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U.S. Policy in the Arctic to be Focus of Hearing

Washington, DC, Jul 17 | Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), will hold a hearing next week to review U.S. policy in the Arctic and how the agencies with the largest presence in the Arctic intend to implement such policy.

It is declared U.S. policy, relative to the Arctic region, to meet national security and homeland security needs, protect the environment, ensure sustainable natural resource management and development, strengthen institutions for cooperation among Arctic nations, involve indigenous communities in decision-making, and enhance scientific monitoring and research.  For implementation of U.S. policy in the Arctic, the Department of Homeland Security/Coast Guard is the designated lead federal agency for implementing the most objectives.

The Subcommittee hearing, entitled, “Implementing U.S. Policy in the Arctic,” is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building

Witness List:

Panel I

  • Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger, Vice Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Rear Admiral Jonathan White, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy; Director, Space and Maritime Domain Awareness, U.S. Navy
  • Ambassador David Balton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State 
  • Panel II

  • Captain Dave Westerholm, USCG Ret., Director, Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
  • Dr. Kelly Faulkner, Division Director, Polar Programs, Geosciences Directorate, National Science Foundation
  • Ed Fogels, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources, State of Alaska 
  • More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information, and link to live webcast, will be posted here as it becomes available. 

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