GAO’s Ongoing and Planned Reviews Related to Programs that Serve Tribal Nations, Their Citizens, and other Indigenous People

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a legislative branch agency that conducts reviews of federal agencies and programs. This includes programs that serve federally recognized tribes, their members and descendants, and programs for which other Indigenous people and entities may also be eligible (i.e., Native Hawaiians, members of state recognized tribes, and Alaska Native Corporations). GAO’s reviews seek to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of federal programs, and span a broad range of topic areas. GAO is committed to providing oversight of the federal government’s respect for tribal sovereignty and its fulfillment of the federal trust responsibility. For additional information, please contact Anna Maria Ortiz (

Selected Ongoing Work

Federal Government’s COVID-19 Response to Tribes

Requesters: CARES Act Authority and multiple individual requesters

Projected issuance: Late 2022

Tribal and Rural Broadband Connectivity Grants

Requesters: Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation, House Energy and Commerce

Projected issuance: Late 2022

Interior’s Trust Functions

Pursuant to P.L. 116-260: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

Projected issuance: Spring 2023

Border Wall Effects on Resources

Requester: Rep Grijalva

Projected issuance: Spring 2023

Indian Health Service Information Technology

Requesters: Sens. Murkowski; Barrasso; Fischer; Hoeven; Lankford; Rounds; Schatz; Tester; Udall

Projected issuance: Summer 2023

Indian Health Service Facilities and Equipment

Requesters: House Energy and Commerce; Rep. Mullin; Ruiz

Projected issuance: Summer 2023

Accountability for Bureau of Indian Education Spending of COVID-19 Funds

Requesters: House Ways and Means Committee; Sen. Finance Committee; Others

Projected issuance: Fall 2023

DOI Real Estate Services for Tribes

Comptroller General Authority

Projected issuance: TBD

Tribal Food Security      

Requesters: House Rules and Natural Resources

Projected issuance: TBD

Upcoming and Planned Work (Start date TBD)

Electricity Microgrids in Tribal Communities

Requesters: House Natural Resources, Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples


Thursday, August 4

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Wednesday, August 3

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Tuesday, August 2

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7:30 am
Registration (Location: Sequoia)

9:00 am
Posting of Colors (Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer

9:10 am
Time of Reflection

9:25 am
Welcome & Opening Message from SGCETC Board of Directors 

9:30 am
Welcome from Tribal Nations within California and Discussion of Hot  Topics

10:15 am
Discussion with Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

10:30 am

10:45 am
Establishing the Bay Area American Indian Cultural District

11:00 am
COVID Update and Indian Health Service Initiatives to Improve Health and Wellbeing

11:30 am
International Decade (2022 – 2032) of Indigenous Language Preservation

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout Sessions

 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm- 3:45 pm

3:45 pm
Threats to Tribal Sovereignty: Protecting the Indian Child Welfare Act

(Location: Grand Peninsula Ballroom)

4:05 pm
Self-Governance Updates from DOI, IHS, and DOT

4:45 pm
Tiwahe Initiative – Federal Updates


Additional Meetings and Activities

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
DOI SGDB Training Room (Sand Pebble D)

11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Individual Meetings with OSG Staff- Open (Board Rooms 3 & 4)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tribal Caucus for the Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations Consultation Meeting (Cypress A)