Friends of Refugees

A U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Watchdog Group

State Department taking comments on “scope” of the refugee program

Posted by Christopher Coen on April 16, 2012

The US Department of State is asking for feedback about the size and scope of the US refugee resettlement program. A meeting will be held at the Refugee Processing Center in Arlington, Virginia on May 1, which the public may attend. Or you can send comments via email.

I plan to comment about the size and scope of the program needing to strongly tied to effective administration and management of it. (Why are contractors still allowed to inspect themselves? How effective are State Department inspections when they are pre-announced, so rare (once in ten years or less), and that mainly rely on contractor’s records and not refugees’ feedback? Why are there no penalties for contractors that fail to comply with minimum requirements of the State Department contracts? Why are the minimum requirements – see Operational Guidance – so extremely minimal? Why don’t resettlement plans take into account local crime rates?, etc.)

A notice in the Federal Register gives details about the meeting:

There will be a meeting on the President’s FY 2013 U.S. Refugee Admissions Program on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Refugee Processing Center, 1401 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100, Arlington, Virginia. The meeting’s purpose is to hear the views of attendees on the appropriate size and scope of the FY 2013 U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.Show citation box

Persons wishing to attend this meeting must notify the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at telephone (202) 453-9257 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, to reserve a seat. Persons wishing to present written comments should submit them by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 via email to spruellda@state.gov or fax (202) 453-9393…

…If you have questions about the public meeting, please contact Delicia Spruell, PRM/Admissions Program Officer at (202) 453-9257…

Dated: March 22, 2012.

David Robinson,

Acting, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Department of State.

[FR Doc. 2012-7700 Filed 3-29-12; 8:45 am]… Read more here

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