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IG finds big problems in Big Brothers Big Sisters accounting

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Mismanagement of almost $20 million in taxpayer dollars has caused a freeze in grants to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, according to an audit by the Department of Justice Inspector General.

The DOJ-IG audit found that so many book-keeping flaws by BBBSA that it was impossible to determine exactly where $19,462,448 out of $23,177,286 in three federal grants went.

As a result, the DOJ-IG said, "we questioned $19,462,448 in funding that the grantee has received and recommended the $3,714,838 in funds not yet disbursed be put to better use."

In other words, BBBSA failed to use its accounting system to safeguard grant funds or monitor the spending. However, the audit did not find an "intentional misuse or misdirection of federal funds."

OJP and BBBSA say they will work together to resolve the issues.

Since 1994, The DOJ's Office of Juvenile Justice an Delinquency Prevention has given BBBSA more than $480 million.

Go here for the full report.