Indian Self-Determination Act: Shortfalls in Indian Contract Support Costs Need to Be Addressed
The Indian Self-Determination & Educ. Assistance Act (ISDA) was passed in 1975 to encourage tribal participation in, & management of, programs that for years had been administered on their behalf by the Depts. of the Interior of Health & Human Services. This report is on the Bureau of Indian Affairs' & the Indian Health Services' management of contract support funding under the ISDA. The report contains recommendations designed to help ensure that contract support costs are paid consistently. Also describes alternative methods for funding contract support costs, which the Congress may consider as it debates how to best carry out the provisions of the ISDA.
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Page 70 - The payment by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) of contract support costs for Indian self-determination contracts has evolved with amendments to the enabling legislation and to the agencies' guidelines dealing with contracting.
Page 95 - Classification of costs. There is no universal rule for classifying certain costs as either direct or indirect under every accounting system. A cost may be direct with respect to some specific service or function, but indirect with respect to the grant or other ultimate cost objective. It is essential therefore that each item of cost be treated consistently either as a direct or an indirect cost. Specific guides for determining direct and...
Page 85 - Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract) , California Shoalwater Bay Tribe of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, Washington Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming...
Page 96 - The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is transmitting the Department's response to this draft report in our capacity as the Department's designated focal point and coordinator for US Government Accountability Office reports.
Page 9 - Interior and the Secretary of Health and Human Services direct the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and the Director of the Indian Health Service, respectively, to work...
Page 2 - Act) authorizes tribes to take over the administration of such programs through contractual arrangements with the agencies that previously administered them: Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs and Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service.1 For the Bureau, the programs that can be contracted include social services, law enforcement, road maintenance, and forestry, and for the Health Service, the programs include mental health, dental care, hospitals and clinics. According to the act, tribal...
Page 24 - January 1998 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. In conducting our work, we did not independently verify or test the reliability of the data provided by the nonfederal land managers or the Forest Service.
Page 63 - Indian contract support costs. We provided copies of a draft of this report to the departments of the Interior and Health and Human Services for review and comment. We received comments from both departments and from Interior's Office of the Inspector General (see app. V, VI, and VII). Neither of the departments nor the Inspector General commented on the alternatives presented in this chapter.