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    Subject Term: "Endangered species"

    4 publications with a total of 10 open recommendations
    Director: Frank Rusco
    Phone: (202) 512-3841

    4 open recommendations
    Recommendation: The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries of NMFS should develop guidance that clarifies how and when staff should record the date on which the agency determines the "adequacy and completeness" of an incidental take authorization application. (Recommendation 1).

    Agency: Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: National Marine Fisheries Service
    Status: Open

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
    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: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
    Recommendation: The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries of NMFS 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 3).

    Agency: Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: National Marine Fisheries Service
    Status: Open

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
    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: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
    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.
    Director: Kimberly Gianopoulos
    Phone: (202) 512-8612

    3 open recommendations
    Recommendation: To provide a basis for comparing actual results with intended results that can generate more meaningful performance information, the Secretaries of the Interior and State and the Attorney General of the United States should jointly work with the Task Force to develop performance targets related to the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Implementation Plan.

    Agency: Department of the Interior
    Status: Open

    Comments: Agency agreed with recommendation and plans to implement it. As of Nov 3, 2017, agencies indicated that they remain committed to implementation and will update GAO on recommendation status by Jan 30, 2018.
    Recommendation: To provide a basis for comparing actual results with intended results that can generate more meaningful performance information, the Secretaries of the Interior and State and the Attorney General of the United States should jointly work with the Task Force to develop performance targets related to the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Implementation Plan.

    Agency: Department of Justice
    Status: Open

    Comments: Agency agreed with recommendation and plans to implement it. As of Nov 3, 2017, agencies indicated that they remain committed to implementation and will update GAO on recommendation status by Jan 30, 2018.
    Recommendation: To provide a basis for comparing actual results with intended results that can generate more meaningful performance information, the Secretaries of the Interior and State and the Attorney General of the United States should jointly work with the Task Force to develop performance targets related to the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Implementation Plan.

    Agency: Department of State
    Status: Open

    Comments: Agency agreed with recommendation and plans to implement it. On July 21, 2017 State Department indicated that The inter-agency Wildlife Trafficking Task Force is developing performance targets to measure the effectiveness of the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Implementation Plan. These performance targets will align with the three strategic priorities identified in the strategy: Strengthening Enforcement, Reducing Demand, and Building International Cooperation. The performance targets are currently in the draft stage with the intention to release them as an appendix to the report to Congress on Implementation of the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act. This report is due to Congress in October of 2017. The development of the performance targets is on track and being coordinated with the Departments of Interior, Commerce, Justice, and USAID. As of Nov 3, 2017, agencies indicated that they remain committed to implementation and will update GAO on recommendation status by Jan 30, 2018.
    Director: Brian Lepore
    Phone: (202) 512-4523

    2 open recommendations
    Recommendation: To improve the ability of the Department of Defense and the military departments to manage the potential for foreign encroachment near their test and training ranges, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the military departments, should develop and implement guidance for assessing risks to test and training ranges from foreign encroachment in particular, to include: (1) determining the criticality and vulnerability of DOD's ranges and the level of the threat; and (2) a time frame for completion of risk assessments.

    Agency: Department of Defense
    Status: Open

    Comments: In October 2017, DOD stated that it has conducted a data call to the services to identify the locations that the services consider to be at risk from foreign encroachment. DOD has received this information from the services and is using it to inform the development of guidance. That effort is in process, so this recommendation is still open.
    Recommendation: To identify potential foreign encroachment concerns on federally-owned land near test and training ranges, the Secretary of Defense should collaborate with the secretaries of relevant federal agencies, including at a minimum the Secretaries of the Interior and Transportation, to obtain additional information needed from federal agencies managing land and transactions adjacent to DOD's test and training ranges. If appropriate, legislative relief should be sought to facilitate this collaborative effort.

    Agency: Department of Defense
    Status: Open

    Comments: In October 2017, DOD stated that it continues to engage with land management agencies on this issue and has met with about eight agencies in the past several years, including the Forest Service in September 2017. The agencies that DOD has met with fit into two main categories: (1) land management agencies such as Department of the Interior and Department of Transportation and (2) trade and foreign relation focused agencies such as Department of State and the Department of Treasury. In addition, DOD continues to explore the possibility of legislative relief to assist in this area. This effort is in process, so this recommendation is still open.