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IA Handbooks

Handbooks are typically companions to Indian Affairs Manual (IAM) policy chapters, conveying a greater level of detail (i.e., the procedures) for employees. In other words, the handbook provides the procedures that impement the companion policy. The handbook's “Title” should reference the program topic covered in the IAM chapter(s), and be numbered accordingly. For example, 5 IAM 2-H is the companion handbook to 5 IAM 2 (the policy). 

Indian Affairs employees can access the Handbook development guidance and an example 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.

Handbook Title Description Issue Date
1 IAM-H: Indian Affairs Directives Handbook

Provides instructions and examples to assist in producing the policies and supporting documents that affect IA programs and activities. Includes templates and examples. Currently under review and being updated; therefore the document link has been removed.

5 IAM 2-H: Single Audit Report Handbook

Provides specific procedures for initiating, resolving, and closing single audit reports, and includes examples and templates.

13 IAM 3-H: Indian Self-Determination Awarding Official Certification System (AOCS) Handbook

Implements a certification system for those designated/delegated the authority to function as an awarding official for P.L. 93-638 contracts and grants.

25 IAM: Safety and Health Handbook for Field Operations

This handbook was developed to complement Part 25 of the IAM on Safety & Occupational Health. This handbook lays the groundwork for incorporating occupational safety and health into the planning of all bureau work projects and tasks.

27 IAM 4-H: IA Debt Management Handbook

This handbook documents the procedures required to implement the IA Debt Management policy, 27 IAM 4. 

27 IAM 15-H: Assets Under Construction (AUC) Accounting Management Handbook

Provides the procedures for recording costs for IA-managed construction projects where ownership or ultimate ownership of the facility will reside with IA.

28 IAM 2-H: Attendance and Leave Handbook

Provides information for employees, supervisors, managers, and human resources specialists regarding responsibilities for attendance and leave administration.

28 IAM 335-H: Indian Affairs Merit Promotion and Placement and Excepted Service Handbook

Documents the procedures required to implement the merit promotion and placement policy (28 IAM 335). This handbook is intended primarily for HR professionals but may also be useful to IA employees.

30 IAM 19-H: BIE High Risk Fiscal Oversight Handbook

This handbook documents the procedures required to implement the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) High Risk Oversight policy, 30 IAM 19.  This Handbook is intended for all BIE offices and personnel who conduct and implement the coordinated High Risk Fiscal Oversight Reviews.

52 IAM 2-H: Standards for Indian Trust Lands Boundary Evidence Handbook

Supplements the Department Manual 303 DM 7. Provides guidance for the preparation of four certificates which document and formalize the collection and analysis of boundary evidence relating to Indian trust assets: Land Description Review Certificate, Chain of Surveys Certificate, Certificate of Inspection and Possession, and Boundary Assurance Certificate.

52 IAM 4-H: Indian Affairs Mortgage Handbook

The purpose of this handbook is to provide guidance to BIA staff for processing leasehold and trust land mortgages on trust or restricted land; specifically, how to review and analyze a mortgage loan request from a lender using a standardized process.

52 IAM 9-H: Rights-of-Way (ROW) on Indian Lands Handbook

This handbook provides guidance to Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Division of Real Estate Services (DRES) personnel (Realty staff) in preparing, reviewing, and processing a grant of right-of-way (ROW) across land(s) held in trust or restricted status by the United States of America for the beneficial use of an individual Indian trust landowner(s) and/or a federally recognized Tribe(s).

52 IAM 14-H: Business Leasing on Indian Lands Handbook

This handbook documents the procedures required to implement 52 IAM 14: Business Leases policy. Specifically, it documents the business leasing process to assist Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) management, BIA Division of Real Estate Services (DRES) staff, and support staff in providing services to Indian landowners, applicants, and the general public.

52 IAM X-H: Fluid Mineral Estate Procedural Handbook

Provides procedures for each action necessary to accomplish management of Fluid Mineral estate. The Fluid Mineral estate consists of the subsurface resources of Hydrocarbons (oil and natural gas, and various other gases such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, helium, and nitrogen) and Geothermal.

53 IAM 2-H: Indian Forest Management Handbook - Forest Management Planning

Replaces 53 BIAM Supplement 2; provides information and procedures applicable to forest management planning.

53 IAM 3-H: Indian Forest Management Handbook - Contract Sales of Forest Products

Replaces 53 BIAM Supplement 3 & Timber Sale Records Handbook; provides information, procedures, and processes to prepare and administer a contract sale of Indian trust forest products. 

53 IAM 4-H: Indian Forest Management Handbook -- Permit Sales of Forest Products

Replaces 53 BIAM Supplement 4 & Timber Sale Records Handbook; provides information, procedures & processes for harvesting Indian trust forest products with or without permits.

53 IAM 5-H: Indian Forest Management Handbook -- Forest Development

Replaces 53 BIAM Supplement 5; provides guidance on procedures and processes necessary to prepare, administer, and report on forest development projects on Indian forest lands.

53 IAM 7-H: Indian Forest Management Handbook -- Forest Trespass

Replaces all prior handbook versions regarding forest trespass situations on Indian trust land.

53 IAM 9-H: Silviculture

Replaces all previous versions.

53 IAM 10-H: Woodland Management

Documents the practices and procedures required to implement the Woodland Management policy (53 IAM 10); namely to manage woodland resources on Indian lands.

53 IAM 11-H: Indian Forest Management Handbook -- Forest Management Deductions

Replaces 53 BIAM & Timber Sale Records Handbook; provides the information, procedures, and processes to collect, monitor, and distribute forest management deductions.

54 IAM 1-H: Agricultural and Rangeland Management Handbook

Provides the standards, requirements, and procedures required to implement the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) policy on the Agricultural and Rangeland (Ag & Range) Management program as documented in the Indian Affairs Manual (IAM); specifically 54 IAM 1: Agricultural and Rangeland Overview, and in other Part 54 policy chapters.

55 IAM-H: Safety of Dams Program Handbook

Provides operating procedures and guidance in one location in order to achieve the Safety of Dams program mission more effectively. This Handbook applies to all new and existing BIA high- and significant-hazard potential dams.

59 IAM 3-H: National Environmental Policy Act Guidebook

Provides guidance for preparing documents required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA for BIA actions. This is an update to the 2005 version of the Handbook.

70 IAM 7-H: Housing Improvement Program (HIP) Handbook

This handbook documents the practices and procedures necessary to manage HIP resources on Indian lands. It applies to all IA offices and programs participating in the management, accountability, utilization, or protection of housing.

80 IAM 2-H: Indian Affairs Education Space Criteria Handbook

This handbook replaces the "Indian Affairs Educational Space Criteria Handbook," issued on 11/01/05.

90 IAM 1.4 C (2)a-H: Fuels Management Program Planning and Implementation Guide

Provides standard operating procedures and guidelines for the administration and management of the BIA Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program, and is intended as a supplement to the Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Reference Guide. This Handbook also supports operational guidance established in 90 IAM 1.4C (2)-H, Fuels Management.

90 IAM 5-H: Wildfire Prevention Program Handbook

Standard operating procedures, guidelines, and policy for managing and administering the BIA Wildfire Prevention Program, including prevention planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting. 

90 IAM 6-H: Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Investigation Handbook

This handbook replaces 90 IAM 1.4 C (10)-H: National Wildfire Investigations Handbook, and it documents the standards and procedures to implement the policy on wildland fire origin and cause investigations on Indian lands as documented in 90 IAM 6: Wildfire Investigation. Specifically, it addresses the complicated jurisdictional issues associated with wildfires, the investigation process as it relates to wildfire trespass, the importance of coordination with law enforcement agencies, and establishes national Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) wildfire investigation documentation requirements from the initial response through the litigation process.

Correspondence Handbook

Provides guidance to employees and managers who write, type, review or surname correspondence.

Fee-to-Trust Handbook

This is revision 1 of Version IV. Version IV was released on 5/16/16. These updates add procedures for requesting reservation proclamations (at section 3.4.1) and make other minor editing updates throughout the handbook.

Fuels Management Program: Business Rule Handbook

This version replaces the handbook titled "90 IAM 1.4 C (7)-H: Fuels Program Business Management Handbook," issued 2/01/06. This handbook functions as a companion text to the BIA Fuels Management Handbook.

Indian Affairs Pandemic Plan

This document serves as the pandemic plan for the Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Indian Education. It applies to all Indian Affairs offices and employees in planning work and executing response activities. The plan is dynamic and will be updated as needed. 

Indian Probate Procedural Handbook

Provides the requirements and procedures for probate case preparation and processing, including estates subject to the American Indian Probate Reform Act. Please contact the Office of Trust Services' Division of Probate to request a copy of their handbook: (202) 208-5831.

Leasing and Permitting Handbook Chapter 1 - General Information

Provides general requirements for processing agricultural, residential, and business leases and permits on Indian trust lands under the jurisdiction of the BIA.  

Leasing and Permitting Handbook Chapter 2 - Agricultural

Provides general requirements for processing agricultural, residential, and business leases and permits on Indian trust lands under the jurisdiction of the BIA.  

Leasing and Permitting Handbook Chapter 3 - Residential

Provides general requirements for processing agricultural, residential, and business leases and permits on Indian trust lands under the jurisdiction of the BIA.  

Leasing and Permitting Handbook Chapter 4 - Business Exhibits

Provides general requirements for processing agricultural, residential, and business leases and permits on Indian trust lands under the jurisdiction of the BIA.  

Space Management: Request for Space Handbook

Provides guidance for the acquisition of direct leased and General Services Administration (GSA)-provided space by programs and offices within Indian Affairs.

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