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Committee NameBureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional ChildrenAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number5317
Original Establishment Date6/4/1997Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date4/1/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Education Specialist
Date Of Renewal Charter4/1/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jennifer
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Davis
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixM.Ed.
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L.108-466, The Individuals with Disability Education Improvement Act, Part B, Section 611(h)(6)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(602) 265-1592
Effective Date Of Authority*12/3/2004Designated Federal Officer Fax*(602) 265-8293
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The BIE Advisory Board for Exceptional Children accomplishes its purpose by meeting to review and discuss various Bureau of Indian Education documents and processes, including the Eligibility Document; Special Education Integrated Monitoring Process; Office of Special Education Programs Official monitoring report; Department of Education reports; Indian School Equalization Program data; and the BIE Reorganization Plan. The Advisory Board also obtains input and receives comments from parents and others interested in improving services to students with disabilities by receiving comments during the BIE Advisory Board Committee meetings. The Advisory Board uses information obtained from the various resources to advise and offer recommendations to improve services for students with disabilities and to support the Bureau of Indian Affairs in carrying out the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.
How is membership balanced?*Public Law 108-446, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) establishes the membership requirements. As required by law, the board is composed of individuals involved in, or concerned with the education and provisions of services to Indian children with disabilities. The board composition reflects a broad range of viewpoints and includes at least one member representing each of the following interests: Indian persons with disabilites; teachers of children with disabilities; Indian parents or guardians of children with disabilities; service providers; State Education Officials; Local education officials; State inter-agency coordinating councils (for states having Indian reservations); tribal representatives or tribal organization representatives and BIA employees concerned with the education of children with disabilities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The BIE Advisory Board for Exceptional Children meets at least twice per year. The Board met three times in 2018. Executive committee meetings and other committee meetings are held as required to address various issues and needs. The meetings are relevant to the purpose of the Board and are necessary to ensure the required responsibilities as identified in Public Law 108-446 are successfully carried out.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The BIE Advisory Board for Exceptional Children is required under Public Law 108-446; and is necessary to gain input and advice from individuals concerned with ensuring special education services and related services are provided to children with disabilities.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are NOT closed.
Recommendation RemarksFor FY 2018 the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) did not use a contractor to assist with the Advisory Board meetings.
• For FY 2018 the BIE handled all and covered all administrative needs, committee costs, training and professional services (e.g. copying, printing, postage, shipping, travel costs for Board members, report writing and development, hotel, conference room and flight reservations and payments, cost comparison for three locations). There were no other additional costs such as indirect costs, labor and professional conference services. This was a cost savings of at least $30,000 (minimum) per meeting.
• Comparison of the travel costs for the BIE Advisory Board members was completed for several locations: Washington, D.C.; Minneapolis, MN and Albuquerque, NM, Choctaw, MS, Eagle Butte, ND and Phoenix, AZ.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Board is established to carry out the provision of Public Law 108-446, Section 611, Paragraphs: (A) (B) (C) (D) (E).Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentCost savings has occurred however there are factors that have occurred to provide an undetermined amount of savings. During FY 2017 the BIE used a consultant to assist with preparation of advisory board meetings and there were fifteen board members. During 2018 the BIE discontinued the use of a consultant to assist with meeting preparations. The BIE handled all meeting preparations. Also the total number of board members decreased from fifteen members to seven members to five members throughout the FY 2018 year due to expiring member terms. For FY 2019 the number of Board members is expected to return back to fifteen Board members by January 2019, and in the future possibly hiring a consultant to assist with meeting preparations.Grants Review CommentNo grants were reviewed.
Number Of Recommendations*39Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentFor FY 2018 there are a total of six recommendations. The Advisory Board has provided guidance and advice to the BIE Director, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs and the Secretary of the Interior on the priority areas. Two areas of concern with justification and recommendations are provided: BIE REORGANIZATION - The Advisory Board is concerned that the current Administration has not clearly outlined and communicated the extent to which the reorganization of the BIE will impact the provision of special education and related services to students within BIE funded schools. 1. We recommend that the BIE immediately communicate the reorganization plan as relates to special education programs and services. Specifically, we request an update as to which phase of the reorganization the BIE is current in as per Order No. 3334. 2. We recommend expediting the hiring process for positions associated with this reorganization. 3. We recommend that clear roles and expectations for personnel (e.g., DPA, ERC, local schools, etc.) be communicated throughout the Reorganization. RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF STAFF JUSTIFICATION - The BIE currently has an increased number of mediations and schools needing substantial improvement. Without appropriate staffing to assist schools in providing services for students with disabilities, the BIE is at risk of being out of compliance with federal requirements regarding the provision of special education services and coordination of related services. This is a violation of the federal trust responsibility for Indian Education as well as Individuals with Disability Education Act. 1. We recommend that the BIE implement a system by which schools have access to daily support services for students with disabilities (e.g., school-level special education coordinator, program improvement specialist for special education, or education specialist at the ADD and SEA levels, implement the Continuous Quality Improvement Plan. 2. We recommend that the BIE work to ensure adequate recruitment and training of special educators and related service providers. To assist in this effort, the BIE is asked to work with existing Native American administrator preparation programs that can be leveraged to increase the number of special education professionals. We also recommend that school personnel have opportunities to participate in regional and professional development programming. 3. The Advisory Board recommends that collaborative partnerships between educator preparation institutions and BIE schools be developed for the purpose of preparing teachers, specialized service professionals, and school leaders for BIE schools. Implementation of the recommendation as outlined above will be critical as the BIE works to ensure implementation of federal regulations regarding the education of students with disabilities. Furthermore, such actions will strengthen the federal government’s efforts to respect and honor the federal trust responsibility for Indian education.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*30.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe BIE has addressed the concerns and recommendations provided by the Board. The BIE has offered training's via on-site and webinars to all schools.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe BIE will work toward the implementation of all recommendations.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentIndividuals may contact the Designated Federal Officer, Jennifer Davis at The Board has a link within the BIE website under Programs>Special Education>Advisory Board.
Agency Feedback CommentThe BIE works closely with the Board at each meeting. For the FY 2018 recommendations, the Agency is preparing a response back to the BIE Advisory Board about the recommendations.Narrative Description*The Board had one meeting in FY 2018. The Board addressed three priority areas and recommendations were made to the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). The priority areas addressed were: BIE Reorganization, Sovereignty, and Staffing and Support. The BIE Advisory Board provided stakeholder input on the BIE Special Education Annual Report for the Secretary of the Interior and the Department of Education.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033253Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2018
 COM-001530Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2017
 COM-002765Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2016
 COM-003643Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2015
 COM-004881Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2014
 COM-005754Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2013
 COM-007127Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2012
 COM-007849Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2011
 COM-009315Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2010
 COM-009835Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2009
 COM-011070Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2008
 COM-011718Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2007
 COM-013056Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2006
 COM-013694Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2005
 COM-014866Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2004
 COM-015591Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2003
 COM-016847Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2002
 COM-017267Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2001
 COM-018825Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2000