ERIC Number: ED307352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Refugee Program: Financial Accountability for Refugee Resettlement Can Be Improved. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.
Since 1982, the Congress has expressed concerns regarding voluntary agency use of an accountability for Federal refugee reception and placement grant funds. The Refugee Assistance Extension Act of 1986 requires increased financial and program reporting by the voluntary agencies. An assessment undertaken to evaluate the adequacy of this reporting reveals that Congressional concerns over fund use have not been effectively addressed. Financial reports provide insufficient assurance that funds are spent in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and within the terms of the cooperative agreement. Current limitations allow voluntary agencies to maintain cash balances of as much as one year's expenditures. Reports to the Congress have not provided an accurate description of the proportion of Federal funds used for direct refugee assistance. Among the findings are the following: (1) the financial reports are inadequate for full accountability; (2) current limits on fund balances may not be reasonable; (3) reports do not accurately identify funds spent on direct services; and (4) the appropriateness of the federal contribution is still unknown. Modifications of reporting requirements and audit responsibilities will better serve Congressional and State oversight of the reception and placement programs. Data are provided on three figures. Appendices list the voluntary agencies, present comments from the American Council for Voluntary International Action, and name the major contributors to this report. (BJV)
Descriptors: Accountability, Agency Cooperation, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Audits, Money Management, Program Administration, Program Budgeting, Refugees, Relocation, Voluntary Agencies
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first five copies free; additional copies $2.00 each; 100 or more 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.