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Department of the Interior

Agency Overview

As part of the Department of the Interior, the Fish and Wildlife Service's International Affairs Program coordinates domestic and international efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern. The Service has international responsibilities under some 40 treaties and U.S. laws and regulations, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears, the US-Russia Polar Bear Treaty, migratory bird treaties with Canada, Japan and Russia, and the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956. Located within International Affairs, the Wildlife Without Borders program and the International Wildlife Trade program promote conservation across the globe. The programs work with private citizens, local communities, other Federal and State agencies and foreign governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, scientific and conservation organizations, industry groups, the private sector, and other interested parties to ensure effective implementation of treaties and laws, and the global conservation of species.

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Department of the Interior Data

U.S. government agencies are adding data to ForeignAssistance.gov quarterly to comply with the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016. Each agency is required by law to report at FY2015 as the minimum base year.

Planned Funding By Fiscal Year | DOI

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Transaction Data | DOI

Transaction data represents every individual financial record in an agency’s accounting system for program work with implementing partners and administrative expenses. Transaction data is the most granular form of financial data. Each data record - or financial transaction - contains qualitative data fields, including descriptive titles, vendor names, and location, along with the financial data. Thus, transaction data is called Disaggregated data as it disaggregates financial data into its most basic form.

The data shown above in the planned, obligated, and spent tabs represents transaction data aggregated at a higher level of analysis (by country and sector only), thus this data is called Aggregated data.

The table below displays every applicable award within each agency’s accounting system. An award may consist of multiple financial transactions. In these instances, the table displays the award’s aggregated sum of its individual transactions. Data from the table can be downloaded by selecting each individual award. The downloadable report disaggregates award data into individual transactions. If an award has multiple transactions, the downloadable report will generate lines of data for each transaction.

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This data set will continue to be updated in accordance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin 12-01.

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Frequently Asked Questions | DOI

Can you tell me about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior. Our mission is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Although a relative newcomer to the Department of the Interior, the Fish and Wildlife Service's programs are among the oldest in the world dedicated to natural resource conservation. The Service traces its origins to the U.S. Commission on Fish and Fisheries in the Department of Commerce and the Division of Economic Orinthology and Mammology in the Department of Agriculture.

The Service manages the 93 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System of more than 520 National Wildlife Refuges and thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. Under the Fisheries program it also operates 66 National Fish Hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations.

Among its key functions, the Service enforces Federal wildlife laws, protects endangered species, manages migratory birds, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their international conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.

The vast majority of fish and wildlife habitat is on non-Federal lands. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Partners in Flight, Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, and other partnership activities are the primary mechanisms for assisting voluntary habitat development on private lands and fostering aquatic conservation.

The Service employs approximately 7,500 people at facilities across the U.S. The Service is a decentralized organization with a headquarters office in Washington, D.C., seven geographic regional offices, and nearly 700 field units. To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit the "Who We Are" page.

Where can I get in-depth information (including documents for listings and recovery plans) on Endangered Species?

Please start with the website for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species Program. There you can find out what's new, check the latest statistics, and obtain background information on different species. You can read the official listing and recovery plan documents, including Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs). You can even enjoy a slide show, photo gallery, and Kid's Corner.

You may also retrieve information on threatened and endangered species if you search the National Conservation Training Center's Publications Clearinghouse (try using the keyword endangered) and the National Conservation Training Center library. We also have information on species that may not be listed as threatened or endangered, but are of special interest - see our Wildlife Species site.

Are sales of wildlife products over the Internet legal?

Sales of wildlife and wildlife products over the Internet, particularly through auction sites such as eBay, are an ever-increasing concern. There are various laws that apply to this type of commerce. The majority of auction sites have regulations posted for review, and internal controls are in place to screen items offered for sale. While most wildlife-related items that appear for sale on Internet sites are in compliance with Federal and State laws, items that are illegal to possess or sell nonetheless find their way onto the web. Some vendors on these sites use language or logos that imply U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endorsement of their offerings. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not, and will not, endorse any of these businesses or individuals.

For explanation of Federal laws governing Internet sales of wildlife and wildlife products, or to report questionable items for sale on auction sites, please contact the Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Law Enforcement. You can also check eBay's guidance on sales of wildlife products.

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