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Audit of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Grant Awarded to College Mentors for Kids, Incorporated, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Date Published
March 2016
49 pages
This report presents the findings, recommendations, and methodology of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General's audit of the grant awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to College Mentors for Kids, Inc. (CMFK) in Indianapolis, IN.
The purpose of the $1,315,923 grant is to build the capacity of community programs that provide mentoring services to at-risk or high-risk underserved populations. The CMFK is a non-profit organization that conducts a youth mentoring program which pairs college students with at-risk elementary school children to provide a mentoring influence on the children's development. Specifically, the grant is to be used to expand the program by serving an additional 500 youth, bringing the total of youth served to 2,000. The grant is also to be used to increase the number of CMFK's college chapters from 23 to 31 by September 2016. The audit assessed performance in the areas of financial management, grant drawdowns, contracts, budget management and control, program performance, grant reporting, grant expenditures, and compliance with special conditions. The examination of CMFK's accounting records, required financial reports, and operating policies and procedures identified weaknesses in internal controls, compliance with grant requirements, and grant-related expenditures. The questioned costs amounted to $522,276. Details are provided on the breakdown of these costs. The audit presents 14 recommendations to address these issues, with a focus on what the grant administrator (Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs) and the grantee can do to remedy identified problems. 3 tables and appended audit methodology, schedule of dollar-related findings, grantee and OJP responses to the draft report, and analysis and summary of actions necessary to close the report