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2024 Letters

March 27, 2024

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) are writing to initiate Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on the Draft Annual Operational Plan for FY 2024 and share our updated
FY 2023 VHA-IHS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Operational Plan. Please make plans to join us at a joint, in-person VHA/IHS Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer session that will be held on
Monday, April 15, 2024, during the Tribal Self-Governance Conference at the Gila River Indian Community's Wildhorse Pass Resort in Chandler, Arizona.
[PDF - 233 KB]

March 20, 2024

The IHS Director writes to share a change to the Agency's publishing policy for Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements, to include continuing to post to Grants.gov and the IHS Division of Grants Management website, and ceasing to publish to the Federal Register. [PDF - 174 KB]

March 4, 2024

The IHS Director writes to Tribal Leaders to update you on our Agency-wide consolidation of human resources (HR) offices, an initiative that we are referencing as "One HR." [PDF - 179 KB]

February 29, 2024

The IHS Director writes to Tribal Leaders to share updates on Agency procedures for access by Tribal staff and contractors to IHS facilities and computer networks. Please make plans to join us on March 20, 2024, when we will convene a virtual Information Session on this topic, with next steps. [PDF - 161 KB]

February 15, 2024

The IHS Chief Medical Officer writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share an update on efforts by the Agency to address the syphilis epidemic in Indian Country. [PDF - 172 KB]

January 31, 2024

The IHS Director writes to communicate key leadership changes within the Indian Health Service, which include multiple reassignments, the departure of a long-tenured staff member, and a noteworthy retirement. [PDF - 205 KB]

January 22, 2024

The IHS Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share Agency accomplishments during the first quarter of fiscal year 2024. [PDF - 180 KB]

January 18, 2024

The IHS Director writes to invite you to join a series of four Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer sessions in calendar year 2024 on Health IT Modernization. [PDF - 374 KB]

January 17, 2024

The IHS Director writes to notify you of an opportunity to comment on an NPRM published in the Federal Register, proposing the removal of outdated regulations on the use of IHS funds for certain abortions, and to initiate Tribal Consultation on the NPRM. [PDF - 220 KB]

January 16, 2024

The IHS Director writes to announce the appointment of the new IHS Deputy Director for Quality Healthcare and Enterprise Risk Management. [PDF - 180 KB]

January 12, 2024

The IHS Director writes to initiate Tribal Consultation on the proposed supplemental funding request to support fentanyl and opioid programs. [PDF - 193 KB]