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$750; Contract Appeals/Disputes under P.L. 93-638; 9/23 – 24; Chandler, AZ

9/23 – 9/24    Chandler, AZ

Why I Should Attend?

Pub. L. 93-638, Indian Self-Determination & Education Assistance Act provides that tribal nations and tribal organizations operating programs under the Act, may file an appeal of pre-award decisions rendered by federal line officers, such as a decision to decline a Pub. L. 93-638 contract application, or a self-governance compact proposal.  Tribes may also file an informal, or a formal appeal of the pre-award decision; or take direct legal action in federal district courts opposing the pre-award decision.  Tribes also have a right to file a contract dispute challenging the decision of the federal awarding officials under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) or the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act (ADR).  Contracts under Pub. L. 93-638 also provide for third-party mediation and ways of informal resolution of disputes arising out of decisions rendered by federal officials


This course provides an overview of Pub. L. 93-638, Indian Self-Determination Act to establish a foundation on the rights of tribal nations and tribal organizations under the Act; and focuses on the specific decisions and actions of the federal agencies that may give rise to an appeal or a contract dispute.  The course identifies the contract appeals process; and contract disputes process; and identifies appealable and disputable actions.  The implementing regulations at 25 CFR Subpart L – Appeals; and Subpart N – Contract Disputes, provides guidance on decisions that may be appealed; and guidance on how tribes may file disputes under the Contract Disputes Act (or Alternative Dispute Resolution Act).

Who Should Attend?

Tribal council members, chartered organizations school boards, health boards, tribal, program directors
and managers; tribal grants/contracts staff, finance, and accounting staff; tribal attorneys, tribal
consultants. Federal officials and federal awarding officials, federal contracting officers and their
subordinates should also attend.

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