In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) personnel practices and policies and selected personnel actions involving 12 employees to determine the propriety of: (1) a waiver of BIA rules requiring Indian preference in reassignments occurring due to reductions-in-force (RIF); (2) personnel details under Indian preference law and under BIA and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) rules; and (3) the noncompetitive appointment of a non-Indian to a Senior Executive Service (SES) position.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Interior||1. The Secretary of the Interior should prohibit the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs from waiving the BIA rule requiring Indian preference in reassignments to advertised positions during RIF unless or until the rule is amended to authorize waivers and describe the standards that will be applied in effecting waivers.|
|Department of the Interior||2. The Secretary of the Interior should specify in writing the policy to advertise SES positions before filling them with non-Indians and institute internal control procedures for ensuring adherence to the policy.|