Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Technology Grant Administered by the Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Report No. GR-70-04-007
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of the technology grant awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to the Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC)1. The purpose of the Law Enforcement Technology Program is to continue development of technologies and automated systems to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in investigating, responding to and preventing crime. Between October 2001 and September 2003 the CTC was awarded a total of $3,815,000 to design, develop, and deliver the Simulated Prison Environment Crisis Aversion Tools (SPECAT). The goal of the SPECAT is to provide the PADOC with an interactive training tool kit based on enhanced computer based training and 3-dimensional (3-D) familiarization capabilities.
We found CTC to be in material non-compliance with COPS's technology grant requirements. We reviewed CTC's compliance with six essential grant conditions and we found weaknesses in three of the six areas we tested: budget management and control, grant drawdowns, and grant expenditures. As a result of the deficiencies identified below, we question $1,134,841 of grant funds received and recommend an additional $468,498 be put to better use.2
These items are discussed in detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.
We discussed the results of our audit with CTC officials and have included their comments in the report as applicable. In addition we requested a response to our draft audit report from the CTC.