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COFAR Invites Tribes to Provide Feedback on the Uniform Guidance

February 25, 2015

The Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) recently posted a new tool, Measuring the Impact of the Uniform Guidance, for tribal governments and other non-federal entities to provide voluntary feedback on the Uniform Guidance's overall impact on burden, waste, fraud, abuse, and adequacy of opportunities to engage in the process. 
NAFOA encourages tribal governments and their entities to submit comments to help evaluate the extent to which the Uniform Guidance achieves the COFAR's goals and to identify areas of improvement. For example, to comply with the Uniform Guidance, many tribes have had to seek out professionals to assist in updating administrative processes and policies, such as procurement procedures and internal controls.
Some questions you may want to consider:
  1. Has your tribe implemented a policy change that has significantly reduced administrative burden, waste, fraud or abuse? 
  2. Has your tribe implemented a policy change that has increased administrative burden? What was the dollar value of impact on your tribe?
  3. Has your tribe implemented a policy change that has increased risk of waste, fraud and abuse?What do you estimate the dollar value impact on your tribe will be?
  4. Do you feel the tribal government consultation with the COFAR or federal agencies during the Uniform Guidance development was adequate?
The feedback tool will be available through March 17, 2015. 

For questions or comments, please contact Jennifer Parisien at or (202) 558-8040.

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