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[Federal Register: March 11, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 47)]
[Notices]               
[Page 11566-11567]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr11mr03-61]                         

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families

 
Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of 
Authority

    This notice amends Part K of the Statement of Organization, 
Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and 
Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) 
as follows: Chapter KR, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), as 
last amended, July 15, 2002. This notice reflects the establishment of 
a new Division to incorporate the functions under the immigration laws 
of the United States, with respect to the care of unaccompanied alien 
children that were vested by statute in, or performed by, the 
Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service which were 
transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement by the Homeland 
Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296.
    1. This Chapter is amended as follows:
    A. KR.10 Organization. Delete in its entirety and replace with the 
following:
    KR.10 Organization. The Office of Refugee Resettlement is headed by 
a Director who reports directly to the Assistant Secretary for Children 
and Families and consists of: Office of the Director (KRA), Division of 
Refugee Assistance (KRE), Division of Community Resettlement (KRF), 
Division of Budget, Policy and Data Analysis (KRG), Division of 
Unaccompanied Children's Services (KRH).
    B. Delete KR.20 Functions, Paragraph A, Office of the Director in 
its entirety and replace with the following:
    KR.20 Functions. A. The Office of the Director is directly 
responsible to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families for 
carrying out ORR's mission and providing guidance and general 
supervision to the components of ORR. The Office provides direction in 
the development of program policy and budget and in the formulation of 
salaries and expense budgets. Staff also provide administrative and 
personnel support services. The Office is responsible for implementing 
certain provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
    The Office coordinates with the lead refugee and entrant program 
offices of other federal departments; provides leadership in 
representing refugee and entrant programs, policies and administration 
to a variety of governmental entities and other public and private 
interests; and acts as the coordinator of the total refugee and entrant 
resettlement effort for ACF and the Department. The Office coordinates 
the certification of, and services to, victims of severe forms of 
trafficking. It also coordinates with other Federal government agencies 
on certification activities and policy issues related to the 
trafficking law. In consultation with appropriate juvenile justice 
professionals and Federal immigration services and border security 
agencies, the Director makes placement determinations and coordinates 
care and placement services for unaccompanied alien children who are in 
Federal custody by reason of their immigration status.
    C. Establish KR.20 Functions, Paragraph E, the Division of 
Unaccompanied Children's Services.
    E. The Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services develops 
programs and guidance for the coordination and implementation of care 
and placement services for unaccompanied alien children who are in 
Federal custody by reason of their immigration status. The Division 
recommends placement determinations to the Director in consultation 
with appropriate juvenile justice professionals and Federal immigration 
services and border security agencies. The Division ensures 
consideration of the child's best interest

[[Page 11567]]

in care and custody decisions. It implements placement decisions, 
develops facilities for care through grants and contracts, and utilizes 
the foster care system in place for unaccompanied refugee children. The 
Division, working with other Federal agencies, reunites children with a 
parent abroad in appropriate cases. The Division conducts 
investigations and inspections of facilities and placement locations in 
which unaccompanied children reside. The Division compiles, and updates 
at least annually, a state-by-state list of professionals or entities 
qualified to provide the children guardian and attorney representation 
services. The Division prepares a plan to be submitted to Congress on 
how to ensure timely appointment of such representation. The Division 
also maintains statistical information and data on each child, and any 
actions concerning the child taken by relevant Federal entities while 
the child is under the Director's care.

    Dated: February 28, 2003.
Tommy G. Thompson,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 03-5720 Filed 3-10-03; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-01-P




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