Sneak Preview: Justice Dept. To Evaluate Grant Program Overlap

August 30, 2012 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) U.S. Department of Justice officials plan to assess the agency’s grant programs to identify areas in which programs overlap and determine if any programs may be consolidated to avoid duplication.

A recent Government Accountability Office report found overlap in applications for DOJ’s grant programs. After reviewing 253 fiscal year 2010 grant award announcements for DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS), GAO found 56 solicitations provided grant funding for victim assistance and related research. In some cases, applicants used the same or similar language when applying for funds from multiple programs.

For example, one grant recipient applied for funding to reduce child endangerment through cyber investigations from both COPS’ Child Sexual Predator program and OJP’s Internet Crimes Against Children program. In both applications, the applicant stated that it planned to use the grants to increase the number of investigations in the state, provide training for cybercrime investigations, serve as a forensic resource for the state, and establish an Internet safety program. Although DOJ officials followed up with this grant recipient and other similar cases to inform GAO that the grantees were not using awarded funds for duplicative purposes, GAO noted that such follow-up to assess duplication is not a routine practice.

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