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Unaccompanied Children: Actions Needed to Improve Grant Application Reviews and Oversight of Care Facilities

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Office of Refugee Resettlement
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Director of ORR should ensure that the grant review process includes a documented review of applicants' past performance on ORR grants for those that have previously received grants to care for unaccompanied children. This could include, for example, a systematic review of previous quarterly and annual performance reports and a review of corrective actions issued by all ORR monitoring staff to all ORR-funded facilities previously operated by the applicant. (Recommendation 3).
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HHS concurred with this recommendation. In April 2021, HHS stated that ORR was developing guidance for project officers on conducting and documenting reviews of grantee performance. HHS developed a standard operating procedure for ORR project officers and Office of Grants Management staff reviewing grantees' quarterly Performance Progress Reports. Under the procedure, staff are to use information from these reviews to ensure grantee performance is satisfactory and determine whether funding should be continued for another budget period. The procedure also states that project officers are to

Office of Refugee Resettlement
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Director of ORR should take steps to develop, and ensure that officials reviewing grant applications implement, a process to verify the accuracy and completeness of information reported by grant applicants on state licensing status, eligibility, allegations and concerns. (Recommendation 2).
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HHS concurred with this recommendation. As of April 2021, ORR developed and finalized a guide for project officers reviewing grant applications that included an assessment of licensing information included in the application. HHS stated that this guidance had been incorporated into the training curriculum for project officers. While this new guidance is a promising first step, it does not fully address our recommendation. HHS's guidance document poses a few basic questions about the applicant's licensing status and instructs the project officer to request documentation from an applicant whose

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