Guam – The Office of the Attorney General will receive around $580,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Interior to support its digital archiving system and to modernize the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).
The OAG received the letter from DOI on Wednesday.
According to DOI, the OAG has secured two grants, including a $207,743 grant for the OCME upgrades.
“We understand the importance of the Medical Examiner’s Office and the services it provides to our island,” said Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho.
“When we toured the OCME facilities earlier this year, the Post Mortem Commission realized that upgrading the equipment and tools could help attract a permanent Medical Examiner,” Camacho added.
The OAG’s grant section applied for the maintenance grant less than a month after the Commission toured the facilities in February.
Camacho is the chair for the Post Mortem Commission, which oversees the OCME.
In a separate grant, the OAG secured $375,000 for a digital archiving system that will preserve historical records and convert digitized and paper records into a keyword searchable site accessible to the public.
The archive system will include attorney general opinions, legal memoranda, and declassified records that begin in the mid 1940’s when the Attorney General’s Office was under Naval Government jurisdiction.