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notice described in the immediately preceding sentence shall be issued at the earliest practicable time.
(c) The date, time or place of a Commission meeting may be changed after issuance of the public notice described in paragraph (b) of this section only if the Commission gives public notice of any such change at the earliest practicable time. Subjects or agenda items to be discussed at a meeting or determinations by the Commission to open or close a meeting, or a portion of a meeting, to the public, after issuance of the public notice described in paragraph (b) of this section may be changed only if (1) a majority of the full membership of the Commission determine by a recorded vote that Commission business so requires and that no earlier public notice of the change or changes was possible, and (2) the Commission gives public notice of the change and the vote of each Commissioner upon such change or changes at the earliest practicable time.
(d) Immediately following the issuance of each public notice described in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, notice of the date, time, place, subjects or agenda items, whether the meeting or any portions thereof will be open or closed to public observation, any change in any of the preceding facts, and the name and business telephone number of the Executive Director of the Commission, shall be submitted for publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER.
(e) The Commission shall also promptly post all public notices described in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section on a bulletin board maintained for this purpose at the offices of the Commission and shall mail copies to those who request that the Commission's Executive Director place their names on the Commission's general mailing list.
action by the Commission to close any meeting or portion thereof shall be governed by the procedures described in paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) of this section.
(b) Action to close a meeting or any portion thereof pursuant to paragraphs (a)(1) or (a)(3) of $ 504.7 shall be taken only when a majority of the full membership of the Commission vote to do so. A separate vote of the Commissioners shall be taken with respect to each meeting a portion or portions of which are so proposed to be closed to public observation or with respect to any information which is proposed to be so withheld. A single vote may be taken with respect to a series of meetings, a portion or portions of which are proposed to be closed to public observation, or with respect to any information concerning such series of meetings, so long as each meeting in such series involves the same particular matters and is scheduled to be held no more than thirty (30) days after the initial meeting in the series. Each meeting in the series shall be subject to the requirements as to notice to the public described in $ 504.8. For each vote taken under this paragraph, the vote of each participating Commissioner will be recorded and no proxies will be allowed.
(c) Whenever any person whose interests may be directly affected by a portion of a meeting requests that the Commission close such portion to public observation for any of the reasons referred to in paragraphs (5), (6), or (7) of 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), any one Commissioner may request that a recorded vote of the Commissioners be taken to close such meeting.
(d) Within one day of any vote taken pursuant to paragraphs (b) or (c) of this $ 504.9, the Executive Director of the Commission shall make available to the public a written copy thereof showing the vote of each Commissioner. If all or a portion of the meeting is to be closed to public observation, the Executive Director shall, within one day of the vote taken pursuant to paragraphs (b) or (c) of this section, make available to the public a full written explanation of the Commission's action closing the meeting or
$ 504.9 Procedures for closing certain
meetings or portions thereof. (a) Except with respect to meetings or portions thereof which may be closed to public observation under $ 504.7(a)(2), with respect to which the procedure described in § 504.10 applies,
maintained for this purpose at the offices of the Commission.
portion thereof, together with a list of all persons who are to attend the meeting and their affiliation. This information shall be made available in the same manner as described in paragraph (e) of g 504.8 to the extent that it is not exempt from disclosure under $ 504.7.
8 504.11 Chief Counsel's certification of
closed meetings. For every meeting closed pursuant to 8 504.7, the Chief Counsel of the Commission shall, before the commencement of the meeting, publicly certify that the meeting may be closed to the public and shall state which exemptions as set out in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) are applicable. Absent such certification, the meeting may not be closed to the public. A copy of this certification, together with a statement from the presiding Commissioner setting forth the date, time, and place of the meeting, and the persons present shall be retained by the Commission.
8 504.10 Procedure for closing exempt
meetings described in 8 504.7(a)(2). (a) The Commission purposes are exclusively adjudicatory. They consist of trying claims permitted to be filed on behalf of Indian tribes, bands, and groups against the United States pursuant to section 2 of the Indian Claims Commission Act, 60 Stat. 1050 (25 U.S.C. 70a). The Commission has no regulatory or rulemaking functions, nor is it charged with administering any substantive legislation. To protect the integrity of its adjudicatory deliberations, Commission meetings have historically been closed to public observation. For these reasons the Commission has determined that a majority of its meetings may properly be closed to public observation pursuant to $ 504.7(a)(2).
(b) In the case of any meeting, or portion thereof, which may be closed to public observation for the reasons described in paragraph (a) of this section, the Commission shall, be a recorded vote at the beginning of said meeting or portion thereof, vote on whether to close the meeting or portion thereof. If a majority of the full membership of the Commission vote to close the meeting or portion thereof, it shall be so closed. A copy of the vote, reflecting the vote of each commissioner on the question, shall be made available to the public.
(c) In the case of meetings or portions thereof to which this section applies, the provisions of $$ 504.8 and 504.9 shall not apply.
(d) Except to the extent that such information is exempt from disclosure under $ 504.7, public announcement of the date, time, place, and subject matters and agenda items of a meeting, or portion thereof, to which this $ 504.10 applies, shall be posted at the earliest practicable time on the bulletin board
8 504.12 Maintenance of transcripts, re
cordings, or minutes. (a) The Commission shall maintain a complete transcript, or electronic recording, adequate to record fully the proceedings, of each meeting or portion of a meeting closed to the public, except that in the case of a meeting or portion thereof closed to the public under $ 504.7(a)(2), the Commission may instead maintain a set of minutes.
(b) The minutes shall fully and clearly describe all matters discussed and shall provide a full and accurate summary of any action taken, and the reasons, including a description of each of the views expressed on any items and the record of any roll call vote, reflecting the vote of each commissioner on the question. All documents considered in connection with any action shall be identified in the minutes.
(c) The Commission shall make promptly available to the public in the office of the Executive Director of the Commission, the transcript, electronic recording, or minutes of the discussion of any item on the agenda, except for those items or discussion which the Commission determines to contain information which may be withheld under $ 504.7.
(d) Subject to the exemptions in 504.7, copies of the transcript, minutes, or the transcription of a recording disclosing the identity of each
speaker, will be furnished to any Counsel, staff attorney, or other emperson at the actual cost of duplica- ployee of the Commission, an ex parte tion or transcription.
communication relevant to the merits (e) The Chief Counsel shall be re- of any proceeding before the Commissponsible for determining what infor- sion. mation may be withheld and what (b) No Commissioner, Chief Counsel, standards are to be applied in making staff attorney, or other employee of that determination. Should an individ- the Commission shall make or knowual be denied access to information by
ingly cause to be made to any person a decision of the chief counsel, that in- outside the Commission, an ex parte dividual may file a written appeal with
communication relevant to the merits the Commission. The Commission
of any proceeding before the Commisshall issue an order granting or deny
sion. ing the petitioner's appeal. No hearing
(c) Any Commissioner, Chief Counwill be permitted under this appeal.
sel, staff attorney, or other employee (Sec. 9, 60 Stat. 1051 (25 U.S.C. 70h).)
of the Commission who receives, or (f) The Commission shall maintain a complete verbatim copy of the tran
who makes or knowingly causes to be script, a complete copy of the minutes,
made a communication prohibited by or a complete electronic recording of
this section, shall place on the public each meeting, or portion thereof,
record of the proceeding: closed to the public, for at least two
(1) All such written communications; years after the meeting, or until one (2) Memoranda stating the subyear after the conclusion of any Com- stance of all such oral communicamission proceeding with respect to tions; and which the meeting or portion thereof, (3) All written responses, and memowas held, whichever occurs later.
randa stating the substance of all oral
responses, to such communications. 8 504.13 Annual report to Congress.
(d) Upon receipt of a communication The Commission shall annually
knowingly made or knowingly caused report to Congress regarding its com- to be made by a party to the proceedpliance with the Government in the ing, or by counsel, in violation of this Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552b. The section, the Commission may, to the report must include a tabulation of extent consistent with the interests of the total number of Commission meet- justice, require the offending party to ings open to the public, the total show cause why its claim or interest in number of meetings closed to the the proceeding should not be dispublic, the reasons for closing the
missed, denied, or otherwise adversely meetings, and a description of any liti- affected on account of such violation. gation brought against the Commis
(e) A request for a status report on sion under the Act, including any costs any matter currently before the Comassessed against the Commission in
mission is not an ex parte communicasuch litigation.
tion within the meaning of this sec$ 504.14 Ex parte communications.
tion. Questions regarding the status of
a case shall be directed to the Clerk of (a) No person outside the Commis
the Commission. sion shall make or knowingly cause to be made to any Commissioner, Chief (Sec. 9, 60 Stat. 1501 (25 U.S.C. 70h).)