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Tribal Funding: Actions Needed to Improve Information on Federal Funds That Benefit Native Americans

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Office of Management and Budget The Director of OMB should issue clear guidance as part of the annual budget data request for the Native American Crosscut that directs agencies to provide detailed information about how they collected data to report and selected programs to include. Such information could include the type of funding being reported (such as budget authority or estimated spending); how that funding is distributed (such as competitive discretionary grants, formula grants, or pass-through funding); and how agencies determine which programs to include in the crosscut (such as programs that are specific to tribes and their members versus programs that serve a broader audience). (Recommendation 1)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Office of Management and Budget The Director of OMB should publish in the Native American Crosscut a statement of its purpose and detailed information that it receives from agencies in response to its budget data request—including any information about agencies’ methods for collecting and reporting funding data and selecting programs to include—and inform intended users of the crosscut upon its publication. (Recommendation 2)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Office of Management and Budget The Director of OMB should establish a formal process to regularly solicit and assess feedback about the Native American Crosscut from tribal stakeholders and relevant federal agencies, and to incorporate such feedback into guidance as applicable, to ensure that the information presented in the crosscut meets users’ needs. (Recommendation 3)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should ensure that the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs develops a formal process to ensure meaningful and timely input from tribal officials when formulating budget requests and program reauthorization proposals for programs serving tribes and their members. (Recommendation 4)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Education The Secretary of Education should ensure that the department develops a formal process to ensure meaningful and timely input from tribal officials when formulating budget requests for programs serving tribes and their members. (Recommendation 5)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure that the Office of Tribal Relations and the Office of Budget and Program Analysis develop a formal process to ensure meaningful and timely input from tribal officials when formulating budget requests and program reauthorization proposals for programs serving tribes and their members. (Recommendation 6)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Office of Management and Budget The Director of OMB should update OMB’s annual budget guidance to direct federal agencies to assess, in consultation with tribes, tribal needs for federal programs serving tribes and their members, and submit this information as part of their publicly available budget documents. (Recommendation 7)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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