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Problem Solving Partnerships Grant Administered
by the Osage Tribe of Oklahoma

November 9, 1999
Office of the Inspector General


The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of Problem Solving Partnerships (PSP) grant number 98-PR-WX-0573, administered by the Osage Tribe. The purpose of the grant was to define the problem of underage drinking and determine an effective plan of action to decrease underage drinking on the Osage Reservation. The Osage Tribe was awarded $76,199 for this project with a grant period of May 1, 1997, through April 30, 1998. They were subsequently granted an 18-month extension through October 31, 1999.

The grant was originally awarded to the Osage Nation. However, on September 17, 1997, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decided Fletcher v. United States, 116 F. 3d 1315 (10th Cir. 1997). The ruling declared that the mandate to govern the Osage people rested with the Osage Tribal Council (Tribe) not with the Osage Nation. As a result of the ruling, the Office of Justice Programs deobligated 1997 PSP grant funds and re-awarded the grant to the Osage Tribe on April 6, 1998.

We reviewed the Tribe's compliance with the conditions of the grant, as well as regulations and directives applicable to grants awarded under the Public Safety Partnerships and Community Policing Act of 1994. As delineated below, we found unallowable and/or unsupported costs, as well as other administrative and budget discrepancies. As a result, we question $9,249 and recommend an additional $18,659 be put to better use.

These weaknesses are discussed in the Findings and Recommendations section of this report. Our audit scope and methodology are described in Appendix I.