No Suspect Casework DNA Backlog Reduction Program Grant Awarded to the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
Report No. GR-60-04-005
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of the No Suspect Casework DNA Backlog Reduction grant awarded to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The purpose of this grant is to reduce the number of untested no suspect cases and effectively use the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) to solve no suspect crimes having DNA evidence. BCI&I was awarded a total of $2,254,088 to analyze more than 2,000 no suspect cases, to upload the resulting profiles to CODIS, and to encourage police to identify and submit no suspect cases for testing.
We tested the BCI&I's accounting records to determine if reimbursements claimed for costs under the grants were allowable, supported, and in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and terms and conditions of the grants.
Our audit revealed that the BCI&I charged unallowable costs to the grant, and did not have proper documentation to support expenditures. Additionally, required reports were not always submitted timely and were not always accurate. We also found that the grantee received drawdowns of grant funds in excess of its immediate disbursement requirements. As a result of the deficiencies listed below, we question $106,755 or approximately 5 percent ($106,755/$2,254,088) of the total grant funds awarded.1 Specifically we found:
These items are discussed in detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of this report. Our audit objectives, scope and methodology appear in Appendix I.