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    Federal Agency: "Department of the Interior: United States Fish and Wildlife Service"

    2 publications with a total of 3 open recommendations
    Director: Frank Rusco
    Phone: (202) 512-3841

    2 open recommendations
    Recommendation: The Principal Deputy Director of FWS should develop guidance that clarifies how and when to record the date on which the agency determines the "adequacy and completeness" of an incidental take authorization application. (Recommendation 2).

    Agency: Department of the Interior: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
    Status: Open

    Comments: FWS partially agreed with our recommendation in their written comments to our December 2017 report.
    Recommendation: The Principal Deputy Director of FWS should analyze the agency's time frames for reviewing incidental harassment authorization applications--from the date the agency determines that an application is adequate and complete until the date an application is approved or denied--and compare the agency's review time frames to the statutory review time frame. (Recommendation 4).

    Agency: Department of the Interior: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
    Status: Open

    Comments: FWS agreed with our recommendation. In their written comments to our December 2017 report, the agency said it also planned to implement the recommendation.
    Director: Anne-Marie Fennell
    Phone: (202) 512-3841

    1 open recommendations
    Recommendation: To help improve FWS's ability to evaluate the effectiveness of its compensatory mitigation strategies and ensure that the agency appropriately plans the obligations necessary for this purpose, the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should establish a timetable with milestones for modifying the RIBITS database to incorporate FWS's in-lieu fee program information.

    Agency: Department of the Interior: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
    Status: Open

    Comments: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concurred with this recommendation. As of November 16, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has collaborated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a statement of work for the Regulatory In-lieu fee and Bank Information Tracking System (RIBITS) modifications. The statement of work includes detailed milestones and dates. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set aside funds for modifications to the RIBITS database. The two agencies are in the process of finalizing the agreement.