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USDOE extends deadline for stimulus funds

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - It's good news for the Department of Education as USDOE has approved a deadline extension to obligate $60 million in stimulus funds. The previous deadline to obligate the funds was set for September 30, 2012. This is the second time DOE has requested for more time.

According to the release, this is DOE's last chance to spend the funds for capital improvement projects for our island's schools, as he will not make any more extension requests to USDOE on behalf of the local counterpart.

The new deadline is set for September 30, 2013 and comes with conditions:

  • By October 15, 2012, Guam must provide USDOE with the amount of funds obligated as of September 30
  • On the 15th of each succeeding month, Guam will provide USDOE with a report on the progress in obligating funds and completing the relevant projects
  • Guam will not oppose any steps by USDOE to recover trust account funds not obligated by September 30, 2013
  • Guam will not oppose any steps by USDOE to rescind approval of the extension to recover funds Guam fails to provide the required reports by the dates noted, or does not make adequate progress in completing the capital improvement and technology projects

In response to the deadline extension, governor's education advisor Vince Leon Guerrero says he disapproves of chair of education Speaker Judi Won Pat's recently passed budget law to remove DOE from federal grant clearinghouse review. The bill, which was introduced by the speaker, did not receive a public hearing and "another example of bad legislation being enacted under the cover of darkness that has wide-ranging implications for children and families."

Leon Guerrero does state his confidence in DOE superintendent Jon Fernandez and the transparency he will bring to the agency.

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