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.
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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.