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Guam gets $1.5 million in federal funding for community programs

Staff writer |
Nearly $1.5 million in federal funding heads to Guam to support a number of priorities identified by Governor Eddie Calvo.

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That announcement was made by Department of Interior assistant secretary of insular areas Esther Kia'aina.

The funding under OIA's technical and maintenance assistance programs will be used for the renovation of the Guam Seal Historical Park, where the scene depicted in the Seal of Guam will be recreated as a three-dimensional, interactive and interpretive display.

The funds will also go to improving customs data management, training public auditors and violent crime prosecution investigators, and building capacity in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Living Seal Park Project: $273,054 to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, as "Keeper of the Seal" to renovate the Great Seal of Guam Park. This project will develop the park into an interactive, educational, historical landmark, which also falls along the Hagatna Walking Trail which provides an educational walking tour of the historic landmarks in Guam's capital city.

Customs Data Management System for Guam Ports of Entry: $626,000 to the Customs and Quarantine Agency of Guam for a new Customs Management System, critical to enhancing services, capturing vital data and increasing the level of security at Guam's ports of entry.

The information captured by this new system will be used by government agencies for strategic planning in the fields of education, health, social services, public safety, and infrastructure.

Guam's Center for Islands Sustainability: $335,156 will support the University of Guam's Center for Island Sustainability (CIS), considered the tip-of-the-spear for environmental sustainability dialogue in the region. The CIS was launched six years ago to focus research, policy-making, and action on the immediate needs of the region facing climate change.

Public Accountability: $76,000 to the Guam Office of Public Accountability in partnership with the Office of the Inspector General to train and provide internship opportunities for existing audit staff.

Sexual Assault Investigation Training: $51,050 to the Guam Office of the Attorney General for Sexual Assault Investigation Training for Law Enforcement. The project will train officers in the methods and technological strategies for dealing with violent crime perpetrators and their victims.

Support to Chief Medical Examiner: $71,808 to Guam's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for the acquisition of a reliable specialized vehicle to be used by the OCME for the transport of deceased persons from crime scenes; procurement of surgical tools for the Chief Medical Examiner to perform efficient autopsies; and purchase of office computer equipment and furniture.

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