by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam Department of Education is using the entire six months it has been given to secure a third-party fiduciary agent it needs to receive the millions in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Deputy Superintendent of Finance Taling Taitano says after presenting third draft guidelines and conducting a conference call with USDOE, the agency is trying to get the request for proposal published by the end of this month.
Taitano adds DOE will be holding a pre-proposal conference for the companies interested.
Meanwhile, Taitano admits funding is becoming an even greater issue for the public school system, saying, "The problem that we're having right now is that we're having to use local funds to carry the consolidated grant expenditures until the third party is in place, and so cash is very tight. We're trying to work something out with BBMR and DOA to see if there's anything they can do to help make it easier in terms our cash requirements."
Taitano adds the interim agent; Chief Auditor Lester Kuykendall, will be providing an expenditure report for DOE's federal programs every 15th of the month until a permanent agent is secured. Taitano is hopeful an agent will be in place by March.