INDIRECT COST PRINCIPLES: Contract Support Costs $680.00
Why I Should Attend?
Tribal organizations incur administrative overhead costs as part of providing essential governmental services, including operating federal programs. Pub. L. 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination & Education Assistance Act, provides a unique mandate that requires agencies within the Department of Interior and Department of Health & Human Services that have agreements with tribes and tribal organizations under Pub. L. 93-638, to provide for full funding for tribal overhead costs, called Contract Support Costs. Tribes also operate discretionary grant programs awarded by other federal agencies. These grant awards also require that tribes must have current negotiated indirect cost rates to be apply to these grants.
Tribes and tribal organizations must have a good understanding of how indirect cost rates work as they are responsible for preparing indirect cost rate agreements. They need to know what constitutes an indirect cost pool, a direct cost pool; and types of indirect cost rates. Tribes need to learn about the different funding sub-pools under Contract Support Costs (Direct Contract Support Costs, Start Up Costs, Pre-Award Costs); and how to calculate Direct Contract Support Cost each funding year.
A recent U. S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar vs. Ramah Navajo Chapter, required that the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service must abide by the statutory requirements under Pub .L. 93-638 to provide full funding. Both agencies recently revised their Contract Support Costs policies to cover rules on paying tribal overhead costs for awards under the Indian Self-Determination Act
Who Should Attend?
Tribal council members, chartered organizations school boards, health boards, tribal, program directors and managers; tribal grants/contracts staff, finance and accounting staff; tribal attorneys, tribal consultants. Federal officials and federal awarding officials, federal contracting officers and their subordinates should also attend.