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Review of Office of Refugee Resettlement's Awarding of a No-Bid Contract for the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program

The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program, managed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides temporary shelter, care, and other related services to unaccompanied children. ORR funds a network of approximately 170 state-licensed care provider facilities for children in its custody. Operating under cooperative agreements and contracts with ORR, these facilities provide housing, food, medical care, mental health services, recreational activities, and educational services for the children in their care. ORR also operates influx facilities to provide temporary emergency shelter and services for children, usually on federally owned or leased property, and these facilities are not state-licensed. ORR contracted with Comprehensive Health Service, LLC (CHS), a for-profit medical management services provider, to operate a temporary influx care facility located in Homestead, Florida. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) guides the acquisition process by which executive agencies of the U.S. Government acquire goods and services by contract with appropriated funds. The HHS Acquisition Regulation establishes uniform HHS acquisition policies and procedures that implement and supplement the FAR. The contract that ORR awarded to CHS was a 7-month no-bid contract totaling over $341 million for support services for emergency temporary shelter operations. We will determine whether ORR awarded the $341 million contract with CHS in accordance with Federal statutes, regulations, and HHS's policies and procedures.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
November 2019 Administration for Children and Families Review of Office of Refugee Resettlement's Awarding of a No-Bid Contract for the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program Office of Audit Services W-00-20-20001 2021