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    DOI Proposes Rule for Minimum Qualifications for Appraisals and Valuations of Indian Property

    Congress recently passed the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (ITARA), which requires the Secretary of the Interior to establish and publish in the Federal Register minimum qualifications for individuals to prepare appraisals and valuations of Indian trust property. This proposed rule would establish the minimum qualifications and would also implement provisions of ITARA that require the Secretary to accept appraisals and valuations without additional review or approval under certain circumstances.
    The Department of the Interior (DOI) seeks comments specifically on these three questions:
    1. Do any tribes grant Certified General Appraiser licenses similar to those granted by States? If so, are the prerequisite requirements of individuals receiving this license consistent with the requirements established by the Appraisal Qualifications Board for State certification?
    2. Are the minimum qualifications in this regulation appropriate for appraisals and valuations of timber, minerals, or other property separate from appraisals and valuations of real property? If not, what qualifications would be better suited to those appraisals and valuations?
    3. Is there a way to allow for the Department to verify an appraiser’s qualifications, without requiring the qualifications to be submitted with each appraisal, that would ensure the appraiser is qualified at the time the appraisal is submitted (and that there have been no changes in the appraiser’s qualifications)?
    You can find the proposed rule here.  Comments on the proposal are due November 21, 2016 and can be submitted to Elizabeth.appel@bia.gov