Tribal Self-Governance Program: Planning and Negotiation Cooperative Agreement


To enable Federally recognized Indian tribes to enter into agreements that would allow them to assume programs, services, functions, and activities (PSFA) (or portions thereof) that the IHS would otherwise provide for Indians because of their status as Indians. To accomplish this objective, the Indian Health Service (IHS) offers Planning and Negotiation Cooperative Agreements each year for: (1) additional tribes interested in participating in the IHS Tribal Self-Governance Program, and (2) existing Self-Governance Tribes that would like to plan for the assumption of new and/or expanded programs. The Planning Cooperative Agreements allow Tribes to gather information to determine the current types and extent of PSFA and funding levels available within its service areas and to plan for the types and extent of PSFA and funding to be made available to the tribe under a compact. The Negotiation Cooperative Agreements provide Tribes with additional funding to defray costs involved in and preparing to negotiate Self-Governance compacts pursuant to Title V of the ISDEAA.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), 25 U.S.C. § 458aaa-2(e)-(f); 42 C.F.R. §§ 137.24-26.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For Planning Cooperative Agreements, any Federally recognized tribe that (1) formally requests, through a governing body action, a Planning Cooperative Agreement for the purpose of preparing to enter the IHS Tribal Self-Governance Program and (2) has furnished organization-wide single audit reports as prescribed by Pub. L. 96-502, the Single Audit Act of 1984, as amended, for the previous three years that contain no uncorrected significant and material audit exceptions. See OMB Circular No. A-133 (June 27, 2003 and June 26, 2007). For Negotiation Cooperative Agreements, in addition to the two criteria listed above, applicants must have successfully completed the planning phase as described at 42 C.F.R. SS 137.20.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations (as defined in 25 U.S.C. SS 458aaa-(b)) may benefit.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The preferred method for receipt of applications is electronic submission through However, should any technical problems arise regarding the submission, please contact Customer Support by telephone at (800) 518-4726 or by electronic mail at Customer Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except for Federal Holidays). If problems persist, please contact Paul Gettys, Division of Grants Management Systems Coordinator by telephone at (301) 443-2114 or by e-mail to at least ten (10) days prior to the application deadline. To submit an application electronically, please use the Internet Website located at Download a copy of the application package, on the website, complete it offline and then upload and submit the application via the site. An electronic copy of a grant application submitted by electronic mail to the IHS will not be accepted.
Award Procedure
Cooperative agreements are made directly by the IHS to the Indian tribal applicants, based on results of an Objective Review process.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Within 45 days of IHS deadline.
From 30 to 60 days. Per 42 C.F.R. SS 137.416, decisions relating to the award of Cooperative Agreements may be appealed under 45 C.F.R. Part 5.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Introduction and Need for Assistance; Project Objective(s), Work Plan and Approach; Program Evaluation; Organizational Capabilities, Key Personnel and Qualifications; Categorical Budget and Budget Justification.
How may assistance be used?
Funding transferred through a Planning or Negotiation Cooperative Agreement must be used to either: (1) establish and operate programs to provide planning and negotiation resources to Tribes interested in participating in the IHS Tribal Self-Governance Program, or (2) expand current Self-Governance activity.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Grantees must submit the reports consistent with the applicable deadlines identified in the Standard Grant Conditions. Failure to submit required reports within the time allowed may result in suspension or termination of an active grant, withholding of additional awards for the project, or other enforcement actions such as withholding of payments or converting to the reimbursement method of payment.
Not applicable.
HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States, or any of their authorized representatives, shall have the right to access any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS award, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. Grantees are required to maintain accounting records 3 years after the end of the budget period of the award. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Program Contact: Roxanne Houston, Policy Analyst, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 08E05, Rockville, Maryland 20857. Phone: (301) 443-7821 Fax: (301) 443-1050. Grants Management Contact: Mr. Robert Tarwater, Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-5204, Fax (301) 594-0899.
Headquarters Office
Division of Grants Management,
5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: 301-443-5204.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17$216,000.00; FY 18 est $840,000.00; FY 19 est $840,000.00; FY 16$887,328.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $48,000 to $120,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), 25 U.S.C. SS 458aaa-2(e)-(f); 42 C.F.R. SSSS 137.24-26.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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