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State Letter #04-02

Notice of FY 2004 Proposed Targeted Assistance Formula Allocations

Published: March 11, 2004
Categories:
Targeted Assistance
Types:
State Letter
Tags:
formula

TO: STATE REFUGEE COORDINATORS
WILSON FISH GRANTEES

FROM: Nguyen Van Hanh, Ph.D.
Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement

SUBJECT: Notice of FY 2004 Proposed Targeted Assistance Formula Allocations

Enclosed is the FY 2004 Notice of Proposed Allocations to States of Funds for Targeted Assistance.  This notice will not be published in the Federal Register this year.

The qualification process took place in FY 2002.  As stated in the FY 2002 notice of proposed allocations (67 FR 36905), the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) does not plan to consider the eligibility of additional counties for targeted assistance formula funding until FY 2005, when ORR will again review data on all counties that could potentially qualify for targeted assistance based on the published criteria.

With regard to the number of qualifying counties (53) and States (28), this notice does not differ from the FY 2003 Notice of Final Allocations, dated August 27, 2003 (ORR State Letter #03-16).

Due Dates and Contact Information

Comments, if any, on this proposed notice should be sent in duplicate no later than      Monday, April 12, 2004, to Kathy Do, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, S.W. 6th Floor East, Washington, D.C. 20447.  She may be reached at kdo@acf.hhs.gov.  Do not send applications in response to this proposed notice because final allocations may change as a result of data from States. Refer to Section V. B., page 12 of this proposed notice for information on submission of additional data to ORR.  Deadline for submission of additional data to ORR is by April, 27, 2004.  The deadline for application will be established in the final notice. 

Application Content

As indicated above, the deadline for application will be established in the final notice.  Application forms may be found at the ORR website.

States that are currently operating under approved management plans for their FY 2003 targeted assistance program and wish to continue to do so without any changes to their plans for FY 2004 may provide an abbreviated application.  Guidance regarding application content may be found in Section VII of the attached proposed notice.

Questions Regarding Final TAG Allocations

Please be advised that final allocations may be adjusted slightly to reflect additional county-level data on asylees and trafficking victims submitted by States in response to Section V of this proposed notice.  A final table of FY 2004 targeted assistance allocations, including the deadline for applications, will be distributed by a State Letter after adjustments are made based upon States’ submissions.

Questions regarding the amount of targeted assistance allocations should be directed to Loren Bussert at (202) 401-4732 or by e-mail at lbussert@acf.hhs.gov.

Time Limits for Obligating and Expending Targeted Assistance Funds

Pursuant to 45 CFR 400.210(b)(1), “A State must obligate its targeted assistance grants no later than one year after the end of the FFY in which the Department awards the grant.”  Under 45 CFR 400.210(b)(2), “a State must expend its targeted assistance grants no later than two years after the end of the FFY in which the Department awards the grant.  A State’s final financial report on expenditures of targeted assistance grants must be received no later than 90 days after the end of the two-year expenditure period.”