Funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was frozen following an audit which stated the organization can’t verify the use of more than $19 million tax dollars awarded to the nonprofit through government funds.

An audit by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General, which was released this month, showed the group “did not adequately safeguard grant funds and ensure compliance with the terms and condition of the grants.”

The audit also stated that the methods for recording grant-related expenditures were inadequate since the organization mixed taxpayers funds with its general funds.

The unaccounted for funds are intended to be used to mentor tribal, military and other “at risk” youth.

Outside its headquarters in Philadelphia, the organization’s website stated it has nearly 370 agencies across the country and serves a 250,000 children.

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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