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The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Transition Fund has now drawn the interest of Public Auditor BJ Cruz.

Cruz doing an apparent 180-degree turn. Just a week ago he told KUAM News no audit of the fund had been requested. Cruz also said the audit work schedule was already determined for this year. Now, Cruz says after reviewing KUAM news reports and the responses from Adelup, he's had a change of heart.

The public auditor said very few truly understand the statute on gubernatorial transitions, adding the law is very clear about what is supposed to happen with the balance of transition funds left after the inauguration.



"It's supposed to go back into the General Fund," Cruz said. "As you put it, 'SHALL' so I've discussed it with the staff and we will be doing an engagement letter to do the audit of the transition funds."

As reported on KUAM news, the Lou and Josh transition team raised and spent $666,000 - $250,000 of this coming after the inauguration. The funds were spent on renovations, furniture, carpets, computers - checks cut to the governor, her legal counsel Sofia Diaz, the Bank of Guam, Auto Spot, Johnny Cool and others.

Meanwhile, Vice Speaker Telena Nelson is the latest senator to question why the transition fund report wasn't submitted to the legislature 30 days after inauguration as mandated by law. Nelson is calling on Adelup to play by the rules.

"You should meet the requirements of the law - especially if you hold the highest office within our government," she said.



Adelup Press Secretary Krystal Paco told KUAM news the transition fund report would be submitted when the transition team report to the legislature is reconvened. Adelup Communications Director Janela Carrera added that transition funds are not subject to procurement laws.

Late today, KUAM received a statement from Adelup on the audit.

“We are pleased to hear that Public Auditor BJ Cruz will be performing an audit of the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Transition Fund," according to Adelup. "We remain committed to transparency and look forward to working with the Public Auditor throughout this process."

 

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