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Adminitrative Delegation #55


Administrative #55

April 10, 2017

TO: Addressees

FROM: Acting Director

SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority, Administrative #55, "Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Title I"

AUTHORITY DELEGATED

Pursuant to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, as amended, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Director is authorized to administer programs "under which health care is provided to Indians based upon their status as Indians which are administered by the Secretary, including programs under ... the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act" (ISDEAA), 25 U.S.C. § 5301 et seq. 25 U.S.C. § 1661(c)(3)(E).  ISDEAA contracts are not subject to or administered under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), 25 U.S.C. § 5324(a)(1).  Except as delegated herein, the authority to award and decline contracts and subsequent modifications to contracts awarded under Title I rests with the IHS Director.

I hereby delegate to those individuals listed below the authorities under Title I of the ISDEAA, 25 U.S.C. §§ 5321-5332, including the authority to award and decline contracts and subsequent modifications to contracts awarded under Title I, as amended.

TO WHOM DELEGATED

TO WHOM DELEGATED AREA OF AUTHORITY DOLLAR THRESHOLD
AUTHORIZED
IHS Deputy Director IHS Service Wide $50 million & above
Area Directors, IHS Area Offices Respective Population Served Within Scope of Organizational Responsibility Up to $50 million
Area Chief Contracting Officer Respective Population Served Within Scope of Organizational Responsibility Up to $50 million

These authorities shall be exercised in accordance with all applicable ISDEAA regulations issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and in accordance with all other regulations issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

APPROVALS

All approvals to award or decline contracts and subsequent modifications to contracts shall be in writing.  All substantive issues must be resolved prior to granting approval.

AUTHORITY TO REDELEGATE

These authorities may not be redelegated.

RESTRICTIONS

  1. This delegation does not include entering into agreements to settle Contract Disputes Act (CDA) claims for unpaid contract support costs, which require the approval of the Director, Indian Health Service.
  2. This delegation limits the authority of an Area Director/Contracting Officer to issue a declination letter pursuant to 25 U.S.C. § 5321, requiring Headquarters Leadership Team review and clearance prior to issuance of the letter.
  3. This delegation does not include the authority for the execution of Service-wide Construction Contracting as specified under Special General Memorandum 2015-04.

SUPERSESSION

This delegation supersedes the Indian Health Manual, Part 1, Chapter 11, "Authorized Dollar Thresholds - P.L. 93-638 Contracts & Grants By Area," dated February 17, 1981.

EFFECTIVE DATE

This delegation is effective on the date of signature.



/Chris Buchanan/
RADM Chris Buchanan, R.E.H.S., M.P.H.
Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS
Acting Director
Indian Health Service

Addressees

Deputy Director
Area Directors
Area Chief Contracting Officers