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(Historic) Bureau of Indian Affairs Manual (BIAM)

In 1997, the Deputy Commissioner of Indian Affairs sent a memorandum to IA leadership and programs informing them that the BIAM would be replaced with the new Indian Affairs Manual (IAM). In 2004, IA leadership issued another directive reinforcing that programs are required by the Federal Records Act (44 U.S.C. 3101) and Administrative Procedures Act (5 U.S.C. 552) to properly document the functions, policies, and essential transactions of the agency and should replace their BIAM chapters with updated IAM chapters.

The content of many of the BIAMs has been superseded by changes in technology, organization, the law, new processes, and so forth. Wherever possible, it has been noted which BIAM Parts/Chapters have been replaced by updated IAM Parts/Chapters, though this is still a work in progress. IAM Titles marked with an asterisk (*) have not yet been updated by the responsible office; the IAM Part/Chapter/Title is therefore a placeholder.  In cases where a BIAM Part/Chapter has not been replaced by an IAM Part/Chapter, the BIAM technically still applies. It's important to note that the BIAM Parts/Chapters do not generally correspond to the IAM Parts/Chapters. For example, the BIAM, "Information Resources Management" (Part 35) has been superseded by the updated IAM, "Information Resources" (Part 60). If a link is not provided to the BIAM, it means an electronic version is not yet available.

BIAMPart/Chapter

BIAM Title

Replaced with IAM Part/Chapter

IAM Title

0 BIAM

Bureau Directives System (1960s Versions)

Bureau Directives System (1980s Versions)

0 IAM

1 IAM

Introduction and Index

Indian Affairs Directives System

Supplement 1Preparing Federal Register Documents & Revisions/Amendments (1975 and 1980) 
Supplement 2Copy Requirements and Clearances (1975)

5 BIAM

Organizational Management (1968-1988 Versions)

2 IAM

Organization

6 BIAM

Committee Management

 

 

10 BIAM

Delegations of Authority

3 IAM

Delegations of Authority

Note: A few of the Delegations are in the review process and not yet finalized

11 BIAM

Freedom of Information/Privacy Act/Federal Register

18 IAM

 

 

62 IAM

Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action*

Information Policy*

12 BIAM

Intergovernmental Relations (revoked in its entirety)

 

 

13 BIAM

Legislative and Tribal Relations

12 IAM

Congressional and Legislative Affairs*

14 BIAM

Audits

5 IAM

Management Accountability

15 BIAM

Paperwork and Records Management/Signatory Authority/Correspondence

3 IAM

7 IAM

 

9 IAM

Delegations of Authority

Correspondence Management

Records Management*

Note: IA follows the OST Records Management process

Supplement 1Correspondence Handbook 
Supplement 2Mail and Records Handbook
Supplement 3File Operations and Records Disposition Handbook
Supplement 4Department's Correspondence Procedures

16 BIAM

Records and Files Disposition Handbook (1989)

9 IAM

Records Management*

Note: IA follows the OST Records Management process

(Revised) 16 BIAM

Records Schedule (2005)

 

Series 4300

Environmental Quality

Series 4400

Forestry, Fire

Series 4500

Natural Resources - Range Mgmt

Series 4600

Real Estate, LTROs

Series 4700

Roads,Transportation

Series 4900

Irrigation and Power

17 BIAM

Public Information

11 IAM

Public Affairs*

19 BIAM

Acquisition/Acquisition Assistance Agreement Management System

13 IAM 2

 

 

13 IAM 3

 

 

13 IAM 4

 

 

22 IAM

Indian Self-Determination Awarding Official Implementation Plans

Indian Self-Determination Awarding Official Certification System

Indian Self-Determination Awarding Official Standard of Conduct

Acquisition*

Supplement 1

Contracting Officers' Warrant System

 

Supplement 2

Charter for Acquisition/Assistance Agreement Review Committee

Supplement 3

Development of Acquisition Requests

Supplement 4

Acquisition Plan

Supplement 5

Contract Acquisition Staff Resources

Supplement 6

Communications with Contractors and Offerors

Supplement 7

Policy and Procedures Regarding Unsolicited Proposals

Supplement 8

Proposal Evaluation and Source Selection

Supplement 10

Memorandum of Agreement

Supplement 12

Responsibilities and Procedures Concerning Reports or Allegations of Fraud, Collusion, or Improper Conduct in Connection with Acquisition of Bureau Supplies/Services by Contract or Assistance Agreement

 

Supplement 14

Contract File Maintenance, Closeout and Disposition

Supplement 15

Administration of Resources in Program Areas for Acquisition and Assistance Agreement Management

Supplement 16

Performance of Internal Acquisition Management Review

Supplement 17

Contract Acquisition Lead Time

Supplement 18

Use and Control of Consulting and Management Services and Studies

Supplement 19

Preparation and Use of Acquisition Modification and Termination Requests

Supplement 21

Grants Assistance Administration

Supplement 22

Appraising Contractor Performance and Product Quality

Supplement 27

Pre-Award and Contract Award Needs Acquisition, Modification, and Termination Requests

Supplement 28

Ratification of Unauthorized Acquisition Acts

Supplement 30

Control of Personal Services Contracts

Supplement 31

Control Over Sensitive Business Information

20 BIAM

Indian Involvement Programs

13 IAM

Indian Self-Determination

Supplement 2

Delegation of Authority for Non-Construction, Non-Procurement Self- Determination Contracts

 

21 BIAM

Program Coordination

20 IAM

26 IAM

Performance Management*

Budget

24 BIAM

Tribal and Administrative Accounting Services Staff

73 -74 IAM

Tribal Government Services*

25 BIAM

Safety Management

(There are numerous Supplements to this BIAM; please contact the RACA Directives & Policy Office if you need a specific one)

25 IAM

Safety and Occupational Health Program

30 BIAM

Environmental Quality

59 IAM

Environmental Management

Supplement 1NEPA Handbook, Section 1 
Supplement 2Cultural Resources Handbook

Supplement 3

Water and Related Land Resources

Supplement 10

Integrated Resource Management Planning

33 BIAM

Management Systems

2 IAM

20 IAM

26 IAM

28 IAM

Organization

Performance Management*

Budget

Human Resources

Supplement 1

Incentive Awards Handbook

 

Supplement 2

Reports and Forms Catalog

Supplement 3

Productivity Reviews

Supplement 4

Adverse Action Procedures for Employees Accused of Child Abuse

34 BIAM

Internal Control Systems

5 IAM

Management Accountability

35 BIAM

Information Resources Management

60 – 69 IAM

 

Information Technology

Note: Some of the IT IAM Parts/Chapters have yet to be updated

Supplement 6

Information Resources Security

 

40 BIAM

Mail Management (same as Supplement 1?)

382 DM 2

DOI Mail Operations Handbook

Supplement 1

Mail Management Handbook

 

41 BIAM

Division of Budget (Pre-1970's)

26 IAM

Budget

Supplement 1Budget Formulation Guidelines 
Supplement 4Administrative Control of Funds Handbook

42 BIAM

Financial Management

27 IAM

Financial Management*

Supplement 2

Financial Management Accounts Handbook

 

Supplement 3

Accounting Procedures Handbook

Supplement 4

Travel Regulations

Supplement 5

Timekeeper's Handbook Payroll Operations Client Interface Manual

Supplement 8

Erroneous Overpayments to Employees

Supplement 11

Transaction Code Definitions Handbook

43 IAM 2

(Pre-1970's Historic IAM) Property and Supply

23 IAM

Property

Note: The program is currently updating multiple chapters of the Property IAM

43 BIAM

Property and Supply Management

23 IAM

Property

Note: The program is currently updating multiple chapters of the Property IAM

Supplement 1

Property Classification; Personal and Real

 

Supplement 2

Property Management Regulations

Supplement 4

Printing, Publications, Copying, and Duplicating

Supplement 5

Space Management

Supplement 8

Personal Property Administration Handbook

44 BIAM

Personnel Management

(Chapters shown below are included in this single document)

28 IAM

Human Resources

Note: Some of the HR IAM Chapters have yet to be updated

Ch. 211

Veterans' Preference

 

Ch. 212

Competitive Service (Positions)

Ch. 213

Excepted Service

Ch. 230

Organization of the Government for Personnel Management

Ch. 250

Personnel Management in Agencies

Ch. 272

Personnel Policy Formulation and Personnel Issuances

Ch. 275

Evaluation of Personnel Management

Ch. 293

Personnel Records and Files

Ch. 296

Processing Personnel Actions

Ch. 300

Employment (General)

Ch. 302

Employment in the Excepted Service

Ch. 304

Employment of Experts and Consultants

Ch. 306

Selective Placement Programs

Ch. 307

Veterans Readjustment Appointments

Ch. 308

Youth and Student Employment Programs

Ch. 310

Employment of Relatives

Ch. 311

The Power of Appointment & Removal

Ch. 312

Position Management Program

Ch. 315

Career and Career-Conditional Appointment

Ch. 316

Temporary and Indefinite Employment

Ch. 330

Recruitment, Selection and Placement (General)

Ch. 333

Recruitment and Selection Outside the Register

Ch. 334

Temporary Assignment of Employees Between Executive Agencies, State and Local Governments, Institutions of Higher Education and Tribal Governments (IPA)

Ch. 335

Promotion and Internal Placement

Ch. 338

Qualification Requirements (General)

Ch. 339

Qualifications Requirements (Medical)

Ch. 351

Reduction-in-Force

Ch. 352

Reemployment Rights

Ch. 353

Restoration to Duty

Ch. 380

Upward Mobility

Ch. 410

Employee Development

Ch. 410

Career Development Systems Handbook

Ch. 412

Executive Management Program

Ch. 430

Performance Appraisal

Ch. 451

Incentive Awards

Ch. 510

Position Management Program

Ch. 511

Position Classification Under the Classification Act System

Ch. 530

Pay Rates and Systems (General)

Ch. 531

Pay Under the General Schedule

Ch. 532

Federal Wage System

Ch. 534

Pay Under Other Systems

Ch. 550

Pay Administration (General)

Ch. 571

Travel and Transportation for Recruitment

Ch. 610

Hours of Duty

Ch. 630

Absence and Leave

Ch. 713

Equal Employment Opportunity

Ch. 735

Employee Responsibilities and Conduct

Ch. 736

Investigations

Ch. 771

Agency Administrative Grievance System

Ch. 810

Injury Compensation

Ch. 831

Retirement

Ch. 850

Unemployment Benefits

Ch. 870

Life Insurance

Ch. 890

Federal Employees Health Benefits

Ch. 933

Qualifications Requirements for Specific Positions

Ch. 990

General and Miscellaneous

46 BIAM

Facilities Engineering

80 IAM

Facilities Management Program

Supplement 1

Facilities Management Coding Structure

 

Supplement 2

Office of Facilities Management

Supplement 3

Technical Assistance

Supplement 4

Priority Process, Non-Education Construction

Supplement 5

Energy Conservation/Management

47 BIAM

Credit and Financing

46 IAM

Loan Programs

Supplement 1Credit and Financing 
Supplement 2Credit and Financing
Supplement 3Credit and Financing
Supplement 4Credit and Financing

51 BIAM

Indian Rights Protection

14 IAM

Indian Self-Governance*

52 BIAM

Real Estate Appraisal

52 IAM

Real Estate Services

Note: Some of the Real Estate IAM Chapters have yet to be updated

Supplement 1

Real Estate Services Appraisal Handbook

 

53 BIAM

Forestry

(There are numerous releases/updates related to 53 BIAM and its Supplements; please contact the RACA Directives & Policy Office if you need a specific one)

53 IAM

Forestry

Supplement 1

General (including Quality Control and Forester Managerial Development Program)

 

Supplement 2

Forest Management Planning

Supplement 3Contract Sales of Timber
Supplement 4Other Timber Harvest

Supplement 5

Forest Development

Supplement 6

Forest Pest Management

Supplement 7

Timber and Fire Trespass

53 BIAM 8 (also referred to as 53 Supplement 8)

Forest & Range Fire Management

90 IAM

Wildland Fire Management

54 IAM

(Pre-1970's Historic IAM)Resources/Land

(Chapters shown below are included in this single document)

51 IAM

52 IAM

 

 

 

76 IAM

 

Land Titles and Records*

Real Estate Services

Note: Some of the Real Estate IAM Chapters have yet to be updated

Indian Land Consolidation Program

Chapter 1

Organizational Relationships and Functions

 

Chapter 2

Termination of Restrictions on and Conveyance of Indian Land

Chapter 4

Land Allotments

Chapter 5

Surface Leases and Permits (non-Minerals)

Chapter 6

Oil and Gas Leases and Prospecting Permits

54 BIAM

Real Property Management

49 IAM

51 IAM

Probate*

Land Titles and Records*

Supplement 7

Rights-of-Way Handbook

 

Supplement 8

Probate Guidelines

Supplement 9

Land Titles and Records Guidelines

Supplement 10

Old Age Assistance Claims Settlement Act

55 BIAM

Land Operations

50 IAM

54 IAM

55 IAM

Irrigation and Power

Ag and Range*

Safety of Dams

Supplement 1

Range Management, General Grazing Regulations Handbook

 

Supplement 2

Agriculture Program Investigations and Planning

Supplement 3

Construction Handbook

Supplement 4

Operations & Maintenance Handbook

Supplement 5

Reports Handbook

56 BIAM

Fish, Wildlife and Recreation

(came from 55 BIAM)

56 IAM

Fish, Wildlife and Recreation

57 BIAM

Road Construction

81 IAM

Road Construction*

Supplement 1

Road Construction Handbook

 

Supplement 2

Road Construction Quality

58 BIAM

Road Maintenance

82 IAM

Roads Maintenance*

Supplement 2

Memorandum of Agreement

 

59 BIAM

Aviation Management

57 IAM

Aviation Management

Supplement 1Aviation Safety 

61 BIAM

School Facilities

80 IAM

 

84 IAM

Facilities Management Program

Education Facilities*

62 BIAM

Education

30 IAM

 

 

 

31 IAM

32 IAM

Education

Note: Some of the Education IAM Chapters have yet to be updated

Education Programs*

Education (Personnel)

Note: Some of the Education (Personnel)IAM Chapters have yet to be updated

Supplement 29

Education Program Non-Competitive Procedures

 

64 BIAM

Housing Assistance

70 - 72 IAM

Human Services*

66 IAM

(Pre-1970's Historic IAM)

Community Services/Welfare/Social Services

70 – 75 IAM

101 IAM

Indian Services*

Individual Indian Money Accounts

Chapter 4

Relationships with Other Branches, Tribal Organizations and Groups, and Other Agencies, Governmental and Voluntary  (Link provides Chapters 4, 5 and 6)

 

Chapter 5

Records and Report Forms and Instructions  (Link provides Chapters 4, 5 and 6)

Chapter 6Individual Indian Money Accounts  (Link provides Chapters 4, 5 and 6)

66 BIAM

Social Services (1980-1990)

70 – 75 IAM

Indian Services*

67 BIAM, Supplement 2

Security Management

65 IAM

Information Security and Privacy

68 BIAM

Law and Order (Pre-1970's/Reissued 1984)

40 IAM

Law Enforcement and Corrections

Supplement 1Law and Order Handbook 
Supplement 2Reporting Procedures for Child Abuse Cases
Supplement 3Domestic Violence Policy

69 BIAM, Supplement 1

Training Management                (Training Procedure for Child Protection)

 

 

80 BIAM

Indian Business Development Program

43 – 48 IAM

Economic Development

Note: Some of the ED IAM Parts/Chapters have yet to be updated

82 BIAM

Employment Assistance and Relocation Services

45 IAM

Job Placement and Training

83 IAM

 

(Pre-1970's Historical IAM/Reissued 1984)

Tribal Programs

11 – 17 IAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

73 – 74 IAM

Relationships with Tribes, Congress, the States, and the Public*

Note: Most of the Parts/Chapters within this section have yet to be  updated

Tribal Government Services*

Chapter 6

Tribal Government

 

Chapter 7

Attorney Contract with Indian Tribes

Chapter 8

Enrollment

Chapter 9

Tribal Budget, U.S. Treasury Tribal Funds

Supplement 2

Enrollment (late 1970's?)

84 BIAM

Business Enterprise Development

43 – 48 IAM

Economic Development

Note: Some of the ED IAM Parts/Chapters have yet to be updated

Supplement 1Business Enterprise Development (Supplement 1)

85 BIAM, Supplement 5

Trust Funds Management, Trust Fund Account Losses

101 IAM

Individual Indian Money Accounts