Update to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species program FY 2021 request

FWS Funding Request

This document serves as an update of CCI’s funding analysis in 2019 , where we found that the FWS receives less than half of what is needed to run the ESA as Congress intended. Last year, thanks in part to this work, Congress provided a 5.6% increase in funding for the 2020 fiscal year, which was a step in the right direction, but fell short of what is required to meet the needs of listed species. Because of this, we have increased our funding request for fiscal year 2021 to include an additional $45 million to put Congress back on track to meet the needs we first identified in our 2019 analysis.

Jacob Malcom
Previous Director

As the previous Director in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders, Jacob led CCI’s work at the intersection of science, technology, and policy to improve conservation outcomes, especially for threatened and endangered species.