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Audit of the Office on Violence Against Women Grant and Office for Victims of Crime Cooperative Agreement Awarded to Gulfcoast Legal Services, St. Petersburg, Florida

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Date Published
July 2016
44 pages
This report presents the findings and methodology of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General's audit of the Office on Violence Against Women's (OVW's) grant and the Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC's) cooperative agreement awarded to Gulfcoast Legal Services (St. Petersburg, FL) for strengthening civil and criminal legal assistance programs for adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, and the OVC cooperative agreement added such services for human-trafficking victims.
The audit's objective was to determine whether costs claimed under the grant and cooperative agreement were allowable, supported, and in compliance with applicable requirements. The current audit found that Gulfcoast did not have a Single Audit for FY 2014, as required under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133. Consequently, the current audit questioned $753,358 as being unallowable, because Gulfcoast did not meet this core grant-accountability requirement. Based on its review of this audit's draft report, Gulfcoast acknowledged that it should have conducted an audit for FY 2014 and provided its Single Audit report for FY 2014 on June 9, 2016. The current audit also found that Gulfcoast was reimbursed $101,507 in award funds for unsupported personnel costs from the 2012 OVW and OVC 2013 award ($1,296). In addition, Gulfcoast submitted inaccurate Federal financial reports to OVW and OVC. During the audit, Gulfcoast returned the $1,296 in unsupported costs by reducing a December 2015 drawdown by the same amount. The current audit contains seven recommendations to OVW and the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) that are intended to strengthen Gulfcoast's accounting and management of award funds. 4 tables and appended audit objective, scope, and methodology and Schedule of Dollar-Related Findings