$56M in Covid relief money for Guam still waiting to be used

The government of Guam had a total of $56 million in pandemic relief funds that remained unused as of Nov. 30, according to the Office of Public Accountability.

The unexpended funds included a balance of $44.4 million out of the $117.9 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) from the CARES Act to provide relief to workers, families, small businesses and other levels of government.

In addition, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs awarded Guam $12 million in Technical Assistance Program grant to prepare, prevent, and respond to Covid-19. This grant has not been expended, OPA said.

GovGuam has expended $74 million of the CRF and the deadline to spend the remaining $44.4 million has been extended to Dec. 31, 2021 through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which President Donald Trump signed on Dec. 27, 2020.

"Of the GovGuam entities that expended more than $100,000 in CRF, $44 million was spent on miscellaneous; $14.5 million payment for salaries, wages, and benefits; and $13.5 million on contractual services.

Details of other federal assistance related to the Covid pandemic are summed up in a DOI report .

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