, Nominee

Janice Schneider, Nominee

Thurs., 1/30/14

Government Shutdown Impact

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Shutdown: Examining Federal Government Closure Impacts on the District of Columbia

Senate Homeland Security S/C on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia (Begich)

Robert Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service

Wed., 1/29/14

Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act

Full Committee hearing on
S. 919 (Cantwell),
A bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Tues., 1/28/14

Critical Minerals Policy Act

Full Committee hearing on
S. 1600 (Murkowski), A bill to facilitate the reestablishment of domestic, critical mineral designation, assessment, production, manufacturing, recycling, analysis, forecasting, workforce, education, research, and international capabilities in the United States

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Larry Meinert, Mineral Resources Program Coordinator, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 1/16/14

Climate Change Plan

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Review of the President's Climate Action Plan

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Boxer)

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

Fri., 1/10/14

Seismic Exploration in the Atlantic

Subcommittee oversight hearing on The Science behind Discovery: Seismic Exploration and the Future of the Atlantic OCS

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

Walter Cruickshank, Deputy Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Tues., 1/7/14

Compact of Free Association

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the United States Government Accountability Office September 2013 Report - Compact of Free Association Micronesia and the Marshall Islands Continue to Face Challenges Measuring Progress and Ensuring Accountability (GAO-13-675)

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

Nikolao, Pula, Jr., Director, Office of Insular Affairs

Tues., 12/17/13

Commerce and Interior Nominations

Full Committee oversight hearing to consider the nominations of
Rhea Sun Suh
nominated to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks United States Department of Interior

Victoria Baecher Wassmer nominated to be Chief Financial Officer United States Environmental Protection Agency

Roy K.J. Williams nominated to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development United States Department of Commerce

Thomas A. Burke, PhD nominated to be Assistant Administrator for Research and Development United States Environmental Protection Agency

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Boxer)

Rhea Suh, Nominee

Tues., 12/17/13

Energy and Interior Nominations

Full Committee oversight hearing to consider the nominations of
Janice M. Schneider, Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Land and Minerals Management) Department of the Interior

Neil G. Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior

Dr. Marc A. Kastner, Director of the Office of Science, Department of Energy

Dr. Ellen D. Williams, Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Department of Energy

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Janice Schneider, Nominee

Neil Kornze, Nominee

Thurs., 12/12/13

Energy and Interior Nominations

Full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of
Dr. Franklin M. Orr to be Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy

Jonathan Elkind to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (International Affairs), Department of Energy

Rhea S. Suh to be Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior

Tommy P. Beaudreau to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Policy, Management and Budget)

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Rhea Suh, Nominee

Tommy Beaudreau, Nominee

Wed., 12/11/13

Land Buy –Back Program

Full Committee oversight hearing on Implementation of the Department of the Interior's Land Buy-Back Program

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Lawrence Roberts, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Wed., 12/11/13

Interior Confirmation Hearing

Full Committee confirmation hearing for
Vincent G. Logan, to be Special Trustee, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Vincent Logan, Nominee

Thurs., 12/5/13

Energy and Mineral Resources Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 916 (Kind), To improve Federal land management, resource conservation, environmental protection, and use of Federal real property, by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to develop a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and identifying inaccurate, duplicate, and out-of-date Federal land inventories

H.R. 1604 (Lamborn), To establish the National Geospatial Technology Administration within the United States Geological Survey to enhance the use of geospatial data, products, technology, and services, to increase the economy and efficiency of Federal geospatial activities

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

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management

Kevin Gallagher, Associate Director for Core Science Systems, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 11/21/13

Resources Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 915 (Kennedy), To authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs

H.R. 3286 (Daines), To direct the Secretary of the Treasury to reimburse States that use State funds to operate National Parks during the Federal Government shutdown

H.R. 3294 (Young), To establish a streamlined process through which a State may claim authority over and responsibility for management of Federal lands located in the State without claiming ownership of the land

H.R. 3311 (Stewart), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into agreements with States to allow continued operation of facilities and programs that have been determined to have a direct economic impact on tourism, mining, timber, or general transportation in the State and which would otherwise cease operating, in whole or in part, during a Federal Government shutdown that is the result of a lapse in appropriations

H.R. 3492 (Lummis), To provide for the use of hand-propelled vessels in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the National Elk Refuge

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

C. Bruce Sheaffer, Comptroller, National Park Service

Wed., 11/20/13

Trust Land Acquisitions

Full Committee oversight hearing on Carcieri: Bringing Certainty to Trust Land Acquisitions

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Wed., 11/20/13

Public Lands Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 182 (Murkowski),
A bill to provide for the unencumbering of title to non-Federal land owned by the city of Anchorage, Alaska, for purposes of economic development by conveyance of the Federal reversion interest to the City

S. 339 (McCain), A bill to facilitate the efficient extraction of mineral resources in southeast Arizona by authorizing and directing an exchange of Federal and non-Federal land

S. 483 (Boxer), A bill to designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area in the State of California

S. 771 (Boxer), A bill to provide to the Secretary of the Interior a mechanism to cancel contracts for the sale of materials CA-20139 and CA-22901

S. 776 (Udall),A bill to establish the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness in the State of New Mexico, to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of National Forest System land in the State

S. 841 (Bennet), A bill to designate certain Federal land in the San Juan National Forest in the State of Colorado as wilderness

S. 1305 (Udall), A bill to provide for the conveyance of the Forest Service Lake Hill Administrative Site in Summit County, Colorado

S. 1341 (Tester), A bill to modify the Forest Service Recreation Residence Program as the program applies to units of the National Forest System derived from the public domain by implementing a simple, equitable, and predictable procedure for determining cabin user fees

S. 1414 (Wyden), A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in the State of Oregon to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

S. 1415 (Wyden), A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in the State of Oregon to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

S. 1479 (Lee), A bill to address the forest health, public safety, and wildlife habitat threat presented by the risk of wildfire, including catastrophic wildfire, on National Forest System land and public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management by requiring the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to expedite forest management projects relating to hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, and economic development

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (Manchin)

Steven Ellis, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 11/14/13

Sequestration in Indian Country

Full Committee oversight hearing on Contract Support Costs and Sequestration: Fiscal Crisis in Indian Country

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Thurs., 11/14/13

Department of Energy & Interior Nominations

Full Committee hearing to consider the pending nominations of
Steven P. Croley to be the General Counsel of the Department of Energy

Christopher A. Smith to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (for Fossil Energy)

Esther P. Kia'aina to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (for Insular Areas)

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Esther P. Kia'aina, Nominee

Wed., 10/30/13

Indian Affairs Bills

Full Committee hearing on
S. 161 (Tester), A bill to extend the Federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

S. 1074 (Kaine), A bill to extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Easter Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe

S. 1132 (Burr), A bill to provide for the recognition of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Wed., 10/16/13

NPS's Implementation of the Shutdown

Joint full Committee oversight hearing on on As Difficult As Possible: The National Park Service's Implementation of the Government Shutdown

House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings) and House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee (Issa)

Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Thurs., 10/10/13

Reclamation Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3176 (DeFazio), To reauthorize the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991

H.R. 3189 (Tipton), To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture

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

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 10/3/13

Resources Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 298 (Rogers),
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System

H.R. 712 (Frelinghuysen), To extend the authorization of the Highlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2024

H.R. 1167 (Amodei), To quitclaim surface rights to certain Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management in Virginia City, Nevada, to Storey County, Nevada, to resolve conflicting ownership and title claims

H.R. 1259 (Larson), To establish Coltsville National Historical Park in the State of Connecticut

H.R. 1633 (Amodei), To provide for the conveyance of small parcels of National Forest System land and small parcels of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management to private landowners, State, county, and local governments, or Indian tribes whose lands share a boundary with the National Forest System land or public lands

H.R. 1846 (Velasquez), To amend the Act establishing the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site

H.R. 2015 (Horsford), To provide for certain land conveyances in the State of Nevada

H.R. 2259 (Daines), 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 and to preserve existing uses

H.R. 2657 (Chaffetz), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to sell certain Federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, previously identified as suitable for disposal

H.R. 2954 (Miller), To authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance

H.R. 3188 (McClintock), To expedite the planning and implementation of salvage timber sales as part of Forest Service and Department of the Interior restoration and rehabilitation activities for lands within the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National park and Bureau of Land management lands adversely impacted by the 2013 Rim Fire in California

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management

Statement for the Record, National Park Service

Tues., 10/1/13

Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement

Full Committee hearing on the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement
S. 812 (Wyden),
A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to take actions to implement the Agreement between the United States of America and the United Mexican States Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico

H.R. 1613 (Duncan), To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide for the proper Federal management and oversight of transboundary hydrocarbon reservoirs

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Tommy Beaudreau, Acting Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management

Fri., 9/20/13

Injurious Wildlife Exclusion Proposal

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior's proposal to use a Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for adding species to the Lacey Act's list of injurious wildlife

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

David Hoskins, Assistant Director for Fisheries, Fish and Wildlife Service

Thurs., 9/19/13

Trust Lands for Gaming Purposes

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Executive Branch standards for land-in-trust decisions for gaming purposes

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Thurs., 9/19/13

Protecting Hydropower Investments

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Keeping Hydropower Affordable and Reliable: The Protection of Existing Hydropower Investments and the Promotion of New Development

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

Kerry McCalman, Senior Advisor for Hydropower, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 9/19/13

Alaska Wildlife Management

Full Committee oversight hearing on wildlife management authority within the State of Alaska under the Alaska National Interest Lands Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Gene Peltola, Assistant Regional Director for the Office of Subsistence Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 9/18/13

Surface Transportation Provisions Implementation

Full Committee oversight hearing on Implementing MAP-21's Provisions to Accelerate Project Delivery

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Boxer)

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

Tues., 9/17/13

Energy, Interior Nominations

Full Committee oversight hearing to consider the nominations of
Mr. Ronald J. Binz to be a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Ms. Elizabeth M. Robinson to be Under Secretary of Energy

Mr. Michael L. Connor to be Deputy Secretary of Interior

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Michael Connor - Nominee

Tues., 9/10/13

Indian Affairs & Water Rights Legislation

Full Committee hearing on
S. 1219 (Boxer),
A bill to authorize the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement

S. 1447 (Udall), A bill to make technical corrections to certain Native American water rights settlements in the State of New Mexico

S. 1448 (Cantwell), A bill to provide for equitable compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation for the use of tribal land for the production of hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Fri., 8/2/13

Coal Energy Production

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2824 (Johnson), To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to stop the ongoing waste by the Department of the Interior of taxpayer resources and implement the final rule on excess spoil, mining waste, and buffers for perennial and intermittent streams

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

Statement for the Record, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Fri., 8/2/13

Wildlife and Insular Affairs Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2208 (Wittman), To extend the authorization of appropriations for allocation to carry out approved wetlands conservation projects under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2017

H.R. 2798 (Latta), 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

H.R. 2799 (Latta), To establish the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, recreational shooting

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

Steve Guertin, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Fri., 8/2/13

U.S. Park Police Weapons Accountability

Joint oversight hearing on Missing Weapons at the National Park Service: Mismanagement and Lack of Accountability

House Oversight and Government Reform S/C on National Security (Chaffetz) and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Thurs., 8/1/13

Impact of Settlements on Endangered Species

Full Committee oversight hearing on Transparency and Sound Science Gone Extinct?: The Impacts of the Obama Administration's Closed-Door Settlements on Endangered Species and People

House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings)

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

Wed., 7/31/13

Indian Land Transfer, Housing Bills

Full Committee hearing on
S. 235 (Murkowski),
A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from the United States to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

S. 920 (Franken), A bill to allow the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in the State of Minnesota to lease or transfer certain land

S. 1352 (Cantwell), A bill to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Sarah Harris, Chief of Staff to Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Wed., 7/31/13

Nat'l Parks Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 398 (Collins), A bill to establish the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum

S. 524 (Bennet), A bill to amend the National Trails System Act to provide for the study of the Pike National Historic Trail

S. 618 (Schatz), A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain special resource studies

S. 702 (Blumenthal), A bill to designate the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor as "The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor"

S. 781 (Feinstein), A bill to modify the boundary of Yosemite National Park

S. 782 (Casey), 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. 869 (Shelby), A bill to establish the Alabama Black Belt National Heritage Area

S. 925 (Gillibrand), A bill to improve the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site

S. 995 (Boozman), A bill to authorize the National Desert Storm Memorial Association to establish the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia

S. 974 (Reid), A bill to provide for certain land conveyances in the State of Nevada

S. 1044 (Portman), A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to install in the area of the World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the United States on D-Day, June 6, 1944

S. 1071 (Udall), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to make improvements to support facilities for National Historic Sites operated by the National Park Service

S. 1138 (Gillibrand), A bill to reauthorize the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

S. 1151 (Harkin), A bill to reauthorize the America's Agricultural Heritage Partnership in the State of Iowa

S. 1157 (Casey), A bill to reauthorize the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, the Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area, the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, and the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

S. 1186 (Warren), A bill to reauthorize the Essex National Heritage Area

S. 1252 (Sanders), A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Missisquoi River and the Trout River in the State of Vermont, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

S. 1253 (Murphy), A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain segments of the Farmington River and Salmon Brook in the State of Connecticut as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

S. 1328 (Kirk), 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. 1339 (Brown), A bill to reauthorize the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Canalway

H.R. 674 (Sablan), To authorize the Secretary of the 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. 885 (Doggett), To expand the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

H.R. 1033 (Holt) and S. 916 (Kaine), 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

H.R. 1158 (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

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

Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science, National Park Service

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management

Tues., 7/30/13

Parks and Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 37 (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. 343 (Reid), A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in Clark County, Nevada, for the environmental remediation and reclamation of the Three Kids Mine Project Site

S. 364 (Baucus), A bill to establish the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Management Area, to designate certain Federal land as wilderness, and to improve the management of noxious weeds in the Lewis and Clark National Forest

S. 404 (Murray), A bill to preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

S. 753 (Heinrich), A bill to provide for national security benefits for White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss

S. 1169 (Baucus), A bill to withdraw and reserve certain public land in the State of Montana for the Limestone Hills Training Area

S. 1300 (Flake), A bill to amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to provide for the conduct of stewardship end result contracting projects

S. 1301 (Wyden), A bill to provide for the restoration of forest landscapes, protection of old growth forests, and management of national forests in the eastside forests of the State of Oregon

S. 1309 (Wyden), A bill to withdraw and reserve certain public land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior for military uses

H.R. 507 (Grijalva), To provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona

H.R. 862 (Kirkpatrick), To authorize the conveyance of two small parcels of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of the landowners in an erroneous survey conducted in May 1960

H.R. 876 (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. 993 (Bishop) and S. 509 (Hatch), To provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of National Forest System land to the city of Fruit Heights, Utah

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (Manchin)

Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management

Mon., 7/29/13

Property Rights for Federal Land & Water

Subcommittee oversight field hearing on Stopping Federal Land and Water Grabs: Protecting Property Rights from Washington, DC Edicts

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

Statement for the Record, National Park Service

Thurs., 7/25/13

American Energy Security

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2728 (Flores), To recognize States' authority to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation

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

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 7/25/13

Aging Water Resource

Subcommittee oversight hearing on aging water resource infrastructure in the United States

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

Lowell Pimley, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 7/25/13

Fisheries and Wildlife Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 358 (McCollum), To direct the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, and the United States Geological Survey, to lead a multiagency effort to slow the spread of Asian Carp in the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins and tributaries

H.R. 709 (Ellison), To authorize the Secretary of the Army to take actions to manage the threat of Asian carp traveling up the Mississippi River in the State of Minnesota

H.R. 1818 (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. 2158 (Fleming), To exempt from the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 the expedited removal from the United States of certain snake species

H.R. 2463 (Hunter), To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to facilitate the establishment of additional or expanded public target ranges in certain States

House Natural S/C on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs (Fleming)

Stephen Guertin, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thurs., 7/25/13

National Park System Funding

Full Committee oversight hearing on supplemental funding options to support the National Park Service's efforts to address deferred maintenance and operational needs

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Tues., 7/23/13

Indian Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1103 (Young),
To amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide that Alexander Creek, Alaska, is and shall be recognized as an eligible Native village under that Act

H.R. 1225 (Larsen), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to place certain lands in Skagit and San Juan Counties, Washington, into trust for the Samish Indian Nation

H.R. 2319 (Mullin), To clarify certain provisions of the Native American Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994

H.R. 2388 (McClintock), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to take certain Federal lands located in El Dorado County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

H.R. 2455 (Amodei), To provide for the sale or transfer of certain Federal lands in Nevada

H.R. 2650 (Nolan), To allow the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in the State of Minnesota to lease or transfer certain land

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Mike Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Tues., 7/23/13

FAIR Act

Full Committee oversight hearing on
S. 1273 (Murkowski), A bill to establish a partnership between States that produce energy onshore and offshore for our country with the Federal Government

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Pam Haze, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance, Performance and Acquisition

Tues., 7/23/13

Parks and Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 163 (Benishek), To designate as wilderness certain land and inland water within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the State of Michigan

H.R. 361 (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. 433 (Amodei), To designate the Pine Forest Range Wilderness area in Humboldt County, Nevada

H.R. 706 (Cicilline), To establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, to dedicate the Park to John H. Chafee

H.R. 908 (DelBene), To preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

H.R. 930 (Schock), 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

H.R. 1025 (Thompson), To designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area in the State of California

H.R. 1808 (Michaud), To designate certain Federal lands within the Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, in Lincoln County, Hancock County, and Washington County, Maine, as wilderness

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Carl Roundtree, Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnership, Bureau of Land Management

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

Tues., 7/23/13

Stream Buffer Zone Rule

Subcommittee oversight hearing on War on Jobs: Examining the Operations of the Office of Surface Mining and the Status of the Stream Buffer Zone Rule

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

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

Fri., 7/19/13

Parks and Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 587 (Young), To authorize the establishment of the Niblack and Bokan Mountain mining area road corridors in the State of Alaska

H.R. 1168 (Amodei), To direct the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management, to convey to the City of Carlin, Nevada, in exchange for consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States, to any Federal land within that city that is under the jurisdiction of that agency

H.R. 1170 (Amodei), To direct the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation, to convey, by quitclaim deed, to the City of Fernley, Nevada, all right, title, and interest of the United States, to any Federal land within that city that is under the jurisdiction of either of those agencies

H.R. 1684 (Lummis), To convey certain property to the State of Wyoming to consolidate the historic Ranch A

H.R. 2068 (Lummis), To reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act

H.R. 2095 (Bishop), To prohibit an increase in the lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management until a centralized database of all lands identified as suitable for disposal by Resource Management Plans for lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Bureau is easily accessible to the public on a website of the Bureau

H.R. 2337 (Polis), To provide for the conveyance of the Forest Service Lake Hill Administrative Site in Summit County, Colorado

H.R. 2395 (Hastings), To provide for donor contribution acknowledgments to be displayed at projects authorized under the Commemorative Works Act

S. 130 (Enzi), A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to the Powell Recreation District in the State of Wyoming

S. 304 (Cochran), A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the State of Mississippi 2 parcels of surplus land within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway

S. 459 (Johnson), A bill to modify the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Stephen Whitesell, Regional Director of the National Capital Region, National Park Service

Wed., 7/17/13

National Blueways Order

Subcommittee oversight hearing on A Washington, DC-Based Bureaucratic Invention with Potential Water Conservation and Property Rights Impacts: The National Blueways Order

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

National Park Service, Statement for the Record

Wed., 7/17/13

DOI Operations, Management & Rulemakings

Full Committee oversight hearing on The Department of the Interior Operations, Management, and Rulemaking

House Natural Resources Committee (Hastings)

Sally Jewell, Secretary

Tues., 7/16/13

Colorado River Basin Study

Subcommittee hearing on the Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee (Schatz)

Mike Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 7/11/13

Omnibus Territories Act

Full Committee hearing on
S. 1237 (Wyden),
A bill to improve the administration of programs in the insular areas

S. 1268 (Wyden), A bill to approve an agreement between the United States and the Republic of Palau

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Eileen Sobeck, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs

Thurs., 7/11/13

Wildfire and Forest Management

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Wildland Fire and Forest Management

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Jim Douglas, Acting Director, Office of Wildland Fire

Thurs., 7/11/13

America's Helium Supply

Subcommittee oversight hearing on America's Helium Supply: Options for Producing more Helium from Federal Lands

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

Tim Spisak, Deputy Assistant Director, Bureau of Land Management

Tues., 7/9/13

Yosemite National Park

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Public Impact of Closing Amenities at Yosemite National Park

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Thurs., 6/25/13

Forest Management

Full Committee hearing on the Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Forest Management on Federal Lands

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management

Thurs., 6/20/13

Boundary Expansion of TN Nat'l Wildlife Refuges

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Why Does the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Want to Expand the Boundaries of the Chickasaw and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges in Tennessee and at What Cost?"

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

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

Thurs., 6/20/13

Klamath River Basin and Water Resources Issues

Full Committee hearing to examine water resource issues in the Klamath Basin

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Tues., 6/18/13

Federal Land Recreation Act

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Citizen and Agency Perspectives on the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Pamela Haze, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance, Performance and Acquisition

Thurs., 6/13/13

U.S. Mining Issues

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Mining in America: The Administration's Use of Claim Maintenance Fees and Cleanup of Abandoned Mine Lands

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

Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 6/6/13

Gulf Restoration

Full Committee oversight hearing on Gulf Restoration: A Progress Report 3 Years after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee (Rockefeller, IV)

Rachel Jacobson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Thurs., 6/6/13

Public Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 412
(Tsongas), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the mainstem of the Nashua River and its tributaries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

H.R. 585 (Young), To provide for the unencumbering of title to non-Federal land owned by the city of Anchorage, Alaska, for purposes of economic development by conveyance of the Federal reversion interest to the City

H.R. 664 (Maffei), 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. 1495 (Gosar), To prohibit the further extension or establishment of national monuments in Arizona except by express authorization of Congress

H.R. 1497 (Hunter), To amend title 36, United States Code, to ensure that memorials commemorating the service of the United States Armed Forces may contain religious symbols

H.R. 1513 (Perry), To revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station and certain land along Plum Run in Cumberland Township, to limit the means by which property within such revised boundaries may be acquired

H.R. 2166 (Heck), To direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions

H.R. 2192 (Nunes), To amend the Act popularly known as the Antiquities Act of 1906 to require certain procedures for designating national monuments

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Cam Sholly, Associate Director, Visitor and Resource Protection, National Park Service

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 6/6/13

Interior Department Programs and Activities

Full Committee oversight hearing to review programs and activities of the Department of the Interior

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Sally Jewell, Secretary

Tues., 6/4/13

Wildland Fire Management

Full Committee oversight hearing on Wildland Fire Management Issues

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Kim Thorsen, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Public Safety, Resource Protection, and Emergency Services

Thurs., 5/23/13

Water and Power Bills

Subcommittee oversight hearing on
H.R. 255 (Chaffetz), To amend certain definitions contained in the Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain property descriptions

H.R. 745 (Napolitano), To reauthorize the Water Desalination Act of 1996

H.R. 1963 (Daines), To amend the Water Conservation and Utilization Act to authorize the development of non-Federal hydropower and issuance of leases of power privileges at projects constructed pursuant to the authority of the Water Conservation and Utilization Act

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

Robert Quint, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Reclamation

Wed., 5/22/13

Energy Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1964 (Hastings), To amend the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an expeditious program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, including at least one lease sale in the Reserve each year in the period 2013 through 2023

H.R. 1965 (Lamborn),To streamline and ensure onshore energy permitting, provide for onshore leasing certainty, and give certainty to oil shale development for American energy security, economic development, and job creation

H.R. 1394 (Tipton), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish goals for an all-of-the-above energy production plan strategy on a 4-year basis on all onshore Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service

H.R. 555 (Johnson), To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct onshore oil and gas lease sales through Internet-based live lease sales

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

Jamie Connell, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 5/16/13

DOI Energy Policies

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Department of Interior's policies toward energy production on federal lands and water

House Oversight and Government Reform S/C on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements (Lankford)

Tommy Beaudreau, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management

Thurs., 5/16/13

Invasive Species Management

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Invasive Species Management on Federal Lands

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

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

Thurs., 5/16/13

Indian and Alaska Native Bills

Subcommittee legislative
H.R. 623 (Young), To provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from the United States to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortiumearing on

H.R. 740 (Young), Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act

H.R. 841 (Schrader), To amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections

H.R. 931 (Schrader), To provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon

H.R. 1306 (Young), Southeast Alaska Native Land Conveyance Act

H.R. 1410 (Franks),To prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian lands in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Mike Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management

Thurs., 5/16/13

Lacey Act

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the 2008 Lacey Act Amendments

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

Stephen Guertin, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wed., 5/15/13

Departmental Priorities: Indian Affairs

Full Committee oversight hearing to receive the Views and Priorities of Interior Secretary Jewell with Regard to Matters of Indian Affairs

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Sally Jewell, Secretary

Tues., 5/14/13

Data Centers on the Cloud

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Data Centers on the Cloud: Is the Government Optimizing New Information Technologies Opportunities to Save Taxpayers Money?

House Oversight and Government Reform S/C on Government Operations (Mica)

Bernard Mazer, Chief Information Officer

Thurs., 5/9/13

Public Lands & Monument Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 586 (Young), To provide for certain improvements to the Denali National Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska

H.R. 995 (Pearce), To establish a monument in Dona Ana County, New Mexico

H.R. 1411 (Huffman), To include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in the California Coastal National Monument as a part of the National Landscape Conservation System

H.R. 1825 (Benishek), To direct Federal public land management officials to exercise their authority under existing law to facilitate use of and access to Federal public lands for fishing, sport hunting, and recreational shooting

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations (Bishop)

Carl Rountree, Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships, Bureau of Land Management

Statement for the Record, National Park Service

Wed., 5/8/13

Indian Affairs Bills

Full Committee hearing on
S. 434 (Baucus),
A bill to authorize and implement the water rights compact among the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and the State of Montana

S. 611 (Udall), A bill to make a technical amendment to the T'uf Shur Bien Preservation Trust Area Act

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Tues., 5/7/13

FY 14 Budget Request: DOI

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Department of the Interior's FY 2014 Budget Request

Senate Appropriations S/C on Interior and Environment(Reed)

Sally Jewell, Secretary

Tues., 5/7/13

FY 14 Budget Request: BLM

Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2014 budget request for the Bureau of Land Management

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Simpson)

Neil Kornze, Principal Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Tues., 5/7/13

Helium Stewardship Act

Full Committee legislative hearing on
S. 783 (Wyden),
A bill to amend the Helium Act to improve helium stewardship

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Tim Spisak, Deputy Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management

Fri., 4/26/13

Native American Energy Act

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1548 (Young), Native American Energy Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Mike Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Fri., 4/26/13

Public & Military Land Use Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1169 (Amodei), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to transfer to the Secretary of the Navy certain Federal land in Churchill County, Nevada

H.R. 1299 (Pearce), To provide for the transfer of certain public land currenlty administered by the Bureau of Land Management to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Army for inclusion in White Sands Missle Range, New Mexico

H.R. 1574 (Turner), To amend the Dayton Aviation Heritage Preservation Act of 1992 to rename a site of the park

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals

Statement for the Record, National Park Service

Fri., 4/26/13

Hydraulic Fracturing Research

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Review of Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Research Activities

House Science, Space and Technology (Smith)

David Russ, Regional Director, Northeast Area, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 4/25/13

Land, Mining and Grazing Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S.27 (Hatch),
To clarify authority granted under the Act entitled "An Act to define the exterior boundary of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in the State of Utah

S. 159 (Heller), To designate the Wovoka Wilderness and provide for certain land conveyances in Lyon County, Nevada

S. 241 (Udall), To establish the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area in the State of New Mexico

S. 255 (Baucus), 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. 256 (Wyden), To amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa

S. 258 (Barrasso), A bill to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the management of grazing leases and permits

S. 312 (Udall), To adjust the boundary of the Carson National Forest, New Mexico

S. 327 (Barrasso), 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 protecting services

S. 340 (Murkowski), To provide for the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

S. 341 (Udall), A bill to designate certain lands in San Miguel, Ouray, and San Juan Counties, Colorado, as wilderness

S. 342 (Reid), To designate the Pine Forest Range Wilderness area in Humboldt County, Nevada

S. 353 (Wyden), To designate certain land in the State of Oregon as wilderness, to make additional wild and scenic river designations in the State of Oregon

S. 360 (Udall), 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 opportunities for young Americans; 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

S. 366 (Murkowski), A bill to amend the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 to require the Bureau of Land Management to provide a claimant of a small miner waiver from claim maintenance fees with a period of 60 days after written receipt of 1 or more defects is provided to the claimant by registered mail to cure the 1 or more defects or pay the claim maintenance fee

S. 368 (Heinrich), To reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act

S. 447 (Thune), A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

S. 609 (Udall), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land in San Juan County, New Mexico

S. 736 (Murkowski), A bill to establish a maximum amount for special use permit fees applicable to certain cabins on National Forest System land in the State of Alaska

S. 757 (Heller), A bill to provide for the implementation of the multispecies habitat conservation plan for the Virgin River, Nevada, and Lincoln County, Nevada, to extend the authority to purchase certain parcels of public land

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (Manchin)

Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Statement for the Record, Office of Insular Affairs

Thurs., 4/25/13

Drought, Energy & Water Management

Full Committee oversight hearing on drought and the effects on energy and water management decisions

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 4/25/13

Refuge Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 638 (Fleming), The National Wildlife Refuge Review Act

H.R. 1300 (Runyan), To reauthorize the National Wildlife Refuge System Volunteer and Community Partnership Enhancement Act

H.R. 1384 (Sablan), To provide for the issuance of a Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp

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

Jim Kurth, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Thurs., 4/25/13

U.S. - Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement

Subcommittee oversight hearing on U.S. –Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement and Steps Needed for Implementation and

H.R. 1613 (Duncan), To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide for the proper Federal management and oversight of transboundary hydrocarbon reservoirs

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

Tommy Beaudreau, Acting Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management

Wed., 4/24/13

FY 14 Budget: Tribal Programs

Full Committee hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget for Tribal Programs

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Cantwell)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Tues., 4/23/13

Landmarks & Historical Monuments

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 59 (Boxer),
A bill to designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California

S. 155 (Murkowski), A bill to designate a mountain in the State of Alaska as Denali

S. 156 (Murkowski), A bill to allow for the harvest of gull eggs by the Huna Tlingit people within Glacier Bay National Park in the State of Alaska

S. 219 (Casey, Jr.), A bill to establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania

S. 225 (Feinstein), A bill 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

S. 228 (Feinstein),A bill to establish the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area

S. 285 (Udall), A bill to designate the Valles Caldera National Preserve as a unit of the National Park System

S. 305 (Cochran), A bill to authorize the acquisition of core battlefield land at Champion Hill, Port Gibson, and Raymond for addition to Vicksburg National Military Park

S. 349 (Reed), A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of the Beaver, Chipuxet, Queen, Wood, and Pawcatuck Rivers in the States of Connecticut and Rhode Island for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

S. 371 (Reed), A bill to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, to dedicate the Park to John H. Chafee

S. 476 (Cardin), A bill to amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission

S. 486 (Burr), A bill to authorize pedestrian and motorized vehicular access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area

S. 507 (Cantwell), A bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington

S. 615 (Blumenthal), A bill to establish Coltsville National Historical Park in the State of Connecticut

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

Peggy O'Dell, Deputy Director for Operations, National Park Service

Tues., 4/23/13

Hydropower and Energy Savings

Full Committee hearing on
S. 306 (Barrasso),
A bill to authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law

H.R. 678 (Tipton),To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Lowell Pimley, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Bureau of Reclamation

Thurs., 4/18/13

Public Lands Bills

Subcommittee legislative hearing on
H.R. 657 (Labrador),
To amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the management of grazing leases and permits

H.R. 696 (Horsford), To designate the Wovoka Wilderness and provide for certain land conveyances in Lyon County, Nevada

H.R. 934 (McClintock), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act related to a segment of the Lower Merced River in California

H.R. 993 (Bishop), To provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of National Forest land to the city of Fruit Heights, Utah

House natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation

Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management

Tues., 4/18/13

FY 14 Budget Request: FWS and OIA

Subcommittee oversight hearing examining the Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Spending, Priorities and the Missions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Office of Insular Affairs

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

Stephen Guertin, Deputy Director, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

Tom Bussanich, Director of Budget , Office of Insular Affairs

Thurs., 4/18/13

FY 14 Budget: FWS

Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2014 budget request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Simpson)

Dan Ashe, Director, Fish and Wildlife Service

Tues., 4/16/13

Water Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 211 (Hatch), A bill to amend certain definitions contained in the Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain property descriptions

S. 284 (Udall), A bill to transfer certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to Fort Sumner Irrigation District, New Mexico

S. 510 (Hatch), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain interests in Federal land acquired for the Scofield Project in Carbon County, Utah

S. 659 (Wyden), A bill to reauthorize the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991

S. 684 (Johnson), Mni Wiconi Project Act Amendments of 2013

S. 693 (Wyden), City of Hermiston, OR, Water Recycling and Reuse Project

S. 715 (Baucus), Rural Water Completion Act

S. J. Res. 12 (Schatz), A joint resolution to consent to certain amendments enacted by the legislature of the State of Hawaii to the Hawaiian Homes Commission, Act, 1920

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

Robert Quint, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Reclamation

Tues., 4/16/13

FY 14 Budget Request: BOR

Subcommittee oversight hearing examining the Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Spending, Priorities and the Missions of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Four Power Marketing Administrations and the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Program

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

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

Jared Bales, Acting Director, Water Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey

Tues., 4/16/13

Federal Agency Sequestration

Full Committee oversight hearing on federal agency sequestration planning and implementation

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Issa)

Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Tues., 4/16/13

Resources Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 250, (Chaffetz)
, To amend the Antiquities Act of 1906 to place additional requirements on the establishment of national monuments under that Act

H.R. 382, (Foxx), To provide for State approval of national monuments

H.R. 432, (Amodei), To prohibit the further extension or establishment of national monuments in Nevada except by express authorization of Congress

H.R. 758, (Stewart), To prohibit the further extension or establishment of national monuments in Utah except by express authorization of Congress

H.R. 885, (Doggett), To expand the boundary of San Antonio Missions National Historical park, to conduct a study of potential land acquisitions

H.R. 1434, (Daines), To prohibit the further extension or establishment of national monuments in Montana, except by express authorization of Congress

H.R. 1439, (Labrador), To prohibit the further extension or establishment of national monuments in Idaho, except by express authorization of Congress

H.R. 1459, (Bishop), To ensure that the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 applies to the declaration of national monuments

H.R. 1512, (Pearce), To prohibit the further extension or establishment of national monuments in New Mexico except by express authorization of Congress

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Statement for the Record, National Park Service

Fri., 4/12/13

Manhattan Project NP Establishment

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1208
(Hastings), To Establish the Manhattan Project National Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford Washington

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (Bishop)

Victor Knox, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Public Lands, National Park Service

Fri., 4/12/13

National Park Service

Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the oversight of the National Park Service

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Simpson)

Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Thurs., 4/11/13

FY 14 Budget: DOI

Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2014 budget request for the Department of the Interior

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Simpson)

Ken Salazar, Secretary

Thurs., 4/11/13

Public Lands and Environment Regulation Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1526, (Hastings),
Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act

H.R. 1294 (Labrador), Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act

H.R. 818 (Tipton), Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act

H.R. 1345 (Gosar), Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013

H.R. __, (Defazio), O & C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act

H.R. 1442 (Markey), Depleting Risk from Insect Infestation, Soil Erosion, and catastrophic Fire Act of 2013

House Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands and Environmental Regualation (Bishop)

Statement for the Record, Burearu of Land Management

Wed., 3/27/13

U.S. Preparedness and Response in the Arctic

Full Committee oversight field hearing on Assessing U.S. Preparedness and Response in the Arctic: The Opportunities and Challenges of Increased Marine Activity

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

Tommy Beaudreau, Acting Assistant Secretary – Land and Minerals Management

Thurs., 3/21/13

Mineral Resources; Pending Bills

Subcommittee oversight hearing on America's Mineral Resources: Creating Mining and Manufacturing Jobs and Securing America and pending bills

H.R. 687 (Gosar/Kirkpatrick), To facilitate the efficient extraction of mineral resources in southeast Arizona by authorizing and directing an exchange of Federal and non-Federal land

H.R. 697 (Heck), To provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in Clark County, Nevada, for the environmental remediation and reclamation of the Three Kids Mine Project Site

H.R. 761 (Amodei), To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness

H.R. 767 (Cramer), To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project

H.R. 957 (Lummis), To reduce temporarily the royalty required to be paid for sodium produced on Federal lands

H.R. 981 (Johnson/Markey), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a global rare earth element assessment

H.R. 1063 (Lamborn), To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an assessment of the capability of the Nation to meet our current and future demands for the minerals critical to United States manufacturing and agricultural competitiveness and economic and national security in a time of expanding resource nationalism

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

Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management

Statement for the Record, U.S. Geological Survey

Thurs., 3/21/13

Sikes Act

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 910 (Fleming), Sikes Act Reauthorization Act of 2013

H.R. 1080 (Bordallo), To amend the Sikes Act to promote the use of cooperative agreements under such an Act for land management related to Department of Defense readiness activities and to amend title 10, United States Code, to facilitate inter-agency cooperation in conservation programs to avoid or reduce adverse impacts on military readiness activities

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

Steve Guertin, Deputy Director for Policy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tues., 3/19/13

Criteria for Tribal Recognition

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Authorization, standards, and procedures for whether, how, and when Indian tribes should be newly recognized by the federal government: Perspective of the Department of the Interior

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (Young)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs

Tues., 3/19/13

Aid to Rural Communities

Full Committee oversight hearing on the options and challenges related to possible reauthorization and reform of two payment programs for local governments - the recently expired Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Pamela Haze, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance, Performance and Acquisition

Thurs., 3/14/13

Parks Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 588 (Young), To provide for donor contribution acknowledgments to be displayed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center

H.R. 716 (Herrera Beutler), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to the city of Vancouver, Washington

H.R. 819 (Jones), To authorize pedestrian and motorized vehicular access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area

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

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

Thurs., 3/7/13

Interior Nomination Hearing

Full Committee oversight hearing to consider the nomination of
Sally Jewell to be the Secretary of the Interior

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Wyden)

Sally Jewell, Nominee

Tues., 3/5/13

Hydropower Development Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 254 (Chafffetz), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project

H.R. 678 (Tipton), To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law

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

Lowell Pimley, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Bureau of Reclamation

Wed., 2/27/13

Indian Education

Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Indian Education

House Appropriations S/C on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Simpson)

Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs

Brian Drapeaux, Acting Director, Bureau of Indian Education

Michael Black, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Thurs., 2/14/13

Federal Helium Program

Full Committee oversight hearing on The Past, Present and Future of the Federal Helium Program and

H.R. 527 (Hastings), To complete the privatization of the Federal helium reserve in a competitive market fashion that ensures stability in the helium markets while protecting the interests of the American taxpayer

House Natural Resources (Hastings)

Tim Spisak, Deputy Assistant Director, Bureau of Land Management