ERIC Number: ED167313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Status of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Reorganization. Hearing Before the United States Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, 95th Congress, 2nd Session on Oversight on the Status of the Reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.
The objective of the August 16, 1978, United States Senate hearing was to determine reorganization plans for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, two Deputy Secretaries, and Mr. Charles Trimble of the United Effort Trust testified before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs. The Assistant Secretary, Forrest J. Gerard, submitted and summarized a lengthy report of Phase I (Planning) of a 3-phase operational plan for reorganization along the lines of 36 BIA Task Force recommendations presented March 31, 1978, and included in the hearing record. He reported that BIA review teams from Headquarters, area offices, and the field had translated the recommendations into "decision documents" containing alternate approaches, action plans, and timetables for each recommendation. He noted the completed implementation of two recommendations (staffing of Assistant Secretary's office and institution of performance evaluation systems). Finally, Mr. Gerard stated that action was underway on approximately half the recommendations, notably those dealing with the superintendents' role, the BIA manual, resource allocation, and certain appointments. He further proposed selection of a full-time project manager to oversee implementation and reported that decisions on all 36 recommendations were expected by September, 1978. Mr. Trimble commented on several aspects of the BIA's progress. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Agency Role, American Indians, Economic Development, Education, Federal Indian Relationship, Futures (of Society), Guides, Hearings, Needs Assessment, Organizational Change, Planning, Policy Formation, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, Status, Trust Responsibility (Government)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.