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March 14, 2012 10:31:22 am

IHS Requests Native American Input on Contract Support Costs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking input from Native American tribes regarding Contract Support Costs (CSC).  The request comes as a result of discussions between the Director, Yvette Roubideaux of Indian Health Services (IHS) and a CSC Policy workgroup made up of Tribal Leaders. 

IHS would like input regarding the annual collection of CSC data for each Tribe, specifically,

  • Ensuring previous fiscal year (FY) data is accurate since it reflects any shortfalls experienced by the tribe – Tribes should contact Ms. Roubideaux to verify current data for FY 2011 is correct.
  • The sharing of CSC data with other tribes – Tribes must contact Ms. Roubideaux by March 30, 2012 if they DO NOT wish their data to be shared.
In addition, IHS requests feedback on the allocation of the FY 2012 CSC increase.  Congress has authorized the use of up to $10 million for CSC associated with new or expanded contracts and compacts with Tribes.  Tribes are asked to notify IHS by March 16, 2012 whether they support:
  • Using the entire $74 million CSC increase for FY 2012 to offset the shortfall on existing/ongoing contracts and compacts, or
  • Using a portion of the increase, up to the $10 million, to set up an Indian Self-Determination Fund (ISD) for both new and expanded contracts and compacts with Tribes. 
For the detailed request for information, please click here.   Comments may be submitted by e-mail or mail to:  Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H., Director, IHS,  801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 440, Rockville, Maryland, 20852.

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