Presentation on theme: "BIA CSC Workgroup Tribal/Interior Budget Council Presentation July 23, 2014 Always open to new ideas and suggestions."— Presentation transcript:
BIA CSC Workgroup Tribal/Interior Budget Council Presentation July 23, 2014 Always open to new ideas and suggestions
Workgroup Members Primary Tribal Representatives Tribe (BIA Region) Phone Amy FredeenCook Inlet (Alaska) Patty LeBlancChitimacha (Eastern) Vickey HanveyCherokee (Eastern Oklahoma) Lisa D. DrumOmaha (Great Plains) x108 Annette Crowe Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (Midwest) x2141 Cordel ShorteyNavajo (Navajo) Greg AndersonPort Gamble (Northwest) Jim Mackay (Co-Chair)Susanville (Pacific) Darwin St. Clair, Jr.Chairman, Eastern Shoshone (Rocky Mt.) Rhonda ButcherPotawatomi (Southern Plains) Linda AustinYsleta del Sur Pueblo (Southwest) x7725 Valerie BarrFt. McDermott Paiute Shoshone Tribe (Western)
Alternate Tribal RepresentativesTribe (BIA Region) Phone James AngaiakNunapitchuk (Alaska) DeMakus StatonEastern Band of Cherokee (Eastern) (Eastern Oklahoma) Jeremy GoneOmaha Tribe (Great Plains) Mary PetersonLac du Flambeau (Midwest) Rachel ArvisoNavajo (Navajo) \6041 (Northwest) Elizabeth HansenRedwood Valley Rancheria (Pacific) (Rocky Mt.) (Southern Plains) Peggy L VigilMescalero Tribe (Southwest) Terry RamblerSan Carlos Apache Tribe (Western) x5
Federal Members BIA Region Phone Terry Parks (Co-Chair)OIS - DSD Hankie OrtizDeputy Director, OIS Judy MitchellOIS - DSD Kirk G MeyerEastern Yvonne LaRocqueGreat Plains Michelle McCormickMidwest Sunshine JordanPacific Stella CorbinRocky Mt Nick LongleyOffice of Self Governance
Recommendations made by the BIA CSC Workgroup The BIA Contract Support Cost Workgroup has not received any correspondence in regards to these recommendations. Submitted October 08, 2013: 1.Co-Chair to report to the Tribal/Interior Budget Council (TIBC) on CSC Workgroup activities and be part of the TIBC budget subcommittee. 2.Clarify the Shortfall Report’s definitions in Column C (total award) and Column H (exclusions). This is to be clarified by the Solicitor’s Office in conjunction with Tribal Technical Advisory Attorneys. 3.Speed up funding delivery to Tribes. Funds have taken much longer to reach Tribes this year. Funding should not be subject to unauthorized processes or approvals. Using FBMS and ASAP requires a Tribe to register with SAMS and have a DUNS number. Enrollment in SAMS and having a DUNS number are not requirements of the P.L contracting process. The process needs to be reviewed to see if the funds can be disbursed in a more expeditious manner. 4.Sequestration. Let Tribes know in advance what may happen. Communication between the BIA and Tribes is important. Tribes are required to prepare their annual budgets and prepare their indirect cost rate proposals, but no potential funding amount is being given. It is better to err on the side of caution than to not have any potential figures and have to guess.
5.Spending plan. The BIA spending plan should be shared with all the Tribes. Again, communication from the BIA to Tribes will help in understanding the cuts/budget process. Do not put Tribes in a position to guess and speculate wrongly. 6.Pilot Program – negotiating lump sum Direct Contract Support. This was an unsuccessful program under the National Business Center, but can be successful utilizing Bureau personnel (Tribal Awarding Officials) and Tribal staff. The CSC Workgroup recommends that the Assistant Secretary send out an All Tribes letter asking four Tribes to volunteer for this pilot project (two compact Tribes and two contract Tribes). The participating Tribes should be held harmless if the negotiated amount is less than 15% of salaries. 7.Fully fund CSC. The Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Office should be a strong advocate on behalf of the Tribes to fully support CSC. We are not far away from achieving that goal. Please do not let the progress that has been achieved since the implementation of the BIA CSC Policy wither away. 8.Advocate the removal of CSC caps for FY There is no tribal support and no tribal CSC Workgroup support for Tribe-by-Tribe CSC caps in annual appropriations. 9.Excess CSC funds within a Region should be reallocated to Tribes within that Region, rather than being sent to the Central Office and then reallocated to Regional Offices for disbursement. Any excess CSC funds from each Region should then be sent back to the Central Office and given to the appropriate Region/OSG to fund the Tribes with the lowest CSC funding percentage.
10.OSG Form for CSC Shortfall. This form lacks an OMB number and will be discussed with the OSG Tribes to determine if it needs to be submitted to OMB for a form number or not. 11.Review AFA CSC contract/compact language to see if the IHS language is appropriate for BIA programs. If it is, incorporate the language into each Tribe’s AFA with tribal consent. 12.Regional CSC Workgroup Representatives attend Regional meetings and conferences to provide CSC updates to Tribes. Tribes are requesting that they be made aware of what is happening with the CSC Workgroup. Regional representatives and alternates can provide an update to their Regional Tribes at: a.Regional Directors Meeting b.OSG Meeting c.TIBC Meeting 13.Alaska Tribes and the 30% Flat IDC Rate (Small and Needy). Many Alaska Tribes/Villages meet the definition of Small and Needy and do not require an annual audit. The BIA Greenbook defines Small and Needy tribes as follows: The small tribes designation was given to tribes with a population of 1,700 or less and less than $160,000 in recurring TPA funds in the lower 48 states and $200,000 in recurring TPA funds in Alaska. Having funds below this threshold inhibits a tribe’s ability to carry out basic tribal services and programs. A permanent solution that is aimed at creating a floor for small and needy Tribes nationwide needs to be developed.
Submitted April 02, 2014: 1.Co-Chair to report to the Tribal/Interior Budget Council (TIBC) on CSC Workgroup activities and be part of the TIBC budget subcommittee (previously submitted). 2.Shortfall Report definitions in Column C (total award) and Column H (exclusions) need to clarified. This is to be clarified by the Solicitor’s Office in conjunction with Tribal Technical Advisory Attorneys (previously submitted). 3.Pilot Program – negotiating lump sum Direct Contract Support. The CSC Workgroup recommends that the Assistant Secretary send out an All Tribes letter asking four Tribes to volunteer for this pilot project (two compact Tribes and two contract Tribes). The participating Tribes should be held harmless if the negotiated amount is less than 15% of salaries (previously submitted). 4.AFA CSC contract/compact language needs to be reviewed to see if the IHS language is appropriate for BIA programs. If it is, incorporate the language into each Tribe’s AFA with Tribal consent (previously submitted). 5.Regional CSC Workgroup Representatives should attend Regional meetings and conferences to provide CSC updates to Tribes. Tribes are requesting that they be made aware of what is happening with the CSC Workgroup. Regional representatives and alternates can provide an update to their Regional Tribes at: a.Regional Directors Meeting b.OSG Meeting c.TIBC Meeting (previously submitted).
6.An analysis needs to be done to see the impact of providing a flat amount of $65,000 for Contract Support Costs to Small and Needy Tribes. The new OMB Super Circular says that the indirect contract support cost rate defaults to 10% if there is no negotiated indirect cost rate, although it is likely this default provision does not apply to the computation of indirect contract support costs under the ISDEAA. Many of these small and needy Tribes do not meet the threshold for negotiating a rate and the 10% default rate, if applied, would have a very negative impact on these Tribes. A permanent solution that is aimed at creating a threshold dollar amount for Small and Needy Tribes needs to be developed, as many of these Tribes do not have the funds to pay an employee to perform contract administration. In no case should a Tribe receive more funds for contract support costs than it receives in TPA funds. 7.It is extremely important that there be maximum opportunity for Tribes to participate in the 2014 Tribal Consultation Sessions on Contract Support Costs. Twelve Tribal consultation sessions to formulate long-term accounting, budget and legislative strategies should be planned to address the BIA contract support cost situation, one for each of the BIA’s Regions. For those Tribes that are not able to afford the travel costs, we recommend that the BIA cover the cost for one Tribal official to attend the consultation session as this is an important issue that was identified in the House Congressional Record. As an option, the BIA may be able to provide a teleconference session for those that are unable to attend. Mr. Thompson stated that halfway through the consultations sessions, the BIA would take a “pause” and reconvene the CSC Workgroup to evaluate the responses to determine if the data needed is being received and then hold the rest of the Tribal consultations. The entire CSC Workgroup is strongly in favor of this.
8.In light of the BIA supporting full funding of contract support costs and this being a Bureau priority for FY 2014 and 2015, it would seem appropriate to change the name of the “Contract Support Cost Shortfall Report” to just “Contract Support Cost Report”. 9.Training on contract support costs should be a priority and a Tribal Practitioner Tool Kit (help desk) should be established to centralize negotiations for direct contract support costs and instill consistency. There are still too many inconsistencies on how Bureau and Tribal officials treat direct contract support costs. This may be a reflection of Bureau and Tribal staff not fully understanding the policy despite the BIA Contract Support Cost policy memorandum being in place since The CSC Workgroup is having difficulty with the interpretation being expressed by the Solicitor’s Office on the Trade Secrets Act. The Solicitors Office made a determination that the CSC Workgroup is not allowed to review CSC data for each Region and Tribe before it is finalized, asserting that to do so would be a violation of the TCA. The CSC Workgroup was established with Tribal representatives from each BIA Region with the intent of consulting on the BIA CSC Shortfall Report and providing recommendations on revisions to the BIA CSC policy memorandum. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish this goal if the CSC Workgroup is unable to review this data. We ask your assistance in revisiting the Solicitor’s determination based on the TCA analysis set out on page 3 of this letter.
Contract Support Cost Payments for The process is taking too long and needs to be reviewed to see if there are ways to streamline the process. I can only talk about the Susanville Indian Rancheria. The modification to our contract for Contract Support Costs is dated June 27, Although the language in the modification says that contract support costs shall be based on the contractors FY 2014 “total need”, the amounts shown are reflective of the tribe CY 13 negotiated Fixed Carry Forward IDC Rate (the tribe had an established CY 14 negotiated Fixed Carry Forward IDC Rate) and Direct Contract Support Costs represent the FY 2012 Tribe’s pro-rate share based on program salaries. 2.In my conversation with BIA personnel, many of the contracting officers do not fully understand how to negotiate Direct Contract Support Costs. They understand the principle of 15% of salaries, but they are unfamiliar with how to ensure what items can and what items can’t be included in a proposal. The BIA contracting officers that are on the Contract Support Cost Workgroup do understand the BIA Contract Support Cost Policy, but the full understanding does not get down to the agency levels. 3.Some Regions are having difficulty in disbursing the funds to their tribes. The BIA Central Office has had to send additional staff to these Regions so that the tribes can get their funds. This puts additional burdens on the tribes, as they have to use other funds to operate their BIA programs as they wait for the BIA to provide a modification to their contracts. 4.There are just three things needed to determine the Direct and Indirect Contract Support Costs owed to each tribe: Salaries for those being paid for with BIA funds, the tribe’s BIA total budget minus capital expenditures and pass- throughs, and the tribe’s current approved indirect cost rate from the Interior Business Center.
2015 House Appropriations Committee Report 1.The draft FY 2015 committee report on the Appropriations Committee website provides for full funding of estimated contract support costs. The Committee expects Indian Affairs to submit a reprogramming request to the Committee if the final calculated contract support costs exceed the amount provided ($246,000,000) in order to ensure that contract support costs are fully paid. The Committee recognizes that inconsistencies exist between the Bureau and Indian Health Service in the ways that contract support costs are estimated and managed, and encourages both the agencies and the Tribes to recommend ways that the Committee can be helpful in promoting consistency. Contract Support Cost Consultation Recommendations 1.The BIA CSC Workgroup is tentatively scheduled to meet in September to review the recommendations from the various consultation sessions. The location has not been finalized, but it will probably be in Washington, DC to enable Assistant Secretary Washburn to address the workgroup in person.
2.One recommendation that has come out, and it is a difficult one to pass through Congress given the current political climate, is making CSC Appropriations mandatory. This would ensure that full funding for CSC continue indefinitely and is not paid for by cuts to Indian programs. Senator Begich (D-AK) plans to introduce a bill by the end of July that would establish contract support costs as mandatory spending like other legal entitlements. I would ask the Tribal/Interior Budget Council’s support in encouraging each tribe to contact their Senators to see if they are willing to co-sponsor the bill. Conclusion I would like to thank the Tribal/Interior Budget Council for allowing me to be on the agenda to discuss Contract Support Costs. The BIA Contract Support Cost Workgroup works well together and is always open to ideas. I have given you a contact list of the individuals on the workgroup and please feel free to contact any one of us if you have a question. There is much work to be done yet to ensure that every tribe’s needs are met.