GDOE could be affected by shutdown

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Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

Guam – Now that the federal government is in a shutdown, what does this mean for federally sourced programs, particularly the ones in our public schools?

Guam Department of Education Spokesperson Isa Baza tells PNC we might not feel the effects of the shutdown—at least not right away.

“There will not be a major impact on current funding to Guam DOE if this is a short-term shutdown (a week or two). However, there could be a greater impact if the shutdown is prolonged,” Baza writes to PNC.

Baza explains there is a process for federal reimbursement such as the Consolidated Grant programs which pays for personnel or food services. In these scenarios, GDOE encumbers the expense and is reimbursed by the federal government shortly after.

“In the case where we cannot draw down funds for an extended period, then we would have issues sustaining operations and would have to consider measures to stop services,” Baza writes.

Assuming the government shutdown does last beyond two weeks; application for some grants would be affected.

Formal communication with GDOE’s federal counterparts would also cease.

“Typically, what happens is that we are able to fund operations with federal funds that have already been drawn down. If not drawn down, our inability to access the G5 system will delay that funding availability,” Baza adds.

However, she does note that no employees have been furloughed.  In the meantime, GDOE, like the rest of the government agencies affected, will just have to sit and wait out the shutdown.