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Budget and Data Analysis (Office of the Director)

Published: October 3, 2012
Categories:
Cash and Medical Assistance (CMA), Targeted Assistance, Supplemental Services, Public/Private Partnership, Social Services
Topics:
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA), Formula Funds
Types:
Spreadsheet

GENERAL BACKGROUND

The Budget and Data Analysis (BDA) section of the Office of the Director is charged with overseeing the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) annual budget, including formulation and execution, as well as allocating and tracking funds for refugee cash and medical assistance and State administrative costs and all other ORR programs, tracking refugee population arrivals, allocating formula funds for Social Services and Targeted Assistance Programs, and providing general budgetary guidance and assistance to the Director.

ORR BUDGET

BDA attends to both the formulation and execution of ORR’s annual budget. To formulate the budget, BDA works with the ACF Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget (OLAB), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Resources and Technology (ASRT), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Congress. In this process, BDA forecasts program costs and prepares data sheets, narratives, and justifications for budget requests. After the President’s budget request is presented to Congress, BDA responds to Congressional and other inquiries related to funds appropriation.

Budget execution tasks include allocating quarterly awards for refugee cash and medical assistance and Social Services formula allocations, as well as tracking of funds for refugee cash and medical assistance and State administrative costs, certifying funds availability for ORR expenditures, and reconciling the status of the ORR budget for all programs throughout each fiscal year and at year-end closeout to ensure that all accounts are not deficient.

Programs FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012
ORR Enacted Funding Levels FY 2008 - FY 2012
Transitional and Medical Services 296,057.000 282,348.000 353,281.000 352,625.000 372,295.000
Victims of Trafficking 9,814.000 9,814.000 9,814.000 9,794.000 9,775.000
Social Services 154,005.000 154,005.000 154,005.000 153,697.000 153,407.000
Preventive Health 4,748.000 4,748.000 4,748.000 4,739.000 4,730.000
Targeted Assistance 48,590.000 48,590.000 48,590.000 48,493.000 48,401.000
Unaccompanied Alien Children 132,600.000 205,120.000 149,291.000 149,052.000 168,681.000
Victims of Torture 9,817.000 10,817.000 11,088.000 11,066.000 11,045.000
Grand Total Funding $655,631.000 $715,442.000 $730,817.000 $729,466.000 $768,334.000

DATA ANALYSIS

BDA is responsible for the operation and maintenance of ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS), the central repository for data on refugee populations served by ORR (absent Trafficking and Unaccompanied Alien Children). BDA has taken many steps to improve the integrity and completeness of the RADS database by seeking out data from all possible sources, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of State. Information from the RADS database is used in determining State formula funds allocations, Targeted Assistance formula allocating, as well as in responding to media, academic, and program inquiries about populations served by ORR grantees.

OTHER ACTIVITES

BDA is also responsible for compiling the ORR Annual Report to Congress, conducting the Annual Survey of Refugees, approving cost allocations plans, requesting OMB forms clearance, responding to audits, and preparing the annual Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act report.