[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 233 (Thursday, December 4, 2014)]
[Pages 72002-72003]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-28486]



Administration for Children and Families

Administration for Native Americans; Statement of Organization, 
Functions, and Delegations of Authority

AGENCY: Administration for Children and Families, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has 
reorganized the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). This 
reorganization creates the Division of Policy and makes other technical 
changes to reflect the current functions within ANA. The realignment of 
functions better reflects the current work environment and priorities 
within ANA, manifests ANA's commitment to Federal/Tribal government-to-
government relationships, and promotes self-determination for all 
Native Americans. The statement of mission, organization, functions, 
and delegations of authority conforms to and carries out the statutory 
requirements of the Native American Programs Act (NAPA).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lillian Sparks-Robinson, Commissioner, 
Administration for Native Americans, 901 D Street SW., Washington, DC 
20447, 202-401-5590.
    This notice amends Part K of the Statement of Organization, 
Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and 
Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), 
as follows: Chapter KE, Administration for Native Americans (ANA), as 
last amended in 74 FR 3053-54, Jan. 16, 2009.

    I. Under Chapter KE, Administration for Native Americans, delete KE 
in its entirety and replace with the following:
    KE.00 MISSION. The mission of the Administration for Native 
Americans (ANA) is to promote the goal of self-sufficiency and cultural 
preservation for Native Americans by providing social and economic 
development opportunities through financial assistance, training, and 
technical assistance to eligible Tribes and Native American 
communities, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native 
Hawaiians, and other Native Pacific Islander organizations. ANA 
provides funding for community-based projects that are designed to 
improve the lives of Native children and families and reduce long-term 
dependency on public assistance. Competitive funding authorized under 
the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (NAPA), as amended, for 
community-based projects is provided through three competitive 
discretionary grant programs to eligible Tribes and non-profit Native 
American organizations: Social and economic development, language 
preservation, and environmental regulatory enhancement. In carrying out 
the provisions of NAPA, the Commissioner advises the Secretary, through 
the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, on federal policies 
affecting Native Americans and matters pertaining to Native Americans 
within the Department of Health and Human Services and with other 
Departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
    KE.10 ORGANIZATION. ANA is headed by a Commissioner who is 
confirmed by the Senate and reports directly to the Assistant Secretary 
for Children and Families. ANA is organized as follows:

Office of the Commissioner (KEA)
Intra-Departmental Council on Native American Affairs (KEB)
Division of Program Operations (KEC)
Division of Program Evaluation and Planning (KED)
Division of Policy (KEE)

KE.20 Functions

    A. The Office of the Commissioner provides executive leadership, 
management strategies, and day-to-day operational leadership for all 
components of ANA. The Commissioner serves as an effective and visible 
advocate on behalf of Native Americans within the Department, and with 
other departments and agencies of the Federal Government regarding all 
federal policies affecting Native Americans. The Commissioner provides 
policy direction and guidance to ACF Regional Offices with respect to 
programs for reservation-based Indians, urban Indians, off-Reservation 
Indians, and other Native American projects in Hawaii and the Pacific 
Islands. The Commissioner oversees the Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan 
Fund administered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The Commissioner 
also ensures training and technical assistance and other resources are 
allocated and deployed to support and promote ANA's mission.
    The Commissioner is the Chair of the Intra-Departmental Council on 
Native American Affairs (ICNAA) and advises the Secretary on Native 
American issues. ICNAA staff members provide support to the 
Commissioner. ICNAA develops and promotes HHS policy to provide greater 
access and quality services for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and 
Native Americans (AI/AN/NAs) throughout the Department and where 
possible, the Federal Government; promotes implementation of HHS policy 
and agency plans on consultation with AI/AN/NAs and Tribal Governments; 
identifies and develops legislative, administrative, and regulatory 
proposals that promotes an effective, meaningful AI/AN/NA policy to 
improve health and human services for AI/AN/NAs; identifies and 
develops comprehensive Departmental strategy proposal to promote self-
sufficiency and self-determination for all AI/AN/NA people; and 
promotes the Tribal/Federal government-to-government relationship on a 
Department-wide basis in accordance with Presidential Executive Order.
    The Deputy Commissioner reports to the Commissioner, assists the 
Commissioner in carrying out the responsibilities of ANA, and performs 
the duties of the Commissioner when absent. The Deputy Commissioner 
supervises all three Division Directors. In addition, the Deputy 
Commissioner provides day-to-day supervision and oversight to the 
Management Operations

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Staff (MOS), coordinates the activities of the ACF Native American 
Affairs Liaison Workgroup, serves as the ANA liaison to the Inter-
Departmental Council on Native American Affairs, provides coordination 
of ANA's data driven strategic plan, and advises the Commissioner on 
strategic and operational activities of ANA.
    The MOS provides administrative and budget support to ANA. These 
responsibilities include: (1) Serving as the Executive Secretariat for 
ANA, including managing correspondence, correspondence systems, and 
public requests including, but not limited to Freedom of Information 
Act (FOIA) requests; (2) coordinating human resources activities; (3) 
developing and executing the budget; (4) providing on-going 
administrative technical support of ANA contracts; and (5) as 
appropriate, developing internal policies and procedures relating to 
these activities.
    B. The Division of Program Operations is primarily responsible for 
the pre-award and post-award administration of discretionary grant 
programs to eligible Tribes and non-profit Native American 
organizations. These responsibilities include: (1) Developing ANA's 
Funding Opportunity Announcements; (2) managing annual grant 
competitions, including coordination of the panel review process and 
internal application review; (3) on-going grantee monitoring and 
support; (4) administering grant award portfolio, including close-out; 
and (5) providing liaison to the Office of Administration, Divisions of 
Grants Management and Division of Grants Policy.
    C. The Division of Program Evaluation and Planning is responsible 
for evaluations of grantee effectiveness and impact as well as ANA 
performance including, but not limited to Government Performance and 
Results Act measures. These responsibilities include: (1) Oversight of 
planning and implementation activities related to ANA program 
evaluation, including development of annual reports, which includes the 
annual Report to Congress on Impact and Effectiveness; (2) data 
analyses and special organizational studies to guide programmatic 
enhancements and inform training and technical assistance efforts; (3) 
coordination of pre-award and post-award training and technical 
assistance activities in Alaska, the Pacific Basin, and the lower 
forty-eight states; (4) coordination of ANA's data and social media 
tools; and (5) liaison with the Office of Planning, Research and 
    D. The Division of Policy is responsible for providing support and 
guidance to define, establish, and disseminate policy affecting Native 
American communities at large. These responsibilities include: (1) 
Management of a unified and effective policy formulation process, 
including coordination of ANA regulations and other policy issuances 
affecting grantees and Native American communities; (2) formulation of 
advice on tribal and state legislative, and other activities affecting 
Native Americans; (3) development of long- and short-term strategies to 
address issues raised in consultations and collaborations with Native 
Americans; (4) support of the activities of the ACF Tribal Advisory 
Committee and other committees, councils, and workgroups affecting 
Native Americans; and (5) liaison with the Office of the General 
Counsel and others in the Department on matters involving or affecting 
Native Americans.
    II. Continuation of Policy. Except as inconsistent with this 
reorganization, all statements of policy and interpretations with 
respect to organizational components affected by this notice within 
ACF, heretofore issued and in effect on this date of this 
reorganization are continued in full force and effect.
    III. Delegation of Authority. All delegations and redelegations of 
authority made to officials and employees of affected organizational 
components will continue in them or their successors pending further 
redelegations, provided they are consistent with this reorganization.
    IV. Funds, Personnel, and Equipment. Transfer of organizations and 
functions affected by this reorganization shall be accompanied in each 
instance by direct and support funds, positions, personnel, records, 
equipment, supplies, and other resources.
    This reorganization will be effective upon date of signature.

    Dated: November 24, 2014.
Mark H. Greenberg,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families.
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