Propriety of Non-Federal Cash Matching Requirements for Juvenile Justice Grants

GGD-84-28: Published: Dec 9, 1983. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 1983.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) fiscal year 1983 grant awards, focusing on the manner in which OJJDP is implementing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

The purpose of the GAO review was to determine whether OJJDP has required non-federal cash matching contributions from grant fund recipients under title II, part B, subpart II, which involves Special Emphasis Prevention and Treatment Programs, and part C, which involves the National Institute for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, since November 1982 and, if so, whether such requirements are legal and within the act's intent. GAO determined that matching contributions may not be required from part B grantees and that OJJDP has not required such contributions in any of these grants awarded during the review period. Matching contributions may be required from part C grantees at the discretion of the OJJDP Administrator. GAO noted that five part C grants awarded during the review period have non-federal cash matching requirements.

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