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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 The Director of ORR should clarify in its instructions to grantees the information they are required to report on state licensing citations in their quarterly performance reports. (Recommendation 4).
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HHS concurred with this recommendation. In April 2021, HHS stated that ORR had collaborated with the Office of Management and Budget to add a reporting requirement on state licensing citations to grantees' quarterly performance reports, and that this reporting requirement was under review. We will consider closing this recommendation when these efforts are complete and, as of July 2022, await information to update these efforts.

Office of Refugee Resettlement The Director of ORR should take steps, such as through guidance or training, to ensure that project officers clearly understand the requirement that grantees report state licensing citations at any of their facilities within 24 hours and include state licensing citations in their quarterly performance reports. (Recommendation 5).
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HHS concurred with this recommendation. HHS stated that ORR would develop guidance and training to ensure project officers understand grantee reporting requirements regarding state licensing citations. In April 2021, HHS stated that ORR continued to make progress implementing this recommendation, but had encountered challenges with staffing shortages related to responding to the recent surge of unaccompanied children entering the country. We will consider closing this recommendation when these efforts are complete and await the agency's progress.

Office of Refugee Resettlement The Director of ORR should work with state agencies that license ORR-funded facilities to develop a plan for mutual information sharing, including processes for ORR outreach to states during the grant application review process and ongoing information sharing on ORR and state monitoring processes and identified deficiencies. (Recommendation 6).
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HHS concurred with this recommendation. HHS stated that information sharing between ORR and state licensing agencies would benefit both parties, but noted that implementation of this recommendation would depend on the state agencies' willingness and ability to share information. HHS said that ORR will reach out to other ACF program offices and state licensing agencies, and will work to identify information sharing goals and potential mechanisms to facilitate communication. In April 2021, HHS stated that ORR was still working on identifying information and shared goals and potential mechanisms

Office of Refugee Resettlement The Director of ORR should ensure that ORR provides and maintains a current point of contact for each state agency that licenses ORR grantees to facilitate information sharing regarding ORR-funded facilities. (Recommendation 7).
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HHS concurred with this recommendation and stated that ORR would develop and maintain a list of points of contact for each state agency that licenses an ORR-funded facility. In April 2021, HHS stated that ORR had established points of contact with California, Texas, Arizona, and New York and would continue to develop points of contact with other states that license ORR grantees. We will consider closing this recommendation when the agency completes this effort and await more information the agency's progress.

Office of Refugee Resettlement The Director of ORR should develop a plan—including roles, responsibilities, and timeframes—to guide and focus ORR's efforts to meet its goals to:
  • conduct an audit of each facility's compliance with ORR standards on preventing and responding to sexual assault, as required under the Interim Final Rule,
  • conduct on-site monitoring visits to each facility at least every 2 years in accordance with ORR policy, and
  • report any noncompliance to the facility within 30 days of the site visit, in accordance with ORR policy.

(Recommendation 8).

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HHS concurred with this recommendation. With respect to auditing facilities' compliance with ORR standards on preventing and responding to sexual assault, as required under the Interim Final Rule, HHS reiterated ORR's plans to solicit a new contract for these audits. In April 2021, HHS stated that ORR expected to award this contract in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 and would stipulate that within the base year of this contract, the contractor will complete audits for all ORR facilities that were open but did not receive an audit during the initial contract. After the base year, HHS

Office of Refugee Resettlement The Director of ORR should clarify in its grant announcements the information and supporting documentation applicants are required to provide in their grant applications with respect to their state licensing status, eligibility, and allegations and concerns. (Recommendation 1).
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HHS concurred with this recommendation. In June and July 2020, ORR published four new grant announcements, which it updated to require that applicants be licensed at the time of their application and provide documentation of their license in order to be considered for a grant. These new announcements also require applicants to report any allegations/concerns of abuse and/or neglect, as well as any denial, suspension, and/or revocation of their license. In April 2021, HHS stated that ORR was working on assessing which requirements would be included in future grant announcements, and was

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