[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 214 (Wednesday, November 5, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65671-65676]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26221]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Indian Health Service


Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority

Part G

Indian Health Service

    Part G, of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and 
Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services 
(HHS), as amended at 70 FR 60350, October 17, 2005, and most recently 
as amended at 75 FR 38112, July 1, 2010 is hereby amended to establish 
an Office of Human Resources (OHR) and transfer the functions and staff 
from the Program Integrity and Ethics Staff (renamed as Division of 
Personnel Security and Ethics), Division of Commissioned Personnel 
Support, and Division of Human Resources, from the Office of Management 
Services and the Division of Health Professions Support, from the 
Office of Public Health Support to the Office of Human Resources within 
the IHS Headquarters (HQ) organizational structure. The OHR will ensure 
a competent work force appropriately assigned to carry out the IHS 
mission. The changes will relocate major human resources (HR) 
components within a single organization that reports to the Director, 
IHS. The Office will provide leadership and accountability of Agency 
personnel requirements, recruitment and retention, management, and 
training and development objectives and activities to support the 
Agency's mission.

Office of Human Resources (OHR) (GAN)

    (1) Advises the Director, IRS, on HR goals, objectives, policies, 
and priorities of the Agency and the HR profession; (2) provides 
leadership, direction, and oversight of Agency-wide HR activities that 
support the IHS organization and programs; (3) develops and maintains 
strategic and operational HR plans to ensure a current and future work 
force for management, program delivery, and administrative support 
systems; (4) furthers the Agency's Indian Preference by ensuring 
compliance with Indian Preference statutory and policy requirements; 
(5) develops, promulgates, and administers Agency HR guidelines, and 
instructions in accordance with Office of Personnel Management (OPM), 
HHS, Public Health Service policies and the Indian Health Care 
Improvement Act (IHCIA), as amended; (6) ensures consistency in 
recruitment, training, and development applications, approaches, and 
outcomes by administering an Agency-wide HR system of functional 
responsibility, authority, and accountability; (7) issues standards to 
monitor and evaluate all IRS training and development activities and 
ensures that expenditures for recruitment, training, and development 
support the Agency's mission and goals; (8) provides Agency-wide policy 
guidance, consultation, and technical assistance on all IHS HR 
management, recruitment, and retention activities; (9) manages Agency 
work force information and conducts analyses, including trends analysis 
and forecasting necessary for Agency HR planning, management, and 
evaluation; (10) administers an Agency-wide information clearinghouse 
on HR recruitment, training, and development that serves all IHS 
organizations and Tribal health programs; (11) directs the Agency-wide 
scholarship, loan repayment, professional recruitment and retention, 
training, and development systems; (12) administers personnel 
management operations and services for HQ organizational units; (13) 
ensures a safe, healthy, and productive work environment for IHS 
personnel to carry out their assigned duties and responsibilities, and 
that HR factors are part of the Agency's decision making processes; 
(14) establishes and maintains liaison and coordination with a variety 
of public and private organizations to provide the IHS with up-to-date 
HR recruitment, management, training, retention and development 
technologies; (15) ensures that organization and program changes 
involve assessments of appropriate HR requirements, including work 
design, knowledge, skills, abilities, and work load; (16) prepares 
reports and studies reflecting IHS HR activities in response to the 
Congress, other Federal agencies, and Tribal Governments; and (17) 
participates in cross-cutting issues and processes, including, but not 
limited to emergency preparedness/security, budget formulation, self-
determination issues, Tribal shares computations and resolution of 
audit findings as may be needed and appropriate.

Division of Personnel Security and Ethics (DPSE) (GANA)

    (1) Advises the IHS Director and IHS management and supervisors of 
appropriate corrective and remedial actions to address or correct 
improprieties by Agency employees; (2) directs and provides leadership 
in the formulation of plans, guidance and evaluation of the IHS 
Personnel Security and Drug Testing Programs; (3) manages and directs 
the IHS ``Ethics Program'',

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including the implementation of all requirements, providing advice to 
the IHS Director and serving as the Agency liaison with all outside 
investigative organizations related to personnel matters, such as the 
Office of Special Counsel, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) 
and the Office of Inspector General (OIG); (4) directs and monitors the 
annual required ethics training and ethics training of new employees 
within the required dates; (5) directs the fact-finding and resolution 
of allegations against Agency personnel of impropriety such as 
mismanagement of resources, fraud, waste, and abuse violations of the 
Standards of Ethical Conduct, Hatch Act and political activity and 
other forms of waste; (6) administers the IHS-wide management of the 
Agency hotline reports of allegations; and (7) develops and implements 
IHS directives and training for Standards of Ethical Conduct, Hatch Act 
and political activity, allegations and investigations of 
administrative fraud, waste and abuse, drug testing, and personnel 
security.

Personnel Security Branch (PSB) (GANA1)

    (1) Administers and coordinates the IRS personnel security program 
and IHS drug testing program; (2) administers and coordinates all 
background checks and adjudicates findings; (3) coordinates with the 
OPM on tracking background checks for all Agency personnel; (4) works 
with IHS Area Office Personnel Security Representatives on timely 
processing of backgrounds and adjudication of findings; and (5) 
provides guidance for determining position sensitivity in accordance 
with the OPM requirements for position sensitivity and public trust.

Ethics Branch (EB) (GANA2)

    (1) Administers and coordinates the IHS ethics program, including 
the implementation of all requirements and providing advice to the 
Agency on actions necessary to ensure compliance with ethics laws and 
policies; (2) reviews and approves public financial disclosure 
statements; (3) supervises and audits the confidential financial 
reports filed by regular and special government employees; (4) reviews 
and clears all requests for approval of outside activity and requests 
to accept travel expenses from non-Federal sources; (5) provides advice 
and assistance to current and former employees to ensure that decisions 
they make, and actions they take, are not, nor appear to be, affected 
by any question of conflict of interest; and (6) trains Agency 
employees on ethics statutes and regulations.

Division of Commissioned Personnel Support (DCPS) (GANB)

    (1) Acts as the liaison between IHS and the Office of the Surgeon 
General (OSG), Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness 
(DCCPR), and Division of Systems Integration; (2) advises the IHS 
Director, HQ Office Directors, Area Directors, supervisors, 
administrators, managers, officers and dependents regarding 
commissioned personnel benefits, policies, procedures, and regulations, 
as the IHS primary point of contact for commissioned personnel 
management; (3) develops Agency policies, procedures, and 
recommendations to Agency senior leadership regarding commissioned 
personnel management and provides recommendations to the DCCPR 
regarding commissioned corps policy; (4) provides direct support to the 
IHS Director and/or the Agency representative to the OSG as the 
Agency's official Surgeon General's Policy Advisory Council 
representative; (5) produces resource materials and conducts training 
sessions on commissioned personnel issues for officers, supervisors, 
and commissioned personnel specialists in IHS Area Offices; (6) manages 
the Agency honor and service award program for commissioned personnel; 
(7) facilitates and monitors the progress of Agency commissioned 
personnel adverse actions to assure accuracy, timeliness, and 
completion; (8) prepares reports reflecting INS commissioned corps 
activities in response to requests from Agency leadership, Congress, 
other Federal agencies, and Tribal Governments; (9) reviews and 
processes all commissioned personnel actions for the Agency; (10) 
develops and manages all Agency commissioned personnel direct access 
positions; (11) provides oversight and coordination of Temporary, 
Permanent, and Exception Proficiency Promotion processes; (12) 
evaluates need, develops, and provides commissioned personnel training, 
orientation, workshops, and seminars; (13) acts as a subject matter 
expert and advises Agency travel officials on commissioned personnel 
travel and Joint Federal Travel Regulation policy; (14) coordinates 
with DCCPR on all Agency deployment processes, obtains Agency approvals 
for officer deployments, provides oversight and tracks the status of 
Agency commissioned personnel during deployments; (15) facilitates and 
monitors all medical and compensation processes (including special 
pays) for accuracy, timeliness, and completion; and (16) advises Agency 
supervisors on the performance, discipline, and conduct of commissioned 
personnel.

Division of Human Resources (DHR) (GANC)

    (1) Provides overall leadership and direction for the IHS HR 
program; (2) evaluates, establishes and implements HR policies for 
Agency-wide use and provides leadership to ensure implementation; (3) 
provides advice, consultation, guidance and assistance to IHS 
Leadership, Areas, and Regional HR Centers on civil service HR issues, 
programs and policies; (4) provides leadership and direction to the IFS 
Regional HR Centers; (5) provides recruitment, classification, and 
performance management services for all Senior Executive Service 
positions; and (6) manages the overall IHS appointment authority, 
personnel and pay action functions for civil service employees.

HR Systems and Analytics Branch (HRSAB) (GANC1)

    (1) Serves as advisor to IHS leadership on HR systems solutions for 
IHS business needs; (2) provides project management for enterprise HR 
systems and functional aspects of IHS public and internal Web sites; 
(3) collaborates with business process owners to perform requirements 
analysis, selection, testing, implementation, deployment, and support 
and recommend future enhancements for HHS HR systems and reporting 
solutions; (4) analyzes HR metrics/benchmarks, internal DHR business 
practices, processes, and programs to enable the organization to make 
better decisions concerning our human capital resources; (5) 
coordinates and implements system access requirements which uphold the 
IHS security policies; and (6) serves as H-IS advocates for Human 
Resources Information System programs to ensure they meet IRS business 
and process needs.

HQ Client Services Branch (CSB) (GANC2)

    (1) Provides core HR advice, operational functions and services (in 
the areas of strategic recruitment, staffing, delegated examining, 
position classification, payroll, timekeeping, performance management, 
awards, and Federal benefit programs), strategic human capital and 
workforce planning, succession planning, E-government HR initiatives 
and strategic planning for IHS HQ Offices; (2) provides advice, 
consultation, guidance and assistance to HQ Office Directors, 
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officials, employees and other customers on HR operational services, 
programs, and policies; (3) interfaces with staff of the other DHR 
Branches to provide for a full range of HR operational services to the 
HQ; and (4) complies with Indian Preference statutory and policy 
requirements in HR practices.

Workforce Relations and Policy Branch (WRPB) (GANC3)

    (1) Develops, administers and evaluates a variety of services, 
products, and program policies in the areas of employee and labor 
relations, performance management and awards; (2) provides HR advisory 
and consulting services to IHS management and Regional HR management 
and staff while developing, administering, and evaluating compensation 
policy and programs designed to recruit, compensate, and retain a 
highly qualified, motivated, and diverse workforce; (3) provides 
support and assistance to the IHS leadership with planning and 
preparing IHS workforce programs; (4) responsible for the development 
and implementation of HR policies, and management of HR delegations of 
authority; (5) develops and provides guidance and oversight for policy 
for Title 5 employment mechanisms, and coordinates HR programs and 
policies with HHS; and (6) responds to a variety of HR issues and cases 
that arise from the IHS HQ and Areas that are precedent-setting, 
controversial, and/or require sensitive handling.

Regional Human Resource Centers--(RHRO) (GANC4-8)

Western Region (GANC4)

Northern Plains Region (GANC5)

Southwest Region (GANC6)

Navajo Region (GANC7)

Southeast Region (GANC8)

    (1) Provides overall leadership and direction for the IHS HR 
program within the established Region; (2) administers HR policies and 
regulations and provides leadership to ensure implementation; (3) 
provides advice, consultation, guidance and assistance to Area 
Directors, management officials, employees and other customers on civil 
service HR issues, programs and policies; (4) provides leadership and 
direction to the HR staff throughout the Region; (5) assures compliance 
with Indian Preference statutory and policy requirements in HR 
practices; (6) provides HR services throughout the Region, to include, 
but not limited to, strategic human capital and workforce planning, 
succession planning, E-government HR initiatives and strategic 
planning, HR program evaluation and oversight; strategic consultation, 
management advisory services, HR leadership, classification and pay 
administration, staffing and placement, personnel and payroll action 
processing, labor-management and employee relations, benefits 
administration and performance management; (7) provides advice, 
consultation, and assistance to management and when requested to Tribal 
officials on Tribal health program HR issues; (8) plans, administers 
and evaluates HR programs; (9) plans and implements HR responsibilities 
for IHS programs covered by the Region's appointing authority; and (10) 
represents the Region in matters involving HR program responsibilities.

Division of Health Professions Support (DHPS) (GAND)

    (1) Develops and implements IHS programs to recruit, select, 
assign, and retain health care professionals and coordinates these 
activities with the respective disciplines; (2) assesses professional 
staffing needs and coordinates the development of strategies and 
systems to satisfy these needs; (3) coordinates the planning and 
development of IHS strategies and systems to improve the morale and 
retention of all professionals; (4) coordinates HQ activities for 
physician residency and training programs; (5) coordinates the IHS 
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program, including liaison and 
assignment of NHSC scholarship recipients to IRS; (6) develops priority 
sites for the loan repayment program; (7) coordinates placement of 
professionals with loan repayment obligations; (8) serves as IHS 
coordinator for preparatory, pre-graduate and health professions IHS 
scholarship recipients; (9) retrieves, establishes, and manages 
information and data on the IHS work force; and (10) conducts work 
force data analyses, including trends and projections, identifying work 
force needs by major personnel systems, categories, and disciplines.

Health Professions Support Branch (HPSB) (GAND1)

    (1) Develops the IHS program to recruit, select, assign, and retain 
health care professionals, in accordance with policies and guidance 
provided by the DHR; (2) assesses IHS professional staffing needs; (3) 
provides research and analysis functions related to recruitment and 
retention of health professionals for Chief Medical Officers, Clinical 
Directors, and senior clinicians; (4) manages and supports health 
professions education programs and activities; (5) processes waivers 
and defaults of participants in IHS scholarship programs and the IHS 
Loan Repayment Program (LRP) as mandated by Section 108 of the IHCIA; 
(6) coordinates the debt management function with the Program Support 
Center; and (7) develops and administers Indian Health Professions 
programs authorized by the IHCIA, as amended.

Loan Repayment Branch (LRB) (GAND2)

    (1) Awards and places recipients in IHS, Tribal, and Urban sites 
and monitors and processes waivers and defaults of participants in the 
LRP as mandated by Section 108 of the IHCIA; and (2) coordinates 
program administration with the IHS Area Office and Service Unit 
personnel, particularly recruitment and retention activities, including 
Chief Medical Officers, Clinical Directors, and professional 
recruiters.

Scholarships Branch (SB) (GAND3)

    Develops, administers, and evaluates programs in the IHS 
Scholarship Program authorized under the IHCIA: Section 102 (Health 
Professions Recruitment Program for Indians), Section 103 (Health 
Professions Preparatory Scholarship Program for Indians), Section 104 
(Indian Health Professions Scholarship Program), Section 105 (IHS 
Extern Program), Section 112 (Nursing Program), Section 114 (INMED 
Program), Section 120 (Matching Grants to Tribes for Scholarship 
Programs), Section 217 (American Indians Into Psychology Program), and 
other funded programs authorized under the IHCIA.

Office of Public Health Support (OPHS) (GAH)

    (1) Advises and supports the IHS Director on policy, budget 
formulation, and resource allocation regarding the operation and 
management of IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs; (2) 
provides IHS-wide leadership, guidance and support for public health 
program and activities including strategic planning, evaluation, 
Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), research, epidemiology, 
and statistics; (3) provides Agency-wide leadership and consultation to 
IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs on IHS goals, objectives, 
policies, standards, and priorities; (4) advocates for the public 
health needs and concerns of Al/AN and promotes quality health care; 
(5) manages and

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provides national leadership and consultation for IHS on assessments of 
public health medical services, research agendas, special pay, and 
public health initiatives for the Agency; (6) supports and advocates 
for AI/AN to access State and local public health programs; and (7) 
participates in cross-cutting issues and processes including, but not 
limited to emergency preparedness/security, budget formulation, self-
determination issues, Tribal shares computations and resolution of 
audit findings as may be needed and appropriate.

Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (DEDP) (GAHA)

    (1) Prevents and controls chronic and communicable disease through 
epidemiology and applied public health practice; (2) builds capacity in 
Tribal communities through a network of Tribal Epidemiology Centers; 
(3) collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
(CDC) and directs staff detailed to the IRS from the CDC; (4) describes 
causes, patterns, and risk factors for disease and death, and develops 
public health policy and interventions; (5) serves IHS and Tribal 
communities through disease surveillance, health data management, 
analysis and reporting, community surveys, emergency response, training 
in public health practice and epidemiology, consultation to clinicians 
and technical support for public health activities and assessment of 
public health system performance; (6) supports epidemiology, disease 
control, and prevention programs for chronic diseases, including 
cancer, tobacco control, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney 
disease, environmental health, maternal health, child health, and 
others; and (7) supports epidemiology, disease control, and prevention 
programs for communicable diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, 
sexually-transmitted diseases, hepatitis, hantavirus, antibiotic-
resistant infections, immunizations, bioterrorism preparedness and 
others.

Chronic Disease Branch (CDB)

    Supports epidemiology, disease control, and prevention programs for 
chronic diseases, including cancer, tobacco control, cardiovascular 
disease, diabetes, kidney disease, environmental health, maternal 
health, child health, and others.

Infectious Disease Branch (IDB)

    Supports epidemiology, disease control, and prevention programs for 
communicable diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, sexually-
transmitted diseases, hepatitis, hantavirus, antibiotic-resistant 
infections, immunizations, bioterrorism preparedness, and others.

Division of Program Statistics (DPS) (GAHB)

    (1) Plans, develops, directs, and coordinates an analytical 
statistical reporting program to provide data for measuring the health 
status and unmet health needs of the Al/AN population; (2) develops and 
coordinates the collection, processing, and analysis of demographic, 
patient care, and clinical data for the Agency; (3) maintains, 
analyzes, makes accessible, and publishes results from national 
demographic and clinical analyses; and (4) provides statistical and 
analytical consultation to other divisions and agencies.

Demographics Statistics Staff (DS)

    (1) Plans, develops and executes a major nation-wide statistical 
program for the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of 
demographic characteristics of the AT/AN population located throughout 
the United States; (2) coordinates with the National Center for Health 
Statistics the analysis and reporting of vital event information for 
the AT/AN population; and (3) provides statistical and analytical 
consultation to other divisions and agencies.

Patient Care Statistics Staff (PCSS)

    (1) Plans, develops and executes a major nation-wide statistical 
program for the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of 
patient care data and special studies with emphasis on health and 
demographic characteristics of the Al/AN population located throughout 
the United States; (2) evaluates facility workload trends and 
participates in the development of methodologies for constructing long-
range estimates of inpatient and ambulatory care workloads for use in 
facility construction and planning; and (3) coordinates with the IHS 
National Data Repositories, the analysis and reporting of program, 
patient care and clinical data for the Agency.

Division of Planning, Evaluation and Research (DPER) (GAHC)

    (1) Develops and coordinates Agency strategic planning and 
performance measurement efforts (including GPRA and Program Assessment 
Rating Tool) with budgeting requirements in consultation with IHS 
program staff; (2) provides consultation and coordination on the IRS 
budget formulation activity for planning and data purposes; (3) 
conducts, facilitates, solicits, coordinates, and evaluates community-
oriented practice-based research related to health problems and the 
delivery of care to AI/AN people and communities with a major focus on 
improving the health status and systems of care; (4) provides guidance 
and support for IHS-wide program evaluation projects; and (5) provides 
support for public health planning services, facilities and staffing.

Office of Management Services (OMS) (GAL)

    (1) Provides IRS-wide leadership, guidance and support for the 
management of grants, acquisitions, records management, personal 
property, supply, and the regulations program; (2) formulates, 
administers, and coordinates the review and analysis of IRS-wide 
policies, delegations of authority, and organizations and functions 
development; (3) develops and oversees the implementation of policies, 
procedures and delegations of authority for IHS grants management 
activities, including grants added to self-governance compacts; (4) 
ensures that IHS policies and practices for the administrative 
functions identified above are consistent with applicable regulations, 
directives and guidance from higher echelons in the HHS and other 
Federal oversight agencies; (5) advises the IHS Director, in 
conjunction with the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), on the 
resolution of statutory and regulatory issues related to the MS and 
coordinates resolution of IHS legal issues with the OGC, IHS staff, and 
other Federal agencies; (6) assures that IHS appeal systems meet legal 
standards, in conjunction with the OGC; (7) coordinates the 
development, clearance, and transmittal of IHS responses and follow-up 
to reports issued by the OIG, the GAO, and other Federal internal and 
external authorities; (8) provides leadership and direction of 
activities for continuous improvement of management accountability and 
administrative systems for effective and efficient program support 
services IHS-wide; (9) ensures the accountability and integrity of 
grants and acquisition management, records management, personal 
property utilization and disposition of MS resources; (10) assures that 
the IHS management services, policies, procedures, and practices 
support ES Indian Self-Determination Act policies; (11) assists in the 
assurance of Indian access to State, local, and private health 
programs; (12) provides leadership and advocacy of the IHS mission and 
goals with the HHS, Administration, Congress, and other external 
authorities; and (13) participates in cross-cutting issues and 
processes including, but not

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limited to emergency preparedness/security, budget formulation, self-
determination issues, Tribal shares computations and resolution of 
audit findings as may be needed and appropriate.

Division of Management Policy and Internal Control (DMPIC) (GALA)

    (1) Formulates, administers, and supports IHS-wide policies, 
delegations of authority, and organizations and functions development; 
(2) provides leadership, on behalf of the IHS Director, to functional 
area managers at IHS HQ in developing, modifying, and overseeing the 
implementation of IHS policies and procedures; (3) provides analysis, 
advisory, and assistance services to IHS managers and staff for the 
development, clearance, and filing of IHS directives and delegations of 
authority; (4) serves as principal advisor and source for technical 
assistance for establishment or modification of organizational 
infrastructures, functions, and Standard Administrative Code 
configurations; (5) administers the IHS Management Control Program for 
assuring IHS' compliance with management control requirements in the 
Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act of 1982; (6) provides 
assistance and support to special assigned task groups; (7) conducts 
special program or management integrity reviews as required; (8) 
oversees and coordinates the annual development and submission of the 
Agency's Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act report to the HHS; (9) 
plans, develops, and administers the IHS personal property management 
program in conformance with Federal personal property management laws, 
regulations, policies, procedures, practices, and standards; (10) 
interprets regulations and provides advice on execution and 
coordination of personal property management policies and programs; 
(11) administers management systems and methods for planning, 
utilizing, and reporting on personal property programs, including the 
precious metals recovery program and IHS personal property 
accountability and control systems; (12) provides guidance and serves 
as principal administrative authority on Federal personal property 
management laws, regulations, policies, procedures, practices, and 
standards, in conjunction with the OGC; (13) conducts surveys and 
studies involving evaluation and analysis of the personal property 
management activities IHS-wide; (14) maintains liaison with the HHS and 
the General Services Administration (GSA) on personal property 
management issues and programs affecting the 11-IS; (15) plans, 
develops and administers the IHS Fleet Management Program; (16) 
prepares reports on IHS personal property activities; and (17) 
administers the local HQ personal property management program to 
include receiving, tagging, storage and disposal in addition to 
conducting the annual inventory for all HQ locations.

Division of Administrative Services (DAS) (GALB)

    (1) Plans, develops and directs program support and general 
services programs; (2) provides policy guidance and support in the 
development, planning, and implementation of administrative functions; 
(3) serves as liaison with the HHS and the GSA on logistics issues 
affecting the IHS; (4) monitors, evaluates, and reports on 
administrative programs and services; (5) provides guidance and 
oversight to the IHS on the control and safeguard of classified 
national security information; (6) plans, develops and administers the 
IHS-wide Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) program 
to include providing leadership on the Physical Access Control Systems, 
and the Physical Security Program in a collaborative role with the 
Office of Environmental Health and Engineering; (7) provides special 
transportation and security; (8) provides leadership and guidance for 
the IHS Forms Management Program; (9) administers physical security, 
facility management, space management services, GSA lease management, 
telecommunication services, parking management, including the employee 
transit subsidy program, and HSPD-12 badge issuance for HQ; (10) 
administers the IRS mail and commercial printing programs; (11) 
provides leadership and coordination in the planning, development, 
operation, oversight, and evaluation of special office support projects 
for office relocations, and inter- and intra-agency activities; (12) 
plans, develops, and administers the IRS policies on supply management 
in conformance with Federal supply management laws, regulations, 
policies, procedures, practices, and standards; (13) interprets 
regulations and provides advice on execution and coordination of supply 
management policies and programs; (14) administers management systems 
and methods for planning, utilizing, and reporting on administrative 
supply management programs, including the IHS supply accountability and 
controls systems; (15) provides guidance and serves as principal 
administrative authority on Federal supply management laws, 
regulations, policies, procedures, practices, and standards, in 
conjunction with the OGC; (16) conducts surveys and studies involving 
evaluation and analysis of the supply management activities IHS-wide; 
(17) maintains liaison with the HHS and the GSA on supply management 
issues and programs affecting the IRS; (18) prepares reports on IHS 
supply; and (19) plans, develops, and administers an integrated IRS 
supply system.

Division of Acquisitions Policy (DAP) (GALC)

    (1) Develops, recommends, and oversees the implementation of 
policies, procedures and delegations of authority for the acquisition 
management activities in the IRS, consistent with applicable 
regulations, directives, and guidance from higher echelons in the HHS 
and Federal oversight agencies; (2) advises the Director, OMS, of 
proposed legislation, regulations, and directives that affect contracts 
in the IHS; (3) provides leadership for compliance reviews of all IHS 
acquisition operations; (4) oversees completion of necessary corrective 
actions; (5) manages for the Agency, the HHS acquisition training and 
certification program; (6) supports and maintains the IHS Contract 
Information System and controls entry of data into the HHS Contract 
Information System; (7) serves as the IHS contact point for contract 
protests and the HHS contact for contract-related issues; (8) reviews 
and makes recommendations for approval/disapproval of contract-related 
documents such as: Pre- and post-award documents, unauthorized 
commitments, procurement planning documents, Justification for Other 
Than Full and Open Competition waivers, deviations, and determinations 
and findings that require action by the Agency Head of the Contracting 
Activity, or the Office of the Secretary; (9) processes unsolicited 
proposals for the IHS; (10) coordinates the IHS Small Business 
programs; and (11) oversees compliance with the Buy Indian Act.

Division of Grants Management (DGM) (GALD)

    (1) Directs grants management and operations for the IHS; (2) 
awards and administers grants and cooperative agreements for IHS 
financial assistance programs; (3) provides assistance for the 
resolution of audit findings for grant programs; (4) manages for the 
Agency, the HHS grants training and certification program; (5) 
continuously assesses grants operations; (6) oversees completion of 
necessary corrective action plans; (7) reviews and makes 
recommendations for improvements in grantee and potential grantee

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management systems; (8) serves as the IHS liaison with the HHS and the 
public for grants and other financial assistance programs within the 
IHS; (9) maintains the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance for IHS 
financial assistance programs; (10) conducts grants-related training 
for IHS staff, grantees, and potential grantees; (11) coordinates 
payment to grantees, including scholarship recipients; and (12) 
establishes and maintains the IHS automated Grants Information System 
and controls data entry into the HHS automated Grants Information 
System.

Division of Regulatory Affairs (GALE)

    (1) Manages the IHS' overall regulations program and 
responsibilities, including determining the need for and developing 
plans for changes in regulations, developing or assuring the 
development of needed regulations, and maintaining the various 
regulatory planning processes; (2) serves as IHS liaison with the 
Office of the Federal Register on matters relating to the submission 
and clearance of documents for publication in the Federal Register; (3) 
assures proper Agency clearance and processing of Federal Register 
documents; (4) informs management and program officials of regulatory 
activities of other Federal agencies; (5) manages the IHS review of 
non-IHS regulatory documents that impact the delivery of health 
services to Indians including but not limited to access and civil 
rights aspects and State Medicaid waiver applications by coordinating 
with the OGC Public Health Division; (6) advises the IHS Director and 
serves as liaison with the OGC on such matters as litigation, 
regulations, related policy issues, and administrative support issues; 
(7) determines the need for and obtains legal clearance of IRS 
directives and other issuances; (8) coordinates legal issues with the 
OGC, IHS, HHS components, and other Federal agencies, including the 
identification and formulation of legal questions and advising on the 
implementation of OGC opinions; (9) assures that IHS' appeals processes 
meet legal standards; (10) advises on and participates in Indian Self-
Determination and Education Assistance Act appeals and hearings; (11) 
advises on the administration of the contract health services (CHS) 
appeals system and is a participant in the IRS Director's CHS appeal 
decisions; (12) manages the retrieval and transmittal of information in 
response to requests received under the Freedom of Information Act 
(FOIA), Privacy Act, the Health Insurance Portability and 
Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and the Health Information 
Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, in 
collaboration with the Public Affairs Staff; (13) ensures the security 
of sensitive and/or confidential information when responding to FOIA, 
Privacy Act, HIPAA Privacy, and HITECH Act issues; (14) advises the IHS 
Director regarding requests for IHS employees to serve as expert 
witnesses when IRS is not a party to the suit; (15) provides leadership 
and guidance for the IHS Records Management Program; (16) develops and 
recommends policies and procedures for the protection and disposition 
of JETS records and oversees the evaluation of records management 
activities in the IRS; (17) develops and implements a management 
control system for evaluation of records management functions IHS-wide; 
(18) maintains and updates various regulatory agendas; (19) manages, 
administers, implements and monitors the IRS's Paperwork Reduction Act 
and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) information collection/
activities; (20) provides guidance and technical assistance to JETS 
regarding information collection requirements and procedures for 
obtaining OMB approvals and extensions for IHS information collections; 
(21) coordinates the implementation and the application of Privacy Act, 
HIPAA Privacy, and HITECH Act requirements, including but not limited 
to HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance; (22) maintains and distributes the 
Compendium of Legal Opinions; (23) reviews IHS directives and other 
issuances for needed legal clearances; (24) advises on the impact on 
IHS and the Indian community of State and Federal health reforms; and 
(25) provides policy review and advice on the need for or application 
of legal opinions.

Section GA-40, Indian Health Service--Delegations of Authority

    All delegations of authority and re-delegations of authority made 
to IHS officials that were in effect immediately prior to this 
reorganization, and that are consistent with this reorganization, shall 
continue in effect pending further re-delegation.
    This reorganization shall be effective on 11/01/2014.

    Dated: October 24, 2014.
Yvette Roubideaux,
Acting Director, Indian Health Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-26221 Filed 11-4-14; 8:45 am]
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