Oversight of State Department's Refugee Reception and Placement Program

NSIAD-83-35: Published: Sep 30, 1983. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1983.

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GAO reviewed the Department of State's monitoring of voluntary agencies' implementation of the initial reception and placement program for resettling refugees in the United States.

Over the past year, State's Bureau of Refugee Programs has: (1) requested, received, and evaluated voluntary agency program proposals for 1983; (2) strengthened operating agreements with the agencies; (3) conducted field monitoring of selected agency activities; and (4) prepared internal reports on the agencies' performance. In addition, State's Office of the Inspector General has conducted six financial audits of the resettlement activities of voluntary agencies and has plans for additional audits. The Bureau concurred with and now plans to incorporate into its procedures for future monitoring of voluntary agencies' implementation of the program previous GAO suggestions to: (1) establish standards and/or criteria to determine the acceptability of agencies' proposals for assisting refugees; (2) submit to the voluntary agencies the Bureau's monitoring reports which contain assessments of agency performance, identify problems, and recommend improvements; and (3) document voluntary agencies' proposed corrective actions.

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