by Mindy Aguon
Guam - An American Reinvestment and Recovery Act task force that was created by the Calvo Administration has been meeting regularly to ensure that GovGuam doesn't lose out on millions in federal funds. Governor's chief of staff Frank Arriola heads the task force and says the group has been coming up with timelines to encumber and liquidate all ARRA funding before the respective deadlines.
The task force has been following the progress of the $19 million awarded to the Guam Energy Office and Arriola says $8 million has already been obligated to retrofit public buildings with energy efficiency technologies while another $7 million will be obligated to GPA to implement such retrofitting before the end of the month.
Arriola says they continue to work with the Attorney General's Office on ARRA procurement matters to complete the process as quickly and responsibly as possible. An ARRA-funded special assistant AG will begin working next week with agencies and the administration on all ARRA matters.
The task force will meet again next week to get more updates and work on spending initiatives like federal highway funding and the proceeds from the Hotel Occupancy Tax Bond.