Juvenile Justice: A Time Frame for Enhancing Grant Monitoring Documentation and Verification of Data Quality Would Help Improve Accountability and Resource Allocation Decisions

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "From fiscal years 2006 through 2008, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) within the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded $1.2 billion in funds through approximately 2,000 grants in support of its mission to help states and communities prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and victimization and improve their juvenile justice systems. OJJDP awards grants to states, territories, localities, and organizations to address a variety of issues, such as reducing juvenile substance abuse, combating Internet crimes against children, preventing youth gang involvement, and providing youth mentoring services. ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. September 22, 2009.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "From fiscal years 2006 through 2008, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) within the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded $1.2 billion in funds through approximately 2,000 grants in support of its mission to help states and communities prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and victimization and improve their juvenile justice systems. OJJDP awards grants to states, territories, localities, and organizations to address a variety of issues, such as reducing juvenile substance abuse, combating Internet crimes against children, preventing youth gang involvement, and providing youth mentoring services. The scope and administration of OJJDP grants also vary, ranging from private organization recipients that implement programs directly in a single community to states that administer grants by awarding the funds they receive to subgrantees to implement programs locally and statewide. Assessing the performance of these programs through grant monitoring is a key management tool to hold grantees accountable for implementing programs as agreed to in their awards, to verify they are making progress toward the objectives of their programs, and to ensure that grant funds are used in support of OJJDP's mission. DOJ's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) establishes grant monitoring policies for its components, including OJJDP. In 2008, the DOJ Office of the Inspector General identified grant management, including maintaining proper oversight of grantees to ensure grant funds are used as intended, as a critical issue and among the department's top management challenges. In the past, we have identified concerns specific to OJJDP's grant monitoring activities. In October 2001, we reported that OJJDP was not consistently documenting its grant monitoring activities, such as required phone contacts between grant managers and grantees, and as a result could not determine the level of monitoring being performed by grant managers. We recommended that OJJDP take steps to determine why it was not consistently documenting its grant monitoring activities and develop and enforce clear expectations regarding monitoring requirements. Since that time, partially in response to our recommendation, OJJDP has taken steps to address this recommendation. For example, OJJDP conducted an assessment of additional policies and procedures that were needed for grant monitoring, and developed a manual that outlined steps for completing specific monitoring activities, such as review of grantee documentation. To help Congress ensure effective use of funds for juvenile justice grant programs, you asked us to assess OJJDP's efforts to monitor the implementation of its grant programs. This report addresses the following questions: (1) What processes does OJJDP have in place to monitor the performance of its juvenile justice grants, and to what extent does it record results of its monitoring efforts to ensure transparency and accountability? (2) How, if at all, does OJJDP use performance measurement data to make programming and funding decisions, and to what extent does it verify the quality of these data?"

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Juvenile Justice: A Time Frame for Enhancing Grant Monitoring Documentation and Verification of Data Quality Would Help Improve Accountability and Resource Allocation Decisions, text, September 22, 2009; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc302943/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.