Indian Trust Funds:

Status of Plan Development for Improving Department of the Interior's Trust Fund Management

AIMD-98-241R: Published: Jul 21, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 1998.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Department of the Interior's efforts to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to cover all the phases of the Indian trust fund business cycle.

GAO noted that: (1) development of the draft implementation plan is substantially complete; (2) written comments on the draft were requested on May 1, 1998, and additional comments were requested on July 10, 1998, from bureau, program, and department officials with Indian trust responsibilities; (3) in addition, the Secretary of the Interior and other key department officials provided input on various aspects of the plan at steering committee meetings; (4) a revised draft of the plan is being circulated within the department for final approval; and (5) the final implementation plan is expected to be issued by July 31, 1998.

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