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

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ACTION:

Notice of Request for Nominations.

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.

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 (résumé 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 résumé 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 (résumé 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.

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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