The Times West Virginian

June 30, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters is alive and well in local area

Did not receive any funding that’s being questioned federally

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The North Central West Virginia Big Brothers Big Sisters “is alive and well,” said executive director Sylvia Hawkins.

Earlier last week, a government froze assets for the national agency after concluding it could not properly account for “any” of the $23 million tax dollars awarded to it through Justice Department funds intended to mentor tribal, military and other “at risk” youth.

According to the Justice Department Inspector General, the organization improperly co-mingled the taxpayer funds with its general fund, leaving no way to know if the money was spent on the intended programs.

The Inspector General also found Big Brothers Big Sisters did not adequately oversee tax dollars allocated to its affiliates, did not require them to provide documentary support for their expenditures, charged unallowable expenses to the government grants, failed to properly monitor consultants and did not properly report income generated.

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