[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 168 (Wednesday, August 29, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52347-52352]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21247]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


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.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Bureau of 
Indian Education (BIE) requests nominations of individuals to serve on 
the Advisory Board for Exceptional Children (Advisory Board). There are 
five positions available. The BIE will consider nominations received in 
response to this Request for Nominations, as well as other sources. The 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for this notice provides committee 
and membership criteria.

DATES: Nominations must be received on or before October 1, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit nomination applications to Sue Bement, Designated 
Federal Officer, Bureau of Indian Education, Albuquerque Service 
Center, Division of Performance and Accountability, 1011 Indian School 
Road NW., Suite 332, Albuquerque, NM 87104-1088, telephone (505) 563-
5274 or fax (505) 563-5281, Attention: Sue Bement.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue Bement, Education Specialist, 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 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/intra- agency 
programs and activities;
    (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; state interagency coordinating 
councils (for states having Indian reservations); Tribal 
representatives or Tribal organization representatives; and other 
members representing the 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. 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 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) A member may not participate in matters that will directly 
affect, or 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 regulations.

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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 and knowledge of the issues and 
needs of American Indian children with disabilities. This 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 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 been 
contacted and 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.)

    Note: Additional pages may be added for further explanation of 
any item. Reference the corresponding item number for which the 
additional explanation is made.

Bureau of Indian Education

Advisory Board for Exceptional Children

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 American Indian children with 
disabilities as described above.
    B. Nominees should have expertise and knowledge of the issues and 
needs of American Indian children with disabilities. This 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 candidate's qualifications 
(r[eacute]sum[eacute] or curriculum vitae) must be included with the 
nomination. Nominees must have the ability to (1) attend Advisory Board 
meetings, (2) carry out committee assignments, (3) participate in 
conference calls, and (4) work in groups.
Objective and Duties
    A. The Advisory Board provides 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 the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
(IDEA), 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.
    B. The Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations for the 
coordination of services within the BIE and with other local, State, 
and Federal agencies.
    C. The Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations on a 
broad range of policy issues dealing with provision of educational 
services to American Indian children with disabilities.
    D. The Advisory Board serves 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.
    E. The Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations for 
preparation of information required to be submitted to the Secretary of 
Education.
    F. The Advisory Board provides advice and recommends policies 
concerning effective inter/intra-agency collaboration, including 
modifications to regulations, and elimination of barriers to inter/
intra-agency programs and activities.
    G. The Advisory Board reports and directs all correspondence to the 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs through the Director of the Bureau 
of Indian Education with a courtesy copy to the DFO.
Membership
    A. The Advisory Board will be composed of up to 15 members. The 
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs may provide the Secretary of the 
Interior recommendations for the Chairperson. However, all Advisory 
Board members will be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior as 
required. Advisory Board members will serve staggered terms of two 
years or three years from the date of their appointment. The Secretary 
may remove members from the Advisory Board at any time at his or her 
discretion.
    B. As required by IDEA, the Advisory Board will be composed of 
individuals involved in or concerned with the education and provision 
of services to Indian children 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: 
Indian persons 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 BIA employees concerned with the 
education of children with disabilities.
    C. Members of the Advisory Board will not receive compensation, but 
will be reimbursed for travel, subsistence and other necessary expenses 
incurred in the performance of their duties consistent with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 5703.
    D. A member may not participate in matters that will directly 
affect, or 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.
    E. 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.
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Deadline

    Submit nominations on or before October 1, 2012.

Address

    Please submit nominations to Sue Bement, Designated Federal 
Officer, Bureau of Indian Education, Albuquerque Service Center, 
Division of Performance and Accountability, 1011 Indian School Road 
NW., Albuquerque, NM 87104-1088, telephone 505-563-5274 or fax to 505-
563-5281.
Contact
    For further information, contact Sue Bement, Education Specialist, 
Albuquerque Service Center, Division of Performance and Accountability, 
at the above listed address and telephone number.

    Dated: August 23, 2012.
Donald E. Laverdure,
Acting Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
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