[Comments on BIA Contract Award for Auditing and Reconciliation Services]

B-236146.2: Published: Mar 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1990.

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GAO commented on a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) contract for auditing and reconciliation services that BIA was negotiating to comply with its fiscal year (FY) 1990 appropriations act. The BIA FY 1990 appropriations act prohibited it from: (1) awarding the contract to one contractor to perform the two services; and (2) transferring Indian trust funds to the contractor until certain conditions were met. GAO concluded that: (1) BIA would not satisfy the conditions if it used one contractor to perform the two services; and (2) trust fund monies could not be transferred to the contractor until an independent party certified that the reconciliation was complete.