• Major changes have taken place in the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee after the death of Representative John Murtha (D-PA) in February. Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA), formerly the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee, has been selected to replace Murtha as Chairman of the Defense Subcommittee. The Interior Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the budgets of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency, will now be lead by Representative Jim Moran (D-VA).
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is seeking public comments regarding the permitting of research on species protected under the Endangered Species Act. FWS Form 3-200-55 regulates research, enhancement of propagation or survival, and interstate commerce of endangered and threatened species. Comments on ways to enhance the permit and to reduce the burden on applicants will be accepted until 10 May 2010. Please see http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5030.htm for more information.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking public comments regarding proposed changes to federal permits that regulate scientific and conservation interactions with marine mammals. Comments will be accepted until 10 May 2010. More information is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-5142.htm.


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