by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense is waiting for the Governor's Office to free-up some funds to pay off its interest debt owed to the vendors for the All-Hazards Warning Siren System. Homeland Security Administrator Chuck Ada tells KUAM News they received notification from the Guam Attorney General's Office that an agreement was made.
He adds that they are hoping to have the system in place by the end of the year, noting, "The unfortunate thing about it is we are 100% federally-funded; we can't use any of our federal funds to pay for this interest so we are coordinating with the Office of the Governor to identify some funding from the general fund to pay this debt and then we can move forward with our federal partners in utilizing federal funds for the installation."
The $2,000,000 siren system has been sitting in a warehouse, and homeland was not able to use them due to a procurement dispute dating as far back as 2006.