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Bureau of Trust Funds Administration, Department of Interior

Trust Beneficiary Call Center


More than $4.4 billion passes through Tribal and IIM accounts annually

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Bureau of Trust Funds Administration (BTFA) was created to improve the accountability and management of Indian funds held in trust by the federal government. Currently, BTFA maintains approximately 3,000 accounts for 250 Tribal entities with assets exceeding $4.4 billion, and over 387,000 Individual Indian Monies (IIM) accounts with assets of approximately $597 million. Income is generated from the sale or rental of Indian-owned land and natural resources such as timber, and royalties from oil and natural gas exploration and production. Funds also are derived from interest earned on invested funds, as well as awards or settlements of tribal claims. The Trust Beneficiary Call Center (TBCC) plays a critical role in the delivery of trust fund management services to Indian trust beneficiaries. The TBCC was implemented in 2004, and for the first time ever, Indian trust beneficiaries were provided with an easy-to-access primary point of contact for making inquiries about their trust assets, (i.e., fractional owner interests, account balance and lease activity), checking the status of a requested service or requesting a disbursement from, or an update to an IIM account administered by BFTA. In addition, the TBCC serves as the primary point of contact for the Department’s Land Buy Back Program, where Landowners can request information about the program and receive assistance with updating IIM accounts and completing purchase offer packages.

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CX Feedback Data

Q2 2021 · January 1 - March 31, 2021

Q1 2021 · October 1 - December 31, 2020

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Operational Data

Since its inception, the TBCC has responded to over 2.4 million calls with a Short Speed to Answer, Low Abandoned Call Rate and an overall First Line Resolution (FLR) rate of 95%. The TBCC call center is operated by a contractor that continues to meet or exceed the following monthly performance metrics:

  Goal FY19 Q3
Average Speed to Answer 50 seconds 37 seconds
Call Abandoned Rate 9% 3.29%
Average Handle Time 4:00 minutes 3:06 minutes
First Line Resolution 85% 98.6%
Total Calls Received   44,466
Total Calls Answered   43,002

Reporting Notes

  • CX Feedback Data: HISPs are currently in the process of aligning their customer feedback collections to seven government-wide CX measures. These measures align to specifically worded questions that agencies may make minimal changes to (to ensure relevancy for their context) and be scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 indicating strong agreement with a measure statement. Agencies that use a 10 point scale provide a calculation for converting results to a five point scale. Many are collecting customer feedback under clearances that did not include a provision to share this data publicly. HISPs without the current capacity to collect and share data using the government-wide measures must identify a target date for reporting of these metrics not to exceed FY 2021, Quarter 1.
  • Operational Data: HISPs were provided the opportunity to submit operational data in their quarterly reporting to OMB that provides context regarding their customers' experiences with their service.