U.S. Inspector General releases report on grant funding for Ion Center for Violence Prevention

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U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz recently released a report on grant funding to Kentucky-based nonprofit, the Ion Center for Violence Prevention, which provides services related to domestic violence.

“The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that the Ion Center used Victims of Crime Act funds appropriately to provide services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. However, we also found that the Kentucky [The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet] approved the Ion Center to use some of the funds for prevention education services, which was unallowable under guidance available at the time of the grant. Accordingly, the OIG identified $263,250 in questioned costs related to prevention education services. We also found that the Ion Center lacked formal guidance to help meet reporting requirements,” said a press release from the Inspector General’s office.

The report indicates that the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet had reimbursed the Ion Center $1,189,158 as of Oct. 31. The Inspector General made four recommendations to improve the Center’s use of grant funding. The Ion Center and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet agreed with two of the recommendations, disagreed with one and did not respond to the other.

You can read the full report on the Office of the Inspector General’s website.

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