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Audit of Office on Violence Against Women and Office of Justice Programs Awards to the Catawba Indian Nation, Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Date Published
February 2017
57 pages
The findings and methodology are presented for the U.S. Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General's (OIG's) audit of the Office on Violence Against Women's (OVAW's) and Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) awards to the Catawba Indian Nation in Rock Hill, SC, to address violence against Indian women, prevent and control juvenile delinquency, strengthen the juvenile justice system for Indian youth, and support tribal victim assistance efforts.
The audit was conducted to determine whether costs claimed under the awards were allowable, supported, and in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and terms and conditions of the awards, as well as to determine whether the grantee demonstrated adequate progress toward achieving program goals and objectives. Performance was assessed in the areas of grant management, which includes financial management, expenditures, budget management and control, drawdowns, Federal financial reports, and program performance and accomplishments. The audit concluded that Catawba did not manage the awards adequately and was unable to demonstrate its achievement of the awards' stated goals and objectives. Regarding the grant to prevent truancy, high school dropout, and juvenile delinquency, Catawba reported it served several youths, but did not provide measurements of truancy and dropout rates. There was also significant non-compliance and discrepancies in most of the other areas examined Catawba failed to comply with Federal requirements to receive annual audits, did not comply with financial management requirements, charged unsupported and unallowable expenditures, did not record expenditures in the accounting records to support drawdowns, did not use all grant funds, and did not submit accurate Federal financial reports and performance reports. There were $796,866 in questioned costs and $21,939 in funds to better use. 18 recommendations are presented for OJP and OVAW. 4 tables and appended summary action necessary to close the recommendations