Establishment of Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations for Tribal Intergovernmental Membership, 93700-93702 [2016-30744]

Download as PDF 93700 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5916–N–21] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Consolidated Public Housing Certification of Completion Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment. SUMMARY: Comments Due Date: February 21, 2017. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to DATES: the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arlette Mussington, Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives, PIH, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., (L’Enfant Plaza, Room 2206), Washington, DC 20410; telephone 202– 402–4109, (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Mussington. This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Consolidated Public Housing Certification of Completion. OMB Approval Number: 2577–0021. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Form Numbers: N/A. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Puplic Housing Agencies (PHAs) certify to HUD that contract requirements and standards have been satisfied in a project development and HUD may authorize payment of funds due the contractor/developer. The Certification is submitted by a Public Housing Agency (PHA) to indicate to HUD that contract requirements have been satisfied for a specific project. TOTAL ESTIMATED BURDENS Information collection Number of respondents Frequency of response Responses per annum Burden hour per response Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response Annual cost Certification .................. 58 1 58 1.0 58 $30 $1,740 Total ...................... 58 1 58 1.0 58 30 1,740 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:38 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 Dated: December 14, 2016. Merrie Nichols-Dixon, Deputy Director, Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT between HUD and Federally recognized Indian tribes on HUD programs, make recommendations to HUD regarding current program regulations, and provide advice in the development of HUD’s American Indian and Alaska Native housing priorities. This notice also solicits nominations and explains how persons may be nominated for membership on the TIAC. [Docket No. FR–5951–N–02] DATES: Establishment of Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations for Tribal Intergovernmental Membership ADDRESSES: [FR Doc. 2016–30743 Filed 12–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P Office of the Secretary, HUD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: On June 23, 2016, HUD published a Federal Register notice announcing its intent to establish a HUD Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC), consisting of tribal governmental representatives, to assist HUD to further develop and improve its Indian housing programs. The TIAC is intended to further communications SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Nominations for Committee membership are due on or before: February 21, 2017. Interested persons are invited to submit nominations for membership on the Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. There are two methods for submission of nominations as explained below. Additionally, all submissions must refer to the above docket number and title. 1. Submission of Nominations by Mail. Nominations may be submitted by mail to the Regulations Division, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410–0500. E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Notices 2. Electronic Submission of Nominations. Interested persons may submit nominations electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. HUD strongly encourages the electronic submission of nominations. Electronic submission allows the maximum time to prepare and submit a nomination, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make the names immediately available to the public. Nominations submitted electronically through the www.regulations.gov Web site can be viewed by interested members of the public. Individuals should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit nominations electronically. Note: To receive consideration, nominations must be submitted through one of the two methods specified above. Again, all submissions must refer to the docket number and title of the notice. Facsimile (FAX) nominations are not acceptable. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Inspection of Nominations. All properly submitted nominations and communications submitted to HUD will be available for public inspection and copying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the above address. Due to security measures at the HUD Headquarters building, an advance appointment to review the submissions must be scheduled by calling the Regulations Division at (202) 708–3055 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. Copies of all submissions are available for inspection and downloading at www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi J. Frechette, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4126, Washington, DC 20410–5000, telephone, 202–401–7914 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Consistent with Executive Order 13175, HUD’s Tribal Government-toGovernment Consultation Policy recognizes the right of Indian tribes to self-governance, and supports tribal sovereignty and self-determination. The Consultation Policy provides that HUD will engage in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:38 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 Indian tribal officials in the development of federal policies that have tribal implications, and provides that HUD may establish a standing tribal advisory committee. Executive Orders 13175 and 13647 require Federal agencies to advance tribal selfgovernance and ensure that the rights of sovereign tribal governments are fully respected by conducting open and candid consultations. HUD establishes the TIAC to further enhance consultation and collaboration with tribal governments. Several Federal agencies have established similar tribal advisory committees, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury. These advisory committees convene periodically during the year to exchange information with agency staff, to provide agencies with an opportunity to notify tribal leaders of activities or policies that could affect Indian tribes, and to provide guidance on consultation. II. This Notice This notice announces the establishment of the Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC) for HUD as part of its commitment to strengthen the unique government-to-government relationship between Federally-recognized American Indian tribes and Federal agencies. A. Purpose and Role of the TIAC. The purposes of the TIAC are: (1) To further facilitate intergovernmental communication between HUD and tribal governments on all HUD programs; (2) To make recommendations to HUD regarding current program regulations that may require revision, as well as suggest methods to develop such changes. The TIAC will not, however, negotiate any changes to regulations that are subject to negotiated rulemaking under Section 106 of the Native American Housing Assistance and SelfDetermination Act (NAHASDA); and (3) To advise on the development of HUD’s American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) housing priorities. The role of the TIAC is to provide recommendations and input to HUD, and to provide a vehicle for regular, meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal governments. It will not replace other means of tribal consultations, but supplement them. HUD will maintain the responsibility to exercise program management, including the drafting of HUD notices and guidance. PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 93701 For the purpose of the TIAC, the term ‘‘tribal government’’ means: Any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688; 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their special status as Indians as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–4). B. Charter and Protocols The TIAC will develop its own ruling charter and protocols. HUD will provide staff for the TIAC to act as liaisons between TIAC and HUD officials, manage meeting logistics, and provide general support for TIAC activities. C. Meetings and Participation The Committee will not convene before October 1, 2017. Subject to availability of federal funding, the TIAC will meet in-person at least once a year to discuss agency policies and activities with HUD, set shared priorities, and facilitate further consultation with tribal leaders. HUD may pay for these meetings, including the member’s cost to travel to these meetings. The TIAC may meet on a more frequent basis by conference calls or other forms of communication. Additional in-person meetings may be scheduled at HUD’s discretion. Participation at TIAC meetings will be limited to TIAC members or their alternates. TIAC members must be elected or duly appointed officers of a tribal government, and alternates must be tribal employees with authority to act on behalf of the elected tribal government official. Alternates must be designated in writing by the member’s tribal government or elected tribal government official. TIAC members may bring one technical advisor to the meeting at the tribe’s expense. Meeting minutes will be available on the HUD Web site. D. TIAC Membership The TIAC will be comprised of HUD representatives and tribal government officials from across the country. The TIAC will be composed of up to six HUD officials (including the Secretary or his or her designee, as well as the Assistant Secretaries for Public and Indian Housing, Policy Development and Research, and Community Planning and Development) and up to fifteen tribal representatives. Up to two tribal members will represent each of the six E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 93702 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 245 / Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / Notices HUD ONAP regions. Up to three remaining tribal members will serve atlarge. The Secretary will appoint the members of the TIAC. TIAC tribal delegates will serve a term of 2 years. To ensure continuity between tribal terms, delegates will have a staggered term of appointment. In order to establish a staggered term of appointment, half of the tribal members appointed in the inaugural year of the TIAC will serve 2 years and the other half will serve 3 years. Delegates must designate their preference to serve 2 or 3 years; however, HUD will make the final determination on which members will serve for 3 years. Once these members complete these initial terms, all future committee members will serve two-year terms. Should a member’s tenure as a tribal leader come to an end during their appointment to the TIAC, the member’s tribe may nominate a replacement. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES E. Objective of the TIAC The establishment of the TIAC is intended to enhance government-togovernment relationships, communications, and mutual cooperation between HUD and tribal governments and is not intended to, and will not, create any right to administrative or judicial review, or any other right or benefit or trust responsibility, substantive or procedural, enforceable by a party against the United States, its agencies or instrumentalities, its officers or employees, or any other persons. III. Request for Nominations The Committee will be composed of up to six HUD officials and up to fifteen tribal representatives. Up to two tribal members will represent each of the six HUD ONAP regions. The three remaining tribal members will serve atlarge. Only duly elected or appointed tribal leaders may serve as tribal members of the TIAC. Once appointed to the TIAC, tribal leaders may designate an alternate who is a tribal employee and has the authority to act on his or her behalf. One of the tribal members will be selected by the Committee to serve as the chairperson. If you are interested in serving as a member of the Committee or in nominating another person to serve as a member of the Committee, you may submit a nomination to HUD in accordance with the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Your nomination for membership on the Committee must include: 1. The name of your nominee, a description of the interests the nominee would represent, and a description of VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:38 Dec 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 the nominee’s experience and interest in American Indian and Alaska Native housing and community development matters; 2. Evidence that your nominee is a duly elected or appointed tribal leader and is authorized to represent a tribal government; 3. A written commitment from the nominee that she or he will actively participate in good faith in the Committee meetings; and 4. A written preference for serving either a two- or a three-year term on the TIAC. HUD will appoint the members of the TIAC from the pool of nominees requested by this notice. HUD will announce its final selections for TIAC membership in a future Federal Register notice. Members will be selected based on proven experience and interest in AIAN housing and community development matters, and whether the interest of the proposed member could be represented adequately by other members. In addition to the criteria above, atlarge members will be selected based on their ability to represent specific interests that might not be represented by the selected regional members. Dated: December 16, 2016. ´ Julian Castro, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–30744 Filed 12–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2016–0004] RIN 0648–XE423 Joint U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior; National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services), announce the availability of the final revised Habitat Conservation Planning SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (HCP) Handbook, which describes requirements, procedures, and guidance for permit issuance and conservation plan development for incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act. The purpose of the newly revised joint HCP Handbook is to instruct the Services on how to assist applicants to develop HCPs in an efficient and effective manner, while ensuring adequate conservation of listed species. Although the Handbook is designed for the Services, it also can be useful to other HCP practitioners, such as applicants, consultants, and partners. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Trish Adams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (phone: 703–358–2120; email: trish_adams@fws.gov), or Maggie Miller, National Marine Fisheries Service (phone: 301–427–8457; email: Margaret.h.miller@noaa.gov). People who use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (together, the Services), announce the availability of the final revised Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP) Handbook, a joint handbook that describes requirements, procedures, and guidance for permit issuance and conservation plan development for incidental take permits under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA). The Services issue these ESA section 10(a)(1)(B) incidental take permits and help applicants develop conservation plans as a prerequisite to obtaining these permits. The original HCP Handbook was made available via a Federal Register notice on December 2, 1996 (61 FR 63854), and was subsequently revised by addendum, effective July 3, 2000 (65 FR 35242; June 1, 2000). On June 28, 2016, we opened a 60-day comment period for a draft revised joint HCP Handbook, announcing it via the Federal Register (81 FR 41986). During that comment period, we received 54 public comments. We now announce the final revised joint HCP Handbook, which is intended to be more streamlined and user friendly than previous editions. It presents and provides guidance on the HCP process from start to finish. Document Availability The final joint HCP Handbook is available at: https://www.fws.gov/ E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5951-N-02]


Establishment of Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee; 
Request for Nominations for Tribal Intergovernmental Membership

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: On June 23, 2016, HUD published a Federal Register notice 
announcing its intent to establish a HUD Tribal Intergovernmental 
Advisory Committee (TIAC), consisting of tribal governmental 
representatives, to assist HUD to further develop and improve its 
Indian housing programs. The TIAC is intended to further communications 
between HUD and Federally recognized Indian tribes on HUD programs, 
make recommendations to HUD regarding current program regulations, and 
provide advice in the development of HUD's American Indian and Alaska 
Native housing priorities. This notice also solicits nominations and 
explains how persons may be nominated for membership on the TIAC.

DATES: Nominations for Committee membership are due on or before: 
February 21, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit nominations for 
membership on the Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. There 
are two methods for submission of nominations as explained below. 
Additionally, all submissions must refer to the above docket number and 
title.
    1. Submission of Nominations by Mail. Nominations may be submitted 
by mail to the Regulations Division, Office of the General Counsel, 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., 
Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410-0500.

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    2. Electronic Submission of Nominations. Interested persons may 
submit nominations electronically through the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal at www.regulations.gov. HUD strongly encourages the electronic 
submission of nominations. Electronic submission allows the maximum 
time to prepare and submit a nomination, ensures timely receipt by HUD, 
and enables HUD to make the names immediately available to the public. 
Nominations submitted electronically through the www.regulations.gov 
Web site can be viewed by interested members of the public. Individuals 
should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit 
nominations electronically.

    Note: To receive consideration, nominations must be submitted 
through one of the two methods specified above. Again, all 
submissions must refer to the docket number and title of the notice. 
Facsimile (FAX) nominations are not acceptable.

    Public Inspection of Nominations. All properly submitted 
nominations and communications submitted to HUD will be available for 
public inspection and copying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the 
above address. Due to security measures at the HUD Headquarters 
building, an advance appointment to review the submissions must be 
scheduled by calling the Regulations Division at (202) 708-3055 (this 
is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or hearing 
impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the Federal 
Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Copies of all submissions 
are available for inspection and downloading at www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heidi J. Frechette, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Native American Programs, Office of Public and Indian 
Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh 
Street SW., Room 4126, Washington, DC 20410-5000, telephone, 202-401-
7914 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with speech or 
hearing impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-
free Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    Consistent with Executive Order 13175, HUD's Tribal Government-to-
Government Consultation Policy recognizes the right of Indian tribes to 
self-governance, and supports tribal sovereignty and self-
determination. The Consultation Policy provides that HUD will engage in 
regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indian 
tribal officials in the development of federal policies that have 
tribal implications, and provides that HUD may establish a standing 
tribal advisory committee. Executive Orders 13175 and 13647 require 
Federal agencies to advance tribal self-governance and ensure that the 
rights of sovereign tribal governments are fully respected by 
conducting open and candid consultations. HUD establishes the TIAC to 
further enhance consultation and collaboration with tribal governments. 
Several Federal agencies have established similar tribal advisory 
committees, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the 
Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the 
Treasury. These advisory committees convene periodically during the 
year to exchange information with agency staff, to provide agencies 
with an opportunity to notify tribal leaders of activities or policies 
that could affect Indian tribes, and to provide guidance on 
consultation.

II. This Notice

    This notice announces the establishment of the Tribal 
Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC) for HUD as part of its 
commitment to strengthen the unique government-to-government 
relationship between Federally-recognized American Indian tribes and 
Federal agencies.

A. Purpose and Role of the TIAC.

    The purposes of the TIAC are:
    (1) To further facilitate intergovernmental communication between 
HUD and tribal governments on all HUD programs;
    (2) To make recommendations to HUD regarding current program 
regulations that may require revision, as well as suggest methods to 
develop such changes. The TIAC will not, however, negotiate any changes 
to regulations that are subject to negotiated rulemaking under Section 
106 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination 
Act (NAHASDA); and
    (3) To advise on the development of HUD's American Indian and 
Alaska Native (AIAN) housing priorities.
    The role of the TIAC is to provide recommendations and input to 
HUD, and to provide a vehicle for regular, meaningful consultation and 
collaboration with tribal governments. It will not replace other means 
of tribal consultations, but supplement them. HUD will maintain the 
responsibility to exercise program management, including the drafting 
of HUD notices and guidance.
    For the purpose of the TIAC, the term ``tribal government'' means: 
Any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, 
including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation 
as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims 
Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688; 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) which is 
recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided 
by the United States to Indians because of their special status as 
Indians as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 
104-4).

B. Charter and Protocols

    The TIAC will develop its own ruling charter and protocols. HUD 
will provide staff for the TIAC to act as liaisons between TIAC and HUD 
officials, manage meeting logistics, and provide general support for 
TIAC activities.

C. Meetings and Participation

    The Committee will not convene before October 1, 2017. Subject to 
availability of federal funding, the TIAC will meet in-person at least 
once a year to discuss agency policies and activities with HUD, set 
shared priorities, and facilitate further consultation with tribal 
leaders. HUD may pay for these meetings, including the member's cost to 
travel to these meetings. The TIAC may meet on a more frequent basis by 
conference calls or other forms of communication. Additional in-person 
meetings may be scheduled at HUD's discretion.
    Participation at TIAC meetings will be limited to TIAC members or 
their alternates. TIAC members must be elected or duly appointed 
officers of a tribal government, and alternates must be tribal 
employees with authority to act on behalf of the elected tribal 
government official. Alternates must be designated in writing by the 
member's tribal government or elected tribal government official. TIAC 
members may bring one technical advisor to the meeting at the tribe's 
expense.
    Meeting minutes will be available on the HUD Web site.

D. TIAC Membership

    The TIAC will be comprised of HUD representatives and tribal 
government officials from across the country. The TIAC will be composed 
of up to six HUD officials (including the Secretary or his or her 
designee, as well as the Assistant Secretaries for Public and Indian 
Housing, Policy Development and Research, and Community Planning and 
Development) and up to fifteen tribal representatives. Up to two tribal 
members will represent each of the six

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HUD ONAP regions. Up to three remaining tribal members will serve at-
large.
    The Secretary will appoint the members of the TIAC. TIAC tribal 
delegates will serve a term of 2 years. To ensure continuity between 
tribal terms, delegates will have a staggered term of appointment. In 
order to establish a staggered term of appointment, half of the tribal 
members appointed in the inaugural year of the TIAC will serve 2 years 
and the other half will serve 3 years. Delegates must designate their 
preference to serve 2 or 3 years; however, HUD will make the final 
determination on which members will serve for 3 years. Once these 
members complete these initial terms, all future committee members will 
serve two-year terms. Should a member's tenure as a tribal leader come 
to an end during their appointment to the TIAC, the member's tribe may 
nominate a replacement.

E. Objective of the TIAC

    The establishment of the TIAC is intended to enhance government-to-
government relationships, communications, and mutual cooperation 
between HUD and tribal governments and is not intended to, and will 
not, create any right to administrative or judicial review, or any 
other right or benefit or trust responsibility, substantive or 
procedural, enforceable by a party against the United States, its 
agencies or instrumentalities, its officers or employees, or any other 
persons.

III. Request for Nominations

    The Committee will be composed of up to six HUD officials and up to 
fifteen tribal representatives. Up to two tribal members will represent 
each of the six HUD ONAP regions. The three remaining tribal members 
will serve at-large. Only duly elected or appointed tribal leaders may 
serve as tribal members of the TIAC. Once appointed to the TIAC, tribal 
leaders may designate an alternate who is a tribal employee and has the 
authority to act on his or her behalf. One of the tribal members will 
be selected by the Committee to serve as the chairperson.
    If you are interested in serving as a member of the Committee or in 
nominating another person to serve as a member of the Committee, you 
may submit a nomination to HUD in accordance with the ADDRESSES section 
of this notice. Your nomination for membership on the Committee must 
include:
    1. The name of your nominee, a description of the interests the 
nominee would represent, and a description of the nominee's experience 
and interest in American Indian and Alaska Native housing and community 
development matters;
    2. Evidence that your nominee is a duly elected or appointed tribal 
leader and is authorized to represent a tribal government;
    3. A written commitment from the nominee that she or he will 
actively participate in good faith in the Committee meetings; and
    4. A written preference for serving either a two- or a three-year 
term on the TIAC.
    HUD will appoint the members of the TIAC from the pool of nominees 
requested by this notice. HUD will announce its final selections for 
TIAC membership in a future Federal Register notice. Members will be 
selected based on proven experience and interest in AIAN housing and 
community development matters, and whether the interest of the proposed 
member could be represented adequately by other members.
    In addition to the criteria above, at-large members will be 
selected based on their ability to represent specific interests that 
might not be represented by the selected regional members.

    Dated: December 16, 2016.
Juli[aacute]n Castro,
Secretary.
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