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DOI - 5317 - Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional ChildrenAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number5317
Original Establishment Date6/4/1997Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.bie.edu/topic-page/special-educatio...
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) 240-8597 ; 202-860-7845 (Mobile)
Effective Date Of Authority*12/3/2004Designated Federal Officer Fax*(602) 265-0293
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*jennifer.davis@bie.edu
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Advisory Board for Exceptional Children (Advisory Board) typically meets two times per year to review and discuss various BIE documents and processes, Special Education (SPED) Integrated Monitoring Process; SPED data and Indicator performance, Office of SPED Programs Official monitoring reports; Department of Education (DOE) reports; Indian School Equalization Program data; and the BIE Reorganization Plan. The Advisory Board also obtains input and receives comments from parents, stakeholders and others interested in improving services for students with disabilities by receiving comments during the Advisory Board meetings. The Advisory Board uses information obtained from the various resources to advise & offer recommendations to improve services for students with disabilities and to support the BIE 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 the Act, the Advisory Board is composed of 15 individuals involved in or concerned with the education and provisions of services to Indian children with disabilities. The Advisory Board composition reflects a broad range of viewpoints and includes at least one member representing each of the following interests: Indian persons with disabilities; Teachers of children with disabilities; Indian parents/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 BIE/BIA employees concerned with the education of children with disabilities.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Advisory Board typically meets 2-3 times per year. In FY 2020 the Board held 2 virtual meetings and 1 in-person meeting.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Advisory Board is required under Public Law 108-446, Individuals with Disability Education Act; and it is necessary to gain input and advice from individuals concerned with ensuring special education services and related services are provided to children with disabilities throughout the BIE education system; and meaningful student participation is achieved and student academic achievement progress is being met.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Advisory Board meetings are open to the general public and are NOT closed.
Recommendation RemarksDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advisory Board switched their meetings from on-site (person-to-person) meetings to online meetings. The online meetings are accessible my webinar or phone calls capabilities. The Advisory Board had 3 meetings this year (1 onsite, 2 online), for this year's meetings. The Advisory Board will continue to meet online until the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved or when it is safe to comfortably travel and to meet as a large group.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 Advisory Board is established to carry out the provision of Public Law 108-446, Section 611, Paragraphs: (A) (B) (C) (D) (E), the Individuals Disability Education Act (IDEA).Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*$100,000 - $500,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentDuring FY 2020, several factors were involved that spurred operational cost savings: The BIE did not use a consultant to assist with meeting preparations. The BIE handled all administrative needs, training, meeting preparations, travel arrangements, etc. Furthermore, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Advisory Board switched to online meetings resulting in no travel costs for 2 out of the 3 meetings during 2020. Also, some Advisory Board members were also absent for various meetings. Additionally, the Advisory Board membership was almost at full capacity and operated with 11 out of 15 Advisory Board members.Grants Review CommentNo grants were reviewed.
Number Of Recommendations*63Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring FY 2020, two areas of concern are addressed with 11 recommendations provided by the Advisory Board to the BIE Director, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs and the Secretary of the Interior.

(1) Effective and Consistent Implementation of BIE system(s) workforce plan. Specifically the Advisory Board recommends the following: (A) Initiate timely processes for recruitment, employment and retention of qualified personnel, aligning with the school calendar to ensure positions are filled at the start of the school year across the BIE system, including expanded utilization of virtual delivery systems. (B) Ensure the BIE works to implement effective and efficient 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 educator 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 relevant, high quality professional development programming. (C) Develop an equitable system for funding, staffing and procurement across Bureau Operated, Tribally Controlled, and Navajo Schools to fill the support positions (Associate Deputy Director’s level, ERC level, etc.) needed to provide focused and meaningful special education technical assistance to all schools as reflected in the reorganization. (D) Build the capacity of special education personnel at the DPA, ERC and school levels to facilitate compliance and performance accountability. Personnel hired at these levels need to be fully certified/licensed and experienced in special education. (E) Develop and update job categories, standards and descriptions for all special education and related service positions to ensure that personnel hired are fully certified/licensed and experienced in special education and/or related service fields. (F) The Advisory Board recommends that a plan be developed to address the following priorities to be completed by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. These recommendations are critical to ensure compliance and timely delivery of services to students with special needs.

(2) Coordination of Special Education Services to include effective communication, collaboration, and transparency across the BIE system, other BIA divisions and tribal education departments in support of tribal sovereignty. Specifically the board recommends the following: (A) Encourage and support interagency communication and collaboration between the BIE special education system and Tribal Education Departments. (B) Clarify roles and responsibilities of BIE staff, departments and regions to ensure appropriate special education programs and services for students with disabilities. (C) Increase direct community participation from all stakeholders across the BIE system. (D) Develop/revise and implement the plan of coordination of the IDEA statute. (E) Finalize and adopt the BIE Special Education Policy and Procedures.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*30.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*30.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentIndividuals may contact the Designated Federal Officer, Jennifer Davis at jennifer.davis@bie.edu. The Board has a link within the BIE website www.bie.edu under
https://www.bie.edu/topic-page/special-education-advisory-board.
Agency Feedback Comment*The BIE works closely with the Advisory Board during each meeting and provides feedback on the Annual Report.Narrative Description*The Advisory Board conducted three Board meetings (1 in-person and 2 virtual). The Board will present two priority areas and recommendations: (1) Effective and consistent implementation of BIE system(s) workforce plan; and (2) Coordination of Special Education Services to include effective communication, collaboration, and transparency across the BIE system, other BIA divisions and tribal education departments in support of tribal sovereignty.

Eleven recommendations are provided within the 2020 Annual Report which will be forwarded to the BIE Director, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of the Dept. of Education.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$12,636.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$13,369.60
Payments to Federal Staff*$16,848.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$16,426.80
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$3,577.63Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$1,117.50Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$1,021.50Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$700.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$525.00
Total Costs$35,900.63Est. Total Next FY*$30,321.40
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.15Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.15
Cost RemarksDue to the COVID-19 crisis the Advisory Board switched to online meetings resulting in no travel costs for 2 out of the 3 meetings during FY2020. The Advisory Board also processed 3 Federal Register Notices and one Call for Nominations to fill vacancies.Est Cost RemarksDue to the COVID-19 pandemic all Advisory Board meetings will be conducted virtual. It is anticipated that the Advisory Board membership will increase to a full panel of 15 members from the current 12 members. There will be 4 Board members whose terms will expire on 4/1/2021. The DFO will complete all meeting preparations. A consultant will not be used to prepare meetings.
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Civil Rights
Children
Disabled
Equal Opportunity
Minorities
Native Americans
Data
Data Quality
Education
Education
Schools and Academic Institutions
Training
Government
Federal Government
State Government
Tribal Government
Health
Physical Fitness
Justice
Juvenile Justice
Prevention
Labor
Employment
Job Training
Workforce and Occupations
Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation and Disability
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035385Bureau of Indian Affairs Advisory Board for Exceptional Children2019
 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