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Email - IHS Director's Blog: Update on Contract Support Costs

From: Kerrigan, Margo (IHS/CAL)
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 10:33 AM
To: CAO Tribal Leaders; CATAC; CAO Board_Committee_Workgroup; CAO Program Directors
Subject: IHS Director's Blog, April 18, 2014: Update on Contract Support Costs

Dear Tribal Officials,

Today the IHS Director posted an update on contract support costs (CSC) on her blog.

Please review this brief message for the most recent agency statement on CSC.

Margo Kerrigan
IHS California Area Director

Posted on Apr 18, 2014


Contract Support Costs Update

Consistent with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, the IHS intends to fully fund the estimated amount of contract support costs (CSC) need for contracting and compacting Tribes in fiscal year (FY) 2014. Once our appropriation was apportioned, we distributed the CSC amounts currently identified in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act agreements and then consulted with the IHS CSC Workgroup on the distribution of any additional amounts necessary to fully fund the estimated CSC need. Since this is the first time in recent history that IHS has had funding legally available to fully fund CSC, we want to make sure the distribution reflects the best estimate of the full amount of CSC for each Tribe. We also know that Tribes want us to distribute this funding as soon as possible.

Therefore, we met with the IHS CSC Workgroup and agreed upon the updates to the available data that were needed to estimate CSC need in FY 2014. Our Area Directors have been instructed to ensure that all Tribes have an opportunity to verify their amounts this month, and we are on track to amend the agreements and distribute the funding by the end of the month. As per our policy, there is a reconciliation process that occurs later in the year using more updated and/or additional information to make any necessary corrections. Also, we are still working on the requests for CSC for new and expanded programs that we have received to date.

If you have any questions about the CSC payments in FY 2014, please contact your Area Director. Thank you to the IHS CSC Workgroup members for their help with this important matter.