Buy Indian Act Procedures for Contracting
Indian Affairs has obtained services and supplies from Indian sources using the Buy Indian Program since 1965, based on policy memoranda and acquisition. This rule describes uniform administrative procedures that IA will use in all of its locations to encourage procurement relationships with eligible Indian Economic Enterprises in the execution of the Buy Indian Act.
This rule incorporates the decision of the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs to increase economic development and employment of Indian persons by reducing the percentage of Indian ownership of business enterprises from a mandatory 100 percent to minimum 51 percent.
This rule formalizes an administrative procedure for all Indian Affairs acquisition activities/locations to ensure that Indian Affairs will apply the procedures uniformly for eligible Indian Economic Enterprises that submit offers under solicitations set aside under the Act. This rule also incorporates Congress's determination that Indian firms should not lose their eligibility for contract awards under the Buy Indian Act due to participation in the Department of Defense's Mentor-Protégé Program.