In this joint hearing with the Committee on Natural Resources, Members will hear from Administration officials on U.S. relations with the Freely Associated States (the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau), Pacific island nations with which the United States shares a uniquely close relationship, including responsibility for security and defense matters, under the Compacts of Free Association.


Panel I

The Honorable Randall G. Schriver
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs
U.S. Department of Defense

Ms. Sandra Oudkirk
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Nikolao Pula
Office of Insular Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior

David Gootnick, Ph.D.
Director of International Affairs and Trade
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Panel II

His Excellency Gerald M. Zackios
Ambassador to the United States
Republic of the Marshall Islands

His Excellency Akillino H. Susaia
Ambassador to the United States
Federated States of Micronesia