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Announcement of the Intent To Issue One OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services Under the Standing Announcement for Residential (Shelter) Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children, HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1132

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AGENCY:

Unaccompanied Alien Children's (UAC) Program, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice of intent to issue one OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services, San Antonio, Texas under the UAC Program.

SUMMARY:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), announces the intent to issue one OPDIV-Initiated Supplement to BCFS Health and Human Services, San Antonio, Texas in the amount of up to $300,800,000. ORR announces the issuance of the first installment for 60 days in the amount of up to $50,000,000.

ORR has been identifying additional capacity to provide shelter for potential increases in apprehensions of Unaccompanied Alien Children at the U.S. Southern Border. Planning for increased shelter capacity is a prudent step to ensure that ORR is able to meet its responsibility, by law, to provide shelter for Unaccompanied Alien Children referred to its care by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

To ensure sufficient capacity to provide shelter to unaccompanied alien children referred to HHS, ORR is requesting that BCFS provide up to 1,300 temporary shelter beds at Carrizo Springs, Texas over a graduated timeframe.

DATES:

Supplemental award funds will support activities until January 31, 2020. The first installment will support activities for 60 days.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Stephen Antowiak, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Division of Unaccompanied Alien Children Operations, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201. Phone: 202-260-6165. Email: stephen.antkowiak@acf.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

ORR is continuously monitoring its capacity to shelter the unaccompanied alien children referred to HHS, as well as the information received from interagency partners, to inform any future decisions or actions.

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 program and its services through this supplemental award is a key strategy for ORR to be prepared to meet its responsibility to provide shelter for Unaccompanied Alien Children 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, 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 the Department of Health and Human Services (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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Karen Shields,

Senior Grants Policy Specialist, Division of Grants Policy, Office of Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2019-13992 Filed 6-26-19; 4:15 pm]

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