Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium

DTLL: BIA’s National Welfare Assistance Funding Distribution Methodology

The purpose of this letter is to provide information regarding the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) national Welfare Assistance Funding Distribution Methodology (methodology) and the final distribution of Welfare Assistance funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, as recommended by the Office of Inspector General Report: WR-EV-001-2012: Management of Social Services in BIA, Opportunity for Action.

The BIA distributes Welfare Assistance funding to Tribes and BIA agencies based on an approved methodology. The methodology determines funding levels each FY for BIA agencies and Tribes operating the Welfare Assistance Program under Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) Title I Contracts, ISDEAA Title IV Self-Governance Funding Agreements, and Public Law (Pub. L.) 102-477 Plans. The methodology is intended to facilitate fair and equitable treatment of potential recipients of Welfare Assistance funds and to avoid the closure of one or more Welfare Assistance programs. For more information, download the full DTLL letter.