Consultation Process of the Railroad Retirement Board Adopted Pursuant to the Executive Order on Indian Tribal Governments
In accordance with the requirements of the Executive Order on Indian Tribal Governments which was issued on November 6, 2000, the Railroad Retirement Board, through its official designated for this purpose, will consult with any Indian tribes which may be affected by any policy being considered by the Board, if such policy may have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal government and Indian tribes. For purposes of this consultation process, “policy” shall include policy, regulations, legislative comments, and proposed legislation.
Such consultation will occur early in the process of developing a proposed policy. Consultation will include discussions of the nature of the Indian tribe(s)’ concerns as well as the agency’s position supporting the need to issue the policy. A summary of the consultation and a statement of the extent to which the concerns of tribal officials have been met will be prepared and submitted to the three-member Board at the time the policy is submitted to the Board for its consideration.