ERIC Number: ED165959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Feb-15
Reference Count: N/A
Controls Are Needed Over Indian Self-Determination Contracts, Grants, And Training And Technical Assistance Activities To Insure Required Services Are Provided To Indians. Report of the Comptroller General of the United States.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Although self-determination funds in fiscal year 1977 accounted for about 25 percent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) budget for the operation of Indian programs, the BIA has not adequately supervised tribal performance under these contracts and grants. Questionable use of funds, incorrect interpretations of regulations, inadequate criteria to measure performance, conflicts of interest, and inadequacy of BIA guidelines in defining duties of employees were identified as contributing factors in a study that included trips to BIA headquarters, area offices and agencies, visits to reservations, and interviews with BIA and tribal officials. The BIA should develop management reporting systems to help monitor and control self-determination contracts, grants, and training and technical assistance activities. BIA policies, regulations, guidelines, and practices should also be revised to (1) prohibit award of contracts in which the starting date precedes the date of award; (2) establish specific criteria for measuring performance; (3) require supervision of contracts and grants by adequately trained area level officers whose responsibilities have been clearly defined; and (4) prevent self determination training and technical assistance funds from being used for assistance that does not help tribes to develop the capability to negotiate and administer self-determination contracts or grants or to improve their capabilities to fully exercise their self-determination options. (DS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrative Change, Administrator Role, Agencies, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Financial Support, Grants, Investigations, Money Management, Policy Formation, Program Budgeting, Program Effectiveness, Research, Self Determination, Tribes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Indian Self Determination Education Assistance Act