Andrée DuVarney, Adjunct Faculty
Andrée DuVarney provided leadership implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other environmental requirements in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for nearly 20 years. She recently retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) where she oversaw national environmental compliance leadership for nearly 15 years and provided broad environmental program leadership for another 5 years.
Before serving with the NRCS, Ms. DuVarney worked at the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and its predecessor agency the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service for 11 years, four of which focused on providing environmental compliance program leadership. Ms. DuVarney also served as a Brookings Institute Legislative Fellow for Senator Mike Crapo from Idaho for a year, where she worked on agricultural issues, as well as ESA and public lands issues.
As the NRCS National Environmental Coordinator, Ms. DuVarney developed national agency environmental compliance policies and procedures, delivered training in workshop settings, classroom settings and through online webinars, assisted NRCS State and Regional office personnel to resolve NEPA and other environmental compliance issues, and drafted regulations. She led development of the first NRCS National Environmental Compliance Handbook and gained Agency leadership and White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) support for an innovative strategy she developed using national programmatic environmental assessments to implement NRCS Farm Bill conservation programs. The strategy has resulted in NRCS implementing over $1 billion in farm bill conservation programs in full compliance with environmental statutes without delays or litigation.
She has written multiple NRCS national programmatic environmental assessments and reviewed and commented on NRCS State level environmental documents. She served as the NRCS liaison to the White Hose for the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and provided NRCS input to the CEQ guidance documents for Federal agencies. She served as a member of multiple interagency CEQ workgroups to improve the NEPA process and subsequently served on details to CEQ.
Ms. DuVarney has worked extensively on NEPA issues across agency lines. Ms. DuVarney represented NRCS on USDA workgroups to streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects and to support Administration efforts toward the recent “One Federal Decision”. She provided environmental compliance leadership at the USDA Department level for formulation of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, a new Council on which the Secretary of Agriculture serves.
Ms. DuVarney provided input to new Federal Agency implementing NEPA with the goal of maximizing NEPA efficiency through the use of programmatic approaches and protecting the privacy of the private individuals USDA serves. Ms. DuVarney also provided USDA environmental compliance leadership to interagency teams developing NEPA documents to support the expenditure of funds recovered as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico consistent with the Oil Pollution Act and the related Natural Resources Damage Assessment process.
While serving as the National Environmental Specialist at the Farm Service Agency, Ms. DuVarney, as an attorney, provided leadership working with the Office of General Council and Department of Justice for the successful resolution of an ESA lawsuit against USDA in Texas. This was the first major case involving ESA Section 7(a)(1), which requires federal agencies, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or National Marine Fisheries Service, to use their authorities to carry out programs for the conservation of threatened and endangered species.
Ms. DuVarney has a law degree from George Mason University, a Master of Natural Resources (MNR) from Virginia Tech, where she was elected a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honors from the University of Virginia. Ms. DuVarney is licensed to practice law in Virginia.