05:00The Department of the Interior is considering revisions to the regulations implementing the Buy Indian Act which provides Indian Affairs (IA) with the authority to set aside procurement contracts for qualified Indian-owned businesses, known as “Indian Economic Enterprises.” The draft revisions would eliminate barriers to Indian Economic Enterprises from competing on certain construction contracts, expand Indian Economic Enterprises’ ability to subcontract construction work consistent with other socio-economic set-aside programs, and give greater preference to Indian Economic Enterprises when a deviation from the Buy Indian Act is necessary, among other updates.The full text of the draft rule and a summary of the changes are available at: https://www.bia.gov/as-ia/raca/regulations-development-andor-under-review/buy-indian-actThe webinar consultation schedule is provided below and the letter announcing the consultation sessions can be viewed here.DateTimePlease Register in Advance Using This Link:
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, June 17, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ETWritten comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 ET on June 25, 2021.
If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact Mr. Christopher Bell, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at (202) 208-3458 or email@example.com, or Ms. Elizabeth Appel, with the Indian Affairs Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action at (202) 273-4680 or Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org.