BIA Construction - Road Maintenance

Federal Agency:

Department of Interior- Bureau of Indian Affairs

Program Contact:

Leroy Gishie, Chief of Division of Transportation
(202) 513-7711

Stimulus Funding:

$143 million (estimate)

Eligibility and Type:

Indian Tribes – Direct Payment for Specific Use

Program Description:

BIA Road Maintenance funds are used to repair and maintain public roads serving Indian reservations, with particular emphasis on school bus routes and arterial highways; for snow removal, ice control, washout repair, and landslide removal; for replacement, rehabilitation, or maintenance of the bridges on Indian reservation roads.

Funding Guidance and Timelines:

The BIA will receive a total of $810.0 million under the Recovery Act.  The BIA is developing an initial spending plan for these stimulus funds, which is under development and has not yet been approved by the Secretary.  Road construction funds were pooled with construction appropriations for schools and detention facilities.

BIA indicates that funds for Road and Bridge Maintenance will be spent on already approved or compiled construction lists.  BIA also indicates that the proposed administrative costs are a ceiling, and may be lower.  Nevertheless there is a concern that administrative costs are 5%.   The BIA is putting together the project lists for Road and Bridge maintenance and this list must be approved.

General Provisions:

Bill language of the Act (found in Title VII – Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies) provides that the General Provision section 1606 of the Act, which relates to wage rate requirements, shall not apply to tribal contracts entered into by the BIA with this appropriation.

Section 1610(b) of the Recovery Act allows the BIA to use existing self-determination contracting authorities with Indian tribes. However, it also requires the appropriate Secretary to “incorporate provisions to conform the agreement with the provisions of this Act regarding the timing for use of funds and transparency, oversight, reporting, and accountability, including review by the Inspectors General, the Accountability and Transparency Board, and Government Accountability Office, consistent with the objectives of this Act.”   The Interior Department is required to develop an Agency-wide Recovery Act plan and identify how they will incorporate these provisions into tribal self-determination contracts used for Recovery Act funds, pursuant to the Office of Management and Budget’s a memorandum dated February 18, 2009 with initial guidance for the implementation of the Recovery Act (page 16).

Funding Notices:

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Technical Assistance:

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