Hearings and Testimony of the 115th Congress

Date   Hearing Subject Witness(es)
Feb. 15, 2018

Pending Legislation 

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 2591 (Scott), Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow's Needs Act of 2017

H.R. 4429 (Bergman), Cormorant Control Act

H.R. 4609 (Tipton), West Fork Fire Station Act of 2017

H.R. 4647 (Fortenberry), Recovering America's Wildlife Act

H.R. 4851 (Carson), Kennedy-King Establishment Act of 2018

House Natural Resources S/C on Federal Lands (McClintock)

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

Statement for the Record, National Park Service

Feb., 14, 2018

Pending Legislation 

Subcommittee hearing on 
S. 400 (Casey), Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act

S. 966 (Peters), National Historic Vehicle Register Act of 2017

S. 1160 (Duckworth), Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Amendment Act

S. 1260 and H.R. 2615 (Cochran), Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act

S. 1335 (Blunt), Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Establishment Act

S. 1446 and H.R. 1135 (Harris), A bill to reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation program

S. 1472 (Alexander), A bill to reauthorize the Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area

S. 1573 (Coons), American Discovery Trail Act of 2017

S. 1602 (Gillibrand), Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Study Act

S. 1645 (Cardin), Thurgood Marshall's Elementary School Study Act

S. 1646 (Cardin), President Street Station Study Act

S. 1692 (Coons), National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act

S. 1956 and H.R. 2897 (Murkowski), A bill to authorize the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the Director of the National Park Service to enter into cooperative management agreements for the operation, maintenance, and management of units of the National Park System in the District of Columbia

S. 2102 (King), Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act

S. 2213 and H.R. 4300 (Hirono), Admiral Lloyd R. `Joe' Vasey Pacific War Commemorative Display Establishment Act

S. 2225 (Burr), Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act of 2017

S. 2238 (Brown), A bill to amend the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Canalway Act of 1996 to repeal the funding limitation

H.R. 1397 (Comstock), To authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land

H.R. 1500 (Crowley), Robert Emmet Park Act of 2017

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

P. Daniel Smith, Deputy Director, National Park Service
Feb. 14, 2018

Native American Schools Management

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Examining the Government’s Management of Native American Schools

House Education and the Workforce S/C on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education (Rokita)

Tony Dearman, Director, Bureau of Indian Education
Feb. 7, 2018

Pending Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 414 and H.R. 1107 (Heller), Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act

S. 441 (Udall), Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act

S. 507 (Tester), Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act of 2017

S. 612 and H.R. 1547 (Flake), Udall Park Land Exchange Completion Act

S. 1046 (Heller), Eastern Nevada Economic Development and Land Management Improvement Act

S. 1219 and H.R. 3392 (Cassidy), Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability Act

S. 1222 (Flake), La Paz County Land Conveyance Act

S. 1481 (Murkowski), Alaska Native Claims Settlement Improvement Act of 2017

S. 1665 and H.R. 2582 (Hatch), Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act

S. 2062 (Flake), Oracle Cabins Conveyance Act of 2017

S. 2206 (Daines), Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act

S. 2218 (Bennet), West Fork Fire Station Act of 2017

S. 2249 (Udall), Rio Puerco Watershed Management Program Reauthorization Act of 2017

H.R. 995 (Jeffries), 21st Century Respect Act

H.R. 1404 (Grijalva), Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act

Senate Energy and Natural Resources S/C on Public Lands, Forest and Mining (Lee)

Brian Steed, Deputy Director for Policy and Programs, Bureau of Land Management
Feb. 6, 2018

Pending Legislation

Full Committee hearing on
S. 2182 (Murkowski), Bikini Resettlement and Relocation Act

S. 2325 (Murkowski), Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Doug Domenech, Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas
Jan. 30, 2018

Tribally Managed National Monument

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4532 (Curtis), Shash Jaa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Federal Lands (McClintock)

Casey Hammond, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
Jan. 30, 2018

Natural Hazard Event Response

Full Committee oversight hearing to Examine the Role of the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service in Preparing for andResponding to Natural Hazard Events, as well as the Current Status of Mapping and Monitoring System 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

David Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey
Jan. 19, 2018

Offshore Research Permitting Process

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Deficiencies in the Permitting Process for Offshore Seismic Research

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

Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 
Jan. 18, 2018

Eliminating Onshore Energy Burdens

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Examining the Department of the Interior’s Actions to Eliminate Onshore Energy Burdens

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

Brian Steed, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management
Jan. 17, 2018

Jobs for Tribes

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4506 (Torres), Jobs for Tribes Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa) 

Bryan Rice, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Jan. 17, 2018

BOR Title Transfer Practices

 Full Committee oversight hearing on The Bureau of Reclamation’s Title Transfer Process and Potential Benefits to Federal and Non-Federal Stakeholders

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Austin Ewell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Dec. 12, 2017

America’s Dependence on Foreign Minerals

Subcommittee hearing on Examining Consequences of America’s Growing Dependence on Foreign Minerals

House Natural Resources S/C Energy and Mineral Resources (Gosar)

Murray Hitzman, Associate Director for Energy and Minerals, U.S. Geological Survey
Dec. 12, 2017

Energy/Resource Infrastructure Projects Permit Process

Full Committee oversight hearing on Interior Department's and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Permitting Processes for Energy and Resource Infrastructure Projects and Opportunities to Improve the Efficiency, Transparency, and Accountability of Federal Decisions for such Projects

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

James Cason, Associate Deputy Secretary
Dec. 6, 2017

Water Rights Legislation

Full Committee hearing on
S. 664 (Hatch), Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017

S. 1770 (Flake), Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Hoeven)

Alan Mikkelsen, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
Dec. 6, 2017

Endangered Fish Recovery Program

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 4465 (Curtis), To maintain annual base funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2023, to require a report on the implementation of those programs

House Natural Resources S/C on Water, Power and Oceans (Lamborn)

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Reclamation
Dec. 5. 2017

Interior Nomination

Full Committee hearing on the nominations of 
Timothy Petty to be an Assistant Interior Secretary 

Linda Capuano to be Administrator of the Energy Department's Energy Information Adminstration 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Timothy Petty, Nominee
Nov. 30, 2017

Pending Legislation 

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1675 (Del Bene), National Landslide Preparedness Act

H.R. 4033 (Lamborn), National Geologic Mapping Act Reauthorization Act

H.R. __ (Labrador), Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act

H.R. __ (Young), National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act

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

David Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey
Nov. 30, 2017

Streamlining Water Projects

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 4419 (Newhouse), Bureau of Reclamation and Indian Affairs Water Project Streamlining Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Water, Power and Oceans (Lamborn)

Alan Mikkelsen, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
Nov. 30, 2017

Interior Oversight 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Supplemental Oversight – Department of the Interior

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

David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of Interior
Nov. 29, 2017

Regulatory Reform

Joint subcommittee oversight hearing on Regulatory Reform Task Forces Check-In: Part III

House Oversight and Government Reform S/Cs on Intergovernmental Affairs (Palmer)
House Oversight and Government Reform S/C on Interior, Energy and Environment (Farenthold)

David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of the Interior 
Nov. 15, 2017

Pending Legislation 

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 801 (LaHood), Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act

H.R. 2888 (Smith), Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Establishment Act

H.R. 3979 (Jeffries), Keep America's Refuges Operational Act

H.R. 4266 (Poliquin), To clarify the boundary of Acadia National Park

House Natural Resources S/C on Federal Lands (McClintock)

Sue Masica, Acting Deputy Director, National Park Service

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

Nov. 15, 2017

Pending Legislation 

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 212 (Young), EFFECT Act

H.R. 2320 (Larsen), Samish Indian Nation Land Conveyance Act of 2017

H.R. 3225 (DeFazio), Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa)

John Tahsuda, III, Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs 
Nov. 8, 2017

Pending Legislation 

Full Committee hearing on
S. 465 (Rounds), Independent Outside Audit of the Indian Health Service Act of 2017

S. 1400 (Heinrich), Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act of 2017

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Hoeven)

John Tashuda, Acting Assistant Secretary- Indian Affairs
Nov. 2, 2017

Pending Legislation 

Subcommittee hearing on
S. 140 (Flake), A bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund

H.R. 221 (Young), Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act

H.R. 1176 (Pingree), Keep America's Waterfronts Working Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Water, Power and Oceans (Lamborn)

Statement for the Record, Secretary’s Indian Water Rights Office

Nov. 2, 2017

Arctic Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Exploration

Full Committee oversight hearing on The Potential for Oil and Gas Exploration and Development in the Non-Wilderness Portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Greg Sheehan, Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Oct. 25, 2017

Tribal Law Enforcement Bills 

Full Committee hearing on 
S. 1870 (Hoeven), Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment Act (SURVIVE) of 2017

S. 1953 (Hoeven), Reauthorization of the Tribal Land and Order Act of 2010

S. 1942 (Heitkamp), A bill to direct the Attorney General to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols appropriate to address missing and murdered Indians

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Hoeven)

Bryan Rice, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs 
Oct. 25, 2017

Indian Lands Bill

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 215 (Young), American Indian Empowerment Act of 2017

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa)

John Tahsuda, Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs 
Oct. 12, 2017

Water Bills 

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 3144 (McMorris Rodgers), To provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time

H.R. 3916 (Calvert), Federally Integrated Species Health (FISH) Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Water, Power and Oceans (Lamborn)

Alan Mikkelsen, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation 

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

Oct. 11, 2017

Federal Paperwork Reduction

Full Committee oversight hearing on Evaluating the Paperwork Reduction Act Part II: Are Burdens Being Reduced?

House Small Business Committee (Chabot)

Steve Guertin, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Oct. 11, 2017

Federal Lands Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 219 (Young), Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act

H.R. 2630 (Gosar), La Paz County Land Conveyance Act

H.R. 3373 (Holmes Norton), To amend the District of Columbia Stadium Act of 1957 to extend for an additional 50 years the lease under which the government of the District of Columbia uses the ground under and the parking facilities associated with Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

H.R. 3607 (McClintock), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish fees for medical services provided in units of the National Park System

House Natural Resources S/C on Federal Lands (McClintock)

Robert Vogel, Acting Deputy Director for Operations, National Park Service 
Oct. 4, 2017

Indian Gaming 

Full Committee oversight hearing on Doubling Down on Indian Gaming: Examining New Issues and Opportunities for Success in the Next 30 Years

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Hoeven)

John Tahsuda, III, Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs 
Oct. 4, 2017

Tribal Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 146 (Fleischmann), Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act

H.R. 2402 (Lujan), San Juan County Settlement Implementation Act

H.R. 2606 (Cole), Stigler Act Amendments of 2017

H.R. 3096 (Noem), Drug-Free Indian Health Service Act of 2017

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa)

Statement for the Record, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
Sep. 27, 2017
Human Trafficking of Native Americans

Full Committee oversight hearing on GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Hoeven)

Jason Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Sep. 27, 2017
Next Generation at National Parks 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Encouraging the Next Generation to Visit National Parks  

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

Lena McDowall, Deputy Director for Management and Administration, National Park Service
Sep. 26, 2017

Tribal Recognition Bills 

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 3535 (La Malfa), Ruffey Rancheria Restoration Act of 2017

H.R. 3650 (Pittenger), Lumbee Recognition Act

H.R. 3744 (Bishop), Tribal Recognition Act of 2017

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa)

John Tahsuda, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
Sep. 26, 2017

Modernizing Financial Systems 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on DHS Financial Systems: Will Modernization Ever Be Achieved?

House Homeland Security S/C on Oversight and Management Efficiency (McCaul)

Michele Singer, Director, Interior Business Center 
Sep. 19, 2017

Electric Infrastructure Vegetation Management

Full Committee hearing on Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets on Federal Lands and
S. 1460 (Murkowski), Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017

H.R. 1873 (LaMalfa), Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Murkowski)

John Ruhs, Acting Deputy Director of Operations, Bureau of Land Management
Sep. 13, 2017

High Risk Indian Programs

Full Committee oversight hearing on High Risk Indian Programs: Progress and Efforts in Addressing GAO’s Recommendations

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (Hoeven)

Mike Black, Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Tony Dearman, Director, Bureau of Indian Education

Sep. 7, 2017 

Pending Nominations

Full Committee hearing on the nominations of
Joseph Balash to be Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management

Ryan Nelson to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior

Richard Glick to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Kevin McIntyre to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Joseph Balash, Nominee

Ryan Nelson, Nominee

Sep. 7, 2017

Federal Infrastructure Permitting Oversight 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Cutting Through the Red Tape: Oversight of Federal Infrastructure Permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs S/C on Investigations (Portman)

Gary Frazer, Assistant Director for Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Aug. 3, 2017

Wildfire Management

Full Committee oversight hearing on Federal and Non-federal Collaboration, including Through the Use of Technology, to Reduce Wildland Fire Risk to Communities and Enhance Firefighting Safety and Effectiveness

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski) 

Bryan Rice, Director, Office of Wildland Fire
Jul. 26, 2017

Federal Infrastructure Permitting

Full Committee oversight hearing on Cutting Through the Red Tape: Oversight of Federal Infrastructure Permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (Johnson)

Gary Frazer, Assitant Director for Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jul. 26, 2017

Pending Legislation 

Subcommittee hearing on 
S. 32 (Feinstein), California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2017

S. 90 (Cornyn), Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act

S. 357 (Feinstein), Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land Exchange Act

S. 436 (Heinrich), San Juan County Settlement Implementation Act

S. 467 (Flake), Mohave County Federal Land Management Act

S. 468 (Flake), Historic Routes Preservation Act

S. 614 (Flake), RPPA Commercial Recreation Concessions Pilot Program Act

S. 785 (Sullivan), Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act

S. 837 (Hatch), Southern Utah Open OHV Areas Act

S. 884 (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. 941 (Tester), Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act

S. 1149 (Murkowski), A bill to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to repeal a provision limiting the export of timber harvested from land conveyed to the Kake Tribal Corporation under that Act

S. 1230 (Barrasso), Water Rights Protection Act of 2017

S. 1271 (Bennet), Fowler and Boskoff Peaks Designation Act

S. 1548 (Wyden), A bill to designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as wilderness and national recreation areas and to make additional wild and scenic river designations in the State of Oregon

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

John Ruhs, Acting Deputy Director for Operations, Bureau of Land Management 
Jul. 25, 2017

American Samoa Medical Center

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Assessing Current Conditions and Challenges at the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center in American Samoa

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa)

Thomas Bussanich, Director of Budget, Office of Insular Affairs
Jul. 20, 2017

Pending Nominations

Full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of 
Brenda Burman of Arizona to be Commissioner of Reclamation of the Department of the Interior

Susan Combs of Texas to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Policy, Management and Budget)

Paul Dabbar of New York to be Under Secretary for Science of the Department of Energy

Douglas W. Domenech of Virginia to an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Insular Affairs)

David Jonas of Pennsylvania to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy

Mark Wesley Menezes of Virginia to be Under Secretary of the Department of Energy

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Brenda Burman, Nominee

Susan Combs, Nominee

Douglas Domenech, Nominee

 

Jul. 20, 2017

Hardrock Mining Solutions

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Seeking Innovative Solutions for the Future of Hardrock Mining

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

Dr. Murray Hitzman, Associate Director for Energy and Minerals,
U.S. Geological Survey

Jul. 19, 2017

ESA Reform Legislation

Full Committee hearing on
H.R. 424 (Peterson), Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017

H.R. 717 (Olson), Listing Reform Act

H.R. 1274 (Newhouse), State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act

H.R. 2603 (Gohmert), SAVES Act

H.R. 3131 (Huizenga), To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to conform citizen suits under that Act with other existing law

House Natural Resources Committee (Bishop)

Greg Sheehan, Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jul. 19, 2017

Pending Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on 
S. 257 (King), Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act

S. 312 (Shaheen), Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park Redesignation Act

S. 355 (Shaheen), Wounded Veterans Recreation Act of 2017

S. 391 (Gillibrand), African Burial Ground International Memorial Museum and Educational Center Act

S. 841 (Portman), National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act

S. 926 (Ernst), Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act

S. 1073 (Rubio), Escambia County Land Conveyance Act

S. 1202 (Cotton), Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act

S. 1403 (McCain), 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2017

S. 1438 (Blunt), Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act

S. 1459 (Scott), Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park Act of 2017

S. 1522 (Heinrich), A bill to establish an Every Kid Outdoors program

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

Robert Vogel, Acting Deputy Director for Operations, National Park Service
Jul., 14, 2017

Pending Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 873 (Gallagher), Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act

H.R. 1547 (McSally), Udall Park Land Exchange Completion Act

H.R. 2582 (Love), Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act

H.R. 3115 (Nolan), To provide for a land exchange involving Federal land in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota acquired by the Secretary of Agriculture through the Weeks Law

House Natural Resources S/C on Federal Lands (McClintock)

Timothy Spisak, Acting Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management 
Jul. 13, 2017

Current Trust Land Acquisition Practices

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Comparing 21st Century Trust Land Acquisition with the Intent of the 73rd Congress in Section 5 of the Indian Reorganization Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa)

James Cason, Acting Deputy Secretary
Jul. 12, 2017

Pending Legislation

Full Committee hearing on 
S. 943 (Heitkamp), Johnson-O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act

S. 1223 (Merkley), Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act

S. 1285 (Merkley), Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Hoeven)

Tony Dearman, Director, Bureau of Indian Education
Jul. 12, 2017

OCS Oil and Gas Development

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Evaluating Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Development on the Outer Continental Shelf 

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

Katharine MacGregor, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
Jul. 7, 2017

Cultural Sovereignty

Full Committee oversight field hearing on Cultural Sovereignty Series: Modernizing the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to Honor Native Identity and Expression

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Hoeven)

William Woody, Chief of Law Enforcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Meridith Stanton, Director, Indian Arts and Crafts Board 

Jun. 29, 2017

Federal Land Oil/Gas Development

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Examining Access to Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands 

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

Katharine MacGregor, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
Jun. 28, 2017

Army Corps/BOR Budget Request 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Budget Estimates and Justification for Fiscal Year 2018 for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation 

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

Alan Mikkelsen, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
Jun. 28, 2017

Litigation Against the Interior Department 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Examining Policy Impacts of Excessive Litigation Against the Department of the Interior 

House Natural Resources S/C on Oversight and Investigations (Labrador)

Daniel Jorjani, Principal Deputy Solicitor
Jun. 22, 2017

DOI Budget Request

Full Committee hearing on the Department of the Interior’s Spending Priorities and the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

House Natural Resources Committee (Bishop)

Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior
Jun. 21, 2017

Helium Discussion Draft Bill

Full Committee hearing on 
H.R.__, Helium Extraction Act of 2017 (Discussion Draft)

House Natural Resources Committee (Bishop)

Tim Spisak, Acting Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management, Buearu of Land Management 
Jun. 21, 2017

DOI Budget Request 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the Department of the Interior

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

Ryan Zinke, Secretary
Jun. 21, 2017

Restoring Watersheds

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Collaborative Initiatives: Restoring Watersheds and Large Landscapes across Boundaries through State and Federal partnership

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (Lee)

Kristin Bail, Assistant Director for Resources & Planning, Bureau of Land Management
Jun. 20, 2017

DOI Budget Request 

Full Committee oversight hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the Department of the  

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Ryan Zinke, Secretary
Jun. 14, 2017

Water Bills

Full Committee hearing on
S. 440 (Hoeven), A bill to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Dickinson Reservoir in North Dakota

S. 685 (Daines), Clean Water for Rural Communities Act

S. 677 (Barrasso), Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

S. 930 (Flake), Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act

S. 1012 (Udall), A bill to provide for drought preparedness measures in the State of New Mexico

S. 1029 (King, Jr.), A bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to exempt certain small hydroelectric power projects that are applying for relicensing under the Federal Power Act from the licensing requirements of that Act

S. 1030 (King, Jr.), A bill to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to submit to Congress a report on certain hydropower projects

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Scott Cameron, Acting Assistant Secretary - Water and Science 
Jun. 8, 2017

Water Infrastructure and Predation Bills

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 2083 (Beutler​), Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act

H.R. __, Reclamation Title Transfer Act

House Natural Resources S/C on Water, Power and Oceans (Lamborn)

James Hess, Chief of Staff, Bureau of Reclamation
Jun. 8, 2017

DOI Budget Request 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the Department of the Interior

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

Ryan Zinke, Secretary

Jun. 7, 2017

Improving NPS Workplace Environment

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Moving into a Second Century of Service: Working to Improve the National Park Service Workplace Environment

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks (Daines)

Michael Reynolds, Acting Director, National Park Service

Mary Kendall, Deputy Inspector General

Jun. 7, 2017

Pending Legislation

Subcommittee hearing on 
H.R. 1074 (Blum), A bill to repeal the Act entitled "An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation"

H.R. 1901 (Young), A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska

S. 249 (Udall), A bill to provide that the pueblo of Santa Clara may lease for 99 years certain restricted land

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa)

Weldon “Bruce” Loudermilk, Director, 
Bureau of Indian Affairs

Jun. 7, 2017

Abandoned Mine Lands

Subcommittee oversight hearing on The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program

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

Glenda Owens, Acting Director, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
May 24, 2017

Budget Hearing - BOR/Corps of Engineers

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Corps of Engineers (Civil Works) and the Bureau of Reclamation FY 2018 Budget Request

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

Scott Cameron, Special Assistant, Department of the Interior

Alan Mikkelsen, Acting Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

May 23, 2017

Cobell Land Consolidation Program

Subcommittee oversight hearing on The Status and Future of the Cobell Land Consolidation Program

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa)

James Cason, Acting Deputy Secretary 
May 18, 2017

Water Bills

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 2371 (Gosar), To require the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration to establish a pilot project to provide increased transparency for customers

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

House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans (Gosar)

Statement for the Record, Bureau of Reclamation 
May 18, 2017

Interior Nomination

Full Committee hearing on the nomination of 
David L. Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

David Bernhardt, Nominee
May 17, 2017

GAO High Risk Report

Full Committee oversight hearing on U.S. Government Accountability Office High Risk Report 

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Hoeven)

Mike Black, Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Tony Dearman, Director, Bureau of Indian Education

May 2, 2017

Fiscal Certainty/Tax Exempt Federal Lands

Full Committee oversight hearing on Federal Payments to Local Governments Provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program and the to Provide Greater Fiscal Certainty for Resource-dependent Communities with Tax-exempt Federal Lands  

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Olivia Barton Ferriter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance, Performance and Acquisition
Apr. 27, 2017

NMI Labor Issues

Full Committee hearing on 
H.R. 339 (Sablan), To amend Public Law 94-241 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Nikolao Pula, Acting Assistant Secretary – Insular Areas
Apr. 21, 2017

Children’s Safety Act Review

Full Committee field hearing on Safeguarding to the Seventh Generation: Protection and Justice for Indian Children and the Implementation of the Native American Children’s Safety Act of 2016

Senate Indian Affairs Committee (Hoeven)

Michael Black, Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
Apr. 4, 2017

Fishery and Water Bills 

Subcommittee hearing on
H.R. 1411 (Pallone), A bill to continue in effect for the 2017 and 2018 fishing seasons certain fishing specifications for the summer flounder fishery 

H.R. 220 (Young), A bill to authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric project

H.R. __ (Discussion Draft), To amend the Reclamation Act of 1939 to authorize pumped storage hydropower development utilizing multiple Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs 

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

Scott Cameron, Special Assistant to the Secretary

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

Mar. 28, 2017

Dependence on Foreign Sources of Minerals

Full Committee oversight hearing on The United States Increasing Dependence on Foreign Sources of Minerals and Opportunities to Rebuild and Improve the Supply Chain in the United States

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Murkowski)

Murray Hitzman, Associate Director, Energy and Minerals, U.S. Geological Survey
Mar. 21, 2017

BSEE Management

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Examining GAO Findings on Deficiencies at the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

House Oversight and Government Reform S/C on Interior, Energy, and the Environment (Farenthold)

Richard Cardinale, Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management
Mar. 21, 2017

Domestic Raw Materials for Infrastructure Projects 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on The Importance of Domestically Sourced Raw Materials for Infrastructure Projects

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

Statement for the Record, U.S. Geological Survey
Mar. 15, 2017

Invasive Species Control/Wildlife Conservation

Full Committee oversight hearing on Examining Innovative Solutions to Control Invasive Species and Promote Wildlife Conservation

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (Barrasso)

Jim Kurth, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Jamie Reaser, Executive Director, National Invasive Species

Mar. 9, 2017

Tribal/Insular Infrastructure 

Subcommittee oversight hearing on Improving and Expanding Infrastructure in Tribal and Insular Communities

House Natural Resources S/C on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (LaMalfa)

Nikolao Pula, Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas
Mar. 8, 2017

Indian Affairs Priorities 

Full Committee oversight hearing on Identifying Indian Affairs Priorities for the Trump Administration

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (Hoeven)

Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior