November 8: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week
November 8, 2021
1. FOR TRIBES: STATE SMALL BUSINESS CREDIT INITIATIVE (SSBCI) PROGRAM NOTICE OF INTENT DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS & TRIBAL LISTENING SESSION
The Department of the Treasury is extending the Tribal government Notice of Intent (NOI) deadline to apply for SSBCI funds to December 11, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET, the same deadline for the initiation of the SSBCI capital application. SSBCI capital applications must be completed by February 11, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Treasury seeks to support all Tribal governments that are interested in participating in SSBCI. Treasury will provide information and technical assistance on capital applications to Tribal governments that submit questions to SSBCI_Information@treasury.gov.
Timeline and Dates to Remember
December 11, 2021: NOI and capital application initiation due.
Prior to December 31, 2021: Treasury expects to provide any recalculated preliminary allocation amounts by emailing Tribal governments directly. Tribal governments that completed an NOI and initiated a capital application by December 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET, will be included in this recalculation.
January 12, 2022: Tribal government listening session on applications, program design, and recalculation methodology from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST. Register here.
February 11, 2022: Capital applications are due.
After February 11, 2022: Treasury will provide any recalculated preliminary allocation amounts by e-mailing Tribal governments directly. Tribal governments that completed a capital application by February 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET, will be included in this recalculation.
2. EDUCATION: WEBINAR SERIES: BUILDING CAREER PATHWAYS: WORKING FOR TREASURY
NAFOA and Treasury will be co-hosting a two-part seminar on November 16 and 17, 2021 to inform Native American youth and young professionals about the function of Treasury and how working for Treasury can contribute to professional growth while making an impact on their communities and country. The seminar will provide practical advice on how to navigate the job search, the USAJobs application process and how to highlight applicants' experiences and talents to stand out during the recruitment and application recruitment process. Treasury staff will discuss why they chose Treasury for their careers and give insight into their day-to-day experiences. Register to join on November 16 & 17 at 3:00pm ET.
3. COMMUNITY: AVOIDING CORONAVIRUS FINANCIAL SCAMS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
The coronavirus pandemic has found a way to affect our lives in almost every imaginable way. But one often overlooked area is in the realm of financial scams. Unfortunately, some fraudsters have taken advantage of vulnerable people during these times in order to benefit themselves financially.
So in response to these threats, UponArriving decided to put together a well-researched and comprehensive resource that sheds light on all of the major types of coronavirus financial scams facing the public.
The infographic will explain the different forms that the scams occur in and offer you practical advice on how to avoid such scams. And in the unlucky event you find yourself a victim of one of the scams, the infographic providsd all of the relevant authorities that you can reach out to in order to get assistance.
4. POLICY: INDIAN AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES PROPOSED UPDATES TO BUY INDIAN ACT REGULATIONS
Indian Affairs announced it has published a proposal to revise its regulations implementing the Buy Indian Act (25 U.S.C. 47) to remove barriers to equal opportunity for American Indian economic enterprises. The Department recently reviewed the Acquisition Regulation consistent with Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, and determined the current regulations have inadvertently created barriers to Indian Economic Enterprises from full participation in the Department of the Interior’s procurement process. The Buy Indian Act provides the Department with authority to set aside procurement contracts for American Indian-owned and controlled businesses. The proposed rule would increase the types of construction contracts subject to Buy Indian set-asides, expand Indian Economic Enterprises’ ability to subcontract construction work consistent with other socio-economic set-aside programs, and give greater preference to Indian Economic Enterprises when a deviation from the Buy Indian Act is necessary, among other updates. The proposed rule is also the first step in harmonizing Interior’s Buy Indian regulations with those of the Indian Health Service. The Department will host Tribal consultation on the proposed edits during the public comment period announced in the Federal Register.
5. JOBS: TUOLUMNE ME WUK TRIBAL COUNCIL IS SEEKING A CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - HEALTH CENTER
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for the administrative direction and coordination of the finance function for Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center (TMWIHC). The CFO oversees overall budget process for the facility, month-end, directs long-range strategic financial planning and all aspects of the capital management.
This position is responsible for all finance and billing staff incorporating the entire revenue cycle. Direct reports include, Controller, Manager Billing and Collections, Grant Coordinator, Eligibility Coordinator, Provider-Payor Credentialing Specialist, and others as appropriate. For more information and to apply, visit www.nafoa.org/jobs.