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Announcement of the Award of One Single-Source Expansion Supplement Grant Within the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Unaccompanied Children's Program

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AGENCY:

Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice of Award of one single-source expansion supplement grant under the Unaccompanied Children's (UC) Program.

SUMMARY:

ACF, ORR, announces the award of one single-source expansion supplement grant for a total of $1,768,571 under the UC Program.

DATES:

Expansion supplement grants will support activities from February 1, 2017, through March 31, 2017.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jallyn Sualog, Director, Division of Children's Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20201. Email: DCSProgram@acf.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The following supplement grant will support the immediate need for additional capacity of shelter services to accommodate the increasing number of UC referred by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) into ORR care. The increase in the UC population necessitates the need for expansion of services to expedite the release of UC. In order to be prepared for an increase in referrals for shelter services, ORR will solicit proposals from one grantee to accommodate the extensive amount of referrals from DHS.

GranteeGrant No.Proposed period of support start dateProposed period of support end dateNumber of daysNumber of shelter bedsAward amount
International Educational Services, Inc90ZU01192/1/20173/31/201759100$1,768,571
Total1,768,571

ORR has specific requirements for the provision of services. Award recipients must have the infrastructure, licensing, experience, and appropriate level of trained staff to meet those requirements. The expansion of the existing shelter services program through this supplemental award is a key strategy for ORR to be prepared to meet its responsibility of safe and timely release of UC referred to its care by DHS and so that the U.S. Border Patrol can continue its vital national security mission to prevent illegal migration and trafficking, and protect the borders of the United States.

Statutory Authority: This program is authorized by—

(A) Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which in March 2003, transferred responsibility for the care and custody of Unaccompanied Alien Children from the Commissioner of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to the Director of ORR of HHS.

(B) The Flores Settlement Agreement, Case No. CV85-4544RJK (C.D. Cal. 1996), as well as the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-457), which authorizes post release services under certain conditions to eligible children. All programs must comply with the Flores Settlement Agreement, Case No. CV85-4544-RJK (C.D. Cal. 1996), pertinent regulations and ORR policies and procedures.

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Elizabeth Leo,

Grants Policy Specialist, Division of Grants Policy, Office of Administration, Administration for Children and Families.

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[FR Doc. 2017-05746 Filed 3-22-17; 8:45 am]

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