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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect's (NCCAN) Challenge Grant Program, focusing on: (1) the total amount of federal spending on child abuse prevention; (2) sources of revenue for state trust funds for abuse prevention activities; (3) the amount of funding from trust funds and other funding mechanisms used to apply for challenge grants; (4) prevention activities supported by challenge grants; and (5) administrative aspects.

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Recommendations

Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status Comments
If Congress decides to reauthorize the Challenge Grant Program to preserve the incentive for establishing and maintaining trust funds dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, it should consider amending the statute to award funds by either: (1) specifying more clearly which funding mechanisms qualify for matching funds; or (2) substituting a formula for the grant application process.
Closed - Implemented
In June 1992, the law was reauthorized as the Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption and Family Services Act (formerly the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act). This act, which includes the Challenge Grant Program, substitutes a formula for allocating grant funds which clarifies the funding mechanisms qualifying for matching funds.

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