Review of the Office of Justice Programsí Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program
Evaluation and Inspections Report I-2006-002
Office of the Inspector General
NIJ did not enforce the external investigation certification requirement imposed by the Justice for All Act of 2004 during the application process or exercise effective oversight of this aspect of the FY 2005 Coverdell Grant Program. The FY 2005 Coverdell Grant Program Announcement did not provide necessary guidance on how applicants could meet the external investigation certification requirement. The announcement also did notdirect applicants to name the government entity with a process in place to conduct independent external investigations into allegations of serious negligence or misconduct under the grant.
We believe that Coverdell Grant Program Announcements must provide necessary guidance to applicants and request the information required for NIJ to evaluate the external investigation certifications and conduct effective oversight of the grants. To meet the requirements of the Justice for All Act of 2004, we recommend that OJP, as part of its oversight of NIJ: