[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 204 (Tuesday, October 22, 2013)]
[Pages 62650-62656]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-24726]



Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Request for Nominees to Serve on the Bureau of Indian Education 
Advisory Board for Exceptional Children

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is seeking nominations 
for individuals to be considered as a member of the Advisory Board for 
Exceptional Children (Advisory Board). There are six positions 
available. BIE will consider nominations received in response to this 
request for nominations, as well nominations received from as other 

DATES: Nomination applications must be received on or before November 
15, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit nomination applications to Sue Bement, Designated 
Federal Officer, Bureau of Indian Education, 1011 Indian School Road 
NW., Suite 332, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104-1088, telephone (505) 
563-5274 or fax (505) 563-5281.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue Bement, Designated Federal 
Officer, at the above-listed address and telephone number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Board was established in 
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2. The 
following provides information about the Committee, the membership and 
the nomination process.

1. Objective and Duties

    (a) Members of the Advisory Board will provide guidance, advice, 
and recommendations with respect to special education and related 
services for children with disabilities in Bureau-funded schools in 
accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities 
Education Act of 2004 (IDEA).
    (b) The Advisory Board will:
    (1) Provide advice and recommendations for the coordination of 
services within BIE and with other local, State, and Federal agencies;
    (2) Provide advice and recommendations on a broad range of policy 
issues dealing with provision of educational services to American 
Indian children with disabilities;
    (3) Serve as an advocate for American Indian students with special 
education needs by providing advice and recommendations regarding best 
practices, effective program coordination strategies, and 
recommendations for improved educational programming;
    (4) Provide advice and recommendations for preparation of 
information required to be submitted to the Secretary of Education 
under 20 U.S.C. 1411(h)(2);
    (5) Provide advice and recommend policies concerning effective 
inter- and intra-agency collaboration, including modifications to 
regulations, and elimination of barriers to inter- and intra-agency 
programs and activities; and
    (6) Report and direct all correspondence to the Assistant 
Secretary-Indian Affairs through the Director, BIE with a courtesy copy 
to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO).

2. Membership

    (a) Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1411(h)(6), the Advisory Board will be 
composed of up to 15 individuals involved in or concerned with the 
education and provision of services to Indian infants, toddlers, 
children, and youth with disabilities. The Advisory Board composition 
will reflect a broad range of viewpoints and will include at least one 
member representing each of the following interests: Indians with 
disabilities; teachers of children with disabilities; Indian parents or 
guardians of children with disabilities; service providers; state 
education officials; local education officials; state interagency 
coordinating councils (for states having Indian reservations); tribal 
representatives or tribal organization representatives; and other 
members representing the various divisions and entities of BIE.
    (b) The Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs may provide the 
Secretary of the Interior recommendations for the chairperson; however, 
the chairperson and other Advisory Board members will be appointed by 
the Secretary. Advisory Board members shall serve staggered terms of 
two years or three years from the date of their appointment.

3. Miscellaneous

    (a) Members of the Advisory Board will not receive compensation, 
but may be reimbursed for travel, including subsistence, and other 
necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in the 
same manner as persons employed intermittently in government service 
under 5 U.S.C. 5703.
    (b) A member may not participate in matters that will directly 
affect, or

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appear to affect, the financial interests of the member or the member's 
spouse or minor children, unless authorized by the appropriate ethics 
official. Compensation from employment does not constitute a financial 
interest of the member so long as the matter before the committee will 
not have a special or distinct effect on the member or the member's 
employer, other than as part of a class. The provisions of this 
paragraph do not affect any other statutory or regulatory ethical 
obligations to which a member may be subject.
    (c) The Advisory Board meets at least twice a year, budget 
permitting, but additional meetings may be held as deemed necessary by 
the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs or DFO.
    (d) All Advisory Board meetings are open to the public in 
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

4. Nomination Information

    (a) Nominations are requested from individuals, organizations, and 
federally recognized tribes, as well as from State directors of Special 
Education (within the 23 States in which Bureau-funded schools are 
located) concerned with the education of Indian children with 
disabilities as described above.
    (b) Nominees should have expertise in and knowledge of the issues 
and needs of American Indian children with disabilities. Such knowledge 
and expertise are needed to provide advice and recommendations to BIE 
regarding the needs of American Indian children with disabilities.
    (c) A summary of the candidate's qualifications 
(r[eacute]sum[eacute] or curriculum vitae) must be provided. Nominees 
must have the ability to attend Advisory Board meetings, carry out 
Advisory Board assignments, participate in conference calls, and work 
in groups.

Basis for Nominations

    If you wish to nominate someone for appointment to the Advisory 
Board, please do not make the nomination until the person has agreed to 
have his or her name submitted to BIE for this purpose.

Nomination Application

    (Please fill out this form completely and include a copy of the 
nominee's r[eacute]sum[eacute] or curriculum vitae.)

Information Collection

    This collection of information is authorized by OMB Control Number 
1076-0179, ``Solicitation of Nominations for the Advisory Board for 
Exceptional Children.''

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    Dated: September 25, 2013.
Kevin K. Washburn,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2013-24726 Filed 10-21-13; 8:45 am]