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  • News: HHS, The Administration for Children and Families’ Notice of Reorganization of the Office of Refugee Resettlement

    [Federal Register Volume 80, Number 15 (Friday, January 23, 2015)]
    [Pages 3614-3616]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
    [FR Doc No: 2015-01125]
    Administration for Children and Families
    Office of Refugee Resettlement; Statement of Organization, 
    Functions, and Delegations of Authority.
    AGENCY: Administration for Children and Families, HHS.
    ACTION: Notice.
    SUMMARY: Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of 
        The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has reorganized 
    the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). This notice announces a 
    realignment of functions to create a Division of Policy within the 
    Office of the Director in ORR. This realignment of functions within ORR 
    serves to coordinate and centralize the policy function within ORR to 
    provide for policy uniformity and consistency, allow greater staff 
    flexibility, and better reflect the current work environment and 
    priorities within ORR. The statement of organization, functions, and 
    delegations of authority conforms to and carries out the statutory 
    requirements for operating ORR.
        This notice amends Part K of the Statement of Mission, 
    Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department 
    of Health and Human Services (HHS), ACF as follows: Chapter KR, ORR (76 
    FR 70149-70150), as last amended November 10, 2011.
        I. Under Chapter KR, ORR, delete KR.10 Organization, in its 
    entirety and replace with the following:
        KR.10 Organization. ORR is headed by a Director, who reports to the 
    Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. The Office is organized 
    as follows:
    Office of the Director (KRA)
    Division of Policy (KRA1)
    Division of Refugee Assistance (KRE)
    Division of Refugee Services (KRF)
    Division of Children's Services (KRH)
    Division of Anti-Trafficking in Persons (KRI)
    Division of Refugee Health (KRJ)
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        II. Under Chapter KR, ORR, delete KR.20 Functions, in its entirety 
    and replace with the following:
        KR.20 Functions.
        A. The Office of the Director is directly responsible to the 
    Assistant Secretary for Children and Families for carrying out ORR's 
    mission and providing guidance and general supervision to the 
    components of ORR. The office provides direction in the development of 
    general supervision to the components of ORR. The office provides 
    direction in the development of program policy and budget and in the 
    formulation of salaries and expense budgets. Staff also provide 
    administrative and personnel support services.
        The Office of the Director coordinates with the lead refugee and 
    entrant program offices of other federal departments; provides 
    leadership in representing refugee and entrant programs, policies, and 
    administration to a variety of governmental entities and other public 
    and private interests; and acts as the coordinator of the total refugee 
    and entrant resettlement effort for ACF and the Department. The office 
    oversees the care and custody of unaccompanied alien children, grants 
    specific consent for those who wish to invoke the jurisdiction of a 
    state court for a dependency order to seek Special Immigrant Juvenile 
    status, and makes determinations of eligibility for the Unaccompanied 
    Refugee Minors Program.
        The Office of the Director prepares annual budget estimates and 
    related materials; and develops regulations, legislative proposals, and 
    routine interpretations of policy as they relate to each of the program 
    areas. The office performs allocation and tracking of funds for all 
    programs. The office collects data and performs analysis on the 
    changing needs of the refugee and entrant population, provides 
    leadership to identify data needs and sources, and formulates data and 
    reporting requirements.
        Within the Office of the Director, the Division of Policy is 
    comprised of a Director of Policy and professional staff with expertise 
    in all areas of ORR programming, including staff that handle high 
    profile projects or multi-program functions. The Division of Policy 
    assesses and evaluates ORR programs and their legal authorities and 
    proactively recommends policy development, regulation updates and 
    changes, and operational and management actions to comply with 
    statutory parameters. The division advises the ORR Director, deputies, 
    division directors, and regional staff on a wide range of significant 
    and sensitive policy-related matters and strategies for attaining ORR 
    policy objectives. The division identifies major emerging policy 
    issues, develops policy options and strategies, and implements policy 
    initiatives, including the drafting of policies, guidance, and 
    regulations. The Division of Policy also leads the office in the 
    development of strategic goals and objectives and ensures that policies 
    and operational and management activities are designed to achieve ORR, 
    ACF, and Department goals.
        The Division of Policy develops clearance and informational 
    memoranda, briefing materials, and summary statements for ORR, ACF, and 
    Department leadership on complex and sensitive ORR matters. The 
    division collaborates with the ORR operating divisions and regional 
    staff to clarify and enhance existing policies and guidance, 
    particularly in areas where the work of two or more divisions and the 
    regions overlap.
        The Division of Policy serves as the ORR point of contact for other 
    ACF and HHS offices related to legal, congressional, and evaluation 
    issues, such as the Office of the General Counsel, Office of 
    Legislative Affairs and Budget, Government Accountability Office, and 
    Office of Inspector General. The division represents ORR on interagency 
    working groups and collaborates with both government and private sector 
    leaders on ORR policy-related issues and developments.
        Within the Office of the Director, the Deputy Director assumes the 
    Director's responsibilities in the absence of the Director and provides 
    oversight to the Division of Refugee Health, Division of Refugee 
    Services, and the Division of Refugee Assistance.
        The Associate Deputy Director provides oversight to the Division of 
    Children's Services and the Division of Anti-Trafficking in Persons.
        B. The Division of Refugee Assistance represents ORR in 
    coordinating services and capacity for refugees in a manner that helps 
    refugees become employed and economically self-sufficient soon after 
    their arrival in the United States. The division monitors and provides 
    technical assistance to the state-administered domestic assistance 
    programs and Wilson/Fish projects. The Division works closely with each 
    state in designing a resettlement program specific to the needs of 
    incoming populations. The division develops guidance and procedures for 
    their implementation and manages special initiatives to increase 
    refugee self-sufficiency, such as through state-funded discretionary 
    grants or pilot programs. The division also assists public and private 
    agencies on data reporting and the resolution of reporting problems. 
    The division develops and supports the flow of information on refugee 
    profiles and community resources in support of effective placement at 
    the state and local level. The division works closely with the 
    Department of State to ensure effective and seamless orientation from 
    overseas to local resettlement community. The division manages the 
    effective allocation of formula social services and targeted assistance 
    in support of newly arriving populations. The division tracks all state 
    costs related to refugee assistance.
        C. The Division of Refugee Services directs and manages effective 
    refugee resettlement through the programmatic implementation of grants, 
    contracts, and special initiatives, such as the Matching Grant Program. 
    The division oversees and monitors most ORR discretionary grants, 
    recommends grantee allocation, coordinates with the grants management 
    office to review the financial expenditures under discretionary grant 
    programs, provides data in support of apportionment requests, and 
    provides technical assistance on discretionary grants operations. The 
    division coordinates and provides liaison with the Department and other 
    federal agencies on discretionary grant operational issues and other 
    activities as specified by the Director or required by congressional 
    mandate. The division responds to unanticipated refugee and entrant 
    arrivals or significant increases in arrivals to communities where 
    adequate or appropriate services do not exist through supplemental 
    initiatives. The division works to promote economic independence among 
    refugees through social services, educational services, and intensive 
    case management and community development initiatives.
        D. The Division of Children's Services supports services to 
    unaccompanied children who are referred to ORR for care as refugees, 
    asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, children granted Special Immigrant 
    Juvenile Visas and those pending immigration status, or identified as 
    victims of trafficking. The division implements intake and placement 
    decisions for all unaccompanied refugee and alien children. The 
    division supports specialized care through grants, contracts, and 
    state-administered unaccompanied minors programs. The division conducts 
    monitoring and inspections of facilities and placement locations in 
    which unaccompanied children reside. The division also
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    maintains statistical information and data on each child and any 
    actions concerning the child while the child is under the Director's 
        The division ensures consideration of the child's best interest in 
    care and custody decisions. The division coordinates all decisions 
    related to sponsor reunification, background checks, home assessments, 
    follow-up services, medical assessment and treatment, sponsorship 
    breakdowns, repatriation, and movement of children into the 
    Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program.
        The division develops policy to ensure all children's programs are 
    administered in a manner that ensures the best interest of the child; 
    and that services are administered in a manner that supports child 
    welfare standards of care and services to include training, 
    accreditation, legal services, assessment, and trauma-related 
        The division administers the pro bono legal services and child 
    advocate program and compiles a state-by-state list of professionals or 
    entities qualified to provide the children with a guardian and attorney 
    representational services.
        E. The Division of Anti-Trafficking in Persons is responsible for 
    implementing certain provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection 
    Act. The division coordinates the certification of and services to 
    victims of severe forms of trafficking, promotes public awareness on 
    human trafficking, and increases identification of potential victims of 
    severe forms of trafficking. The division manages these activities 
    through grants and contracts. It also coordinates with other federal 
    government agencies on certification activities and policy issues 
    related to the trafficking laws. The division certifies victims of 
    severe forms of trafficking following consultation with appropriate 
    federal and state government agencies and social service agencies. The 
    division coordinates with the appropriate entities for the 
    determination and placement of identified and certified unaccompanied 
    minor victims of trafficking. It maintains statistical information and 
    data on each victim, including certification documentation and services 
    provided. The division compiles an annual report, in coordination with 
    other federal agencies, on the number of certifications issued to and 
    services accessed by identified victims.
        F. The Division of Refugee Health provides direction for assuring 
    that refugees are provided medical assistance and mental health 
    services through the state-administered program and alternative 
    programs such as the Wilson/Fish projects. The division ensures the 
    quality of medical screening and initial medical treatment of refugees 
    through its administration of grant programs, technical assistance, and 
    interagency agreements in support of comprehensive medical and mental 
    health services. The division supports coordination of services to 
    refugees under the Affordable Care Act. The division also supports 
    mental health services to victims of torture.
        The Division works closely with State Refugee Health Coordinators 
    in the planning and provision of medical and mental health services to 
    meet the individual needs of incoming populations. The division tracks 
    all state costs related to refugee medical assistance and screening.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eskinder Negash, Director, Office of 
    Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, 901 D 
    Street SW., Washington, DC 20447, (202) 401-9246.
        Dated: January 15, 2015.
    Mark Greenberg,
    Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families.
    [FR Doc. 2015-01125 Filed 1-22-15; 8:45 am]
    BILLING CODE 4120-27-P
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