No single issue is more critical to the proper administration of federal assistance appropriated by Congress for criminal and juvenile justice than the management and the monitoring of these funds. If properly executed, justice will be served and the public will be protected. If not, the public and the nation’s elected leadership will lose confidence in the justice system and the officials and agencies that manage it.
The state agency designated to receive, disburse and monitor federal justice assistance funding is responsible for implementing systems and policies to ensure that these funds are deployed for the most effective and accountable purposes. More significant than the selection of any one particular model of providing accountability is the necessity to have an effective and wholly legal process that is transparent and complies with all legal requirements imposed by federal, state, and local laws and policies.
As governments at all levels are confronting reduced levels of resources for justice, decision makers are scrutinizing all programs to identify those that provide a social return on investment, address identifiable needs, and that achieve the results for which they were created. Recent reports by federal oversight agencies and proposed Congressional action put these issues at the top of the priority list for agencies charged with administering and monitoring these programs.