July 25: 5 Things You Need to Know This Week

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1. WEBINAR: 1PM ET ON JULY 28 – NAFOA WILL HOST WEBINAR WITH DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ON LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM

NAFOA will host a webinar with the Department of Energy on Thursday, July 28, at 1:00pm Eastern Time to discuss updates to the Loan Guarantee Program.

Interest and relevance of domestic investment in energy increase each week notwithstanding uncertainties. There is no debate that energy development can boost Tribal economies. Moreover, the impact of the pandemic has emphasized the value of diversifying tribal economies.

FSA Advisors will discuss strategies to borrow in this interest rate environment and Federal credit policy and the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) will outline how to apply for a direct loan based upon a new Solicitation. LPO has announced important changes to the Program to finance Tribe’s investments in energy. These include key changes to the debt capital program, aimed at increasing tribal energy development to unlock the energy potential of Indian Country. This includes the ability to offer loans through the Federal Financing Bank directly to tribes. NAFOA welcomes staff from the Department of Energy and LPO office to discuss these changes and how tribes can use them to their advantage.

This webinar will take place July 28th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern Time and will be recorded. Registration is required to join.


2. POLICY: PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT MODERNIZATION

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) aimed to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). These agencies seek comments about the current proposal to help them refine provisions to better serve low- and moderate-income communities. To provide feedback from Indian Country submit a written comment on or before August 5, 2022.


3. CONFERENCE: ANSWERING YOUR FAQS ABOUT #NAFOAFALL22

What are the closest airports to Foxwoods? T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI (41 miles) and Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT (60 miles)

What Hotel is the conference taking place in?  The NAFOA rooms are in the Fox Tower.  Foxwoods consists of multiple hotels. 

When will the conference agenda be available?  The full agenda will be announced in early August.

What is there to do nearby? The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Museum and Research Center is just down the road from Foxwoods.  Feel like shopping? The Tanger Outlets has over 70 stores and is directly connected to Foxwoods.  

How many CPEs can I earn?  Attendees will earn at least 10 CPEs by attending #NAFOAFall22


4. FOR STUDENTS: TOMORROW, JULY 26 – WEBINAR: PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW & TELLING YOUR STORY

Tuesday, July 26 at 3:00pm Eastern Time

Join NAFOA and representatives from Bank of Americafor a mini-workshop on Preparing For An Interview And Telling Your Story.This webinar discussion will consist of interview tips to set yourself apart from other candidates—such as preparing and practicing answering behavioral interview questions, assessing your skills and understanding how they relate to the role you are applying for, and preparing follow-up questions for the interviewer.

Speakers:

  • Angel Villavelazquez, Gila River Indian Community, VP; Workflow Manager – Global Risk 
  • Benjamin Roberts, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Wealth Management Client Associate, Merrill 

5. JOBS: OFFICE OF INDIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS SEEKING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

The Economic Development Specialist, GS-301-13/14 will close Tuesday, August 2, 2022.  The vacancy announcement number is ST-22-11572128-CAWU-EB which can be accessed directly here

NOTE:  When you get on www.usajobs.gov and search for “Economic Development Specialist” it may say that no jobs were found.  Applicants must click on the circle to the left of the screen next to “jobs for Federal Employees.”  The vacancy announcement will then appear.  This applies to current employees as well as Tribal members.

Current and former Federal employees must submit their SF-50, BIA Form 4432, and resume(s).  However, applicants should not submit award SF-50s, as those do not contain all the data we need.  Also, Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements – this means that they must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level to qualify for the grade for which they are applying (e.g., they must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level to be considered).

Tribal members must submit their BIA Form 4432 and resume(s).

Resumes should be geared towards the specialized experience qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement and this experience must be clearly shown on their resumes for them to be considered qualified.  While a candidate may serve in a position(s) with the same title or similar title of the position, if that candidate’s resume does not address the specialized experience and/or duties performed in the position held, the candidate will not be found eligible.


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