This bill would call on the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to come up with a new formula for how grants and contracts are given to their programs. The formula would be based on the number of refugees being served, and the state they live in.
This bill would also call for a study of the ORR's domestic refugee resettlement programs. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) would be responsible for studying how effective each of it's over 20 programs are.
In addition, the ORR would have to:
Ensure that refugee assistance is given to qualifying secondary migrants. Secondary migrants move from their place of origin to another location temporarily, before settling elsewhere;
Report to Congress on state experiences with the arrivals and departures of secondary migrants;
Expand the Office’s data analysis, collection, and sharing activities to include data on mental and physical medical cases, housing needs, and refugee employment.
The Dept. of State and the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be required to give guidance on refugee resettlement to the appropriate national, state, and local entities.