[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 174 (Monday, September 9, 2013)]
[Page 55114]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-21852]



Employment and Training Administration

Native American Employment and Training Council (Council) 
Charter; Notice of Intent To Renew

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to Renew the Native American Employment and 
Training Council (Council) Charter.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given regarding the renewal of the Workforce 
Investment Act (WIA), Section 166 Indian and Native American program 
Charter that is necessary and in the public interest. Accordingly, the 
U.S. Department of Labor (the Department), Employment and Training 
Administration (ETA) intends to renew the Council Charter with 
revisions. The revisions are not intended to change the purpose or the 
Council's original intent. The revisions includes language regarding 
membership diversity and changes to the terms of members. The charter 
for the Council will expire on August 31, 2013.

    Background: Pursuant to WIA Section 166(h)(4)(C), the Council 
advises the Secretary on all aspects of the operation and 
administration of the Native American programs authorized under the 
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 166. In addition, the Council 
advises the Secretary on matters that promote the employment and 
training needs of American Indians and Native Americans, as well as 
enhance the quality of life in accordance with the Indian Self-
Determination Act and Education Assistance Act. The Council shall also 
provide guidance to the Secretary on ways for Indians, Alaska Natives, 
and Native Hawaiians to successfully access and obtain Department 
discretionary funding and participate in special initiatives.
    The charter is required to be renewed every two years; the previous 
charter expired on August 31, 2013. The Council continues to assist ETA 
and the Secretary to administer WIA Section 166 program policy.
    Summary of Revisions: Due to Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 
requirements and budgetary constraints, there are two changes that have 
been made to the charter: First, due to reduced funding under 
sequestration, the estimated annual operating cost of $110,000 is 
reduced to $100,000. Utilizing new and improved technologies, 
(teleconferences and virtual meetings) will allow the Department of 
Labor (DOL) to conduct conferences and meetings from a distance and 
reduce overall travel cost. Second, the membership section was modified 
to enact term limits for the chairperson and vice chairperson. Adding a 
limitation on terms allows: (1) The Council to create a rolling influx 
of new ideas and perspectives; (2) for an equitable distribution of 
influence with the Council leadership; (3) opportunity for current 
members to take on more of a leadership role; (4) flexibility to 
maintain a healthy Council balance of experience and fresh ideas, and 
further accommodates changes in membership due to retirements, member 
withdrawals, or resignations; and, (5) the prevention of too many 
individuals representing one interest. The reduction in funding and 
term limits will have no impact on the Council's role. All council 
members shall serve at the pleasure of the Secretary and members may be 
appointed, reappointed, and/or replaced, and their terms may be 
extended, changed, or terminated at the Secretary's discretion.

Designated Federal Officer, Division of Indian and Native American 
Program, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training 
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-4209, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone: (202) 693-3737, (this is 
not a toll-free number).

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 29th day of August 2013.
Eric M. Seleznow,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-21852 Filed 9-6-13; 8:45 am]