[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 18 (Monday, January 28, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5829-5830]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01650]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of the Secretary


Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and 
Reform will hold a public meeting on February 12 and 13, 2013. During 
the public meeting, the Commission will hear from invited speakers and 
the public about management of probate and real estate services, 
management of natural resources held in trust, and trust reform. The 
Commission will also host a youth outreach session on February 11, 
2013, at the University of Washington.

DATES: The Commission's public meeting will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 
2:30 p.m. on February 12, and begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. on 
February 13, 2013. Members of the public who wish to attend in person 
should RSVP by February 8, 2013, to: trustcommission@ios.doi.gov to 
ensure adequate meeting packets will be available. Members of the 
public who wish to participate via teleconference or webinar should 
respond by February 8, 2013, to: trustcommission@ios.doi.gov. Virtual 
participation is limited to 100 participants. The Commission's public 
youth outreach session will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on February 
11, 2013; additional information will be available at: http://www.doi.gov/cobell/commission/index.cfm.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting and public youth outreach session will 
both be held on the University of Washington campus, in Seattle, 
Washington; further information on the locations will be available at 
http://www.doi.gov/cobell/commission/index.cfm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Official, 
Lizzie Marsters, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary, Department of 
the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Room 6118, Washington, DC 20240; or 
email to Lizzie_Marsters@ios.doi.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and 
Reform was established under Secretarial Order No. 3292, dated December 
8, 2009. The Commission plays a key role in the Department's ongoing 
efforts to empower Indian nations and strengthen nation-to-nation 
relationships.
    The Commission will complete a comprehensive evaluation of the 
Department's management and administration of the trust assets within a 
two-year period and offer recommendations to the Secretary of the 
Interior on how to improve in the future. The Commission will:
    (1) Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Department's 
management and administration of the trust administration;
    (2) Review the Department's provision of services to trust 
beneficiaries;
    (3) Review input from the public, interested parties, and trust 
beneficiaries, which should involve conducting a number of regional 
listening sessions;
    (4) Consider the nature and scope of necessary audits of the 
Department's trust administration system;
    (5) Recommend options to the Secretary to improve the Department's 
management and administration of the trust administration system based 
on information obtained from the Commission's activities, including 
whether any legislative or regulatory changes are necessary to 
permanently implement the improvements; and
    (6) Consider the provisions of the American Indian Trust Fund 
Management Reform Act of 1994 providing for termination of the Office 
of the Special Trustee for American

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Indians, and make recommendations to the Secretary regarding 
termination.

Meeting Details

    On the evening of Monday, February 11, 2013, the Commission will 
host a youth outreach session from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the University 
of Washington campus to meet with young adults and college students on 
their ideas and recommendations to improve performance and services to 
trust beneficiaries. For additional information please refer to http://www.doi.gov/cobell/commission/index.cfm.
    On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, and Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 
the Commission will hold a meeting open to the public. The following 
items will be on the agenda.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

     Invocation.
     Welcome, introductions, agenda review.
     Commission operations reports and decision-making.
     Commission review and discussion of preliminary 
recommendations.
     Initial observations and comments from public regarding 
Commission recommendations.
     Panel session regarding natural resource assets.
     Panel session regarding real estate.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

     Invocation.
     Welcome, introductions, agenda review.
     Commissioner reflections and insights from day 1 and site 
visit.
     Presentation and discussion from Acting Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Management.
     Panel session regarding trust reform and administration.
     Remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.
     Presentation and discussion regarding international trust 
models.
     Public comment regarding Commission discussion thus far.
     Commission discussion of insights and conclusions from 
panel speakers and preliminary discussion of how to integrate ideas 
into draft recommendations.
     Topics for next Commission public webinar and in-person 
meetings.
     Review action items, meeting accomplishments.
     Closing blessing, adjourn.
    Written comments may be sent to the Designated Federal Official 
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above. To review 
all related material on the Commission's work, please refer to http://www.doi.gov/cobell/commission/index.cfm. All meetings are open to the 
public.

    Dated: January 22, 2013.
David J. Hayes,
Deputy Secretary.
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