In FY 2007, ORR funded ORR funded 28 agencies to provide placements in shelter care for unaccompanied alien children who are in Federal custody by reason of their immigration status.
Additionally, 4 contracts and 4 interagency agreements were implemented.
It is anticipated that, in FY 2007 and FY 2008, continuation of the provision of services will be provided by grantees for the unaccompanied alien children who are in care at any given time.
The types of care currently include foster care, shelter care, and medical services.
The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.
Program served 8,212 children in FY 2007.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used only for the purposes set forth in the grant and/or contract.
Services may be provided only to unaccompanied alien children who are apprehended by agents of the Bureau of Border Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), or other law enforcement agencies.
State and local governments, private non-profit organizations, and private for-profit organizations.
Beneficiaries are unaccompanied alien children who are in Federal custody by reason of their immigration status.
Cost principles for private nonprofit organizations will be determined by OMB Circular No. A-122. Cost principles for state and local governments are found under OMB Circular No. A-87. Cost principles governing private for-profit organizations are found under OMB Circular No. A-76.
Aplication and Award Process
ORR may enter into contracts or grants after full and open competition pursuant to regulations.
However, special regulations permit other than full and open competition under any of the following circumstances: only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements, expert services, unusual and compelling urgency, international agreement, national security, public interest, and authorized or required by statute.
Any exemption requires documentation by the grants or contracting officer of the justification for any one of the circumstances listed above.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Applications submitted in response to program announcements under this program will undergo a pre-review to determine if applicant is eligible for funding.
Applications found to be eligible for funding will undergo an evaluation by an independent review panel. In the case of emergency, staff will review on the basis of specific evaluation criteria to determine applicant qualification based upon published review criteria, quality of services to be rendered, and the likelihood of the program success.
The Director may invite applications, if necessary, due to unusual and compelling urgency of unaccompanied alien children apprehended by border patrol officers, BCIS agents or other law enforcement agencies. Deadlines for applications are noted in notices of funds of availability. Generally, the deadline for grant applications is 60 days after posting of the notice of funds availability.
Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, Section 462.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
It is anticipated that the approval/disapproval time will not exceed 30 days in urgent situation, and will not exceed 90 days in normal application situation.
Contingent upon appropriations, grantee performance, and whether continuation of funding is in the best interest of the government.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant awards are made on an as needed basis, and on an annual budget basis.
Post Assistance Requirements
Monthly progress reports of placements are required.
Progress and financial reports are required, usually on a quarterly or semi-annual basis.
Final program and financial reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the program in relation to the approved goals and objectives are also required.
Periodic audits are made as part of the system of financial management and internal control to meet terms and conditions of grants, contracts, and other agreements. "In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 1997), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133." Nonprofit organizations receiving less than $25,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from federal audit requirements, but records must be available for review by appropriate officials of the Federal grantor agency or sub-granting entity.
Grant and contract recipients are required to keep all financial, business, and program reports necessary for program review and audit during the project period and for three years after the end of the project period to ensure that funds have been expended in accordance with the regulations, grant terms, and conditions of this program.
(Grants) FY 07 $77,231,000; FY 08 $95,088,000; and FY 09 est $86,395,000 plus the projected carryover.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2007, 28 grants were awarded. In FY 2008, it is estimated that 26 grants will be awarded. In FY 2009, it is estimated that 29 grants will be awarded.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Program announcements can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr. All inquiries should be directed to the information contact listed below.
Regional or Local Office
Maureen Dunn, Director, Division of Unaccompanied Children Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 8th Floor, West, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Telephone: (202) 401-5523; (202) 401-1022 fax.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Notice of criteria for program funds can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr. Please refer to the Contact section for information.