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January 25, 2010

Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Customer Satisfaction Survey

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, which requires 30 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was previously published in the Federal Register (74 FR 46201) on September 8, 2009 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB.

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September 9, 2009

Privacy Act of 1974; Report of an Altered System of Records Medical Staff Credentials and Privileges Records

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4), the IHS has amended and is publishing the proposed alteration of a system of records, System No. 09-17-0003, ``Medical Staff Credentials and Privileges Records.'' The amended and altered system of records makes several administrative revisions which includes the deletion of the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) language to comply with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum (M)07- 16, Safeguarding Against and Responding to the Breach of Personally Identifiable Information (May 22, 2007); and the HHS Directive Memorandum of October 6, 2008 to all Operating Division Heads to develop and execute a plan to eliminate the unnecessary collection and use of SSNs; and the inclusion of a new routine use to comply with OMB (M)07-16 and the HHS Memorandum dated September 19, 2007 to incorporate Notification of Breach Routine Use language; and the update of the Appendix 1 of the SOR.

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September 8, 2009

Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Customer Satisfaction Survey

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 60-day advance opportunity for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is publishing for comment a summary of a proposed information collection to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

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July 24, 2009

Request of Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service published a document in the Federal Register (FR) on June 24, 2009. The document contained two errors.

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Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires to provide a 60-days advance opportunity for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is publishing for comment a summary of a proposed information collection to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

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July 8, 2009

Office of Clinical and Preventive Services; Division of Behavioral Health; the Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative for American Indian and Alaska Native Urban Programs

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces competitive grant applications for the Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Urban Program communities. This program is authorized under the Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13, and 25 U.S.C. 1602(a)(b)(9)(11)(12) of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), as amended. This program is described at 93.933 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. The purpose of the MSPI-U is to expand community-level access to effective, Urban AI/ AN methamphetamine and/or suicide prevention and treatment programs. Resources will enhance evidence-based or practice-based methamphetamine and/or suicide prevention or treatment programs and/or community mobilization programs.

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Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Behavioral Health; The Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces competitive grant applications for the Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Youth (MSPI-Y). This program is authorized under the Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13, and 25 U.S.C. 1602(a) (b)(9)(11)(12); 25 U.S.C. 1621h(m) of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), as amended. This program is described at 93.933 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. The purpose of the MSPI-Y is to expand community-level access to effective methamphetamine and suicide prevention programs through Tribal, youth residential, transitional/discharge, and aftercare services. Resources will enhance existing transitional/discharge and aftercare programs with a specific focus on methamphetamine and suicide prevention.

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Office of Clinical and Preventive Services: National HIV Program; Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.933

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces that competitive cooperative agreement applications are now being accepted by the IHS Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS) for the National Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/ AIDS) Program. This program is authorized under the Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 25 U.S.C. 1602(a)(b)(42)(43). This program is described under 93.933 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). There will be only one funding cycle during Fiscal Year (FY) 2009.

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April 3, 2009

Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Domestic Violence Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes (Including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations

Executive Summary: This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents (42 U.S.C. 10401).

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February 9, 2009

Request for Public Comment Concerning Regulations for Transferring Children From the Placement and Care Responsibility of a State Title IV-E Agency to a Tribal Title IV-E Agency and Tribal Share of Title IV-E Administration and Training Expenditures

SUMMARY: The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACF) intended to publish a request for public comment and Tribal consultation meetings in the Federal Register. The action line of the document published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2009, labeled the document a proposed rule. This document withdraws the January 26, 2009, proposed rule.

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January 29, 2009

Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loans

The Indian Health Service (IHS) estimated budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 includes $17,488,854 for the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for health professional educational loans (undergraduate and graduate) in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.
This program announcement is subject to the appropriation of funds. This notice is being published early to coincide with the recruitment activity of the IHS, which competes with other Government and private health management organizations to employ qualified health professionals.
This program is authorized by Section 108 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) as amended, 25 U.S.C. 1601 et seq. The IHS invites potential applicants to request an application for participation in the LRP.

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January 26, 2009

Request for Public Comment Concerning Regulations for Transferring Children From the Placement and Care Responsibility of a State Title IV-E Agency to a Tribal Title IV-E Agency and Tribal Share of Title IV-E Administration and Training Expenditures

SUMMARY: Effective October 1, 2009, Public Law 110-351 provides Indian Tribes with the option to operate a foster care, adoption assistance and, at tribal option, a kinship guardianship assistance program under title IV-E of the Social Security Act (the Act). The Federal government would share in the costs of Tribes operating an ACF-approved title IV-E program. Public Law 110-351 requires that ACF develop interim final rules after consulting with Tribes and affected States on the implementation of the tribal plan requirements in section 479B of the Act and other amendments made by the Tribal provisions in section 301 of Public Law 110-351. The law requires that such regulations include: (1) Procedures to ensure that a transfer of State or Tribal responsibility for the placement and care of a child under a State title IV-E plan to a Tribal title IV-E plan occurs in a manner that does not affect the child's eligibility for title IV-E or title XIX Medicaid and such services or payments; and, (2) the in-kind expenditures from third-party sources permitted for the Tribal share of administration and training expenditures under title IV-E. This notice is designed to provide a written opportunity for comment to all interested persons and notify Tribal leaders of in-person opportunities to consult with the Children's Bureau on the development of these regulations.

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January 15, 2009

Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information

In notice document E8-30330 beginning on page 78374 in the issue of Monday, December 22, 2008, make the following correction: On page 78374, in the third column, under Form Number, in the 10th line ``IRS'' should read ``IHS''.

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Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information

In notice document E8-30329 beginning on page 78375 in the issue of Monday, December 22, 2008, make the following corrections: 1. On page 78375, in the third column, under Proposed Collection, in the sixth line ``IRS'' should read ``IHS''. 2. On the same page, in the same column, in the same paragraph, six lines from the bottom ``IRS'' should read ``IHS''. 3. On the same page, in the same column, in the last paragraph, five lines from the bottom ``AIIAN'' should read ``AI/AN''. 4. On the same page, in the same column, in the same paragraph, four lines from the bottom ``lETS'' should read ``IHS''.

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January 8, 2009

Office of Tribal Program; Announcement Type: Competing Continuation

Authority: The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces that a Single Source cooperative agreement is open for receipt of an application from the National Indian Health Board. This program is authorized under Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 301. This program is described at 93.933 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). Purpose: The Office of Tribal Programs (OTP) has designated funds for the Single Source National Indian Health Board (NIHB) to further health program objectives in the American Indian/ Alaska Native (AI/AN) community with outreach and education efforts in the interest of improving Indian health care. The NIHB is the only national Indian organization with expertise on the variety of issues related to the provision of health care to Indian people.

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October 17, 2008

Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 30 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was previously published in the Federal Register (73 FR 29520) on May 21, 2008 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB.

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September 24, 2008

Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children, OPM-306

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 60 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is publishing for comment a summary of a proposed information collection to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Proposed Collection: Title: 0917-0028, ``IHS Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children, OPM-306. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension, without revision, of currently approved information collection, 0917-0028, ``IHS Background Investigations of Individuals in Positions Involving Regular Contact With or Control Over Indian Children, OPM-306.

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Notice of Public Comment on Section 635 [42 U.S.C. 9801]--The 2007 Head Start School Readiness Act, Sub-Section 649(k)(1)(A-D)--Indian Head Start Study

SUMMARY: The following Notice of Public Comment is in response to section 649(k) Sub-Section (3) of the 2007 Head Start School Readiness Act that requires the Secretary no later than 9 months after the effective date of this Sub-Section, publish in the Federal Register a plan of how the Secretary will carry out section 649 Sub-Section (k) Sub-Paragraph (1) and shall provide a period for public comment.

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August 19, 2008

Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 30 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was previously published in the Federal Register (73 FR 29520) on May 21, 2008 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB.

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Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information Collection: Behavioral Health Preventive Care Assessment Focus Group

SUMMARY: In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 30 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was previously published in the Federal Register (73 FR 23254) on April 29, 2008 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB.

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August 4, 2008

Notice of Public Comment on Tribal Consultation Session To Be Held on September 11, 2008, in Phoenix, AZ

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of a one-day Tribal Consultation Session to be held between the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start leadership and the leadership of Tribal governments operating Head Start (including Early Head Start) programs. The purpose of the Consultation Session is to discuss ways to better meet the needs of Indian, including Alaska Native, children and their families, taking into consideration funding allocations, distribution formulas, and other issues affecting the delivery of Head Start services in their geographic locations [42 U.S.C. 9835, Section 640(l)(4)].

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July 11, 2008

Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Nursing Services Nursing Program, Schools of Nursing

In notice document E8-14457 beginning on page 36333 in the issue of Thursday, June 26, 2008 make the following corrections:

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Tribal Self-Governance Program; Planning Cooperative Agreement

The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) as authorized by Title V, Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of Public Law (Pub. L.) 93-638, as amended. There is limited competition under this announcement because the authorizing legislation restricts eligibility to Tribes that meet specific criteria (Refer to Section III.1.A., Eligible Applicants in this announcement). The TSGP is designed to promote self-determination by allowing Tribes to assume more control of Indian Health Service (IHS) programs and services through compacts negotiated with the IHS. The Planning Cooperative Agreement allows a Tribe to gather information to determine the current types of Programs, Services, Functions, and Activities (PSFAs), and related funding available at the Service Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels and provide the opportunity to improve and enhance the healthcare delivery system to better meet the needs of the Tribal community. This program is described at 93.210 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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July 10, 2008

Division of Nursing, Office of Public Health Nursing

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Nursing, Office of Public Health Nursing (PHN) announces a new competitive grant application for community based model of PHN case management services. This program is authorized under the Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13; Section 301(a), Public Health Service Act, as amended; and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) 25 U.S.C. 1652. This program is described at 93.933 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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June 26, 2008

Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Nursing Services Nursing Program, Schools of Nursing

The Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Nursing Services, announces a competitive grant application for existing and new grantees under the Nursing Education Program for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN5). This program is authorized under section 112 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437 as amended. This program is described at 93.970 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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June 20, 2008

Notice of Public Comment on Tribal Consultation Sessions To Be Held on July 21, July 23, and July 31, 2008

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of three one-day Tribal Consultation Sessions to be held between the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start leadership and the leadership of Tribal governments operating Head Start (including Early Head Start) programs. The purpose of these Consultation Sessions is to discuss ways to better meet the needs of Indian, including Alaska Native, children and their families, taking into consideration funding allocations, distribution formulas, and other issues affecting the delivery of Head Start services in their geographic locations [42.U.S.C. 9835, Section 640(l)(4)]. Dates & Locations: July 21, 2008--Kansas City, Missouri. July 23, 2008--Denver, Colorado. July 31, 2008--Seattle, Washington.

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June 5, 2008

Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service published a document in the Federal Register (FR) on April 29, 2008. The document contained one error.

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May 21, 2008

Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, which requires 60 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is publishing for comment a summary of a proposed information collection to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

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May 9, 2008

Office of Urban Indian Health Programs; Announcement Type: Targeted Solicitation

The Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Urban Indian Health Programs (OUIHP) announces a targeted solicitation for the 4-in-1 Title V grants to make health care services more accessible for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) residing in urban areas. This program is authorized under the authority of the Snyder Act and 25 U.S.C. 1652 and 1653 and Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), Public Law 94-437, as amended. This program is described at 93.193 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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April 29, 2008

Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information Collection: Behavioral Health Preventive Care Assessment Focus Group Guide

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 60 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is publishing for comment a summary of a proposed information collection to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

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Tribal Self-Governance Program Negotiation Cooperative Agreement; Correction

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service published a document in the Federal Register (FR) on March 31, 2008. The document contained three errors

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Tribal Self-Governance Program Planning Cooperative Agreement; Correction

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service published a document in the Federal Register (FR) on March 31, 2008. The document contained four errors.

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April 23, 2008

Tribal Management Grant Program; Correction

In notice document E8-6429 beginning on page 17355, in the issue of Tuesday, April 1, 2008, make the following corrections

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April 11, 2008

Administration for Native Americans

SUMMARY: This notice is to inform the public that the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) intends to announce six (6) urgent grant awards. The urgent grant awards will fund projects that are designed to mitigate the impact of the devastation created by the Southern California Wildfires of October 2007. As a result of the devastating wildfires that destroyed approximately 1,500 homes and 500,000 acres of land, ANA is providing urgent financial assistance to five Tribes and one Tribal Association to address a variety of restoration activities that include reforestation and revegetation, debris removal, erosion control and restoration, emergency planning and preparedness.

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April 1, 2008

Tribal Management Grant Program

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces competitive grant applications for the Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program. This program is authorized under Section 103(b)(2) and Section 103(e) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93- 638, as amended. This program is described at 93.228 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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March 31, 2008

Office of Clinical and Preventive Services; Elder Care Initiative Long-Term Care Grant Program

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces the availability of up to $600,000 for competitive grants through the Elder Care Initiative Long Term Care (ECILTC) Grant Program to support planning and implementation of sustainable long-term care services for American Indians and Alaska Native (AI/AN) elders. This program is authorized under the Snyder Act, Indian Health Care Improvement Act, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 1653(c), and Public Health Service Act, Section 301, as amended. This program is described at 93.933 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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Reimbursement Rates for Calendar Year 2008

SUMMARY: Notice is given that the Director of Indian Health Service (IHS), under the authority of sections 321(a) and 322(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 248 and 249(b)), Public Law 83-568 (42 U.S.C. 2001 (a)), and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), has approved the following rates for inpatient and outpatient medical care provided by IHS facilities for Calendar Year 2008 for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and beneficiaries of other Federal programs. The Medicare Part A inpatient rates are excluded from the table below as they are paid based on the prospective payment system. Since the inpatient rates set forth below do not include all physician services and practitioner services, additional payment may be available to the extent that those services meet applicable requirements. Public Law 106-554, section 432, dated December 21, 2000, authorized IHS facilities to file Medicare Part B claims with the carrier for payment for physician and certain other practitioner services provided on or after July 1, 2001.

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Tribal Self-Governance Program; Negotiation Cooperative Agreement

The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that provide negotiation resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) as authorized by Title V, Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000 of the Indian Self- Determination and Education Assistance Act of Public Law (Pub. L.) 93- 638, as amended. There is limited competition under this announcement because the authorizing legislation, Public Law 106-260, Title V, restricts eligibility to Tribes that meet specific criteria (Refer to Section III.l.A., ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS in this announcement). The TSGP is designed to promote self-determination by allowing Tribes to assume more control of Indian Health Service (IHS) programs and services through compacts negotiated with the IHS. The Negotiation Cooperative Agreement provides Tribes with funds to help cover the expenses involved in preparing for and negotiating with the IHS and assists eligible Indian Tribes to prepare Compacts and Funding Agreements (FAs). This program is described at 93.210 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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Tribal Self-Governance Program Planning Cooperative Agreement

The purpose of the program is to award cooperative agreements that provide planning resources to Tribes interested in participating in the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) as authorized by Title V, Tribal Self-Governance Amendments of 2000 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of Public Law (Pub. L.) 93-638, as amended. There is limited competition under this announcement because the authorizing legislation restricts eligibility to Tribes that meet specific criteria (Refer to Section 111.1.A., ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS in this announcement). The TSGP is designed to promote self-determination by allowing Tribes to assume more control of Indian Health Service (IHS) programs and services through compacts negotiated with the IRS. The Planning Cooperative Agreement allows a Tribe to gather information to determine the current types of Programs, Services, Functions, and Activities (PSFAs), and related funding available at the Service Unit, Area, and Headquarters levels and provide the opportunity to improve and enhance the healthcare delivery system to better meet the needs of the Tribal community. This program is described at 93.210 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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March 14, 2008

Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Customer Satisfaction Survey

SUMMARY: In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 30 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was previously published in the Federal Register (72 FR 69696) on December 10, 2007 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB.

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February 28, 2008

Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention; Urban Indian Communities

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Indian Health Service (IHS) announces competitive cooperative agreement applications are now being accepted by the Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (DEDP) to establish a Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC) for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) and urban Indian organizations in California. This program is authorized under Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13, and 25 U.S.C. 1621m of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. This announcement limits competition to all eligible entities within the California Area. To obtain details regarding eligibility, please refer to Section III below.

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Health Professions Preparatory, Health Professions Pregraduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is committed to encouraging American Indians and Alaska Natives to enter the health professions and to assuring the availability of Indian health professionals to serve Indians. The IHS is committed to the recruitment of students for the following programs: The Indian Health Professions Preparatory Scholarships authorized by section 103 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), as amended. The Indian Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarships authorized by section 103 of the IHCIA, as amended. The Indian Health Professions Scholarships authorized by section 104 of the IHCIA, as amended. Full-time and part-time scholarships will be funded for each of the three scholarship programs.

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Privacy Act of 1974; Report of a New System of Records; Sanitation Facilities Construction Individual Applicant Records

SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, we are proposing to establish a new system titled, ``Sanitation Facilities Construction Individual Applicant Records (SFCIA), System No. 09-17-004.'' Under the provisions of the Indian Sanitation Facilities Act, Pub. L. 86-121 (42 U.S.C. 2004a), IHS is charged with carrying out the functions to determine basic individual and home eligibility for sanitation services. The primary purpose of this system is to determine eligibility of individuals and homes for sanitation services; budget justification for appropriation and project development to serve eligible homes and persons with sanitation facilities; to monitor, track and report status and progress of services provided; to maintain records on and to verify individuals' eligibility for services; and to link with the IHS Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) for purposes of verifying and determining individuals' eligibility.

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February 22, 2008

Medicare Program: Approval of Application by the Indian Health Service (IHS) for Continued Recognition as a National Accreditation Organization That Accredits American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Entities To Furnish Outpatient Diabetes Self-Manage

SUMMARY: This final notice announces the approval of the Indian Health Service (IHS) as a national accreditation organization for the purpose of determining that entities meet the necessary quality standards to furnish outpatient diabetes self-management training services under Part B of the Medicare program. Therefore, American Indian and Alaska Native diabetes self-management training (DSMT) programs accredited by the IHS will receive deemed status under the Medicare program for purposes of this benefit.

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February 13, 2008

Office of Clinical and Preventive Services; Demonstration Project for Healthy Lifestyles in Youth

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces a cooperative agreement, HHS-2008-IHS-HLY-0001 for Tribes or Tribal organizations to promote healthy lifestyles among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth using the curriculum ``Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life'' (TRAIL) among selected Boys and Girls Club sites. This program is authorized under the authority of the Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13; section 301 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended; and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 25 U.S.C. 1652 and 1621(b). This program is described at 93.933 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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January 25, 2008

Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loans

The Indian Health Service (IHS) estimated budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 includes $11,581,766 for the Indian Health Service (IHS) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for health professional educational loans (undergraduate and graduate) in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs. This program announcement is subject to the appropriation of funds. This notice is being published early to coincide with the recruitment activity of the IHS, which competes with other Government and private health management organizations to employ qualified health professionals. This program is authorized by Section 108 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) as amended, 25 U.S.C. 1601 et seq. The IHS invites potential applicants to request an application for participation in the LRP.

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January 24, 2008

Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) Grants

The Indian Health Service (IHS), in conjunction with the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces competitive grant applications for Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH), an initiative to support new and/or continuing centers or projects funded under the NARCH grant program. This funding mechanism will develop further opportunities for conducting research and research training to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This program is authorized under the Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13, the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 241 as amended, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 25 U.S.C. 1602(a)(b)(16). This program is described at 93.933 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

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December 10, 2007

Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information Collection: Indian Health Service Customer Satisfaction Survey

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 60 days advance opportunity for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) in publishing for comment a summary of a proposed information collection to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

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November 6, 2007

Request for Public Comment: 30-Day Proposed Information Collection: Application for Participation in the IHS Scholarship Program

SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 350(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 30 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection project was previously published in the Federal Register (72 FR 45054) on August 10, 2007 and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB.

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October 23, 2007

Funding Opportunity Title/Program Name: Older Americans Act (OAA), Title VI, Part A--Grants for Native Americans, Part B--Grants for Native Hawaiian Programs and Part C--Grants for the Native American Caregiver Support Program

This announcement seeks proposals for grants to provide nutritional and supportive services to Indian elders and Native Hawaiian elders under Part A and Part B and Family Caregiver support services under Part C. The goal of these programs is to increase home and community based services to older Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, which respond to local needs and are consistent with evidence-based prevention practices. A detailed description of the funding opportunity may be found at http://www.olderindians.org.

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September 28, 2007

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by the Indian Health Service (IHS) for Continued Recognition as a National Accreditation Organization for Accrediting American Indian and Alaska Native Entities To Furnish Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management

SUMMARY: This proposed notice announces the receipt of an application from the Indian Health Service for continued recognition as a national accreditation organization for accrediting American Indian and Alaska Native entities that wish to furnish outpatient diabetes self- management training to Medicare beneficiaries. This notice also announces a 30-day public comment period.

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September 17, 2007

Contracts Under the Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; Change of Address for the Claims Branch

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service is amending its regulations governing contracts under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to reflect a change of address due to the relocation of the Claims Branch.

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August 10, 2007

Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Proposed Information

SUMMARY: In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which requires 60 days for public comment on proposed information collection projects, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is publishing for comment a summary of a proposed information collection to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

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July 24, 2007

Administration for Children and Families

itle: ANA Consultant and Evaluator Qualifications Form. OMB No.: 0970-0265. Description: The ANA Consultant and Evaluator Qualifications Form is used to collect information from prospective panel reviewers in compliance with 42 U.S.C Section 2991d-1. The form will allow the Commissioner of ANA to select qualified people to review grant applications for Social and Economic Development Strategies for Native Americans (SEDS), Native Language and Preservation Maintenance projects, Environmental Regulatory Enhancement projects, and Environmental Mitigation.

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Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

Title: Guidance for the Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program. OMB No.: 0970-0157. Description: 42 U.S.C. 612 (Section 412 of the Social Security Act) requires each Indian Tribe that elects to administer and operate a TANF program to submit a TANF Tribal Plan. The TANF Tribal Plan is a mandatory statement submitted to the Secretary by the Indian Tribe, which consists of an outline of how the Indian Tribe's TANF program will be administered and operated. It is used by the Secretary to determine whether the plan is approvable and to determine that the Indian Tribe is eligible to receive a TANF assistance grant. It is also made available to the public. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is proposing to revise the guidance by adding a certification page and is requesting additional details regarding economic development. ACF expects the additional information to add an estimated eight burden hours to each Indian Tribe's submission. This is reflected in the annual burden estimates shown below.

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July 20, 2007

Office of Urban Indian Health Programs

The Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Urban Indian Health Programs (OUIHP) announces competitive 4-in-1 Title V grant supplements responding to an Office of Minority Health, HIV/AIDS Initiative. This program is authorized under the authority of the Snyder Act and 25 U.S.C. 1652, 1653 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, as amended. This program is described at 93.193 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). This competitive supplement seeks to expand OUIHP's existing Title V grants to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/ AN) with the awareness of his/her HIV status. This will provide routine and/or rapid HIV screening, prevention, pre and post test counseling, case management (if available) and data collection. Enhancement of urban Indian health program HIV/AIDS activities is necessary to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the urban Indian health communities.

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July 11, 2007

Office of Urban Indian Health Programs; Announcement Type: Competitive Supplemental Grant Announcement

The Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Urban Indian Health Programs (OUIHP) announces competitive 4-in-l Title V grant supplements responding to an Office of Minority Health, HIV/AIDS Initiative. This program is authorized under the authority of the Snyder Act and 25 U.S.C. 1652, 1653 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, as amended. This program is described at 93.193 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA).

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July 9, 2007

American Indians Into Medicine; Notice of Competitive Grant Applications for American Indians Into Medicine Program

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces that competitive grant applications are being accepted for the American Indians into Medicine Program. These grants are established under the authority of 25 U.S.C. 1616g(a) of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, as amended by Public Law (Pub. L.) 102-573. The purpose of the Indians into Medicine program is to augment the number of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/ AN) health professionals serving AI/AN by encouraging them to enter the health professions and removing the multiple barriers to their entrance into IHS and private practice among AI/AN communities. For the purpose of maintaining and expanding the Indians into Medicine program two grants will be funded. One grant will be funded at $300,000 and a second grant will be funded at $60,000. Each grant will have different criteria which will be listed separately in this announcement.

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July 6, 2007

American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities Program

SUMMARY: This announcement is made by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or Department), Office of Minority Health (OMH) located within the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS), and working in a ``One-Department'' approach collaboratively with participating HHS agencies and programs (entities). As part of a continuing HHS effort to improve the health and well being of racial and ethnic minorities, the Department announces availability of FY 2007 funding for the American Indian/Alaska Native Health Disparities Program (hereafter referred to as the AI/AN Health Disparities Program). OMH is authorized to conduct this program under 42 U.S.C. 300 u-6, section 1707 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. The mission of the OMH is to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of policies and programs that address disparities and gaps. OMH serves as the focal point in the HHS for leadership, policy development and coordination, service demonstrations, information exchange, coalition and partnership building, and related efforts to address the health needs of racial and ethnic minorities. OMH activities are implemented in an effort to address Healthy People 2010, a comprehensive set of disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the Nation to achieve over the first decade of the 21st century (http://www.healthypeople.gov).

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July 2, 2007

Reimbursement Rates for Calendar Year; Correction

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service published a document Federal Register on June 20, 2007, concerning rates for inpatient and outpatient medical care provided by Indian Health Service facilities for Calendar Year 2007 for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries of other Federal Programs. The document contained five incorrect rates.

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June 21, 2007

Geographic Composition of the Contract Health Service DeliveryAreas (CHSDA) and Service Delivery Areas (SDA) of the Indian HealthService

SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to revise and update the list of Contract Health Service Delivery Areas (CHSDA) as defined in 42 CFR part 136, Subparts A-C and Service Delivery Areas (SDA) as established by the Director, Indian Health Service (IHS) administratively to effectuate the intent of Congress. This list replaces and supplements the FR notice dated January 10, 1984 (49 FR 1291) establishing CHSDAs and FR notice dated August 25, 1988 (53 FR 32460) establishing Health Service Delivery Areas (HSDAs).

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June 20, 2007

Reimbursement Rates for Calendar Year 2007

SUMMARY: Notice is given that the Director of Indian Health Service (IHS), under the authority of sections 321(a) and 322(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 248 and 249(b)), Public Law 83-568 (42 U.S.C. 2001(a)), and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), has approved the following rates for inpatient and outpatient medical care provided by IHS facilities for Calendar Year 2007 for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and beneficiaries of other Federal programs. The Medicare Part A inpatient rates are excluded from the table below as they are paid based on the prospective payment system. Since the inpatient rates set forth below do not include all physician services and practitioner services, additional payment may be available to the extent that those services meet applicable requirements. Public Law 106-554, section 432, dated December 21, 2000, authorized IHS facilities to file Medicare Part B claims with the carrier for payment for physician and certain other practitioner services provided on or after July 1, 2001.

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June 4, 2007

Medicare participating inpatient hospitals to Indians; limitation on charges for services

SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hereby issues this final rule establishing regulations required by section 506 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), (Pub. L. 108-173). Section 506 of the MMA amended section 1866 (a)(1) of the Social Security Act to add subparagraph (U) which requires hospitals that furnish inpatient hospital services payable under Medicare to participate in the contract health services program (CHS) of the Indian Health Service (IHS) operated by the IHS, Tribes, and Tribal organizations, and to participate in programs operated by urban Indian organizations that are funded by IHS (collectively referred to as I/T/Us) for any medical care purchased by those programs. Section 506 also requires such participation to be in accordance with the admission practices, payment methodology, and payment rates set forth in regulations established by the Secretary, including acceptance of no more than such payment rates as payment in full.

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May 16, 2007

Tribal Management Grant Program

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces competitive grant applications for the Tribal Management Grant (TMG) Program. This program is authorized under Section 103(b)(2) and Section 103(e) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Pub. L. 93-638, as amended. This program is described at 93.228 in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

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May 15, 2007

Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

Description: Authority to collect and report this information is found in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), Pub. L. 104-193. Tribal entities with approved Tribal plans for implementation of the TANF program are required by statute to report financial data. Form ACF-196T provides for collection of Federal expenditures data. Failure to collect this data would seriously compromise the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) ability to monitor expenditures and maintain financial management of the Tribal TANF program. The financial data collected is also used to estimate outlays and may be used to prepare ACF budget submissions to Congress. Federal policy requires the strictest controls on funding requirements, which necessitates review of documentation in support of Tribal expenditures for reimbursement. Comments received from a previous effort to implement a similar Tribal TANF report Form ACR-196T were used to guide ACF in the development of the updated report form presented with this submittal.

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April 26, 2007

Maternal and Child Health Program

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Maternal and Child Health Program (MCH) announces a limited competition for cooperative agreements for applications responding to the Secretaries' Initiative on Closing the Health Disparities Gap for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Infant Mortality (IM).

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April 24, 2007

American Indians Into Psychology; Notice of Competitive Grant Applications for American Indians Into Psychology Program

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service published a document in the Federal Register on March 28, 2007. The document contained three errors. For further information Contact: Martha Redhouse, Grants Management Branch, Indian Health Service, Reyes Building, 801 Thompson Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (301) 443-5204.

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April 5, 2007

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Description: The final rule within 45 CFR part 309, published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2004, contains a regulatory reporting requirement that, in order to receive funding for a Tribal IV-D program a Tribe or Tribal organization must submit a plan describing how the Tribe or Tribal organization meets or plans to meet the objectives of section 455(f) of the Social Security Act, including establishing paternity, establishing, modifying, and enforcing support orders, and locating noncustodial parents.

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April 4, 2007

Loan Repayment Program for Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loans; Announcement Type: Initial

The Indian Health Service (IHS) estimated budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 includes $11,581,766 for the Indian Health Service (IHS) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for health professional educational loans (undergraduate and graduate) in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.

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List of Recipients of Indian Health Scholarships Under the Indian Health Scholarship Program

The regulations governing Indian Health Care Improvement Act Programs (Pub. L. 94-437) provide at 42 CFR 136.334 that the Indian Health Service shall publish annually in the Federal Register a list of recipients of Indian Health Scholarships, including the name of each recipient, school and Tribal affiliation, if applicable. These scholarships were awarded under the authority of Sections 103 and 104 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 25 U.S.C. 1613-1613a, as amended by the Indian Health Care Amendments of 1988, Pub. L. 100-713.

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March 28, 2007

American Indians into Psychology; Notice of Competitive Grant Applications for American Indians Into Psychology Program

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announces that competitive grant applications are being accepted for the American Indians into Psychology Program. This grant is established under the authority of ``25 U.S.C. 1621p(a-d).'', Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Pub. L. 94-437, as amended by Pub. L. 102-573. The purpose of the Indians into Psychology Program is to augment the number of Indian health professionals serving Indians by encouraging Indians to enter the health professions and removing the multiple barriers to their entrance into IHS and private practice among Indians.

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Public Comment on the Proposed Adoption of ANA Program Policies and Procedures; Correction

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 814 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (the Act) 42 U.S.C. 2992b-1, ANA herein describes its proposed interpretive rules, statements of general policy and rules of agency procedure or practice in relation to the Social and Economic Development Strategies (hereinafter referred to as SEDS), Native Language Preservation and Maintenance (hereinafter referred to as Native Language), Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (hereinafter referred to as Environmental), Environmental Mitigation (hereinafter referred to as Mitigation), Improving the Well-Being of Children-- Native American Healthy Marriage Initiative (hereinafter referred to as Healthy Marriage) programs and any Special Initiatives.

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February 6, 2007

Privacy Act of 1974; Report of Modified or Altered System--Indian Health Service Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs

SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is proposing to modify or alter a SOR, ``Indian Health Service Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs,'' System No. 09-17-0002. We propose to modify the SOR to reflect current program changes, technology changes, statutory and implementation changes. Under the system name, we propose no change to the title but the office acronyms have been changed as a result of an organizational change.

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January 30, 2007

Indian Health Service Funding Announcement

Office of Clinical and Preventive Services Chronic Care Collaborative Announcement Type: Cooperative Agreement. Catalog of Federal Domestic Number: 93.443. Intended Recipient: Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Award Amount: $600,000 for year 1; $800,000 for years 2 and 3. Application Deadline: February 1, 2007. Authorities: Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13, Public Health Service (PHS) Act, 42 U.S.C. 301(a).

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January 16, 2007

Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women's Shelters and Related Assistance/Grants to Indian Tribal Organizations (Including Alaska Native Villages)

Executive Summary: This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents.

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January 3, 2007

Request for State Data Needed to Determine the Amount of a Tribal Family Assistance Grant

Description: 42 U.S.C. 612 (section 412 of the Social Security Act) gives federally recognized Indian Tribes the opportunity to apply to operate a Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The Act specifies that the Secretary shall use state submitted data to determine the amount of the grant to the Tribe. This form (letter) is used to request those data from the states. ACF is proposing to extend this information collection without change.

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