Guam - The Department of Education will be meeting with the Attorney General's Office this morning to discuss the draft request for proposal for the third-party fiduciary agent. Last November, the Guam Legislature passed a bill that would require the AG's Office to get involved with procurement projects totaling more than $500,000.
Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood says the AG knows the urgency of the RFP. Once given the okay, the document will go back to USDOE for its review.
In the meantime, the superintendent also heard back from USDOE early this morning who has assured her that they will work to expedite the review of the grant application. The department is hoping to get approval form USDOE to use carry-over funds until the consolidated grant is approved.
Just yesterday, the Governor's Office along with the Department of Administration said DOE will get over $7 million from property taxes to cover payroll for federally-funded employees to cover this week.
On Monday, DOE threatened to furlough 515 employees after officials weren't able to cover payroll vendors. For the last few months, the department has been forced to juggle around cash to cover operations, payroll and vendors.