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Understand Statewide “CADV” Funding (CFDAs 93591, 93592, 93671, and 93136 grants to Statewide Orgs) But Also Check Out “Family and Community Violence Prevention” (93910) in all its Male/Minority-focused Wealth — Over $99M to One Recipient under ONE Principal Investigator, Spanning 10 years — and Glory.

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That title, again, with case-sensitive short-link ending “-62M”:

Understand Statewide “CADV” Funding (CFDAs 93591, 93592, 93671, and 93136 grants to Statewide Orgs) But Also Check Out “Family and Community Violence Prevention” (93910) in all its Male/Minority-focused Wealth — Over $99M to One Recipient under ONE Principal Investigator, Spanning 10 years — and Glory   This post reviews them, and who’s been getting them.

(First published @ about 10,500 words March 6, 2017, ca. 7:30pm;

4 several images and some text making it 11,300 12,000 words added the next day)

What program offices (respectively) over at HHS these come through also gets interesting….

POST NAVIGATION: My “Title Disclaimer” (fine-print, white-background, maroon-bordered) section, with several “divisions” within it, may help the rest of the post go smoother by defining some terms.  In that section I’m also “CMA,” Covering My [Posterior], for calling several different CFDA’s “CADV” funding in case of readers who would be glad to find any nit they can pick (errors) in this presentation which overall does not give the network a  passing grade of A, B or even C in terms of the stated program purposes.  (Only one of those CFDAs specifies “statewide coalition against domestic violence” [CADV] or very similar phrase matching ONE of the several categories regarding “family violence, domestic violence and dating violence” specified under the authorizing legislation. The CFDA#s mirror the authorizing legislation (by section) language).

[That section is below the first set of images]

In terms of what the macro-system (interaction between policy-setters, public law, existing organizations, funding, HHS officials receiving or rejecting grant applicants and distributing the financial aid to the same, all the subcontractors which may be engaged at any point to operate or evaluate or disseminate “best practices” and so forth) seems to have been designed to do (that is, to control the victims, dominate the field, and set up some, support other existing related professions* through jockeying for position to legislate, authorize, appropriate, spend (including to staff, train, consult, technically advise and coordinate within systems and across systems — at the professional level) who gets the most funding** and systematically, year after year after yearwithhold from the victims AND the public strategically important information about the field, leaving the public to “figure it out” if they dare (or not figure it out) — the overall situation passes with flying colors.  BUT — those would be two different agendas:  One, appearances (for political positives) and Two, the functional reality at the receiving end, individual parents, citizens, and litigants. (** I decided to add images for “*” so the second comment to this paragraph, the “**”, is considerably below, after those images.)

*Examples of set-up (or at least established/expanded via the grants) professions:  domestic violence advocates; batterers intervention providers, supervised visitation providers (although some of this existed previously to DV becoming a household term, under different auspices — child welfare, dependency situations, I think), and technical assistance providers and trainers re: the same.  People working long enough in those fields (including some with pre-existing or acquired-since degrees — Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW, Ed.D. and of course J.D. ) if persistent and successful in the career path, will be also publishing in professional journals (including some that may set up FOR the created professions) or books, or working for universities in the capacity of experts on the created professions.  One publication that came to my attention writing this post from the DV advocate field is published by “West®” West® used to be owned by Thomson-Reuters, but no longer is, as of somewhere around 2008-2009 (I DNR exact details, but was looking into this a month or so ago).  Here’s one (national publication) example only; however three images regarding it (#3 is re: its editor Andrew R. Klein Ph.D. and his work with a career-path DV advocate/attorney/author/trainer etc., Barbara J. Hart)

<==NBDVP_flyer showing AndrewRKlein (AHP) edits the monthly journal, and BJHart contributes monthly. WEST® publishes (Subscriptn – $444 annually) (This is separate, but most links to read full-sized annotated images, or images, in this post will be found as a link in their captions UNDER the related image).

Thomson Reuters “The ANSWER COMPANY” self-description showing its Westlaw® system, “Legal Solutions|USA” and a bit of its size and international scope. Being published here is both prestigious and (for those who want access) often expensive. How would battered women with minor children (or men!!) have access to such bulletins, and at what point are/were we ever informed of them at the local levels?


Nat’l Bulletin on Domestic Violence PREVENTION flyer (annotated).. The annotations express some of my concerns, and I admit have a sarcastic tone. I do, however, have some awareness (experience and investigation both, as well as through networking with others, their experiences also, over MANY years).

CLICK TO READ. I looked up an entity affiliated with someone who’d published with Barbara J. Hart, J.D. (from the USouthern Maine bio profile). The career paths of DV Advocates (especially those who got in on this earlier: 1970s, 1980s and helped create the field, literally) is diverging more and more from the survivors. Currently, I know women who have become homeless, thrown out of their homes by the court, bankrupted and their assets poured into court-connected “therapeutic jurisprudence” activities — including but not limited to supervised visitation. Some have been jailed over family court matters regarding not only their own, but (see Grazzini-Rucki case in Twin-Cities area, Minnesota) even others’ children, and then more court- or probation-connected programs and fees loaded onto them, as well as their future income jeopardized through the record and (I learned recently) programs insisting they pay for their own incarceration, pay for reunification services for OTHERs’ children (with their father, not mother) and so forth… I will post more on this soon (half-written posts abound on this blog)…

This is simply part of a 1986 articles of incorporation filing for the short for-profit corporation in Sudbury MA called “Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.” which contracts heavily (and has a GSA/”MOBIS” arrangement to do so) federal, state, and probably local government entities. It is privately run, was started with only $3,000 of stock (300K shares at $0.01 each) and currently is still privately controlled with only 15,000 shares (of which 10 are outstanding). Only 3 officers (all men) are listed at the Commonwealth of Mass. Business Search database, which of course, I checked for this image. Obviously they set the entity up to get those contracts…

** “funding” 42 U.S. Code Chapter 110 – FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES (this version current through 2010 and referring to years 2011-2015.  I believe it’s the most recent, but see disclaimers on that site, or check elsewhere for a more current version.  I did not find any for 2016…)

All of this is a lot of information to process!  I’ve split the topic into different posts, and it’s still a lot even after all my years of processing this type of information, to narrate and show. I’ll do my best!  One thing that this post may seem to emphasize (and it seems to be true) — the statewide domestic violence coalitions (“CADVs”) are NOT at the top of the heap even of the funds authorized under FVPSA — and those are not the only “Family Violence and Injury Prevention” funds around either.

 

Title Disclaimer:  In this white-background, maroon-bordered section “Title Disclaimer” I’m explaining and referencing some terms, organizations and situations, some of which are not covered in this post, but which have been (extensively) in this blog.  If I included all the links, I’d never get THIS post published. So this section is “take it on faith” (or keep reading for where I have linked, etc.)  Where something’s an unfamiliar acronym, or concept, feel free to search it on this blog, search it on the Internet yourself, put it on the back burner for later, and keep reading (!!), or whatever else you wish.

Minor Error (off-post): A previously published post linking here mistakenly read CFDA#93610 for –136.  I’ve corrected it here, and probably will there, but just in case I miss an instance, there is no CFDA 93610, and if and when I typed that in, I probably meant 93136.

RE:  “CADV” funding TO (all those CFDAs) in the Title: Only ONE of those CFDAs specifies Grants to “….Statewide Domestic Violence Coalitions” however some of such CADV organizations also receive grants under the other CFDAs.  It’s a little complicated to squeeze all into one title, so I used the quotes.  This post notes which is which and links you to CFDA.gov which does the same and is a resource to bookmark.  “CADV” as a generic term:  I used “CADV” for  [statewide is implied — they are named after their respective states] Coalition Against Domestic Violence organizations because many of their names do take that format, while others, such as Ohio Domestic Violence Network, or Action Ohio Coalition For Battered Women, do not.  For an example of the various names, perhaps look at the NCADV (which obviously does use that format but is not a direct grantee as it’s not at statewide organization), they list “State Coalitions.”  This link I will provide as a pdf (a frozen-in-time printout from the website).

IMAGES FROM NCADV:  “STATE COALITIONS (about 4/image) and Annotated List from NCADV website (11pp, pdf format):NCADV Stay Connected:State Coalitions viewed (see hdr) 3-5-2017 with some sidebar info at top (11pp) ORG WEBSITE LINKS WILL BE ACTIVE

This image simply notifies readers that there's a lot of annotation on the related PDF (10pp worth; last page blank). it's also informative, but I did mark organization which do not follow the "CADV" nomenclature for easy count (or to at least see that several exist). Feel free to look up all their corporate filings and EIN#s yourself and comment (or post somewhere and send a link here) on what you find! I'd love to see a parallel between this list and the HSH grantees under the CFDAs listed above, and if any grantees did not opt to sign up ("Stay Connected") under the umbrella organization NCADV. Also notice the pdf (and website) has links to a recent (Oct. 2016) conference and its workshops and presenters -- worth a look. Because this was first printed to PDF, the links should be active. NCAD Statewide Coalitions, Annotated 3-5&6-2017 by LGH (me)

This image simply notifies readers that there’s a lot of annotation on the related PDF (10pp worth; last page blank). it’s also informative, but I did mark organization which do not follow the “CADV” nomenclature for easy count (or to at least see that several exist). Feel free to look up all their corporate filings and EIN#s yourself and comment (or post somewhere and send a link here) on what you find! I’d love to see a parallel between this list and the HHS grantees under the CFDAs listed above, and if any grantees did not opt to sign up (“Stay Connected”) under the umbrella organization NCADV. Also notice the pdf (and website) has links to a recent (Oct. 2016) conference and its workshops and presenters — worth a look. Because this was first printed to PDF, the links should be active. NCADV Statewide Coalitions, Annotated 3-5&6-2017 by LGH (me)

Sample images (just my screenprints from the NCADV listing: any attached numbers have no significance other than my trying to keep them straight; the lower the number, the closer its state is to “A.”  Puerto Rico (which contact is actually a government office) shows up (alphabetized) under PQRS) and the Virgin Islands shows up in place but is labeled “Women’s Coalition of St. Croix” ).  Keep in mind this is just a “for example” regarding how organizations are NAMED; and because NCADV WEBSITE hasn’t defined (at all) what they mean by “statewide coalition” I cannot say there’s a 1:1 correspondence with being listed there, to being THE recipient of the CFDA-designated “Grants to “/…. State Coalitions Against Domestic Violence.”  This list may represent those who have affiliated themselves as members (that’s a private-private relationship, not a public/private one) with the nonprofit NCADV (or, it may not)… I batch-uploaded the images and they are not in alpha or numeric order (except on the 11pp list which has them in alpha order by State or Territory).  As I said, just for a general idea of the organization names in general.

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NCADV-10

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Would it be good to know about these organizations overall?  YES, why do you think I’m blogging them?  A CADV doesn’t need to be financially “flush” to have a significant impact state-wide as the case of the Ohio IPV Collaborative, involving “ODVN” shows! If they are not generators of public policy at the state level, they are very likely conduits for others who may be, and it’s relevant to everyone how this is handled!

Meanwhile, the Block Grants designation at the HHS database is going to read “SDVP” (State Domestic Violence Prevention) followed by a year — they are not “non-competing continuation” and have to be re-booted, so to speak, every year.


FYI, although it doesn’t specify “CFDA#,”  42 U.S.Code Chapter 110, “Family Violence Prevention and Services Act” (“FVPSA”) has several sections [that header reads §§10401-10412, but there is a 10414]; the Code codifies public laws for the purposes of organizing, but the controlling authority (I think — not a lawyer, or paralegal) would be the actual laws) specifying how much is authorized (by the legislation, whether or not Congress each year appropriates it), and in its various revisions, uses specific terminology which the CFDA#s are geared to match.  I’ve posted on the FVPSA before as an Act first passed in 1984, pre-dating 1994 and particularly directing the handling of (as it at least now reads) “family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence”) for funding through the Dept. of Health and Human Services, NOT, the Dept of Justice. Placing the emphasis there frames it as a public health problem (which, admittedly, it sure is) and to be addressed as subject matter in terms of “education, prevention and treatment” moreso than prosecution, incarceration after the fact as deterrents.  While it can be both, the fact is (and check CFDA.gov piechart at the top of that home page), HHS has a lot more money to distribute than the USDOJ.

Another interesting timeline in the FVSPA having been passed in the 1980s, is that HHS, although it obviously had predecessor department (that was “HEW” — Health, Education & Welfare”), only came into being in 1980.  HEW was in place 1953-1980, before which (FYI), the terminology was FSA.  The history of this is searchable at Allgov.com and there are some historical write-ups of the history of HHS.  Congressional Research Service might also have some, but I don’t know.

Question:  If FVPSA, with all its funding and statewide coalitions, clearinghouses (resource centers), special-issue and other words, and Technical Assistance and Training Centers was effective at (at least now) $175M a Year authorized under the act, why was there even a need for the “Violence Against Women Act” 10 years later?  Because, witnessing this, others wanted some funding to come through the USDOJ as well, so we could have funding streams of BOTH “prevention, education, and treatment” (and T&TA and training curricula for the same) AND similar categories of funded activities — but this time aimed at law enforcement, and state Attorney-Generals, and more local (District Attorneys)??   This gets interesting as it also turns out the USDOJ has no active, truly functional, searchable database of its grants for any extended period.  They do have lists under certain grants, by year, and not very flexible in format — which is part of functionality. The HHS data at TAGGS.HHS.gov at least goes back (much, not all of it) to 1991,2,3,4 and 1995… I am aware there is also a “USAspending.gov” — but have you ever tried actually using that?

USDOJ in the grants (expended — showing grantee, amount, grant name, location, year, etc.) does not even include Grant#s!!! Therefore, logically, funds distributed under the USDOJ/OVW, which was created to implement VAWA, would be distributing grants which are basically, not readily traceable, for use by domestic violence organizations, some of them, already set up previously by FVPSA (dealing with HHS as I’ve pointed out) on a grants stream.  If anyone has information countering this claim of “non-transparency as to grants already funded, searchable across years, and grants programs BY GRANT# at USDOJ” — please submit a comment with a link, or show me where such info. may be found. It’s a major issue when Department of Justice grantees, with all the programs under it, cannot be searched.  Note:  A description of the purpose, or authorizing legislation of a grants stream (whether formula, block, or discretionary) is NOT an admission by the USDOJ of who got the grants.  WITHOUT THAT, THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT TRANSPARENT.


[Navy blue text immediately above added for clarification while reviewing the published post]. I will talk “FVPSA” again in this context.  It’s now under the general theme of “CAPTA” (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act).  Notice, how ‘TREATMENT” ALWAYS gets in there somehow?  So, CAPTA under HHS and VAWA (implemented by the USDOJ) have some overlapping areas…In this post, I am not dealing at all with the USDOJ part.  (All CFDAs beginning “93” as I understand it, refer to HHS, and it’s hereunder HHS funding, that the DV coalitions, along with the National DV Hotline (specified in at least the latest reauthorization of FVPSA, 2010 for years 2011-2015) seem to have been set up to control the victims who will be calling in for help to local agencies, while the better-funded “Special Issue Resource Centers” (and funding by that name, also specified in FVPSA legislation) seem to have been set-up (coordinated, planned, intended) to control the field — practices, which topics are and are NOT discussed among the ranks, etc.) .

Where this gets real interesting is that one Special Resource Center recipient is “NCJFCJ,” which is not specialized in domestic violence, but rather in advising the entire system of, as its name says, “Juvenile and Family Court” and their Judges.  The boards of directors include judges.  Another one is a group incorporated 1980 in Duluth, MN which for years allowed its project “Battered Women’s Justice Project” (main program activity) to pretend to be an entity (on public websites) when in fact it wasn’t — until a very recent spinoff.  “Baked into” the Duluth, MN’s group (DAIP) is the “Prevention and Services” concept, along with endorsement of batterers intervention programs (diversionary) and supervised visitation — and the concept of developing the same as a field.  (DAIP=Duluth Abuse Intervention Program; its famous, lesbian founder (one of two the other two being a government legislator, Michael Paymar) Ellen Pence lived only until 2012)….
Also “baked into” the system through practice was DAIP’s collaboration with both NCJFCJ and with another (in)famous association “Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’” intent not to control just the “Domestic Violence” aspect as handled in those courts, but the nationwide (with international participations obvious), USA obviously, family court system, pushing the expansion, quality control, and mandated use of various professions they’ve helped invent, co-publishing with a private university in NY the Family Court Review, and soliciting judges, lawyers, and custody evaluators, mediators, and other professionals (the emphasis being a multi-disciplinary organization, where “discipline” represent a profession… as opposed the rank-and-file non-expert population needing parenting advice, divorce advise, and training in communications skills so as to live family-conflict-free lives… ….).  AFCC conference material pre-dating their incorporation as an entity shows presenters (Loretta Frederick and at least one other) labeled as affiliation “Battered Women’s Justice Project,” effectively obscuring from the public not curious enough to figure it out, that BWJP was a non-entity and in fact they were dealing with DAIP, itself primarily funded by government grants.
RE: those CFDA#s — Also, as to any more recent outside observers, or searchers on HHS grants database TAGGS.HHS.Gov, hoping to distinguishing one from another among funds going to “CADV” type organizations, once these various CFDA’s show up in an Advanced Search over at TAGGS.HHS.GOV, if you as a searcher clicked on “Program CFDA# and “Program Name# as column headings, you can read the contents under “Program Name” column.  However, the software controlling users’ options there (Advanced Search) in recent times only has precluded actually specifying a search by several of those CFDA#s… and precluded also a Basic Search even if one knows the grantees, before Year 2007 (!!).  (I’ll show this below in the post).
ALL IN ALL, IT LOOKS LIKE MANY PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED THAT MOST PEOPLE DO NOT NAVIGATE FROM GRANTS TO GRANTEE TO PROGRAM OPERATIONS AND PUT TOGETHER A CONCEPT OR PICTURE OF THE NETWORK AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN HOW IT PORTRAYS ITSELF — GOOD GUYS, NICE GUYS, HELPFUL, AND WANTING TO STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND NOT –AS IN FACT AT THE LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION LEVEL THEY ARE; UNDER AUTHORIZATION OF FVPSA DISCOURAGING: FOLLOW-THROUGH FOR A COMPLETE FISCAL PORTRAIT OF THE “VIOLENCE PREVENTION” FIELD, AND (B) PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE EXTENTS, SIZE, AND SATURATION LEVEL OF ALSO HHS-FUNDED MARRIAGE/FATHERHOOD PROGRAMMING, WHETHER OR NOT UNDER THAT SPECIFIC CFDA ASSOCIATED WITH IT.

In this post I’m looking at those categories, the database that reveals who got what, and in the process, specific grantees.  Having written the post, and wanting to know more about the one I hadn’t seen before (93910) because I wasn’t researching that particular state university (which I later learned only became “University” in 2004, and the bulk of the grants under 93910 to it seem to have occurred 1994-2004.  A university is not a small or medium-sized nonprofit in the domestic violence network, so I think this oversight is understandable) I re-visited CFDA.gov and have posted a few things about it here.

CFDA 93136 from CFDA.gov, Image 1 of 3, click for full-sized (Screenshot 3/7/2017, 12:56pm)

CFDA 93136, Image 2 of 3, click for full-sized (Screenshot 3-7-2017 12:58PM)


The key lessons I took from doing the look-ups and write-ups for this post was that at NO point in time is it advisable for the US population to forget the importance of attempting maintain a keen awareness of ALL FEDERAL AGENCY Financing for ALL programs, and how to discover from their own documents, declarations, databases (where they even exist) and how the services have been organized.  Because the CAFRs I’ve talked about repeatedly (since 2012 when I discovered them) in general do not go down to “CFDA” or “Accounting #s” labels, there should be some familiarity with the various reporting systems that do handle them.

It also being so clear that at all levels (it seems) not only are we supporting direct government services, but we are indirectly supporting their being contracted and outsourced to private corporations which come in two kinds:  for-profit and not-for-profit, BUT, any non-profits can easily form related entities which are for-profit businesses, such as an LLC.

That information would be shown (a few layers deep — or pages back) on a Schedule (for Form 990, it’s Schedule R) to the organization itself, and Schedule L (Transactions with Interested Persons)   Therefore to understanding who’s behind which policy, you end up digging through tax returns — LOTS of them — including their schedules, making notes, and at some point, making a qualitative evaluation on the filing entity and, depending on how deeply it influences the public policy, the public policy itself….

A further lookup of some of those “Related Entity” LLCs find out that the sole or primary member of it is the originating nonprofit anyhow..

As I found out with attempting to locate “First Five Years Fund” in time (date of origin) and space (legal domicile), which led to the nonprofit “Ounce of Prevention Fund,”  its related entity “First Five Years, LLC” and its programming, “Educare” and posted in (as I recall) late 2016.  The website FFYF.org, while telling many stories, did not divulge this information clearly, if at all.

Details from FFYF (viewed 11-30-2016) IL Sec of State filing, click for full-size. (Included just for an example in a Feb2017 on the "CADV" CFDAs

DETAILS from the above LLC show date of origin only 2008, legal domicile Delaware Details from FFYF (viewed 11-30-2016) IL Sec of State filing, click for full-size. (Included for an example in my Mar.5,2017 post on the “CADV” CFDAs)

  • Oz of Preventn Fund (IL EIN#363186328) FYr2014 Schedule R showing ONE is "First Five Years Fund, LLC" Click to see full-size

Oz of Preventn Fund (IL EIN#363186328) FYr2014 Schedule R showing ONE is “First Five Years Fund, LLC” WHOEVER CONTROLS “Ounce of Prevention Fund” CONTROLS “First Five Years Fund.” Next logical question — who established and who, primarily, funds Ounce of Prevention (the IL 501©3; there is a FL one)?

oz-of-preventn-fund-fy2014-ein363186328-hides-ffyf-under-%22addtl-data%22-for-pt-iii-line-4c-5646470-exps-4120916-to-%22the-ounce-institute%22-incl-some-grants-and-some-revs-under

(re: Ounce of Prevention — Additional Details on 4c Program Service Accomplishments Page, which is normally p2 of any return) PART of details of Progr Service Accomplishment 4c, under “See additional Data” instruction (misplaced under 4c; 4d exists for that purpose, which then says “put it on Schedule O) — this is where FFYF shows up as a program (expenses, $5.6M). BUT — below, next image — “coincidentally” it’s also an owned Disregarded LLC (with over $8M income that year, AND $5M assets) with a mailing address matching Ounce of Prevention/Chicago (although as a Delaware Org)

Oz of Preventn Fund (IL EIN#363186328) FYr2014 Schedule R showing ONE is "First Five Years Fund, LLC" Click to see full-size

Oz of Preventn Fund (IL EIN#363186328) FYr2014 Schedule R showing ONE is “First Five Years Fund, LLC” Click to see full-size (which version doesn’t have the red stars) — FFYF shown to have $8M Income and $5.7M Assets…

(All this is a fast-review of some research I did earlier, curious about FFYF.org; the annotated images were saved in a folder; I’m pulling them out again for illustration of what can be involved IF one is looking for the true sources of revenue behind a program, where the website advertising the programming is NOT too inclined to reveal exactly which major corporate clout is behind it.  In this case, the push is for policy regarding PUBLIC institutions, interacting children up to the age of five).

Ounce of Prevention Fund itself is now (or at last look) a $65M assets Form 990-filer, however, a look inside one of its major funders (which I probably discovered off-990 as this usually wouldn’t be revealed) was Buffett Early Childhood Fund, itself a Form-990PF filer.

Ounce of Prevention Fund annotated search results (by org. name) at Form990finder shows the largest is in IllinoisOunce of Prevention Fund annotated search results

    (by org. name) at Form990finder shows the largest is in Illinois

So, who funds Buffett Early Childhood Fund (which itself files a Form 990PF?)  I uploaded the images from its Schedule B, you’ll see a “Sherwood Foundation” (connected to Susan Buffett; look at the amounts and annotations I did a few months ago…)

This is NOT from inside Oz of Preventn Fund, but (with my annotations) form inside Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Click to read details and see that in Fy2014, over $7M noncash in the form of Berkshire Hathaway Shares, was donated to Oz of Preventn, which was about half the total grants. Notice who else is funded? FPGI (Frank Porter Graham Institute in NC, which has whole segments on "Educare"). Guess a lot of gifts go a long ways. Next question: does the FPGI file tax returns? Answer: I think NOT, because it's part of a very large public university (!!)

This is NOT from inside Oz of Preventn Fund, but (with my annotations) form inside Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Click to read details and see that in Fy2014, over $7M noncash in the form of Berkshire Hathaway Shares, was donated to Oz of Preventn, which was about half the total grants. Notice who else is funded? FPG CDI (Frank Porter Graham Institute on Child Development in NC, which has whole segments on “Educare” and ELN (“Educare Learning Network”). Guess a lot of gifts go a long ways to affecting federal policy towards our very young children, nationwide. Next question: does the FPG-CDI file tax returns? Could you track what it did with these non-cash assets? Answer: I think NOT (as to filing as a 501©3; it’s part of a large public university.  Could you track its finances? Not easily (!!)

SchedB Yr2014 to (Buffet-controlled) Early Childhood Fund showing Excess Contributions from The Sherwood Foundation. Please read the annotations which summarize some of the issues here.

SchedB Yr2014 to (Buffet-controlled) Early Childhood Fund showing Excess Contributions from The Sherwood Foundation. Please read the annotations which summarize some of the issues here.


 

Sound like a circular maze yet?

 

In addition to all this, as part of government services (federal agencies and state) there are also two basic kinds of universities in place here:  again, (1) public (state-supported) or (2) private.  As with corporations, under private universities, they come in the IRS designation (not really a does it profit or not? designation, but a tax-status; how they must file returns, and, as a consequence, what taxes must be paid ON the profits) for-profit or non-profit.   The thing with universities is that they tend to be so large, tracking specific funding of specific programs based on the cause, gets harder, regardless of the type of university.

Other than that I’d better figure out how to process the sense of betrayal and, I admit at times, hopelessness I feel in confirming my suspicions that as early as the 1980s and 1990s (that is BEFORE welfare reform of 1996 and BEFORE the passage of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act) legislation was in place to dominate and control the subject matter of violence against women, domestic violence, the funding available to Battered Women’s Shelters (when immediate flight seems the best or temporarily only alternative) vs. the funding available pushing women to stay married, and punishing them for attempting to raise their children NOT married or NOT with co-habiting biological fathers — and when it’s not safe, make personal, individual choices to stay away from those fathers after having left for reasons of personal safety.
Domestic violence organization leaders, employees, child welfare workers, HHS employees and others may already know this material on the CFDA#S involving their field (I doubt they know about the condition of the TAGGS.hhs.gov database exclusion of searching on certain DV0-related CFDAs).  No doubt they know about each other and which organizations are in the network, and probably (many of the staff involved, or boards of directors) about also the authorizing legislation — after all, many of these organizations have lawyers on staff or on their boards.


However, I am writing for the “layperson” who may think that this is none of his/her business, but is concerned about the subject matter these organizations are supposed to be addressing, and service delivery. Or, people just in general concerned about where their tax receipts and all the other kinds of receipts collected by federal, state and local governments by virtue of their living, working, renting, driving, marrying, divorcing, sometimes filing court actions, paying or receiving child support, are going.


I am also writing so that the first category of people (DV leaders, etc.), if they stray across this site, may see on-line the response of “laypersons” on learning what was done in the past, without their full, or fully-informed participation and consent, to negatively affect their prospects for safety — in the name of safety — and solvency — in the name of public welfare (i.e., under PRWORA particularly) a generation or two ago, and which is now supposed to be acceptable simply because it’s traditional practice.  So they may know that “business as usual” may not be “business as usual” forever, and that at least one blogger living in California, USA has noticed  (as I assume also have some of my now over 1,000 followers, and a few faithful re-bloggers to other countries).


And that perhaps they might pay better attention to their own ethical filing of tax returns, maintaining legitimate IRS and Corporate status in EVERY state, and from now on, when “helping” domestic violence victims seeking help, when they are women with children — let them know about the HMRF funding and other things they WILL be up against in custody court.


Unless someone has the political guts to simply stop the HMRF funding (long overdue) and “drain the swamp” — meaning the REAL swamp soaking up federal receipts without corresponding accountability  THROUGHOUT — and that’s the nonprofit sector; the “Private” partner in our so-famous “Public/Private Partnerships” and collaborations!


I’m also writing for people who by virtue of living in the United States are everyday interacting with people (of all ages) who’ve been crunched through the system, before, during, or after being crunched, MANY of them, through one or more forms of personal, intimate or “domestic” partner or family violence.  In looking at service delivery to protect the population who lives here from, basically, each other, we ought to know how to look at federal, state, county, and even more local finances, and which influential local organizations (for profit or not for profit), with their employees, might just be on the take — receiving grants, or ongoing revenue/income streams — from the federal agencies.  Particularly the largest grant-making agency here, HHS.

We ought to become (ALL) more fluent on the basics of these matters.  I had no training courses, I am only self-taught (you’d be surprised how far that can go over time, with motivation and practice), and from my own connections with other people who have been “custody-case-churned,” or dealing with relatives or neighbors who were “custody-case-churned,” I feel it’s safe to say, most don’t take time to look at these things.

It is, after all, still time-consuming and a form of work without immediate gratification; and vocabulary, concepts, or even websites that are new, do require exposure, attention and exercising (practice) time before mastering some of the basics.   Understanding seems to be that way.   So… that’s my excuse for dragging people (as I went myself) again through who or what is “CFDA,” why I’m so interested in this TAGGS.hhs.gov database as the only primary visible record of grantees administered by HHS, and in particular, why there should be one set of funding for Domestic Violence Prevention (under the first three, maybe four CFDAs in the title) and another one, with a different and countering focus — and much larger — under the fifth CFDA in the title with a focus on Minority Males ONLY.   What about minority “females”?

I already knew, and I think the word may be gradually getting out (though not through the DV Coalitions, National Domestic VIolence Hotlines, or DELTA, etc. leadership, that’s for sure…) that there exist certain grants streams promoting fathers’ rights in custody, child welfare and when it comes to post-domestic violence filings, to insist ongoing contact and services to retain that contact with their children who likely have witnessed the violence, been affected by it, and possibly direct victims of it, under the themes of Access and Visitation (administered under HHS/ACF/OCSE – Child Support Enforcement), which supports professions incentivizing custody outcomes towards fathers, AND that there actually exist HMRF funding administered under HHS/ACF/OFA under Title IV-A (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a.k.a. “TANF.”).

See next two images (and captions).  I was also stunned to realize that an individual working for a nonprofit I blogged, and warned should be taken seriously and made a note of — the “National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices” (“NGA/CGC”) with its Corporate Fellows list (enabling direct donation and connection to state governors in a way normal citizens would be hard put to get, THROUGH DONATIONS), and how very many of those were into the pharmaceutical arena (though by no means limited to that arena).

I also posted on NGA for the presentations to governors as far back as 1994 promoting “responsible fatherhood” and “fatherhood initiatives” as a cause (and again, in 1999 on “Disconnected Dads” and featuring the “Family Impact Seminars.”  I DNR all the details at this moment, but bet that some of this is on the sidebar to this blog.  So take a look:

 

click for full-sized, although this is simply a home page under "ABOUT" at HHS/ACF/OFA referencing the programs, including the "HMRF" ones as well as TANF, it administers.

click for full-sized, although this is basically a home page under “ABOUT” at HHS/ACF/OFA referencing the programs, including the “HMRF” ones as well as TANF, it administers. And the arrows showing the hierarchy.

 

CLICK HERE to read the text and annotations. I was a little shocked to read this just today (2017), but given the situation, it makes sense why the last few years have maintained such oppression of battered and separated mothers when it comest o custody and just basic survival as human beings after standing up to abuse (theirs, or their kids')

CLICK HERE to read the text and annotations. I was a little shocked to read this just today (2017), but given the situation, it makes sense why the last few years have maintained such oppression of battered and separated mothers when it comes to custody and just basic survival as human beings after standing up to abuse (theirs, or their kids’)

In studying this further, I was taken back to the authorizing legislation, which dates to 1984 (Family Violence Services and Prevention Act) and its several changes over the year, until the situation we have now has been baked into public law.

To discover that parallel to this and starting around the same time( mid-1980s), the OMH (Office of Minority Health) was created and about 5 years later, in 1991, the Operating Division of ACF (Administration for Children and Families), and that isn’t (or at least the grants I saw administered under it weren’t) even handled by an “Operating” Division, but instead under an Administration one (Assistant Secretary of Health, such that the OpDiv/Program Office reading of those 93910 grants is OASH/OMH). (I can’t find that footer but here’s the organizational chart — Office of the Secretary on the left column, and “OpDivs” starting with Administration for Children and Families, on the right (see image with organizational chart below).

 

 

(no attached pdf this is so easy to find on main HHS.gov website) under OASH, showing (partial image) Office of Minority (and Women's, next to it) Health. There are more offices not shown in the image.

(no attached pdf this is so easy to find on main HHS.gov website) under OASH, showing (partial image) Office of Minority (and Women’s, next to it) Health. There are more offices not shown in the image.




AFTER discovering and looking closer at the largest grantee under 93910, and looking at briefly at the origins of the OMH (posted on HHS.gov website regarding it), I went back to CFDA.gov and recognized that the category 93910 itself — not just that particular grant — had the word “Males” in it.


A “CFDA#” is a number assigned under the “Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.”

CFDA.gov has a pie chart (see image) showing, by top five “issuers” (Federal Departments) showing by percentages. In my posts I have been improperly calling these “Categories” of FDA, but having in looking for a full list of CFDAs on this site, I am reminded that the “C” refers to “Catalog” (a specific listing) and not “Category” which is a more general term.  Mea culpa (sorry!) — and here’s that image as of 2017 (I’ve also posted it years ago on this blog).

 

Image from CFDA.gov

Image from CFDA.gov

CFDAs also have names, and, this blog also posts links to better make the connections, those names are often associated with specific sections under legislated authorization/appropriation by Congress, through respective agencies (Here, I’m dealing with HHS mostly), so a visualization of the impact of that legislation must include a look at (minimum) the grants and grantees involved in it.  You cannot judge an organization — or a grant — just by its individual title, or by its individual award number (unless you’re a genius, and working with or for HHS and know what their numbering systems signify).One of the most coherent ways to comprehend — if any way exists — would be to run reports selecting on specific CFDA#s, to get a perspective.  Then the grantees can be looked at. Unfortunately, as TAGGS.HHS.GOV is now sort of re-surfaced (the user interface changed within the last year, or less) as it gets more and more flexible on search results, it’s imposed more limitations making some kinds of searches simply impossible.  I need to write HHS, find out who’s in charge of this fiasco (or contracted out for it, if it’s a new entity), and why they can’t get it right for the sake of the American public. Or is it just a “won’t” get it right?

For example, here’s evidence you just cannot do an Advanced search on CFDA 93591 OR 93591 at this database — there’s nowhere to key it in, and it’s not on the list (in numerical order). I’ve considered options such as — a CFDA won’t display unless the year, or issuing Program Office/OpDiv is checked under which funds were assigned — but that would require the average person to be a database AND HHS mind-reader to navigate.  IF the data exists in the field “CFDA#” then a list of CFDA#s should show then all, and let us figure out which ones are important!  (Take a few minutes with the next image to see, please): The second image shows “MIA” option to search for CFDA 93671, which is by title “Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grants to States and Indian Tribes,”

 

The annotations are explaining the quandary it puts public inquiry in, should someone actually know a CFDA# and have a need to search grants issued under it -- when it doesn't show up..

The annotations are explaining the quandary it puts public inquiry in, should someone actually know a CFDA# and have a need to search grants issued under it — when it doesn’t show up..CLICK TO READ

 

Click here to view full-sized (this is TAGGS AdvSearch fields, with CFDA scrolled to show a missing CFDA#93671

Click here to view full-sized (this is TAGGS AdvSearch fields, with CFDA scrolled to show a missing CFDA#93671

SO – if money was authorized for, say, a National Domestic Violence Hotline (and a version of the FVPSA does specify $3,500,000 a year for this), which tells victims to go call those on the DV Network ,including Statewide Coalitions (and their subgrantees), than that same hotline might also be DE_railing awareness of funding outside the “DV” field under “Violence Prevention” and funding to organizations from which a typical battered woman might NOT get help (particularly after the custody battles begin…), but a typical man, including a batterer, or a father not a batterer, MIGHT get help, including free legal help.

Or, under the same FVPSA of 1984 (2010 re-authorization I’m quoting here), $6,000,000 a year is to go to “Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances” (“DELTA” it seems to have been called), and those groups refuse to take into account feedback from women survivors on the programming (after all, can such women pay them?  Are these women still “warm bodies” for the 501©3 programs, or “Poster Child” spokespersons who could be carted around, pulled out for conference testimony, or whose stories could be electronically related for the pathos and to cite the hero organizations, to keep the funds coming — while continuing the silence on the gender-bias and demographic bias (i.e., single-parent vs. re/married) inherent in TANF-based HMRF funding?

And when these other, well-funded, or well-heeled programs are aimed at professionals in social services systems with which women may have to interact, and those professionals have already been “groomed” into male-accomodation, or in this cases “minority-male” accommodations vis a vis mothers of children …. when those funds come from a public source, should not the public know about it?

 

Image from CFDA.gov

Image from CFDA.gov

This post title with shortlink:

Understand Statewide “CADV” Funding (CFDAs 93591, 93592, 93671, and 93136 grants to Statewide Orgs) But Also Check Out “Family and Community Violence Prevention” (93910) in all its Male/Minority-focused Wealth (Over $99M to One Recipient under ONE Principal Investigator, Spanning 10 years) and Glory (started 2/28/2017, case-sensitive short-link ends “-62M”)

The phrase ASH/OMH-endorsed Glory is in here only because of a specific grants category (CFDA# 93910) and under it, a gloriously large (and almost) continuously “non-competing continuation”  award administered under ASH/OMH which has been running, apparently, since before welfare reform, parallel and pulling in a different direction from HHS funding to the domestic violence statewide coalitions which over time I have come to understand are operating basically as a sort of “DV cartel.”

SAMPLE QUOTE FROM THIS POST (YellowBackground):

I’ll show this in context again below, but click on the image caption to see full-sized, that the second column labels the “OpDiv” (HHS Operating Division) ASH/OMH.  Routing violence prevention/ male-focused project funding through here as opposed to the standard routes seems a little devious; people aware of the PRWORA-appropriated CFDA 93086 (“Healthy marriage/Responsible Fatherhood”) [that capitalization is how it reads at TAGGS.hhs.gov] category otherwise would expect more of the father-centric and “Minority Male Violence Prevention” programming to be coming like that programming, through the HHS OpDiv “Administration for Children and Families” (“ACF”), and supporting the organizations that promote supervised visitation, batterers’ intervention, etc. –  as well as the ones promoting marriage and relationship education (“HMRF” or Healthy Marriage/ResponsibleFatherhood-style programming).    I was aware that the topic could be handled under many different categories (CFDAs) but was still surprised to see the difference in amounts funded under it.

 

Searching CFDA 93910 "Family and Community Violence" (all yrs, no name-search on recipients) shows surprising results for Central State Univ in OH, under Laxley W. (or is it R.?) Rodney, Ed.D. and via Program Office ASH/OMH...

Searching CFDA 93910 “Family and Community Violence” (all yrs, no name-search on recipients) shows surprising results for Central State Univ in OH, under Laxley W. (or is it R.?) Rodney, Ed.D. and via Program Office ASH/OMH..URL to repeat the search is on image.. [Error– the top blue rectangle on image mistakenly says “OSU” for “CSU” (Central State). The recipient is clearly shown on the same table, it was just an oversight…]

<==As you can see (click the link under colorfully-annotated image with an oval at top-left corner, captioned “Searching CFDA 93910…” to read full-sized) multi-million-dollar grants (most over $10M) were received in 1995, -96, -97, -98, -99, 2000, 2001, -02 (not -03), -04, and 2005.  In fact, two $17M ones on the same day (with a similar but not identical grant#), and among the others, at least two entries with money — but without a DUNS# (defeating a search by DUNS# for a reliable total), and other what I’d have to call (and you should too…) “Anomalies.”ALL of those awards to this entity (Central State University) (regardless of similar but not identical numbers to Grant D67MP94001 on some of them*) are titled “A Series of HBCU Models to Reduce Minority Male Violence” and THE smallest one is $7,400,000.  (HBCU = Historically Black Colleges and Universities)“DV CARTEL”– COORDINATED CONTROL for Public/Private PrivilegesI use the term “DV Cartel” in part from having looked at the financing, the missing elements in their overall rhetoric; the silence on the things I then had to blog as, obviously, these HHS-supported state-wide DV coalitions and some of their larger “special issue resource center” brothers and sisters (such as “Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Inc.”, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Inc. as recipients of, generally speaking, more types and larger “Preventing Violence” grants from HHS) are not about to … maybe the refusal to “out” other HHS fathers’-rights (whether or not under “minority” umbrella)-centric grants recipients while being themselves (some, major, others, not so major) recipients is in part what those payments are for — a “Coordinated Community Response” of “Silence on the Strategic public AND private and university-based (cf. FRPN.org at Temple University, Philadelphia, but co-directed with Jessica Pearson of Center for Policy Research, Inc. of (like NCADV) Denver) Funding of Fatherhood Researchers and Practitioners.”The fatherhood field was developing at least since the mid-1985s in the form of influential  nonprofits and at least the early 1990s, at the federal agency level and particularly also woven into programming under the category of “Children’s Rights.”  Among the results of ongoing demands for funding was the creation of a “field of practice” and of course, ongoing sponsorship (by the public and joined by private tax-exempt foundations, and validated/evaluated by nonprofits all along the way to justify (such as MDRC)) of that named field (“fatherhood”) and related ones (batterers intervention services / programming being a primary one, and along with it, supervised visitation).  This also has wound its way, as we can see, into anything “domestic violence” regardless of whether organizations may have all-female board members or not.My Purpose in blogging Action OHIO Coalition…NCADV… ODVN.org (also Ohio).. and This


I was hoping to get around to posting the Ohio IPV Collaborative (and the various key “players” (entities and non-entities posing as entities) involved), having already looked up most of them shown on the various websites, and found oddities, anomalies, things that are not what they are portrayed as, and more questions than answers in the whole deal:  WHY this particular setup?  WHY did it take so very many agencies, organizations and why so many logos in what is, bottom line, a free-hand-off to, apparently so far, a single LLC, LLP and (expired) Nonprofit owner, David Mandel and the ‘Safe and Together(™)” curriculum?

but this information surfaced as I was, in explaining the DV Coalitions and looking for the HHS grants to the same, under certain CFDA numbers as grants are categorized for all federal agencies, noticing both some language creep and the disappearance of significant CFDAs from the TAGGS.HHS.gov Advanced Search display list.  While some of these did show up on the “Basic Search Display” list I learned (just recently) that it appears NO YEARS BEFORE 2007 ARE SEARCHABLE (although TAGGS data in general goes back to at 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 under “Advanced.”  That situation is a mess, and that mess doesn’t seem to be accidental.


I feel that battered women and mothers, not to mention those dealing or associated with them, not to mention UNbattered women who might also be mothers, not to mention many others, are simply unaware of the existence and if so, of the funding, behavior, and most importantly FUNCTIONS of the statewide Domestic Violence Coalitions (Against DV of course).  Probably because most people who get around to showing an interest in the statewide domestic violence (anti-) coalitions tend to still see them as the good guys, although not always delivering “the goods,” (some exceptions, such as Survivors in Action” developed over time).

I think very few people actually understand them as I have come to -as collaborators and active participants in the deliberate dismissal and “failure-to-report” on the extent of opposition funding, that is on the role of HHS itself in sponsoring so much fatherhood rhetoric as the solution to “what ails us” socially — whether it’s crime, poverty, violence, juvenile deliquency, early promiscuity, or any other social condition that sociologists, demographers, and of course psychologists and psychiatrists (those in the mental/behavioral modification fields) might potentially study and report on.

That’s probably because of the post-poned gratification behind looking up and reading tax returns.  i don’t know what it would take to persuade people that this is a habit to develop and exercise REGULARLY, and encourage one’s social circles to also engage in.  I do.  I’ll talk to strangers in public places, do an “elevator speech” (abbreviated) and wrote this blog to start those conversations.

Or at least to inject awareness of this material at least as “excluded from conversations” on-line so that people who have experienced such censorship may recognize it AS censorship when they encounter this info.

I am very concerned about the level of corruption revealed public/private partnering within the State of Ohio throughout this century (and earlier), with the public part obviously involving not only state departments under the Executive Branch, but also (which comes up heavily in this post) public AND private universities.

I already knew that as to child welfare training, it reaches to UCBerkeley School of Social Welfare, which itself connects to the “social-sciencification” of the entire topic and discussions of domestic violence when it overlaps with child abuse or the family courts, in part because of the current (last I checked) Dean of the UCBerkeley School of Social Welfare, Jeffrey L. Edleson, having migrated (back) here from the University of Minnesota, partnering at times with the IDVAAC (Oliver Williams, Ph.D. et al.) in ensuring the man’s view of what is and is not DV is centralized, and at least SOME battered women’s (that it should be handled as criminal / felony instead of diversionary services and “treatments” based on hope and PR) is pretty much a thing of the past, and marginalized.  In addition, no question that AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) some of its originators/founders/early revered proponents (such as Meyer Elkin) also historically have had close connections to the same University, campus, and within it, School.




I see from “TAGGS.HHS.Gov” that a first round of HHS funding to organizations “Coalition Against Domestic Violence” has begun for this calendar year, altering a longstanding grant numbering system (noticeably absent reference to any “principal investigators”), and I also see that what was called* (in recent years and up through 2016) “Family Violence Services and Prevention,” which I blogged at least a few times in 2016, now has Award Number, CFDA#, and Award Titles, under “Injury Prevention and Control” and by way of a different Program Office and Operating Division of HHS.  (*Or at least, grants are now coming to organizations that formerly received the other type of grants in this form).  (See my recent post on “Progressive Language Creep” regarding domestic violence, over the years? The progression (or, re-gression)  can be seen in motion by watching the key organizations involved, and their funding…).

 

This looks more complex than it is. CLICK for annotations of this TAGGS (HHS) Awards Search for "CADV" recipients. Make a note of the "CFDA#" and "Program Office" columns pls. A sea-change in such funding has already happened, and it WILL affect battered women's (mother and non-mothers') prospects for safety after reporting abuse of selves or children.

This looks more complex than it is. CLICK for annotations of this TAGGS (HHS) Awards Search for “CADV” recipients. Make a note of the “CFDA#” and “Program Office” columns pls. A sea-change in such funding has already happened, and it WILL affect battered women’s (mother and non-mothers’) prospects for safety after reporting abuse of selves or children.

 

From the same search, another part of Page 1 (sorted by Award Action Date, most current on top) There's a TINYURL in each image for saved search specs (can enter direct into browser, need not navigate "TAGGS" website to get to it.

From the same search, another part of Page 1 (sorted by Award Action Date, most current on top) There’s a TINYURL in each image for saved search specs (can enter direct into browser, need not navigate “TAGGS” website to get to it.

I discovered this after scrolling through the entire drop-down menu at TAGGS.HHS.Gov looking for a sample under the prior CFDA codes (not shown, even when I had no year or any “select” (filter) marked.  Among these are (primarily, I think) 93591 (Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grant [*singular]  to State Domestic Violence Coalitions), 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants, 93671 (Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grants to States and Indian Tribes), ALL by way of ACF (Administration for Children Youth and Families) and now 93136 (Injury Prevention and Control Research and State and Community Based Programs)( by way of CDC/NCIPC – National Center(s) for Injury Prevention and Control).

PCADV being one of the larger recipients, you can see all of those CFDA#s (sort by any column) here, as well as on the top left (Report Title) andthat (from start of the database around 1995 until now, 2017 which these results represent)PCADV received $43M of the $201M of “Coalitions Against Domestic Violence”grants a search below revealed (see details on the images for a disclaimer — no way I could get at the full list without ability to key in those CFDA#s…),

 

Top Left Image from a PCADV HHS grants (all kinds, any ,ind) search at TAGGS.hhs.gov.

Top Left Image from a PCADV HHS grants (all kinds, any ,ind) search at TAGGS.hhs.gov.

To Add Insult to Injury Prevention & Services, How about parallel, decades-long CFDA 93910 (NONE of which went, apparently, to the DV Coalitions)

including over $99M to a single grantee with a single Principal Investigator, granted to a State University which, it turns out, has recently been put on notice for its poor finances by the Ohio State Board of Regents?  

(I’m taking a closer look at CSU because of these HHS grants, but here are just two indicator articles about the chosen favorite of whoever was allocating Family and Community Violence Prevention grants, CFDA 93910 over at HHS over the years…)

Dec. 11, 2015, article in Dayton Daily News  by Josh Sweigart (staff writer):

Central State president lives off campus in $485K country club home
Universities spend big on presidential housing, but some barely used for official functions.Central State University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond lives in a $485,000 house purchased for her last year in a Beavercreek Twp. subdivision located 10 miles from the Wilberforce campus.Central State continues to pay the mortgage on the house — totaling $51,600 a year — as the school is under fiscal watch and its students graduate with more debt **than any other four-year public school in the country.“They’re kicking students out for having financial aid problems and all that, but they’re spending $400K on a house for the president,” said CSU student Jamal Evette as he walked between classes.

**Student Debt for CSU article:

Central State Students carry most student debt in the Nation (Sep. 28, 2015 by Lance Lambert, Staff Writer (Dayton Daily News)Only about one in four Central State University students leave the school with a degree, and those who do graduate leave with something else: more than $39,000 in federal student loan debt — the highest amount in the country for a public four-year college.The U.S. Department of Education earlier this month unveiled the website collegescorecard.ed.gov, where students and parents can compare colleges based on several factors, including debt, what alumni earn and loan repayment rates. ….CSU alums struggleCentral State ranked close to the bottom in every Scorecard category, with only 20 percent of its graduates paying at least $1 of their student loan balance three years after graduation. That’s worse than the repayment rates of all local for-profit colleges.Meanwhile, six years out, about 70 percent of Central State’s alumni earn less than $25,000.  || Of the 10 public colleges with the highest levels of student debt, all are Historically Black Colleges and Universities. ….The data release comes as Ohio Auditor of the State David Yost has a team investigating CSU. The auditor released a report this month saying the university may be letting students take classes despite owing money for tuition and fees for a year or more — possibly allowing the school to get state funding for students who shouldn’t be there.

In addition, in April CSU’s financial health deteriorated to the point that it was the first university in the state to be placed on fiscal watch.

These are common themes, but what concerns me is, what kind of work product is likely to be coming from this source, and has been throughout the duration of these grants.  What’s really going on with the huge discrepancy in this grantee compared to all the others listed under the same CFDA#?


RE: CFDA 93136…to 93910

If that’s not enough “Family Violence/ Abuse/Injury Prevention (& “Services”)“-type CFDAs under Health and Human Services’ watchful eyesight (??or maybe not so watchful; keep reading), while looking for the above, I ran into a multi-million-dollar (EACH YEAR), multi-year CFDA 93910 (also does NOT display under CFDA Drop-down menus under “Advanced Search” at TAGGS), which stands for (or is at least labeled here) “Family and COMMUNITY Violence Prevention” Grantee.  How — Running the search of this CFDA# and sorting results Large to Small by Column Sum of Awards, I found a public university in Wilberforce Ohio) was getting $11M, $12M, $13M and $17M (MORE THAN ONE) grants, ALL under one Principal Investigator (whose name had three different forms over time at TAGGS), and who, look-ups showed, had a degree from West Carolina University, THIS University and before that, Jamaica, publishing along with probably his wife.  One had a doctorate in Education, the other in Psychology (“surprise, surprise”).  I realize that’s a mouthful, so here are some images….

 

Searching CFDA 93910 "Family and Community Violence" (all yrs, no name-search on recipients) shows surprising results for Central State Univ in OH, under Laxley W. (or is it R.?) Rodney, Ed.D. and via Program Office ASH/OMH...

Searching CFDA 93910 “Family and Community Violence” (all yrs, no name-search on recipients) shows surprising results for Central State Univ in OH, under Laxley W. (or is it R.?) Rodney, Ed.D. and via Program Office ASH/OMH..URL to repeat the search is on image..

<==As you can see (click the link under colorfully-annotated image with an oval at top-left corner, captioned “Searching CFDA 93910…” to read full-sized) multi-million-dollar grants (most over $10M) were received in 1995, -96, -97, -98, -99, 2000, 2001, -02 (not -03), -04, and 2005.  In fact, two $17M ones on the same day (with a similar but not identical grant#), and among the others, at least two entries with money — but without a DUNS# (defeating a search by DUNS# for a reliable total), and other what I’d have to call (and you should too…) “Anomalies.”

ALL of those awards to this entity (Central State University) (regardless of similar but not identical numbers to Grant D67MP94001 on some of them*) are titled “A Series of HBCU Models to Reduce Minority Male Violence” and The smallest one is $7,400,000.  (HBCU = Historically Black Colleges and Universities)

*Other variations of the same grant# are MPCMP940001 (<==Check it out, $17.3M, but Years two & 3, the CFDA# AND Principal Investigator changed, while grant number, title, and grantee stayed the same — but Years 2 & 3  amounts are “0”) three zeros instead of two) and 5MPCMP94001 (<==check it out; ANOTHER $17.3M, this time, no Principal Investigator Referenced; two zeroes but a preceding “5”). (In those results, I’d selected Column2 header “OpDiv” not “Program Office” as in the larger chart, but it could be run with both.  Program Office is under OpDiv organizationally.

When I ran just the grant “D67MP94001” (not the “close but not that close” numbers, the Search Results (tinuyrl ends in “hglpgf9”) confirmed that the earliest one pre-dates the TAGSS.HHS.Gov data (i.e., there is no “NEW” entry before the 1995 “Non-Competing Continuation” (see column “Award Action Type”)  for this), it also predates the passage of Welfare Reform (1996), and shows a total of $99M grants, more than DOUBLE all that PCADV ever received (during the same timespan reflected by this database).  Sorted by Action Award Date, we see a fourth styling of the same PI’s name (“Ph.D.” instead of “Dr.”).  Here’s the top of it (those search results)”

Those $99M should be added to the $17.3M and $17.3M more listed under “different, sort of” grant numbers just shown above, with links to “TAGGS” database showing them.  So basically here, we are talking around triple the funding of PCADV.  And focused on Minority Males at Historically Black Colleges and Universities….

 

Click to read full-sized. Also make a note of tinyurl.com/HGLPGF9 to re-run whole report showing $99M for a single grant (sort diff't columns to locate larger, and negative entries; I found a negative $880K entry...)

Click to read full-sized. Also make a note of tinyurl.com/HGLPGF9 to re-run whole report showing $99M for a single grant (sort diff’t columns to locate larger, and negative entries; I found a negative $880K entry…)

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(that file name a little odd but provides some identifiers, so I left it.  The PI’s last name is “Rodney” not “Laxley,” other sources show.)

Many things concern me about this level of grants to Central State University under this CFDA# and this particular individual, as well as what appears to be a regular co-author and possibly spouse, also graduate of Central State University in Ohio (which I just learned only became a University officially in 2004).

In addition, the connection of the spouse to a Texas “Prairie Valley A&M University” and its new (2002) College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology, not to mention “Texas Center for Juvenile Crime Prevention” in the context of publications like this — and funding like that — I think deserve more exploration (or from our leaders, “explanations!!”).

That probable family connection is seen from the co-authoring of articles (looking to be associated, probably, with the HHS grants funding) by two people with the same last name, and parallel curves (geographically) in their academic history, both working at the grantee university as of having written this article:

 

Pages 103-108 | Published online: 24 Mar 2010  [<==Published ON-LINE dates can be many years after WRITTEN dates…]

(Abstract from the above link):

A sample of 1,874 male undergraduates in 11 predominantly African American colleges and universities was surveyed to explore the effect of social support and family factors on feelings and past acts of violence. The health of the students’ interpersonal relationships in the family during adolescence, as well as *** the informational and emotional support from the students’ mothers and significant others, were [“was”] found to be significantly associated with feelings of violence and past acts of violence. Various strategies for reducing violence among African American men, including violence-prevention programs at the college level, for families, and for the community, are discussed. Changes in public- and private-sector programs to reduce and prevent violence in American communities are called for.


All of the authors are with Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where H. Elaine Rodney is an associate professor of psychology, H. Richard Tachia is a research associate, and Laxley W. Rodney is an associate professor of education.

 

*** sounds like some words are missing there, such as “the levels of” or the “availability” (or “kinds, quality” (etc.) OF….) otherwise it seems to read as though the support from their mothers was significantly associated with their feelings of violence and past acts of, definitely raising questions as to what is implied there…

H. Elaine Rodney, Ph.D. (same undergrad and graduate schools, both from West Indies before then), a C.V. dated 2007 shows part of her claim to fame seems to be the establishment (and running, 2002ff) of as “Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center” (part of gov’t or nonprofit) and “College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology” within a certain time period.

For better understanding of this CFDA 93910 series’ focus, please review H. Elaine Rodney PHd’s resume above, labeled 2/07.  It is over 10 pages long; it lists education, major accomplishments experience publications (mostly articles in publications), presentations, Grants-funded work including several that obviously refer to the grants series I am so concerned about, it references the Texas College and Center I talked about above, and if scanned carefully shows the primary co-authors were Laxley W. Rodney, Tachia (from above abstract), Rupier and a few others.  Link is above, here are four images and some quotes from it, (links to annotations in image captions).  I’m giving this much attention because the existence of this HHS funding stream and TAGGS’ identification of the grants is significant.  The filename (urls) are descriptive of the larger context here.

 

 

 

H.ElaineRodney CV 2007, Image #4 of ___, One grant claimed, not found at TAGGS, labeling inconsistent for PhD quality resume (See annotations)

H.ElaineRodney CV 2007, Image #4 of 4, One grant claimed, not found at TAGGS, labeling inconsistent for PhD quality resume (See annotations) (Next two Images below are for Laxley W Rodney’s CV)

This CV also names and places (by city) the family conferences in question and claims to be also involved with the grants referencing L.W. Rodney as the principal investigator:

First Annual Family and Community Violence Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA. October, 1995.

 

You can also see that there’s a major interest in MALES (none whatsoever references women, or uses the word “domestic violence” or “battering”), as well as “ACOA” (Adult Children of Alcoholics).

 

Rodney, H. E. Behavioral Differences among Male Adolescents With or Without Natural Fathers at Home. Presented at the Federal Conference on Strengthening the Role of Fathers in Families. Washington, DC. May, 1996.

“The Federal Conference on” (Conference title_______)” isn’t specific enough; someone with a PhD should have listed the federal agency/agencies sponsoring and by 2007 with all this academic background and publications, have understood how to enter line items into one’s own resume.  The resume shows someone clearly “in” on the funding streams, but at the same time, the labeling of the grants and the agencies they came from is inconsistent. After listing all the grants, it then lists the federal agencies involved in the grants.  There were also (a few, not many) private foundations involved, such as a Jack and Jill Foundation in Texas, and a “Citizens Scholarship” Foundation in Minneapolis.

 

 

 Principal Investigator, Laxley W. Rodney C.V. from Prairie Valley A&M University in Texas:
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(Images show academic history and that after the time at Wilberforce, ending about 2004, he was then down in Texas and a very few publications (Research Scholarship), not much account of what was done in the 1980s (a resume gap, but that’s understandable for older people), and that in 1969-70 he held some position with the Ministry of Education in Jamaica. The one-pager is undated, but its URL has a date “9-2-2008” which may refer to when it was uploaded and the latest date it might cover, i.e., it may be about 8 years old by now, or more…)

The second from Laxley W. Rodney’s Curriculum Vitae image brings up what the grants were likely about:

 

Research/Scholarship

Principal Investigator (1994-2005), Family and Community Violence Prevention (FCVP) Program which offered prevention activities through Family Life Centers operated at 45 Universities and colleges located in 17 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the U.S., Virgin Islands($71.0m.). Over a twenty-year period wrote winning grants and contracts (lead author and co-author) totaling approximately $93.0 million. Numerous publications, including the following …

 

I noticed one Journal was “Issue #1” started in 2006 from “CECP” and published by PRO-ED (international publisher, Shoal Creek, TX address) which I looked up, and (later) showing International Publishing locations Canada and South Africa, and a namechange, here:    And, “Service.”  The focus is on children and youth with or “At risk of” behavioral and mental health problems as well as “in conflict with” school, home, and juvenile justice systems:

Reclaiming Children and Youth: The Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Problems

This journal is published quarterly by PRO-ED, 8700 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Austin, TX 78757-6897. This unique journal brings powerful, practical solutions to the most pressing problems of troubled children and youth at risk. It presents leading-edge, research-validated strategies for use with young people in conflict with school, family, or community and reframes problems as opportunities for teaching pro-social behavior and values. Topical issues target timely subjects such as rage and aggression, courage for troubled girls, and teaching resilience and responsibility.

Subscription information is available on the PRO-ED website, (http://www.proedinc.com), or by calling (800) 897-3202.

SEE ALSO, later in its publication history by CYC-net, which can be ordered through an address in Lennox South Dakota, but is published, as I said, by a nonprofit with offices on two different continents, and board of governors including two from the US (One, from SoCal in fact)…

RCY

The logo is the link, but just in case, it’s also http://www.cyc-net.org/Journals/rcy/

As from Volume 9 Number 1 the journal changed its subtitle from “Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Problems” to “The Journal of Strength-based Interventions”.

Reclaiming Children and Youth is published quarterly and is a product of Circle of Courage – Starr Commonwealth, LLC. ISSN 1089-5701

This journal’s mission is to network those involved with reclaiming children and youth in conflict with family, school and community: To reclaim is to recognize the worth of what has been devalued, to restore and empower in environments of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.


[Bottom of the page footer reads]

THE INTERNATIONAL CHILD AND YOUTH CARE NETWORK (CYC-Net)
Registered Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organisation in the Republic of South Africa (031-323-NPO, PBO 930015296)
P.O. Box 23199, Claremont 7735, Cape Town, South Africa
207 L’ile de Belair, Rosemere, Quebec, J7A 1A8, Canada
Board of Governors  •  Constitution  •  Funding  •  Site content and usage  •  Privacy Policy   •   Contact us

A USA_based 501©3 exists to help with the organization, it says under “Funding”:

The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-NET) also receives donations through the CYC-Net International Education Fund (USA). Money from this fund is used to support CYC-Net international education in making available CYC resources as well as supporting networking and CYC training worldwide. Donations* received from inside the USA qualify under the 501(c)(3) non-profit tax code and may be deducted from federal income taxes depending on your personal tax situation. Donors in the USA will receive a letter acknowledging their donation.

CYC-Net is often described as the most valuable child and youth care resource in the world. It serves thousands of unique users every year and has hundreds of thousands of page views each year.

CYC-Net is unique. It is the coming together of people, ideas and critical thought from the broadest possible spectrum in the child and youth care field. It’s a place to share, a place to hang out, a place to meet, a place to share, and a place to learn.

One of the pillars on which CYC-Net was founded is that it is provided as open access to the end-user. (etc.)

For what it’s worth Laxley W. Rodney, Ph.D. and Principal Investigator of these HHS Grants (the one with the funny name and the one under which most distributions occurred) had contributed by, apparently around 2008, to a short article co-authored with someone else, in that journal which had just started up in 2006. Meanwhile, the rest of the resume talks about six national conferences taking place 1995 – 2004, but they are not identified by their name.

Service

Coordinated the execution of six national conference on family and community violence prevention (1994-2004), made several presentations at national and international professional conferences; served as guest editor for three national journals, served as peer reviewer for a national journal; currently serving on department and college committees.

Front-loading what I’ve learned so far might just overload this post, so I’m moving it off for another day, with a few more footprints on that path, here below:

EXPLAIN THIS, please! HHS CFDA 93610, Family and Community Violence Prevention, $99M (Plus-) to Central State U (Ohio) under ONE P.I. since 1995? Dwarfs $43M to PCADV, one of the older and larger Coalitions Against Domestic Violence in the country. (short-link ends -62d, post started 2-26-2017, will become accurately active when published)….”This post explores the grantee institution and a relationship between the grantee and another college in Texas.  The concept includes HBCU models, as well as “Anomalies” on the TAGGS. database itself.”

Not the PI, but a frequent co-author with the same last name, academic (masters, PhD) history and probably spousal relationship, had a C.V. which provided a clue as to the wild acceptance of this form of “Family and Community Violence Prevention” through a connection to Prairie Valley A&M University — in Texas, which has started up a “College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology.”  Its organizational Chart 2015-2016 has many “TBA” positions still….You can also see that this “College” is directly under President, Dean, and a single Ph.D., Dean and “ExecVP of the TCJPC (double check that acronym from the chart!)  Tamara L. Brown.  (This version heavily annotated as I looked up one of the Faculty Members on the Organization Chart):

 

TX "Prairie Valley A&M College for Juvenile Justice & Psychology" org. chart (see also the 93910 TAGGS funding to an Ohio State Unversity (PI's relative or possibly spouse cites the TxCJPC

TX “Prairie Valley A&M College for Juvenile Justice & Psychology” org. chart (see also the 93910 TAGGS funding to an Ohio State Unversity (PI’s relative or possibly spouse cites the TxCJPC

The Texas University’s website also helpfully references a “Read House Bill 1118 Section 70″ (and quotes it– but provides no direct link! and then links to “Texas Legislature On-Line”) as background for the creation of the center, I think… Year, 2002.

 

Logo nestles the College of Juvenile Justice & Pscyhology" inbetween outer ring (the University) and Inner logo, "Texas JCPC" -- whatever that is (!)

Logo nestles the College of Juvenile Justice & Pscyhology” inbetween outer ring (the University) and Inner logo, “Texas JCPC” — whatever that is (!)

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Current listed “Faculty & Staff” for this “Center” as shown:

Select a Department to view its Faculty and Staff along with their  Research Interests:

Department of Psychology

Department of Justice Studies

Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center

These CFDA 93910 grants thus obviously dwarf what was provided ANY statewide coalition under any single grant, it would seem, even PCADV).  Repeat the search with this TINYURL or look for it on  the above annotated image.  There are other recipients — but the next closest grant size shown is ½ million ($500K).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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