[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 183 (Monday, September 21, 2020)]
[Pages 59325-59326]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20749]



Bureau of Indian Affairs

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

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), the Bureau 
of Indian Education (BIE) requests nominations of individuals to serve 
on the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children (Advisory Board). There 
will be seven positions available. Board members serve a staggered term 
of two or three years from the date of their appointment. The BIE will 
consider nominations received in response to this request for 
nominations, as well as other sources. This notice provides committee 
and membership criteria.

DATES: Please submit nominations by October 30, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Please submit nominations to Ms. Jennifer Davis, Designated 
Federal Officer (DFO), Bureau of Indian Education, Division of 
Performance and Accountability, 2600 N Central Ave., Suite 800, 
Phoenix, AZ 85004, or Fax to (602) 265-0293 or email to 
[email protected].

(202) 860-7845; or email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Board was established in 
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463. 
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 BIE-funded schools in 
accordance with the requirements of IDEA;
    (b) The Advisory Board will: (1) Provide advice and recommendations 
for the coordination of services within the BIE and with other local, 
State and Federal agencies; (2) Provide advice and recommendations on a 
broad range of policy issues dealing with the provision of educational 
services to American Indian children with disabilities; (3) Serve as 
advocates 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 the 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/intra 
agency collaboration, including modifications to regulations, and the 
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 American 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: 
American Indians with disabilities; teachers of children with 
disabilities; American 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 the 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 of the Interior. Advisory Board members 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 will 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) 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 the DFO.
    (c) All Advisory Board meetings are open to the public in 
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act regulations.

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 BIE-funded schools are 
located) concerned with the education of Indian children with 
disabilities as described above.
    (b) Nominees should have expertise and knowledge of the issues and/
or needs of American Indian children with disabilities. Such knowledge 
and expertise are needed to provide advice and recommendations to the 
BIE regarding the needs of American Indian children with disabilities.
    (c) A summary of the candidates' qualifications (resume or 
curriculum vitae) must be included with a completed nomination 
application form, which is located on the Bureau of Indian Education 
website (see Section 6 of this notice, below). Nominees must have the 
ability to attend Advisory Board meetings, carry out Advisory Board 
assignments, participate in teleconference calls, and work in groups.
    (d) The Department of the Interior is committed to equal 
opportunities in the workplace and seeks diverse Committee membership, 
which is bound by Indian Preference Act of 1990 (25 U.S.C. 472).

5. 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 the BIE for this purpose. A person 
can also self-nominate.

6. Nomination Application

    Please submit a complete application form and a copy of the 
nominee's resume or curriculum vitae to the DFO by October 30, 2020. 
The nomination application form can be found on the BIE website at 

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7. Information Collection

    This collection of information is authorized by OMB Control Number 
1076-0179, ``Solicitation of Nominations for the Advisory Board for 
Exceptional Children,'' which expires 02/28/2021.

(Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2; 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.).

Tara Sweeney,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
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