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COFAR Frequently Asked Questions

 Indian Tribes Removed from Definition of State – Implications for Tribal Law

In section 200.54, of the published guidance, Indian tribes were removed from the definition of state. Several sections of the guidance refer to state law, does this include tribal law?

Yes, in some cases. The COFAR will review the Uniform Guidance and, when Federal agencies issue implementing regulations, make technical edits as necessary to ensure that references to tribal law are explicitly included where intended.

 

Indian Tribes Removed from Definition of State- GAAP

Also related to section 200.54, the previous guidance allowed non-Federal entities to submit financial statements under a cash basis. Does this new definition scope Indian tribes out of using the cash or modified-cash basis method of submitting financial statements?

No. Neither the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (SAA) nor the Uniform Guidance require non-Federal entities to submit financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Cash or modified-cash basis financial statements may be submitted to meet the requirements of 2 CFR 200 subpart F. However, the SAA (31 USC 7502(e)(1)) and the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200.514(b)) require the auditor to determine whether the financial statements submitted to comply with the SAA are presented fairly in all material respects in accordance with GAAP. See also section 200.403 Factors Affecting Allowability of Costs, paragraph (e).

 

In section 200.54 Indian tribes were removed from the definition of a state. How will this impact the application process for funds reserved for states? Will tribes no longer qualify?

This should have no impact on the application process for funds reserved for states. These definitions are applicable only to the Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR 200 unless specifically indicated otherwise.