Practices and Procedures the Office of Refugee Resettlement Followed in Administering Grants Need Improvement

HRD-83-57: Published: Aug 12, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1983.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed grant administration activities of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

GAO found that inadequate practices and procedures govern all aspects of grant monitoring at ORR, including obtaining and using grantee financial status and performance reports, completing site visits, and keeping records of grant monitoring activities. Specifically, grant applications are limited and contain poorly documented reviews, especially with respect to proposed budgets, and individual grant files are incomplete. Further, GAO found that HHS grants management procedures are not being adhered to. GAO concluded that it will take concerted effort by ORR to correct the problems identified and will require systemic improvements in ORR operations.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary, HHS, should require the Director, ORR, to periodically report on progress being made to correct identified problems. As part of these reports, the Director should be required to address the extent of program monitoring being carried out, the extent to which grantees are complying with reporting requirements, the extent to which noncompetitive awards are made, and the adequacy of existing resources to maintain an effective grant administration program.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services


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