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Senators Demand Fixes on Failing BIA, BIE, IHS


If you’ve been on Capitol Hill long enough, you knew a public bloodletting was coming when the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed up at the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) to detail the progress—or lack thereof—of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) management of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and Indian energy development, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) management of the Indian Health Service (IHS).

Figurative blood was everywhere at a hearing on these topics on May 17, and SCIA Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND) was not happy about it, saying in his terse opening remarks that this February was the first time the GAO had identified these three Indian programs as being “at risk” in its annual High-Risk Report.


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