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Children's Chairity Under Scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is imposing a freeze on federal grants to the children's charity Big Brothers Big Sisters of America early this year after the agency's inspector general turned up indications of improper financial management.

The federal government's Office of Justice Programs is requiring the Philadelphia-based nonprofit group to do a better job of managing and administering future grants to ensure that funds are not misspent.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America provides children facing adversity with one-to-one relationships.

After looking into three grants worth $23 million, the Justice Department's inspector general found a raft of accounting problems at the nonprofit -- including a failure to adequately safeguard funds, inadequate monitoring of consultants and failure to monitor actual spending against approved budgets.

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