The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) currently has vacancies for membership. The STAC was established in 2010 by HHS in an effort to create a coordinated, Department-wide strategy to incorporate tribal guidance on HHS priorities, policies, and budget. The STAC’s tribal representation is comprised of seventeen positions: one delegate (and one alternate) from each of the twelve Indian Health Service (IHS) areas and one delegate (and one alternate) for the five National At-Large Members positions. In working closely with tribal leadership on this committee, the Department has elevated the level of attention given to the government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes and has developed mechanisms for continuous improvement and communication with our partnerships with tribes.
Due to election turnover, HHS has several vacancies to fill and requests your support in nominating candidates for the following vacancies on the STAC. These vacancies include a primary delegate and an alternate from each of the following regions. Those selected will serve a two-year term. The vacancies open for nomination are:
- Alaska Primary and Alternate
- Albuquerque Primary and Alternate
- Great Plains Primary and Alternate
- Phoenix Primary and Alternate
- Tucson Primary and Alternate
- National At-Large Primary Delegate (1)
All nominees must either be elected or appointed tribal officials acting in their official capacity as elected officials of their tribes, or be designated by an elected tribal official with the designee having authority to act on behalf of the tribal official. Nominations must be made by an elected or appointed official from a federally recognized tribe acting in his or her official capacity.
HHS encourages you to submit your nomination letter, no later than October 23, 2019. More detailed information about the vacancies are included in the attached letter.