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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Division of Grants Management

IHS-02-12-001

Release Date: February 22, 2012

Source: IHS Division of Grants Management

Subject: HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending: Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meetings, Food, Promotional Items, and Printing and Publications

Purpose

IHS will implement the HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov : Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meetings, Food, Promotional Items, and Printing and Publications which promote the Department's commitment to comply with appropriations law and act in a fiscally responsible manner by minimizing our administrative costs to perform our mission critical functions in the most efficient, cost effective way. The new policy applies to IHS Grants and Cooperative Agreements. The policies are effective immediately and apply to all new obligations and all funds appropriated by Congress (whether from an annual appropriation, multi-year appropriation, appropriated user fee, mandatory appropriation, gift funds, or reimbursements from such appropriations, etc.).

Background

The January 3, 2012 policy on the use of appropriated funds for conferences and meeting space implements HHS' policies and establishes its internal controls on this spending in accordance with the OMB memorandum as well as Executive Order on Promoting Efficient Spending ( EO 13589) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov , which informs agencies to make all appropriate efforts to conduct business and host or sponsor conferences in space controlled by the Federal Government, wherever practicable and cost effective. HHS recently issued new policies for the support of conferences and meetings, food, promotional items, and printing and publications. (For additional information, see the complete January 3, 2012 Memorandum Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov from Ellen G. Murray, Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, Office of Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services which includes the following attachments.)

Attachments:

  • Attachment 1 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov : HHS Policy on Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meeting Space
  • Attachment 1a Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov : Semi-Annual Report on Conference Sponsorship/Funding
  • Attachment 2 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov : HHS Policy on Use of Appropriated Funds for Food
  • Attachment 3 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov : HHS Policy on Use of Appropriated Funds for Promotional Items
  • Attachment 4 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov : HHS Policy on Printing and Publications

Questions and Answers Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov on HHS Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meeting Space

These policies also support the Executive Order on Promoting Efficient Spending ( EO 13589 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov ); the Executive Order on Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government ( EO 13576 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov ); and Office of Management and Budget Memorandum on Eliminating Excess Conference Spending and Promoting Efficiency in Goverment ( M-35-11 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov ). As such the Indian Health Service (IHS) announces revised policies for conferences and meetings, as detailed in this Notice. All IHS grantees upon withdrawing federal funds awarded to their organizations agree to abide by all HHS policies and regulations.

Inquiries:

Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Grants Management
Indian Health Service
801 Thompson Ave., TMP 360
Rockville, MD 20852
Email: GrantsPolicy@ihs.gov
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