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Subsection 3(b)(2) would require each agency "responsible for providing services or programs to or for the benefit of Indian tribes or Indians" to file an Annual Indian Program Evaluation report with the Congress.

It is not clear whether this is the name for the information that is required to be reported in subsection (b)(1) or if it is something else. If it is other than the data required by (b)(1), there needs to be some description of what is expected. To the extent that evaluation tools do not currently exist, it is not possible to design and implement such systems and file a report all within one year. This is particularly true for the BIA and the IHS where a substantial number of programs are operated by Indian tribes and, in accordance with the provisions in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, we are precluded from requiring any standardized reports that are not otherwise specifically required by statute. This subsection places a reporting burden on the agency without providing any means for compliance.

Subsection 3(c) would require that all Federal agencies develop and publish in the Federal Register a list of all programs and services for which Indian tribes or their members may be eligible.

We and other federal agencies recommend that this provision be deleted as the requested information is currently available through the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. The Catalog contains more than 1400 listings and includes information on the programs, applicant eligibility, application procedures, and reporting requirements.

Section 4. Report to Congress.

Subsection 4(a) would require the submission of a report within one year from the date of enactment detailing the coordination of Federal programs and services for which Indian tribes and their members are eligible.

Subsection 4(b) would require the development of a Strategic Plan for the Coordination of
Federal Assistance for Indians.

Subsection 4(c) would require that the Strategic Plan identify reforms necessary to laws, regulations, policies, practices, and systems of the agencies involved; proposals for remedying (suggest that this word should be "implementing") the reforms identified; and other recommendations consistent with the purposes of the Act.

The legislation does not provide sufficient time for the mandated requirements, since the Plan is to be developed in consultation and coordination with Indian tribes. Should the legislation be passed this year, it is important to remember that there will be a new Administration in office next January and there will be a period of time required for all of the Departments to organize under new leadership.

Furthermore, a project of this nature and magnitude should not be carried out by any single Department and is beyond the responsibility of any individual Secretary. With over 900 federal programs currently available to Indian tribes and individuals, it is not possible for a single federal agency to review and evaluate the different statutory authorities, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and program delivery mechanisms to develop a strategic reform plan for the Congress within 18 months. Federal agencies with similar programs may be able to propose common administrative and legislative actions to improve joint program planning and coordination. Interagency differences might be resolved through demonstration pilot projects before any broader

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Catalog of
Federal
Domestic
Assistance

http://www.cfda.gov/public/browse_applicant.asp

Browse The Catalog For Applicant Type Of Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game
Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments

Your search returned 13 programs for the applicant type of Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game --
Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Catalog of
Federal
Domestic

Assistance

http://www.cfda.gov/public/browse_applicant.asp

Browse The Catalog For Applicant Type Of Business/Commerce – Federally recognized
Indian Tribal Governments

Your search returned 4 programs for the applicant type of Business/Commerce -- Federally recognized
Indian Tribal Governments

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Public Telecommunications Facilities--Planning and Construction
Support Mechanisms for Disadvantaged Businesses

Management and Technical Assistance for Socially and Economically
Disadvantaged Businesses

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Note: Many programs multiple applicant types.

General Services Administration

Office of Governmentwide Policy (M)

Office of Acquisition Policy (MV)

Governmentwide Information Systems Division (MVS)

Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Staff

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