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HHS/IHS RIN: 0917-AA18 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Acquisition Regulations; Buy Indian Act; Procedures for Contracting 

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is proposing to issue regulations guiding implementation of the Buy Indian Act, which provides IHS with authority to set-aside procurement contracts for Indian-owned and controlled businesses. This rule supplements the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the current HHS Acquisition Regulations (HHSAR).

IHS may use the Buy Indian Act procurement authority for acquisitions in connection with those functions. This rule is proposed to describe administration procedures that the IHS will use in all of its locations to encourage procurement relationships with eligible Indian Economic Enterprises in the execution of the Buy Indian Act. These proposed rules are intended to be consistent with Buy Indian Act rules previously promulgated by the Department of Interior.

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Transfer Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2001 et seq.)    Transfer Act (42 U.S.C. 2003)    Buy Indian Act 1910   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Santiago Almaraz
Acting Director, Office of Management Service
Department of Health and Human Services
Indian Health Service
5600 Fishers Lane, Suite 09E45,
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone:301 443-4872