The Indian Affairs (IA) Directives System consists of the policies and procedures that document the functions and services provided under the authority of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs (AS-IA). The Directives System provides the structure for developing and publishing clear, concise, and consistent IA program and administrative policy. The Acting AS-IA issued a memorandum in February 2016 reiterating the importance of developing IA policy, and working through the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action (RACA) to do so. The memo can be found by clicking here. IA employees can access the current templates and other policy guidance by visiting RACA's intranet website on Inside Indian Affairs (for IA employees only): Organization > Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs > Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action.
There are six components of the Directives System, with links to the respective documents.
- Indian Affairs Manual (IAM)
- Regional Directives
- Assistant Secretary's Orders
- National Policy Memoranda
- Regional Policy Memoranda
- Online Forms
Additionally, a cross-reference of available Bureau of Indian Affairs Manual (BIAM) chapters and IAMs is available (and updated periodically as we locate historical BIAMs):
For questions or comments regarding the IA Directives System components, please contact the IA Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action (RACA) at: IAPolicy_and_Directives@bia.gov
This link provides access to the DOI Department Manual (DM), which contains DOI policies: