School Boards for DoD Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), 13765-13769 [2016-05600]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / Proposed Rules on these figures, we estimate the total cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $6,053,000. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that it justifies making a regulatory distinction, and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Mar 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Honeywell International Inc. (Type Certificate Previously Held by AlliedSignal Inc., Garrett Engine Division; Garrett Turbine Engine Company; and AiResearch Manufacturing Company of Arizona): Docket No. FAA–2015–4866; Directorate Identifier 2015–NE–33–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by May 16, 2016. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell) TPE331–3U, –3UW, –5, –5A, –5AB, –5B, –6, –6A, –8, –10, –10AV, –10GP, –10GT, –10N, –10P, –10R, –10T, –10U, –10UA, –10UF, –10UG, –10UGR, –10UR, and –11U model turboprop engines, and TSE331–3U model turboshaft engines, with a 2nd stage compressor impeller, part number (P/N) 893482–1 through –5, inclusive, or P/N 3107056–1 or P/N 3107056–2, installed. (d) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by the discovery of cracks in a 2nd stage compressor impeller during a routine shop visit. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the compressor impeller, uncontained part release, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. (e) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (1) Remove from service the 2nd stage compressor impeller within 200 cycles-inservice after the effective date of the AD, or before exceeding 7,000 cycles since last overhaul, whichever occurs later. (f) Installation Prohibition After the effective date of this AD, do not install a 2nd stage compressor impeller, part number (P/N) 893482–1 through –5, inclusive, or P/N 3107056–1 or P/N 3107056–2 into any engine. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request. (h) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Joseph Costa, Aerospace Engineer, PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 13765 Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712– 4137; phone: 562–627–5246; fax: 562–627– 5210; email: joseph.costa@faa.gov. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on March 4, 2016. Colleen M. D’Alessandro, Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–05704 Filed 3–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary 32 CFR Part 69 [Docket ID: DOD–2014–OS–0006] RIN 0790–AJ18 School Boards for DoD Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, DoD. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: This proposed rule establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for the establishment and operation of elected school boards for elementary, middle and high schools operated by the DoD Education Activity in the Continental United States and the Territories, Possessions and Commonwealths. Specific direction is given to facilitate compliance with 10 U.S.C. 2164(d), as implemented by DoD Instruction 1342.25, regarding the election of board members, composition, roles and responsibilities, operating procedures and resolution of conflicts. DATES: Comments must be received by May 16, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) number and title, by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–9010. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or RIN for this Federal Register document. The general policy SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15MRP1.SGM 15MRP1 13766 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / Proposed Rules for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marsha Jacobson, 571–372–1900. The revisions to this proposed rule will be reported in future status updates as part of DoD’s retrospective plan under Executive Order 13563 completed in August 2011. DoD’s full plan can be accessed at: http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=DOD-2011-OS-0036. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Summary I. Purpose of the Regulatory Action a. Purpose. The Department of Defense has many DoD Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) that require school boards to carry out the responsibilities and procedures described in this proposed rule. b. Succinct statement of legal authority for the regulatory action. Congress directed the Secretary of Defense to provide for the establishment of school boards at DDESS schools established under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2164. Pursuant to that direction, the Secretary of Defense issued DoD Instruction 1342.25, School Boards for Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), dated October 30, 1996. This rule updates and revises the instruction in accordance with the changes to 10 U.S.C. 2164. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS II. Summary of the Major Provisions of the Regulatory Action in Question The major provisions of this regulatory action include: a. Providing a list of the duties and responsibilities school board members will perform. b. Describing the process of voting and electing school board members. c. Details the school board operating procedures, including written agendas, possible removal of school board members by USD(P&R), reimbursement for official travel, among other procedures discussed in this rule. The vast majority of the duties and responsibilities of school board members and the board operating procedures are unchanged, but several duties have been revised in accordance with various policy changes and legal limitations. In addition, one of the changes is due to the statutory change VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Mar 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 affecting the establishment of school boards in Puerto Rico and Guam. III. Costs and Benefits There are no additional costs associated with the implementation of this rule. This is a revised rule which provides updated guidance and clarification of the language in the statute. The establishment and operation of elected school boards for elementary, middle and high schools operated by the DoD Education Activity on military installations in the United States (including the territories, commonwealths, and possessions of the United States) remain the same. School Boards are elected by the parents of students attending the DoD schools. School Board members do not receive any monetary compensation for their services. Board members voluntarily serve as the conduit between the parents of students attending the DoD schools and the DoDEA District Superintendent who is responsible for overseeing the operation of the schools. The costs, if any, are only incidental costs. The rule primarily clarifies and updates existing activities with respect to School Board operations. Regulatory Procedures Executive Order 12866, ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review’’ and Executive Order 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review’’ Executive Orders 13563 and 12866 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distribute impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. It has been determined that this rule is not a significant regulatory action. The rule does not: (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy; a section of the economy; productivity; competition; jobs; the environment; public health or safety; or State, local, or tribal governments or communities; (2) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another Agency; (3) Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 mandates, the President’s priorities, or the principles set forth in these Executive Orders. Sec. 202, Public Law 104–4, ‘‘Unfunded Mandates Reform Act’’ Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) (Pub. L. 104–4) requires agencies assess anticipated costs and benefits before issuing any rule whose mandates require spending in any 1 year of $100 million in 1995 dollars, updated annually for inflation. In 2014, that threshold is approximately $141 million. This document will not mandate any requirements for State, local, or tribal governments, nor will it affect private sector costs. Public Law 96–354, ‘‘Regulatory Flexibility Act’’ (5 U.S.C. 601) The Department of Defense certifies that this proposed rule is not subject to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601) because it would not, if promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Therefore, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, as amended, does not require us to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis. Public Law 96–511, ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act’’ (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) It has been certified that 32 CFR part 69 does not impose reporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Executive Order 13132, ‘‘Federalism’’ Executive Order 13132 establishes certain requirements that an agency must meet when it promulgates a proposed rule (and subsequent final rule) that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on State and local governments, preempts State law, or otherwise has Federalism implications. This proposed rule will not have a substantial effect on State and local governments. List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 69 Elementary and secondary education, Government employees, and Military personnel. Accordingly 32 CFR part 69 is proposed to be revised to read as follows: Sec. 69.1 69.2 69.3 69.4 69.5 69.6 Purpose. Applicability. Definitions. Policy. Responsibilities. Procedures. Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix, 10 U.S.C. 1783 and 2164. E:\FR\FM\15MRP1.SGM 15MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / Proposed Rules PART 69—SCHOOL BOARDS FOR DOD DOMESTIC DEPENDENT ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS (DDESS) § 69.1 Purpose. This part establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for the establishment and operation of elected school boards for schools operated by the DoD in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2164. § 69.2 Applicability. This part: (a) Applies to: (1) Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD. (2) Schools (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) operated by the DoD in accordance with DoD Directive 1342.20, ‘‘Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)’’ (available at http:// www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/ 134220p.pdf), and 10 U.S.C. 2164 within the United States and U.S. territories, possessions, and commonwealths. (b) Does not apply to elected school boards established under State or local law for DDESS special arrangements. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS § 69.3 Definitions. Unless otherwise noted, these terms and their definitions are for the purposes of this part. Arrangements. Actions taken by the Secretary of Defense to provide a free public education to dependent children of active duty military members and civilian employees of the Federal Government in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2164 through DDESS arrangements or DDESS special arrangements. DDESS arrangement. An agreement whereby a school operated by the DoD under DoD Directive 1342.20 and 10 U.S.C. 2164 provides a free public education for eligible children. DDESS special arrangement. An agreement made in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2164 between the Secretary of Defense, and a local education agency whereby a school or a school system operated by the local education agency or private education agency provides educational services to eligible dependent children of active duty military members and full time DoD civilian employees. Arrangements result in partial or total federal funding to the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Mar 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 local public education agency for the educational services provided. Parent. The biological father or mother of a child when parental rights have not been legally terminated; a person who, by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, has been declared the father or mother of a child by adoption; the legal guardian of a child; or a person in whose household a child resides, provided that such a person stands in loco parentis to that child and contributes at least one-half of the child’s support. Quorum. A majority of the total number of school board members authorized on the particular school board. Special election. A special election is an election that is held between the regularly scheduled annual school board elections. § 69.4 Policy. It is DoD policy that: (a) Except for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (referred to in this part as ‘‘Puerto Rico’’) and the Territory of Guam (referred to in this part as ‘‘Guam’’), each DDESS arrangement must have an elected school board established and operated in accordance with DoD Directive 1342.20 and 10 U.S.C. 2164, and this part. One school board may be established for all such schools in Puerto Rico and in Guam. (b) Because members of DDESS elected school boards, when acting in the capacity as a school board member, are not U.S. Government employees or members of the military, they may not exercise discretionary governmental authority such as taking personnel actions or establishing governmental policies, or perform other inherently governmental functions. (c) The DDESS chain of supervision within DDESS for matters relating to DDESS arrangements operated in accordance with DoD Directive 1342.20 and 10 U.S.C. 2164 will be from the Director, DDESS, to the superintendent of each DDESS arrangement. The superintendent will inform the school board of all matters affecting the operation of the DDESS arrangement. Direct liaison among the school board, the Director, DDESS, and the superintendent is authorized for all matters pertaining to the DDESS arrangement. § 69.5 Responsibilities. (a) Under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)), unless otherwise directed by statute, Presidential directive, or DoD policy, the Assistant Secretary of PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 13767 Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASD(M&RA)) makes the final decision on all formal appeals to directives and other guidance submitted by the school board or superintendent. (b) Under the authority, direction, and control of the ASD(M&RA), the Director, DoD Education Activity (DoDEA), oversees DDESS arrangements and ensures implementation of the procedures in § 69.6. § 69.6 Procedures. (a) Implementation. (1) The Director, DDESS, will: (i) Oversee the establishment of elected school boards in DDESS arrangements, which, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2164(d)(6), need not comply with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. Appendix, also known and referred to in this part as ‘‘The Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972,’’ as amended. (ii) Monitor compliance by the superintendents and school boards with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and this part. In the event of suspected noncompliance, take appropriate action, which includes notifying the superintendent and the school board president of the affected DDESS arrangement. (iii) Determine when the actions of a school board conflict with an applicable statute, regulation, or other guidance or when there is a conflict in the views of the school board and the superintendent. When such conflicts occur, assist the superintendent and the school board in resolving them, or direct that such actions be discontinued. Such disapprovals must be in writing to the school board and the superintendent concerned and must state the specific supporting reason or reasons. (2) School board members will: (i) Participate in the development and oversight of fiscal, personnel, and educational policies, procedures, and programs for the DDESS arrangement concerned, consistent with this part. (ii) Approve agendas and prepare minutes for school board meetings. A copy of the approved minutes of school board meetings will be forwarded to the Director, DDESS, within 10 working days after the date the minutes are approved. (iii) Advise the Director, DDESS, in competitively filling any superintendent vacancy. (A) If the Director, DDESS, decides not to fill a superintendent vacancy, or to fill a vacancy through internal reassignment, school board members will be provided the opportunity for written comment to the Director, DDESS, on this issue and final E:\FR\FM\15MRP1.SGM 15MRP1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 13768 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / Proposed Rules determination will be made by the Director, DDESS. (B) If the Director, DDESS, elects to fill a superintendent vacancy competitively, each school board in the respective school district may, at the school board’s discretion, provide one school board representative (i.e., the school board president) to participate as a member of the DDESS Director’s selection panel. The school board representative to a selection panel must be either a full-time or permanent parttime government employee, a military member, or a member of a military family, so that the selection panel will not be considered an advisory committee pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act and 10 U.S.C. 1783. (C) In advising the Director, DDESS, the selection panel will provide advice to the Director, DDESS, by reviewing applications for the superintendent vacancy, preparing a list of qualified candidates, interviewing candidates, and ranking the list of recommended candidates for the DDESS Director’s selection. (iv) Prepare and provide to the Director, DDESS, an annual written review of the superintendent’s performance based on established critical elements. This advisory review may be provided to the superintendent or inserted into the final comments of the performance review. (v) Participate in the development of the district’s budget to submit to the Director, DDESS, for his or her approval. Oversee the approved budget, in conjunction with the superintendent, as appropriate for operation of the school arrangement. (vi) Invite the superintendent to attend all school board meetings. (vii) Provide advice to the superintendent on the operation of the schools and the implementation of the approved budget. (viii) Channel communications with school employees to the superintendent. Refer all applications, complaints, and other communications, oral or written, to the superintendent. (ix) Participate in the development of school policies, rules, and regulations in conjunction with the superintendent, and recommend which policies will be reflected in the school policy manual. The school policy manual, which will be issued by the superintendent, may include: (A) A statement of the school philosophy. (B) The roles and responsibilities of school administrative and educational personnel. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Mar 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 (C) Provisions for publishing an annual school calendar. (D) Provisions on instructional services, including policies to develop and adopt curriculum and textbooks. (E) Regulations affecting students, including attendance, grading, promotion, retention, and graduation criteria, and the student code of rights, responsibilities, and conduct. (F) School policy on community relations and non-instructional services, including maintenance and custodial services, food services, and student transportation. (G) School policy and legal limits on financial operations, including accounting, disbursing, contracting, and procurement; personnel operations, including conditions of employment and labor management regulations; and the processing of, and response to, complaints. (H) Procedures providing for new school board member orientation. (I) Any other matters the school board and the superintendent determine to be necessary. (x) Prepare and submit formal appeals to directives and other guidance that, in the view of the school board, adversely impact the operation of the DDESS either through the operation and management of DDESS or a specific DDESS arrangement in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2164. (A) Written formal appeals with justification and supporting documentation must be submitted by the school board or superintendent to the ASD(M&RA). (B) The ASD(M&RA) will make the final decision on all formal appeals on matters pertaining to his or her charter directive. (C) The Director, DDESS, will provide the appealing body a written review of the findings relating to the merits of the appeal. (D) Formal appeals will be handled expeditiously by all parties to minimize any adverse impact on the operation of the DDESS arrangement. (xi) Enforce school board operating procedures. (b) Composition of the School Board. (1) To be a school board member, an individual must be a resident of the military installation at which the DDESS arrangement is located or, in the case of candidates for school boards in Puerto Rico and Guam, be the parent of an eligible child currently enrolled in the DDESS arrangement; cannot be employed by the DDESS arrangement; and cannot be a registered federal lobbyist. (2) The school board will recommend to the Director, DDESS, the number of PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 elected school board voting members, which must be no fewer than three and no more than nine, depending upon local needs. The members of the school board will select by majority vote of the total number of school board members authorized at the beginning of each official school board term, one member to act as president and another to act as vice president. (i) The president and vice president will each serve for 1 year. (ii) The president will preside over school board meetings and provide leadership for related activities and functions. (iii) The vice president will serve in the absence of the president. (iv) If the position of president is vacated for any reason, the vice president will assume the position of president until the position is either vacated or the next annual/regularlyscheduled school board election, whichever occurs first. (v) The resulting vacancy in the position of the vice president will be filled by the majority vote of all members of the incumbent board. (3) School board members, with the exception of travel and per diem related to official school board business, may not receive compensation for their service on the school board. (4) School board members may not have any financial interest in any company or organization doing business with DDESS. Waivers to this restriction may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Director, DDESS, in coordination with the Office of General Counsel of the DoDEA. (5) The DDESS arrangement superintendent will serve as a nonvoting observer to all school board meetings. (6) The installation commander will: (i) Serve as a non-voting observer to the school board. (ii) Convey command concerns to the school board and the superintendent and keep the school board and the superintendent informed of changes and other matters within the host installation that affect school expenditures or operations. (c) School Board Electorate. School board members will be elected by parents of students who attend the school. Each parent will have one vote. (d) Election of School Board Members. (1) The superintendent, in consultation with the school board, will be responsible for developing the plans for nominating school board members and conducting the school board election and the special election process. The superintendent will E:\FR\FM\15MRP1.SGM 15MRP1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / Proposed Rules announce election results within 7 working days of the election. (2) The school board will determine a schedule for regular elections. (i) Parents will have adequate notice of the time and place of the election. (ii) Military members in a deployed or official tour of duty status at the time of the election may use email or other electronic means to cast a vote by absentee ballot, provided that the absentee ballot is received by the district superintendent prior to the close of the scheduled election. (iii) The superintendent must not disclose the particular vote of any absentee voter. (iv) All other votes must be cast in person by secret ballot at the time and place of the election. (v) The candidates(s) receiving the greatest number of votes will be elected as school board member(s). (3) Each candidate for school board membership must be nominated in writing by a member of the school board electorate. Votes may be cast at the time of election for a write-in candidate who has not filed a nomination petition if the write-in candidate is qualified to serve in the position sought. (4) The school board will determine the term of office for elected members, not to exceed 3 years, and the limit on the number of consecutive terms, if any. If the board fails to set these terms by the first day of the first full month of the school year, the terms will be set at 3 years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. (5) When there is a sufficient number of school board vacancies that result in not having a quorum, a special election must be called by the superintendent. (i) The nomination and election procedures for a special election will be the same as those of regularly scheduled school board elections. (ii) Individuals elected by special election will serve until the next regularly scheduled school board election. (iii) Vacancies may occur due to the school board member’s resignation, death, removal for cause, or transfer, or the disenrollment of a school board member’s child(ren) from the DDESS arrangement. (6) The election process will provide staggered terms for board members (e.g., on the last day of the last month of each year, the term for some board members will expire). (e) School Board Operating Procedures. (1) The school board must operate from a written agenda at all meetings. Matters not placed on the agenda before the start of the meeting, but approved by VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Mar 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 a majority of the school board present, may be considered at the ongoing meeting and added to the agenda at that time. (2) A majority of the total number of school board members authorized will constitute a quorum. (3) School board meetings must be conducted a minimum of four times a year. The school board president consistent with government-wide guidelines concerning the timely announcement of public meetings, should notify the school board members and the public of the scheduled board meeting not less than 5 calendar days before the meeting is scheduled. School board meetings will generally be open to the public. Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2164(d)(6), a school board need not comply with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, but may close meetings as permitted by the Act. (4) The school board will not be bound in any way by any action or statement of an individual member or group of members of the board, except when such action or statement is approved by a majority of the school board members during a meeting. (5) Elected school board members may be removed by the USD(P&R), for dereliction of duty, malfeasance, or other grounds for cause shown. This authority may not be delegated below the level of the ASD(M&RA). (i) The school board concerned may recommend such removal with a twothirds majority vote. (ii) Before a school board member may be removed, the member must be afforded due process, to include written notification of the basis for the action, review of the evidence or documentation considered by the school board, and an opportunity to respond. Dated: March 8, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2016–05600 Filed 3–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 13769 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 91 [Docket No. FWS–HQ–MB–2015–0161; FXMB12330900000//167//FF09M13200] RIN 1018–BB23 Revision of Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) Contest Regulations Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are extending the comment period for our February 11, 2016, proposed rule to change the regulations governing the annual Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Contest (also known as the Federal Duck Stamp Contest). This action will allow interested persons additional time to comment on the proposal. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule. SUMMARY: The comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on February 11, 2016 (81 FR 7279), is extended. We will accept comments from all interested parties until March 21, 2016. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES, below), must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. ADDRESSES: Document availability: You may obtain a copy of the proposed rule on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS–HQ–MB–2015–0161. Comment submission: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: • Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter FWS–HQ–MB–2015–0161, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then click on the Search button. On the resulting page, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate the document. You may submit a comment by clicking on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ • By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand delivery to: Public Comments DATES: E:\FR\FM\15MRP1.SGM 15MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 50 (Tuesday, March 15, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

32 CFR Part 69

[Docket ID: DOD-2014-OS-0006]
RIN 0790-AJ18


School Boards for DoD Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary 
Schools (DDESS)

AGENCY: Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, DoD.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: This proposed rule establishes policy, assigns 
responsibilities, and provides procedures for the establishment and 
operation of elected school boards for elementary, middle and high 
schools operated by the DoD Education Activity in the Continental 
United States and the Territories, Possessions and Commonwealths. 
Specific direction is given to facilitate compliance with 10 U.S.C. 
2164(d), as implemented by DoD Instruction 1342.25, regarding the 
election of board members, composition, roles and responsibilities, 
operating procedures and resolution of conflicts.

DATES: Comments must be received by May 16, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number or 
Regulatory Information Number (RIN) number and title, by any of the 
following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief 
Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory 
and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-
9010.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number or RIN for this Federal Register document. The 
general policy

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for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to 
make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at 
http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, 
including any personal identifiers or contact information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marsha Jacobson, 571-372-1900.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The revisions to this proposed rule will be 
reported in future status updates as part of DoD's retrospective plan 
under Executive Order 13563 completed in August 2011. DoD's full plan 
can be accessed at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=DOD-
2011-OS-0036.

Executive Summary

I. Purpose of the Regulatory Action

    a. Purpose. The Department of Defense has many DoD Domestic 
Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) that require school 
boards to carry out the responsibilities and procedures described in 
this proposed rule.
    b. Succinct statement of legal authority for the regulatory action.
    Congress directed the Secretary of Defense to provide for the 
establishment of school boards at DDESS schools established under the 
authority of 10 U.S.C. 2164. Pursuant to that direction, the Secretary 
of Defense issued DoD Instruction 1342.25, School Boards for Department 
of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS), 
dated October 30, 1996. This rule updates and revises the instruction 
in accordance with the changes to 10 U.S.C. 2164.

II. Summary of the Major Provisions of the Regulatory Action in 
Question

    The major provisions of this regulatory action include:
    a. Providing a list of the duties and responsibilities school board 
members will perform.
    b. Describing the process of voting and electing school board 
members.
    c. Details the school board operating procedures, including written 
agendas, possible removal of school board members by USD(P&R), 
reimbursement for official travel, among other procedures discussed in 
this rule. The vast majority of the duties and responsibilities of 
school board members and the board operating procedures are unchanged, 
but several duties have been revised in accordance with various policy 
changes and legal limitations. In addition, one of the changes is due 
to the statutory change affecting the establishment of school boards in 
Puerto Rico and Guam.

III. Costs and Benefits

    There are no additional costs associated with the implementation of 
this rule. This is a revised rule which provides updated guidance and 
clarification of the language in the statute. The establishment and 
operation of elected school boards for elementary, middle and high 
schools operated by the DoD Education Activity on military 
installations in the United States (including the territories, 
commonwealths, and possessions of the United States) remain the same. 
School Boards are elected by the parents of students attending the DoD 
schools. School Board members do not receive any monetary compensation 
for their services. Board members voluntarily serve as the conduit 
between the parents of students attending the DoD schools and the DoDEA 
District Superintendent who is responsible for overseeing the operation 
of the schools. The costs, if any, are only incidental costs. The rule 
primarily clarifies and updates existing activities with respect to 
School Board operations.

Regulatory Procedures

Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' and Executive 
Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review''

    Executive Orders 13563 and 12866 direct agencies to assess all 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, distribute impacts, and equity). Executive 
Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and 
benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting 
flexibility. It has been determined that this rule is not a significant 
regulatory action. The rule does not: (1) Have an annual effect on the 
economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way 
the economy; a section of the economy; productivity; competition; jobs; 
the environment; public health or safety; or State, local, or tribal 
governments or communities; (2) Create a serious inconsistency or 
otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another Agency; 
(3) Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user 
fees, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of recipients 
thereof; or (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal 
mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in 
these Executive Orders.
Sec. 202, Public Law 104-4, ``Unfunded Mandates Reform Act''
    Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) 
(Pub. L. 104-4) requires agencies assess anticipated costs and benefits 
before issuing any rule whose mandates require spending in any 1 year 
of $100 million in 1995 dollars, updated annually for inflation. In 
2014, that threshold is approximately $141 million. This document will 
not mandate any requirements for State, local, or tribal governments, 
nor will it affect private sector costs.
Public Law 96-354, ``Regulatory Flexibility Act'' (5 U.S.C. 601)
    The Department of Defense certifies that this proposed rule is not 
subject to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601) because it 
would not, if promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. Therefore, the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, as amended, does not require us to prepare a 
regulatory flexibility analysis.
Public Law 96-511, ``Paperwork Reduction Act'' (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35)
    It has been certified that 32 CFR part 69 does not impose reporting 
or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995.
Executive Order 13132, ``Federalism''
    Executive Order 13132 establishes certain requirements that an 
agency must meet when it promulgates a proposed rule (and subsequent 
final rule) that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on State 
and local governments, preempts State law, or otherwise has Federalism 
implications. This proposed rule will not have a substantial effect on 
State and local governments.

List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 69

    Elementary and secondary education, Government employees, and 
Military personnel.

    Accordingly 32 CFR part 69 is proposed to be revised to read as 
follows:

Sec.
69.1 Purpose.
69.2 Applicability.
69.3 Definitions.
69.4 Policy.
69.5 Responsibilities.
69.6 Procedures.

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix, 10 U.S.C. 1783 and 2164.


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PART 69--SCHOOL BOARDS FOR DOD DOMESTIC DEPENDENT ELEMENTARY AND 
SECONDARY SCHOOLS (DDESS)


Sec.  69.1  Purpose.

    This part establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and 
provides procedures for the establishment and operation of elected 
school boards for schools operated by the DoD in accordance with 10 
U.S.C. 2164.


Sec.  69.2  Applicability.

    This part:
    (a) Applies to:
    (1) Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Departments, 
the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint 
Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of 
the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field 
Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD.
    (2) Schools (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) operated by the DoD 
in accordance with DoD Directive 1342.20, ``Department of Defense 
Education Activity (DoDEA)'' (available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/134220p.pdf), and 10 U.S.C. 2164 within the 
United States and U.S. territories, possessions, and commonwealths.
    (b) Does not apply to elected school boards established under State 
or local law for DDESS special arrangements.


Sec.  69.3  Definitions.

    Unless otherwise noted, these terms and their definitions are for 
the purposes of this part.
    Arrangements. Actions taken by the Secretary of Defense to provide 
a free public education to dependent children of active duty military 
members and civilian employees of the Federal Government in accordance 
with 10 U.S.C. 2164 through DDESS arrangements or DDESS special 
arrangements.
    DDESS arrangement. An agreement whereby a school operated by the 
DoD under DoD Directive 1342.20 and 10 U.S.C. 2164 provides a free 
public education for eligible children.
    DDESS special arrangement. An agreement made in accordance with 10 
U.S.C. 2164 between the Secretary of Defense, and a local education 
agency whereby a school or a school system operated by the local 
education agency or private education agency provides educational 
services to eligible dependent children of active duty military members 
and full time DoD civilian employees. Arrangements result in partial or 
total federal funding to the local public education agency for the 
educational services provided.
    Parent. The biological father or mother of a child when parental 
rights have not been legally terminated; a person who, by order of a 
court of competent jurisdiction, has been declared the father or mother 
of a child by adoption; the legal guardian of a child; or a person in 
whose household a child resides, provided that such a person stands in 
loco parentis to that child and contributes at least one-half of the 
child's support.
    Quorum. A majority of the total number of school board members 
authorized on the particular school board.
    Special election. A special election is an election that is held 
between the regularly scheduled annual school board elections.


Sec.  69.4  Policy.

    It is DoD policy that:
    (a) Except for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (referred to in this 
part as ``Puerto Rico'') and the Territory of Guam (referred to in this 
part as ``Guam''), each DDESS arrangement must have an elected school 
board established and operated in accordance with DoD Directive 1342.20 
and 10 U.S.C. 2164, and this part. One school board may be established 
for all such schools in Puerto Rico and in Guam.
    (b) Because members of DDESS elected school boards, when acting in 
the capacity as a school board member, are not U.S. Government 
employees or members of the military, they may not exercise 
discretionary governmental authority such as taking personnel actions 
or establishing governmental policies, or perform other inherently 
governmental functions.
    (c) The DDESS chain of supervision within DDESS for matters 
relating to DDESS arrangements operated in accordance with DoD 
Directive 1342.20 and 10 U.S.C. 2164 will be from the Director, DDESS, 
to the superintendent of each DDESS arrangement. The superintendent 
will inform the school board of all matters affecting the operation of 
the DDESS arrangement. Direct liaison among the school board, the 
Director, DDESS, and the superintendent is authorized for all matters 
pertaining to the DDESS arrangement.


Sec.  69.5  Responsibilities.

    (a) Under the authority, direction, and control of the Under 
Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)), unless 
otherwise directed by statute, Presidential directive, or DoD policy, 
the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs 
(ASD(M&RA)) makes the final decision on all formal appeals to 
directives and other guidance submitted by the school board or 
superintendent.
    (b) Under the authority, direction, and control of the ASD(M&RA), 
the Director, DoD Education Activity (DoDEA), oversees DDESS 
arrangements and ensures implementation of the procedures in Sec.  
69.6.


Sec.  69.6  Procedures.

    (a) Implementation.
    (1) The Director, DDESS, will:
    (i) Oversee the establishment of elected school boards in DDESS 
arrangements, which, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2164(d)(6), need not comply 
with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. Appendix, also known and referred to in 
this part as ``The Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972,'' as 
amended.
    (ii) Monitor compliance by the superintendents and school boards 
with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and this part. In 
the event of suspected noncompliance, take appropriate action, which 
includes notifying the superintendent and the school board president of 
the affected DDESS arrangement.
    (iii) Determine when the actions of a school board conflict with an 
applicable statute, regulation, or other guidance or when there is a 
conflict in the views of the school board and the superintendent. When 
such conflicts occur, assist the superintendent and the school board in 
resolving them, or direct that such actions be discontinued. Such 
disapprovals must be in writing to the school board and the 
superintendent concerned and must state the specific supporting reason 
or reasons.
    (2) School board members will:
    (i) Participate in the development and oversight of fiscal, 
personnel, and educational policies, procedures, and programs for the 
DDESS arrangement concerned, consistent with this part.
    (ii) Approve agendas and prepare minutes for school board meetings. 
A copy of the approved minutes of school board meetings will be 
forwarded to the Director, DDESS, within 10 working days after the date 
the minutes are approved.
    (iii) Advise the Director, DDESS, in competitively filling any 
superintendent vacancy.
    (A) If the Director, DDESS, decides not to fill a superintendent 
vacancy, or to fill a vacancy through internal reassignment, school 
board members will be provided the opportunity for written comment to 
the Director, DDESS, on this issue and final

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determination will be made by the Director, DDESS.
    (B) If the Director, DDESS, elects to fill a superintendent vacancy 
competitively, each school board in the respective school district may, 
at the school board's discretion, provide one school board 
representative (i.e., the school board president) to participate as a 
member of the DDESS Director's selection panel. The school board 
representative to a selection panel must be either a full-time or 
permanent part-time government employee, a military member, or a member 
of a military family, so that the selection panel will not be 
considered an advisory committee pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act and 10 U.S.C. 1783.
    (C) In advising the Director, DDESS, the selection panel will 
provide advice to the Director, DDESS, by reviewing applications for 
the superintendent vacancy, preparing a list of qualified candidates, 
interviewing candidates, and ranking the list of recommended candidates 
for the DDESS Director's selection.
    (iv) Prepare and provide to the Director, DDESS, an annual written 
review of the superintendent's performance based on established 
critical elements. This advisory review may be provided to the 
superintendent or inserted into the final comments of the performance 
review.
    (v) Participate in the development of the district's budget to 
submit to the Director, DDESS, for his or her approval. Oversee the 
approved budget, in conjunction with the superintendent, as appropriate 
for operation of the school arrangement.
    (vi) Invite the superintendent to attend all school board meetings.
    (vii) Provide advice to the superintendent on the operation of the 
schools and the implementation of the approved budget.
    (viii) Channel communications with school employees to the 
superintendent. Refer all applications, complaints, and other 
communications, oral or written, to the superintendent.
    (ix) Participate in the development of school policies, rules, and 
regulations in conjunction with the superintendent, and recommend which 
policies will be reflected in the school policy manual. The school 
policy manual, which will be issued by the superintendent, may include:
    (A) A statement of the school philosophy.
    (B) The roles and responsibilities of school administrative and 
educational personnel.
    (C) Provisions for publishing an annual school calendar.
    (D) Provisions on instructional services, including policies to 
develop and adopt curriculum and textbooks.
    (E) Regulations affecting students, including attendance, grading, 
promotion, retention, and graduation criteria, and the student code of 
rights, responsibilities, and conduct.
    (F) School policy on community relations and non-instructional 
services, including maintenance and custodial services, food services, 
and student transportation.
    (G) School policy and legal limits on financial operations, 
including accounting, disbursing, contracting, and procurement; 
personnel operations, including conditions of employment and labor 
management regulations; and the processing of, and response to, 
complaints.
    (H) Procedures providing for new school board member orientation.
    (I) Any other matters the school board and the superintendent 
determine to be necessary.
    (x) Prepare and submit formal appeals to directives and other 
guidance that, in the view of the school board, adversely impact the 
operation of the DDESS either through the operation and management of 
DDESS or a specific DDESS arrangement in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 
2164.
    (A) Written formal appeals with justification and supporting 
documentation must be submitted by the school board or superintendent 
to the ASD(M&RA).
    (B) The ASD(M&RA) will make the final decision on all formal 
appeals on matters pertaining to his or her charter directive.
    (C) The Director, DDESS, will provide the appealing body a written 
review of the findings relating to the merits of the appeal.
    (D) Formal appeals will be handled expeditiously by all parties to 
minimize any adverse impact on the operation of the DDESS arrangement.
    (xi) Enforce school board operating procedures.
    (b) Composition of the School Board.
    (1) To be a school board member, an individual must be a resident 
of the military installation at which the DDESS arrangement is located 
or, in the case of candidates for school boards in Puerto Rico and 
Guam, be the parent of an eligible child currently enrolled in the 
DDESS arrangement; cannot be employed by the DDESS arrangement; and 
cannot be a registered federal lobbyist.
    (2) The school board will recommend to the Director, DDESS, the 
number of elected school board voting members, which must be no fewer 
than three and no more than nine, depending upon local needs. The 
members of the school board will select by majority vote of the total 
number of school board members authorized at the beginning of each 
official school board term, one member to act as president and another 
to act as vice president.
    (i) The president and vice president will each serve for 1 year.
    (ii) The president will preside over school board meetings and 
provide leadership for related activities and functions.
    (iii) The vice president will serve in the absence of the 
president.
    (iv) If the position of president is vacated for any reason, the 
vice president will assume the position of president until the position 
is either vacated or the next annual/regularly-scheduled school board 
election, whichever occurs first.
    (v) The resulting vacancy in the position of the vice president 
will be filled by the majority vote of all members of the incumbent 
board.
    (3) School board members, with the exception of travel and per diem 
related to official school board business, may not receive compensation 
for their service on the school board.
    (4) School board members may not have any financial interest in any 
company or organization doing business with DDESS. Waivers to this 
restriction may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Director, 
DDESS, in coordination with the Office of General Counsel of the DoDEA.
    (5) The DDESS arrangement superintendent will serve as a non-voting 
observer to all school board meetings.
    (6) The installation commander will:
    (i) Serve as a non-voting observer to the school board.
    (ii) Convey command concerns to the school board and the 
superintendent and keep the school board and the superintendent 
informed of changes and other matters within the host installation that 
affect school expenditures or operations.
    (c) School Board Electorate. School board members will be elected 
by parents of students who attend the school. Each parent will have one 
vote.
    (d) Election of School Board Members.
    (1) The superintendent, in consultation with the school board, will 
be responsible for developing the plans for nominating school board 
members and conducting the school board election and the special 
election process. The superintendent will

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announce election results within 7 working days of the election.
    (2) The school board will determine a schedule for regular 
elections.
    (i) Parents will have adequate notice of the time and place of the 
election.
    (ii) Military members in a deployed or official tour of duty status 
at the time of the election may use email or other electronic means to 
cast a vote by absentee ballot, provided that the absentee ballot is 
received by the district superintendent prior to the close of the 
scheduled election.
    (iii) The superintendent must not disclose the particular vote of 
any absentee voter.
    (iv) All other votes must be cast in person by secret ballot at the 
time and place of the election.
    (v) The candidates(s) receiving the greatest number of votes will 
be elected as school board member(s).
    (3) Each candidate for school board membership must be nominated in 
writing by a member of the school board electorate. Votes may be cast 
at the time of election for a write-in candidate who has not filed a 
nomination petition if the write-in candidate is qualified to serve in 
the position sought.
    (4) The school board will determine the term of office for elected 
members, not to exceed 3 years, and the limit on the number of 
consecutive terms, if any. If the board fails to set these terms by the 
first day of the first full month of the school year, the terms will be 
set at 3 years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms.
    (5) When there is a sufficient number of school board vacancies 
that result in not having a quorum, a special election must be called 
by the superintendent.
    (i) The nomination and election procedures for a special election 
will be the same as those of regularly scheduled school board 
elections.
    (ii) Individuals elected by special election will serve until the 
next regularly scheduled school board election.
    (iii) Vacancies may occur due to the school board member's 
resignation, death, removal for cause, or transfer, or the 
disenrollment of a school board member's child(ren) from the DDESS 
arrangement.
    (6) The election process will provide staggered terms for board 
members (e.g., on the last day of the last month of each year, the term 
for some board members will expire).
    (e) School Board Operating Procedures.
    (1) The school board must operate from a written agenda at all 
meetings. Matters not placed on the agenda before the start of the 
meeting, but approved by a majority of the school board present, may be 
considered at the ongoing meeting and added to the agenda at that time.
    (2) A majority of the total number of school board members 
authorized will constitute a quorum.
    (3) School board meetings must be conducted a minimum of four times 
a year. The school board president consistent with government-wide 
guidelines concerning the timely announcement of public meetings, 
should notify the school board members and the public of the scheduled 
board meeting not less than 5 calendar days before the meeting is 
scheduled. School board meetings will generally be open to the public. 
Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2164(d)(6), a school board need not comply with 
the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, but may close 
meetings as permitted by the Act.
    (4) The school board will not be bound in any way by any action or 
statement of an individual member or group of members of the board, 
except when such action or statement is approved by a majority of the 
school board members during a meeting.
    (5) Elected school board members may be removed by the USD(P&R), 
for dereliction of duty, malfeasance, or other grounds for cause shown. 
This authority may not be delegated below the level of the ASD(M&RA).
    (i) The school board concerned may recommend such removal with a 
two-thirds majority vote.
    (ii) Before a school board member may be removed, the member must 
be afforded due process, to include written notification of the basis 
for the action, review of the evidence or documentation considered by 
the school board, and an opportunity to respond.

    Dated: March 8, 2016.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 2016-05600 Filed 3-14-16; 8:45 am]
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