File: B-261111 Date: April 12, 1996

B-261111: Apr 12, 1996

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The program is designed to provide Indian tribes with the flexibility to develop programs and to establish funding priorities to meet their specific needs.

File: B-261111 Date: April 12, 1996

The 1994 Tribal Self-Governance Act made permanent the Tribal Self-Governance Project authorized by Congress in Title III of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act Amendments of 1988, Pub. L. No. 100-472, 102 Stat. 2285, October 5, 1988. Under the Self-Governance Program, Indian tribes enter into annual funding agreements with the Secretary of the Interior. These agreements authorize tribes to plan, consolidate, and administer programs, services, and functions administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Tribes may redesign programs, functions, and services and reallocate funds to carry out these activities. The program is designed to provide Indian tribes with the flexibility to develop programs and to establish funding priorities to meet their specific needs. See 140 Cong. Rec. H11140-41 (daily ed. October 6, 1994).