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National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of Interior.


Correcting amendments.


On January 24, 2017, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) revised its Privacy Act regulations. That document included incorrect information regarding the NIGC's address and contained conflicting timelines for resolving appeals. This document corrects the final regulations.


Effective July 25, 2017 and applicable beginning January 24, 2017.

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Andrew Mendoza, Staff Attorney, (202) 632-7003.

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I. Background

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA or the Act), Public Law 100-497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., was signed into law October 17, 1988. The Act established the NIGC and set out a comprehensive framework for the regulation of gaming on Indian lands. The purposes of the Act include: Providing a statutory basis for the operation of gaming by Indian tribes as a means of promoting tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and strong tribal governments; ensuring that the Indian tribe is the primary beneficiary of the gaming operation; and declaring that the establishment of independent federal regulatory authority for gaming on Indian lands, the establishment of federal standards for gaming on Indian lands, and the establishment of a National Indian Start Printed Page 34403Gaming Commission are necessary to meet congressional concerns regarding gaming and to protect such gaming as a means of generating tribal revenue. 25 U.S.C. 2702.

II. Corrections

25 CFR Part 515—Privacy Act Procedures

This document makes several correcting amendments to the Commission's Privacy Act procedures. First, this document amends 25 CFR 515.7(c) to reflect that the correct timeframe for the Privacy Act Appeals Officer to respond to an appeal is 20 working days rather than 30 working days. In 25 CFR 515.7(c) sentence one, the regulation correctly refers to the twenty-working day period established in the Commission's final rule. Then, in sentence two, the regulation incorrectly refers to the same time period as a thirty working-day period. The Commission addressed this change in its preamble to the final rule and explained that this time period was being changed to reflect the twenty working-day time period established within the Freedom of Information Act. The second reference to this time period was overlooked in the previous publication. This document also amends 25 CFR 515.3 to update the Commission's physical address. This document also corrects a grammatical error in 25 CFR 515.7(c). Finally, it amends a cross-reference contained in 25 CFR 515.10.

III. Certain Findings

Under the Administrative Procedure Act, a notice of proposed rulemaking is not required when an agency, for good cause, finds that notice and public comments are impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. Because the revisions here are technical in nature and are not substantive, the NIGC is publishing a technical amendment.

IV. Regulatory Matters

Executive Order 13175

The National Indian Gaming Commission is committed to fulfilling its tribal consultation obligations—whether directed by statute or administrative action such as Executive Order 13175 (Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments)—by adhering to the consultation framework described in its Consultation Policy published on July 15, 2013. Due to the ministerial nature of the action being taken here, consultation is not required under the NIGC's Consultation Policy.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

This rule will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. Indian tribes are not considered to be small entities for purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

This rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million per year or more. This rule will not cause a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, or local government agencies, or geographic regions and does not have significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

The Commission, as an independent regulatory agency, is exempt from compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, 2 U.S.C. 1502(1); 2 U.S.C. 658(1).


In accordance with Executive Order 12630, the Commission determined the rule does not have significant takings implications. A takings implication assessment is not required.

Civil Justice Reform Act

In accordance with Executive Order 12988, the Commission determined the rule does not unduly burden the judicial system and meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Executive Order.

National Environmental Policy Act

The Commission determined this rule does not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and that a detailed statement is not required pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.

Paperwork Reduction Act

The rule does not contain any information collection requirements for which Office of Management and Budget approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520) is required.

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List of Subjects in 25 CFR Part 515

  • Administrative practice and procedure
  • Privacy
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the NIGC amends 25 CFR part 515 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 515 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552a.

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2. Amend § 515.3 by revising the third sentence of paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Request for access to records.

(a) * * * The request may be made in person at 90 K Street NE., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20002 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in writing at NIGC Attn: Privacy Act Office, 1849 C Street NW., Mail Stop #1621, Washington, DC 20240, or via electronic mail addressed to

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3. Amend § 515.7 by revising the second and sixth sentences of paragraph (c) to read as follows:

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Appeals of initial adverse agency determination.
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(c) * * * For good cause shown, however, the Privacy Act Appeals Officer may extend the 20 day working period. * * * The response to the appeal shall also advise of the right to institute a civil action in a federal district court for judicial review of the decision.

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4. Amend § 515.10 by revising the first sentence to read as follows:

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The Commission shall charge fees for duplication of records under the Privacy Act in the same way in which it charges duplication fees under § 517.9 of this chapter. * * *

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Dated: July 14, 2017.

Jonodev O. Chaudhuri,


Kathryn Isom-Clause,

Vice Chair.

E. Sequoyah Simermeyer,


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[FR Doc. 2017-15499 Filed 7-24-17; 8:45 am]