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[Federal Register: July 21, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 139)]
[Notices]               
[Page 43142-43147]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration of Children and Families

[CFDA No.: 93.566, Refugee Assistance--State Administered Programs]

 
Refugee Resettlement Program: Proposed Notice of Allocations to 
States of FY 2003 Funds for Refugee Social Services

AGENCY: Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), ACF, HHS.

ACTION: Proposed notice of allocations to States of FY 2003 funds for 
refugee social services.

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SUMMARY: This notice establishes the proposed allocations to States of 
FY 2003 funds for refugee \1\ social services under the Refugee 
Resettlement Program (RRP). In the final notice, amounts could be 
adjusted slightly based upon final adjustments in FY 2002 arrivals in 
some States.
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    \1\ Eligibility for refugee social services include refugees, 
asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certain Amerasians from Viet 
Nam who are admitted to the U.S. as immigrants, certain Amerasians 
from Viet Nam who are U.S. citizens, (45 CFR 400.43), and victims of 
a severe form of trafficking who receive certification or 
eligibility letters from ORR. (ORR State Letter 01-13 on 
the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, dated May 3, 2001). The term 
``refugee,'' used in this notice for convenience, is intended to 
encompass such additional persons who are eligible to participate in 
refugee program services.
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    This notice includes $2 million in a set-aside allocation to 
support programs promoting marriage education, relationship 
enhancement, divorce reduction activities, or other activities that 
promote and sustain healthy marriages. Unlike the FY 2002 healthy 
families' set-aside that provided for a wide-range of activities to 
enhance families, the FY 2003 set-aside is available for helping 
refugee couples who choose marriage for themselves to develop the 
skills and knowledge to develop and sustain healthy marriages. These 
set-aside funds are for married and non-married refugee couples, where 
appropriate.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by August 20, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Address written comments, in duplicate, to: Kathy Do, 
Division of Budget, Policy, and Data Analysis (BPDA), Administration 
for Children and Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 
20447. Delays may occur in mail delivery to Federal offices; therefore, 
a copy of comments should also be faxed to: (202) 401-0981

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Do, Division of Budget, Policy & 
Data Analysis, (202) 401-4579. Email: kdo@cf.hhs.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Amounts for Allocation

    The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has available $ 
150,138,714 in FY 2003 refugee social service funds as part of the FY 
2003 Department of Health and Human Services Appropriations Act, Title 
II of Division G of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution FY 2003, 
Pub. L. 108-7.
    The FY 2003 Conference Report (Pub. L. 108-10) reads as follows 
with respect to social services funds:

    The conference agreement appropriates $446,724,000 as proposed 
by H.R. 246 instead of $442,724,000 as proposed by the Senate. 
Within this amount, $151,121,000 is provided for Social Services, as 
proposed in H.R. 246. The Senate bill included $147,121,000 for this 
purpose.
    The conferees recognize the importance of continued educational 
support to schools with a significant proportion of refugee 
children, consistent with previous support to schools heavily 
impacted by large concentrations of refugees, and urges the Office 
of Refugee Resettlement to support these efforts should funding 
become available in the Social Services or other accounts.
    The agreement also includes $19,000,000 for increased support to 
communities with large concentrations of refugees whose cultural 
differences make assimilation especially difficult justifying a more 
intense level and longer duration of Federal assistance.

    After the conference agreement, a further .65 percent reduction was 
imposed before enactment, reducing the amount for social services to 
$150,138,714.
    ORR proposes to use the $150,138,714 appropriated for FY 2003 
social services as follows:
    [sbull] $71,092,907 will be allocated under the 3-year population 
formula, as set forth in this notice for the purpose of providing 
employment services and other needed services to refugees.
    [sbull] $12,545,807 will be awarded as new and continuation social 
service discretionary grants under new and prior year competitive grant 
announcements issued separately from this notice.
    [sbull] $19,000,000 will be awarded to serve communities most 
heavily affected by recent Cuban and Haitian

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entrant and refugee arrivals. These funds will be awarded under a 
separate announcement.
    [sbull] $26,000,000 will be awarded through discretionary grants 
for communities with large concentrations of refugees whose cultural 
differences make assimilation especially difficult thereby justifying a 
more intense level and longer duration of Federal assistance. A 
combination of new and continuation awards will be made through new and 
prior year separate announcements.
    [sbull] $14,000,000 will be awarded to address the needs of 
refugees and communities impacted by recent changes in Federal 
assistance programs relating to welfare reform. Awards will be made 
through a separate announcement.
    [sbull] $7,500,000 will be used to continue educational support to 
schools with a significant proportion of refugee children, consistent 
with previous support to schools heavily impacted by large 
concentrations of refugees. Available surplus funds will be used to 
raise educational support to $15,000,000.
    In addition, we are adding $2 million from FY 2001 unexpended 
refugee funds for allocation to States to fund programs promoting 
healthy marriages. Through this set-aside, ORR is looking to promote 
marriage education, relationship enhancement programs, divorce 
reduction activities, and/or other activities that promote and sustain 
healthy marriages. Unlike the FY 2002 healthy families' set-aside that 
provided for a wide range of activities to enhance families, the FY 
2003 set-aside is available exclusively for marriage-building or 
relationship enhancement activities.

Refugee Social Service Funds

    The FY 2003 population figures for the formula social services 
allocation include refugees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, Amerasians from 
Viet Nam, and victims of severe forms of trafficking. (A State must, 
however, have an approved State plan for the Cuban/Haitian Entrant 
Program or indicate in its refugee program State plan that Cuban/
Haitian entrants will be served in order to use funds on behalf of 
entrants as well as refugees). Data on trafficking victims are taken 
from the total number of trafficking victim's certification letters 
issued by ORR. States that have served asylees during the past three 
years may submit to ORR the asylee-related information listed at the 
end of this section in order to have their service population estimate 
adjusted to include those asylees whose asylum was granted within the 
36 month period ending September 30, 2002.
    The Director is proposing to allocate $71,092,907 to States on the 
basis of each State's proportion of the national population of refugees 
who have been in the U.S. three years or less as of October 1, 2002 
(including a floor amount for States that have small refugee 
populations).
    The use of the 3-year population base in the allocation formula is 
required by section 412(c)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act 
(INA) which states that ``funds available for a fiscal year for grants 
and contracts [for social services] * * * shall be allocated among the 
States based on the total number of refugees (including children and 
adults) who arrived in the United States not more than 36 months before 
the beginning of such fiscal year and who are actually residing in each 
State (taking into account secondary migration) as of the beginning of 
the fiscal year.''
    As established in the FY 1992 social services notice published in 
the Federal Register on August 29, 1991, section I, ``Allocation 
Amounts'' (56 FR 42745), a variable floor amount for States which have 
small refugee populations is calculated as follows: If the application 
of the regular allocation formula yields less than $100,000, then--
    (1) A base amount of $75,000 is provided for a State with a 
population of 50 or fewer refugees who have been in the U.S. 3 years or 
less; and
    (2) For a State with more than 50 refugees who have been in the 
U.S. 3 years or less: (a) A floor has been calculated consisting of 
$50,000 plus the regular per capita allocation for refugees above 50 up 
to a total of $100,000 (in other words, the maximum under the floor 
formula is $100,000); (b) if this calculation has yielded less than 
$75,000, a base amount of $75,000 is provided for the State.

Population To Be Served and Allowable Services

    Eligibility for refugee social services includes persons who meet 
all requirements of 45 CFR 400.43 (see Footnote 1 for service 
populations). In addition, persons granted asylum are eligible for 
refugee benefits and services from the date that asylum was granted 
(See ORR State Letter No. 00-12, effective June 15, 2000). Victims of a 
severe form of trafficking who have received a certification or 
eligibility letter from ORR are eligible from the date on the 
certification letter (See ORR State Letter No. 01-13, May 3, 2001, as 
modified by ORR State Letter No. 02-01, January 4, 2002).
    Services to refugees must be provided in accordance with the rules 
of 45 CFR part 400 Subpart I--Refugee Social Services. Although the 
allocation formula is based on the 3-year refugee population, States 
may provide services to refugees who have been in the country up to 60 
months (5 years), with the exception of referral and interpreter 
services and citizenship and naturalization preparation services for 
which there is no time limitation (45 CFR 400 152(b)).
    Under waiver authority at 45 CFR 400.300, the Director of ORR may 
issue a waiver of the limitation on eligibility for social services 
contained in 45 CFR 400.152(b). There is no blanket waiver of this 
provision in effect for FY 2003. States may apply for a waiver of 45 
CFR 400.152(b) in writing from the Director of ORR. Each waiver request 
will be reviewed based on supporting data and information provided. The 
Director of ORR will approve or disapprove each waiver request as 
expeditiously as possible.
    Allowable social services are those indicated in 45 CFR 400.154 and 
400.155. Additional services not included in these sections that the 
State may wish to provide must be submitted to and approved by the 
Director of ORR as required under 45 CFR 400.155(h).
    The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is currently 
supporting several initiatives that promote and encourage healthy 
marriages and strengthen families. The $2 million set-aside allocation 
reflects ORR's participation in these initiatives as they relate to 
supporting healthy marriages and strengthening refugee families. The 
cultures of most refugee populations are built upon successful and 
stable family life. ORR believes that refugee married and non-married 
couples face unique difficulties because of their flight from 
persecution and long periods of insecurity and that marriage education 
is social services that can help refugees cope with these difficulties. 
ORR also believes that there are benefits to marriage that extend to 
children, adults, and to all society. Thus, ORR is committed to 
promoting policies and programs that help strengthen marriage as an 
institution and help refugee parents raise their children in positive 
and healthy environments.
    Many refugee families have endured persecution or torture, trauma, 
abrupt flight from war, and separation from, or death of, friends and 
family members. Furthermore, the relationships in refugee families may 
become strained before arrival because of suffering and

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deprivation endemic to the refugee condition. Refugees in the U.S. face 
many challenges. The pressure of their new American environment may 
weaken the strong, positive family relationships that refugees have 
brought with them to the United States.
    Family relationships may undergo strain and transformation when 
refugees resettle in the U.S. Strong authoritarian and sometimes 
patriarchal family structures may provoke conflicts when members take 
on new roles as they adapt to American culture. For example, school/
parent relationships may differ from those in their home countries and 
may produce miscommunication and tension; refugee parents may have 
concerns or object to the range of freedom American youth are afforded; 
and the physical disciplinary practices between a husband and wife or 
between parents and children may differ from what is the norm or legal 
in the U.S. The low wages of entry-level jobs may force both adults to 
work outside the home, thereby disrupting traditional roles. Typically, 
low incomes force refugee households to locate in neighborhoods with 
high crime rates. Poor public transportation adds to time spent away 
from family members and complicates efforts to access services and 
participate in community activities. The resulting strain from these 
difficulties may damage refugee marriages, families, and communities.
    Marriage education can help refugee couples strengthen and adjust 
relationship skills and help them cope with the difficulties of their 
new American environment with the result of improving the quality of 
family life. Along with the skills that enable couples to communicate 
more effectively, manage conflict and work together as a team, marriage 
education can also teach the benefits that can be obtained from 
identifying future challenges in their relationships so that these 
challenges can be successfully negotiated when they arise.
    Research reveals that the benefits of healthy marriages are 
particularly beneficial for children. On average, children raised by 
parents in healthy marriages are less likely to fail at school, suffer 
an emotional or behavioral problem requiring psychiatric treatment, be 
victims of child abuse and neglect, get into trouble with the law, use 
illicit drugs, smoke cigarettes, abuse alcohol, engage in early and 
promiscuous sexual activity, grow up in poverty, or attempt suicide. On 
average children raised by parents in healthy marriages are more likely 
to have a higher sense of self-esteem, form healthy marriages when they 
marry, attend college, and are physically healthier.
    In summary, under this set-aside ORR seeks to provide opportunities 
for states to offer to refugees, entrants, asylees, Amerasians, and 
victims of trafficking programs for strengthening marital and parenting 
skills within healthy and supportive relationships. ORR also seeks to 
expand understanding of the refugees' marriage and family difficulties 
in the resettlement experience and the factors that contribute to 
successfully meeting the challenges to the marriage relationship. If 
the issues faced by refugee families are addressed early through 
marriage education, the problems they encounter may be reduced or 
prevented and refugee families can work towards achieving the bright 
future they seek in the U.S.
    Services to be rendered should be, to the extent possible, 
culturally and linguistically compatible to the refugee populations. 
Permissible marriage promotion activities to ORR-eligible populations 
include the following:
    [sbull] Offering marriage education, marriage skills, and 
relationship skills programs
    [sbull] Offering marriage education, marriage skills, and 
relationship skills programs that may include parenting skills, 
financial management, conflict resolution, and job and career 
advancement for non-married pregnant women and non-married expectant 
fathers.
    [sbull] Offering pre-marital education and marriage skills training 
or workshops for engaged couples and for couples or individuals 
interested in marriage.
    [sbull] Providing marriage enhancement and marriage skills training 
programs for married couples.
    [sbull] Creating divorce reduction programs that teach relationship 
skills.
    [sbull] Training program staff in why marriage matters, what to 
expect in marriage, the knowledge and skills necessary to form and 
sustain a healthy marriage, and examples of marriage education programs 
and resources.
    [sbull] Training program participants and clients in why marriage 
matters, what to expect in marriage, and the knowledge and skills to 
make a healthy marriage a reality.
    [sbull] Training qualified participants to be marriage program 
leaders, facilitators and mentors.
    [sbull] Creating marriage mentoring programs that use married 
couples as role models and mentors in at-risk communities.
    [sbull] Training experienced couples to be mentors as a strategy to 
assist newly married couples, new parents, stepfamilies or other 
couples facing special challenges.
    [sbull] Providing vouchers for registration and materials to 
program staff and participants who attend marriage education 
activities. For example, a young woman or man considering marriage 
could be given vouchers to take a premarital inventory and a marriage 
education class, workshop, or weekend seminar. Similarly a newlywed 
couple, expecting their first child, could be given vouchers to attend 
a marriage education program.
    [sbull] Providing vouchers for mediation services, marital 
counseling, or marriage education programs designed for those having 
serious marital problems, prior to separation or divorce.
    [sbull] Establishing a resource center or library of books and 
videos on marriage for staff and clients at program service center 
offices.
    [sbull] Developing and using a referral list of local marriage 
education programs and resources.
    [sbull] Establishing institutional partnerships and collaboration 
networks with community mental health agencies, courts, local colleges 
and universities or the USDA's Extension Service regarding marriage 
education.
    [sbull] Sponsoring training events on marriage education for local 
agencies that serve refugees.
    [sbull] Hosting events for unmarried couples and weekly or monthly 
couples' nights with specific activities to encourage participation of 
couples. Provide child care if possible.
    [sbull] Hosting a couples' night on a quarterly basis to celebrate 
marriage anniversaries and to provide brief educational activities that 
sustain healthy marriages.
    [sbull] Including a marriage component in parenting programs.
    [sbull] Gathering baseline data, establishing performance 
objectives and measures, and evaluating marriage education program 
activities.
    [sbull] Providing marital health assessment quizzes and 
questionnaires with appropriate referrals when warranted.
    [sbull] Using a marriage protocol to ask about the marital 
relationship in addition to parenting and other family relationships 
during intake, assessment, or follow-up interviews.
    [sbull] Providing programs that help refugee teenagers prepare for 
healthy dating relationships, develop relationship skills, learn 
budgeting, and learn the value of marriage.
    ORR has assembled a program guide entitled ``Web-based Program 
Planning for Healthy Marriages Grants'', which explains marriage 
education more fully and provides reference material useful

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for program planners. This guide is available on the ORR Web site under 
the Programs section at: (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/marriagegrants.htm
).
    The organizations funded by the set-aside amount are expected to 
have ties to the ethnic communities they serve and to conduct outreach 
into the community to identify refugee families in need of services. We 
strongly encourage States to fund, to the extent possible, Mutual 
Assistance Associations (MAAs), ethnic community-based organizations, 
and indigenous faith-based organizations with refugee experience to 
provide family support, outreach, education, orientation, and 
counseling. ORR defines an MAA as an organization with the following 
qualifications: (a) The organization is legally incorporated as a 
nonprofit organization; and (b) not less than 51 percent of the 
composition of the Board of Directors or governing board of the mutual 
assistance association is comprised of refugees or former refugees, 
including both refugee men and women.
    States wishing to participate in these marriage enhancing programs 
must notify ORR within 30 days of the publication date of this notice 
that they will use the set-aside funds exclusively for the relationship 
skill-building and marriage enhancement activities described above. 
States that fail to notify ORR by that date of their intention to 
establish healthy marriage programs are not eligible the set-aside. 
Funds listed in the accompanying table for States that do not notify 
ORR that they will establish marriage enhancement programs will be made 
available to the States that are willing to establish such programs.
    To be eligible for the Healthy Marriage Set-aside funds, States 
should notify ORR of their intention to use the set-aside funds 
exclusively to establish healthy marriage program through a brief 
letter or by E-mail. Correspondence should be directed to Loren 
Bussert, Division of Budget, Policy, and Data Analysis (DBPDA), Office 
of Refugee Resettlement, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 
20447; or by E-mail at L.Bussert@acf.hhs.gov.
Service Priorities

    In accordance with in 45 CFR 400.147, States are required to 
provide social services to refugees in the following order of priority, 
except in certain individual extreme circumstances: (a) All newly 
arriving refugees during their first year in the U.S. who apply for 
services; (b) refugees who are receiving cash assistance; (c) 
unemployed refugees who are not receiving cash assistance; and (d) 
employed refugees in need of services to retain employment or to attain 
economic independence. In order for refugees to move quickly off 
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), States should, to the 
extent possible, ensure that all newly arriving refugees receive 
refugee-specific services designed to address the employment barriers 
that refugees typically face.
    ORR encourages States to re-examine the range of services they 
currently offer to refugees. Those States that have had success in 
helping refugees achieve early employment may find it to be a good time 
to expand beyond provision of basic employment services and address the 
broader needs that refugees have in order to enhance their ability to 
maintain financial security and to successfully integrate into the 
community. Other States may need to reassess the delivery of employment 
services in light of local economic conditions and develop new 
strategies to better serve the newly arriving refugee groups.
    States should also be aware that ORR will make social services 
formula funds available to pay for social services that are provided to 
refugees who participate in Wilson/Fish projects which can be 
administered by public or private non-profit agencies, including 
community-based organizations. Section 412(e)(7)(A) of the INA provides 
that:

    The Secretary [of HHS] shall develop and implement alternative 
projects for refugees who have been in the United States less than 
thirty-six months, under which refugees are provided interim 
support, medical services, support [social] services, and case 
management, as needed, in a manner that encourages self-sufficiency, 
reduces welfare dependency, and fosters greater coordination among 
the resettlement agencies and service providers.

    This provision is generally known as the Wilson/Fish Amendment. The 
Department has already issued a separate standing notice in the Federal 
Register with respect to applications for such projects (64 FR 19793 
(April 22, 1999).
    States are encouraged to consider eligible sub-recipients for 
formula social service funds to include public or private non-profit 
agencies including, faith-based, refugee, or community organizations.
    As stated earlier, to be eligible for the Healthy Marriage Set-
aside, States should notify ORR within 30 days of publication of this 
notice of proposed allocations through a brief assurance statement in 
writing or by E-mail that they will use the set-aside funds exclusively 
for the relationship skills-building and marriage enhancement 
activities. States that use the set-aside funds will be expected to 
report on the activities conducted with these funds in the narrative 
section of the Quarterly Progress Report (QPR).
    States that fail to notify ORR within 30 days of publication of 
this proposed notice of their intention to establish healthy marriage 
programs are not eligible for the set-aside. Funds listed in the 
accompanying table for States that do not notify ORR that they will 
establish marriage enhancement programs will be made available through 
reallocations to the States that are willing to establish such programs 
in the Final Notice and distributed in the fourth quarter social 
services formula awards.

II. (Reserved for Discussion in the Final Notice of Submitted Comments 
in Response to the Proposed Notice)

III. Allocation Formulas

    Of the funds available for FY 2003 for social services, $71,092,907 
is proposed to be allocated to States in accordance with the formula 
specified in A. below.
    A. A State's allowable formula allocation is calculated as follows:
    1. The total amount of funds determined by the Director to be 
available for this purpose; divided by--
    2. The total number of refugees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, parolees, 
and Amerasians from Viet Nam, as shown by the ORR Refugee Data System, 
and victims of severe forms of trafficking as shown by the 
certification and eligibility letters issued by ORR, who arrived in the 
United States not more than 3 years prior to the beginning of the 
fiscal year for which the funds are appropriated. The resulting per 
capita amount is multiplied by--
    3. The number of persons in item 2, above, in the State as of 
October 1, 2002, adjusted for estimated secondary migration.
    The calculation above yields the formula allocation for each State. 
Minimum allocations for small States are taken into account.

IV. Basis of Population Estimates

    The population estimates for the proposed allocation of funds in FY 
2003 for the formula social service allocation are based on data on 
refugee arrivals from the ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System, adjusted as 
of October 1, 2002, for estimated secondary migration. The data base 
includes refugees of all nationalities, Amerasians from Viet Nam, and 
Cuban and Haitian entrants. Data on trafficking victims are taken

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from the total number of trafficking victims' certification and 
eligibility letters issued by ORR.
    For Fiscal Year 2003, ORR's formula social service allocations for 
the States are based on the numbers of refugees, Amerasians, entrants 
and victims of severe forms of trafficking. The numbers are based upon 
the arrivals during the preceding three fiscal years: 2000, 2001, and 
2002.
    The estimates of secondary migration are based on data submitted by 
all participating States on Form ORR-11 on secondary migrants who have 
resided in the U.S. for 36 months or less, as of September 30, 2002. 
The total migration reported by each State is summed by ORR, yielding 
in- and out-migration figures and a net migration figure for each 
State. The net migration figure is applied to the State's total arrival 
figure, resulting in a revised ORR population estimate.
    ORR estimates are developed separately for refugees and entrants 
and then combined into a total estimated 3-year refugee/entrant 
population for each State. Eligible Amerasians are included in the 
refugee figures. Havana parolees (HP's) are enumerated in a separate 
column in Table 1, below, because they are tabulated separately from 
other entrants. Havana parolee arrivals for all States are based on 
actual data.
    Table 1 (attached) shows the estimated 3-year populations, as of 
October 1, 2002, of refugees (col. 1), entrants (col. 2), Havana 
parolees (col. 3), trafficking victims (col. 4), total population, 
(col. 5), the proposed formula amounts which the population estimates 
yield (col. 6), the proposed total allocation (col. 7), the proposed 
amount of set-aside (col. 8), and the proposed final allocation by 
states (col. 9).
    If a State does not agree with ORR's population estimate and wishes 
ORR to reconsider its numbers, it should submit written evidence to 
ORR, including a list of refugees identified by name, alien number, 
date of birth, and date of arrival. Listings of refugees who are not 
identified by their alien number will not be considered. Such evidence 
should be submitted separately from comments on the proposed allocation 
formula no later than 30 days from the date of publication of this 
notice and should be sent via overnight mail to: Loren Bussert, 
Division of Budget, Policy and Data Analysis, Office of Refugee 
Resettlement, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, 
Telephone: (202) 401-4732, or as an Excel spreadsheet or other 
compatible spreadsheet format as an email attachment to: 
lbussert@acf.hhs.gov.    States which have served asylees during the past three years also 
may submit the following information in order to have their population 
estimate adjusted to include those asylees whose asylum was granted 
within the 36 month period ending September 30, 2002: (1) Alien number, 
(2) date of birth, and, (3) the date asylum was granted.
    A State which has served a victim of a severe form of trafficking 
who the State believes was residing in a different State at the time 
that the ORR certification/eligibility letter was issued, should submit 
the following information in order to have their population estimate 
adjusted to include these trafficking victims: (1) Alien number, if 
available; (2) date of birth; (3) certification letter number and, (4) 
date on certification letter. Victims of a severe form of trafficking 
who have received a certification or eligibility letter are eligible to 
the same extent as refugees for benefits and services.
    Please submit the above data on asylees and trafficking victims 
served on separate Excel spreadsheets as an email attachment within 30 
days of the publication date of this notice to: lbussert@acf.hhs.gov.
V. Proposed Allocation Amounts

    Funding subsequent to the publication of this notice will be 
contingent upon the submission and approval of a State annual services 
plan that is developed on the basis of a local consultative process, as 
required by 45 CFR 400.11(b)(2) in the ORR regulations.
    Table 1, attached, represents the proposed allocation for refugee 
social services in FY 2003.

VI. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This notice does not create any reporting or recordkeeping 
requirements requiring OMB clearance.

    Dated: July 14, 2003.
Nguyen Van Hanh,
Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement.

                                                     FY 2003 Proposed Social Services Formula Notice
  Table 1.--Estimated Three-Year Refugee/Entrant/Parolee/Trafficking Victim Populations of States Participating in the Refugee Resettlement Program and
                                          Estimated Social Service Formula Amounts and Allocations for FY 2003
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                                                                     Havana                                Final
                  State                     Refugees    Entrants    parolees   Trafficking     Total      formula       Final    $2 million  Total final
                                               \1\                     \2\     victims \3\  population     amount    allocation   set-aside   allocation
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                                                  (1)         (2)         (3)          (4)         (5)          (6)         (7)         (8)          (9)
------------------------------------------
Alabama..................................         209           1          25           --         235      $75,261    $100,000      $5,000      105,000
Alaska \4\...............................          84           0           0            7          91       29,144      75,000       5,000       80,000
Arizona..................................       5,061         419           2           --       5,482    1,755,664   1,755,664      48,657    1,804,321
Arkansas.................................           8           9           0           --          17        5,444      75,000       5,000       80,000
California \4\...........................      22,046          58         125           57      22,286    7,137,310   7,137,310     197,806    7,335,116
Colorado \4\.............................       2,589           4           6            5       2,604      833,957     833,957      23,113      857,070
Connecticut..............................       2,798          26          22           --       2,846      911,459     911,459      25,261      936,720
Delaware.................................         154           8           0           --         162       51,882      85,869       5,000       90,869
Dist. of Columbia........................          88           3           3            1          95       30,425      75,000       5,000       80,000
Florida..................................      12,224      13,677      29,686           23      55,610   17,809,649  17,809,649     493,586   18,303,235
Georgia..................................       6,508          31         119            3       6,661    2,133,251   2,133,251      59,122    2,192,373
Hawaii...................................          15           0           0           42          57       18,255      75,000       5,000       80,000
Idaho \4\................................       1,459           3           3           --       1,465      469,181     469,181      13,003      482,184
Illinois.................................       6,255          15          92            2       6,364    2,038,134   2,038,134      56,486    2,094,620
Indiana..................................       1,195           8          13           --       1,216      389,436     389,436      10,793      400,229
Iowa.....................................       3,215           0           0           --       3,215    1,029,635   1,029,635      28,536    1,058,171
Kansas...................................         419           5          13            1         438      140,274     140,274       3,888      144,162
Kentucky \4\.............................       2,232       1,052           7           --       3,291    1,053,975   1,053,975      29,210    1,083,185

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Louisiana................................         583         115          44           --         742      237,633     237,633       6,586      244,219
Maine....................................       1,655           0           0           --       1,655      530,030     530,030      14,690      544,720
Maryland.................................       2,929           7          16            4       2,956      946,688     946,688      26,237      972,925
Massachusetts \4\........................       4,350         163          18            1       4,532    1,451,418   1,451,418      40,225    1,491,643
Michigan.................................       5,322         796          31            5       6,154    1,970,879   1,970,879      54,622    2,025,501
Minnesota................................       8,755           6           6            4       8,771    2,808,999   2,808,999      77,850    2,886,849
Mississippi..............................         121           5           7            2         135       43,235      77,222       5,000       82,222
Missouri.................................       5,926          26          19           --       5,971    1,912,271   1,912,271      52,998    1,965,269
Montana..................................           9           0           4           --          13        4,163      75,000       5,000       80,000
Nebraska.................................       1,315           2           0           --       1,317      421,782     421,782      11,689      433,471
Nevada \4\...............................         923         622          36            1       1,582      506,651     506,651      14,042      520,693
New Hampshire............................       1,331           0           1            2       1,334      427,227     427,227      11,840      439,067
New Jersey...............................       2,294         338         485            5       3,122      999,851     999,851      27,710    1,027,561
New Mexico...............................         314         299           2           --         615      196,960     196,960       5,459      202,419
New York.................................      14,432       1,107         151           10      15,700    5,028,079   5,028,079     139,351    5,167,430
North Carolina...........................       3,431          25          58            1       3,515    1,125,713   1,125,713      31,199    1,156,912
North Dakota \4\.........................         875           0           0           --         875      280,227     280,227       7,766      287,993
Ohio.....................................       5,117           3           4            2       5,126    1,641,652   1,641,652      45,498    1,687,150
Oklahoma.................................         283           0           2           --         285       91,274     100,000       5,000      105,000
Oregon...................................       3,204         421           2           --       3,627    1,161,582   1,161,582      32,193    1,193,775
Pennsylvania.............................       5,713         383          44           26       6,166    1,974,722   1,974,722      54,728    2,029,450
Rhode Island.............................         639           4           5           --         648      207,528     207,528       5,752      213,280
South Carolina...........................         199           0          21           --         220       70,457     100,000       5,000      105,000
South Dakota \4\.........................         971           0           0           --         971      310,972     310,972       8,618      319,590
Tennessee................................       1,933           8          50           --       1,991      637,637     637,637      17,672      655,309
Texas....................................       7,996         957         104           69       9,126    2,922,691   2,922,691      81,001    3,003,692
Utah.....................................       2,220           5           0           --       2,225      712,578     712,578      19,749      732,327
Vermont..................................         587           0           0           --         587      187,993     187,993       5,210      193,203
Virginia.................................       3,867         130          41           13       4,051    1,297,373   1,297,373      35,956    1,333,329
Washington...............................      12,765           0           9           11      12,785    4,094,522   4,094,522     113,478    4,208,000
West Virginia............................           2           0           0           --           2          641      75,000       5,000       80,000
Wisconsin................................       1,503           4           5           --       1,512      484,233     484,233      13,420      497,653
Wyoming \5\..............................          --          --          --           --          --           --          --          --           --
                                          -------------
    Total................................     168,123      20,745      31,281          297     220,446   70,599,997  71,092,907   2,000,000  73,092,907
\1\ Includes Amerasian immigrants. Adjusted for secondary migration.
\2\ For all years, Havana Parolee arrivals for all States are based on actual data.
\3\ Includes all victims of a severe form of trafficking since program inception in March, 2001.
\4\ The allocations for Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, and for Diego County, California
  are expected to be awarded to Wilson/Fish projects.
\5\ Wyoming no longer participates in the Refugee Resettlement Program.

[FR Doc. 03-18168 Filed 7-18-03; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-01-P




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