Juvenile Justice:

Selected Issues Relating to OJJDP's Reauthorization

T-GGD-96-103: Published: May 8, 1996. Publicly Released: May 8, 1996.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its review of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), focusing on issues related to its management and grant administration. GAO noted that: (1) communication and coordination between the Office of Justice Programs and its components has improved, but components' independent statutory authority may impede future coordination efforts; (2) OJJDP onsite monitoring of formula grants was generally timely, but it may change its procedures to increase the frequency of site visits; (3) in fiscal years (FY) 1993 through 1995, OJJDP awarded 162 new discretionary grants that covered a variety of program areas; (4) these discretionary grants ranged from $3.1 million for a 3-year project to $31,448 for an 18-month project; (5) to implement its discretionary grant program, OJJDP sets program goals and priorities, publicizes available grant programs and solicits grant applications, evaluates applications through initial and peer reviews, and awards and monitors grants; (6) OJJDP awarded most grants in FY 1993 through 1995 competitively; (7) the OJJDP peer review process generally resembles the National Institutes of Health's and the National Science Foundation's processes except in panel size and structure and in how reviewers are appointed; (8) OJJDP had monitoring plans for most grants, but little monitoring actually occurred; and (9) OJJDP makes the results of its grants available through a contractor database and other electronic forms.

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