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NIGC RIN: 3141-AA55 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Minimum Internal Control Standards 

The NIGC is considering removing, revising, or suspending the existing Class III minimum internal control standards (MICS) in part 542.

Agency: National Indian Gaming Commission(NIGC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 25 CFR 542   
Legal Authority: 25 U.S.C. 2706(b)(1) to (4)    25 U.S.C. 2706(b)(10)    25 U.S.C. 2710(d)(7)(B)(vii)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

The NIGC cannot promulgate, implement, or enforce Class III MICS.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

The D.C. Circuit Court’s decision in Colorado River Indian Tribes v. National Indian Gaming Commission 383 F.Supp.2d 123 (D.D.C. 2005), affd., 466 F.3d 134 (D.C. Cir. 2006), held that the NIGC cannot promulgate, implement, or enforce Class III control standards.


The NIGC has a number of options: 1) Retain the status quo; 2) remove the standards; or 3) remove the standards and publish updated standards as guidance documents. At this time, the NIGC continues to research and identify all other available options.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

There are no anticipated cost increases to the Federal Government or to tribal governments as a result of this regulatory action.


There are no known risks to this regulatory action.

Action Date FR Cite
First NPRM  12/01/2004  69 FR 69847   
First NPRM Comment Period End  01/18/2005 
Second NPRM  03/10/2005  70 FR 11893   
Second NPRM Comment Period End  04/25/2005 
Final Action on First NPRM  05/04/2005  70 FR 23011   
Final Action on Second NPRM  08/12/2005  70 FR 47097   
Third NPRM  11/15/2005  70 FR 69293   
Third NPRM Comment Period End  12/30/2005 
Final Action on Third NPRM  05/11/2006  71 FR 27385   
Final Rule; Delay of Effective Date and Request for Comments  08/30/2012  77 FR 53817   
Final Rule; Delay of Effective Date and Request for Comments  10/04/2012  77 FR 60625   
Effective Date Delayed  04/22/2014 
Final Action  10/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Split from 3141-AA27 
Agency Contact:
Michael Hoenig
General Counsel
National Indian Gaming Commission
1849 C Street NW, Mailstop #1621,
Washington, DC 20240
Phone:202 632-7003