The Senate Committee on Indian
is once again taking a look at "high risk" programs that serve tribes and their citizens.
Just as President Donald Trump was about to take office in January 2017, the Government Accountability Office
placed Indian education, health and energy on its list of vulnerable programs. Since then, the committee has held two hearings on the subject to determine if the administration is making progress
in addressing shortcomings.
The answers so far have been mixed. The Indian Health Service
, for example, waited until the same week as the second hearing to announce it was taking action to reduce patient wait times
"It appears progress can only be made when Congress keeps the pressure on," Sen. Tom Udall
Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian
, said last September.
Udall's committee is putting the pressure on the IHS, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs
, for a third time this week. oversight hearing on Wednesday
focuses on "turning around vulnerable" programs at the two agencies.
“These high-risk programs put the health and safety of Native Americans at risk,” said Sen. John Hoeven
(R-North Dakota), the chairman of the panel.
The hearing takes place immediately following a a business meeting
at 2:30pm Eastern in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. A witness list has not yet been posted online.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Oversight Hearing on "GAO High Risk List: Turning Around Vulnerable Indian Programs"
(June 13, 2018)
Government Accountability Office Report:Improving
Federal Management of Programs that Serve Tribes and Their Members
Hearings on "High Risk" Indian Programs
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