Ken Paxton

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery Act)

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program - Southern Texas

Project Purpose: The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Program is a national network of 61 federal, state, and local task forces with the goal of addressing the continuing problem of online distribution of child pornography and online solicitation of minors. The OAG's Cybercrimes Unit supervises the ICAC Task Force for the Southern Region of Texas. The OAG received supplemental grant funding for expansion of existing ICAC Task Force activities and for OAG prosecutors and investigators to provide increased support to local law enforcement agencies to combat these problems.

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Compensation Formula Grant Program

Project Purpose: The OAG's Crime Victims' Compensation Program provides benefits to victims of violent crime in Texas who meet certain eligibility requirements according to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 56, Subchapter B. The OAG received a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Compensation Formula Grant, which provided an additional source of financing the payment of crime victim claims during FY 2009.

ARRA-related funding for Child Support Programs

Part of the funding for the OAG's Child Support Program comes from performance-related incentive payments received from the federal government. The ARRA temporarily allows states to receive a federal match on the expenditure of these incentive payments for the period of October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2010.

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement, ARRA quarterly reporting requirements do not apply to the temporary reinstatement of federal matching funds for Child Support Programs.


Fraud, Waste, and Abuse:

To report fraud, waste, or abuse related to the expenditure of state or federal funds, including American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, please visit the Texas State Auditor's Office website.