by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The U.S. Government Accountability Office will be on Guam next week as the investigative arm of Congress conducts a study to evaluate the Compact impact funding the territory receives to offset costs of migration from the Freely Associated States. GAO representatives are set to meet with the Guam Memorial Hospital, the Bureau of Planning, as well as lawmakers during their three-day visit.
The Saipan Tribune reports that CNMI delegate Gregorio Killili Sablan and delegates from Guam and other states requested the study to assess the migrant population data, the impact reports and the federal response to the impact of immigration from Compact nations. The GAO expects to report out the findings later in the year.
Island leaders have been seeking additional Compact impact funding as the territory is owed hundreds of millions of dollars.