The University of Guam has responded to Guam Cancer Care’s charge that the university has not been disbursing funds for the organization.
In a statement, UOG said that in fiscal year 2019, Guam Cancer Care received a grant award contract in the amount of $865,842 for direct services and that by entering into this contract, Guam Cancer Care agreed to comply with all applicable rules and regulations.
According to UOG, the Guam Cancer Trust Fund’s rules and regulations state that the university is not responsible for any expenses incurred by a grantee after the termination of an award. The contract expired on September 30, 2019.
However, UOG said the Guam Cancer Trust Fund Council extended the contract for an additional three-month period even though the contract already terminated on Dec. 31, 2019. UOG said it is not liable for any costs incurred by Guam Cancer Care which were incurred outside of its contract period.
The University of Guam and the Guam Cancer Trust Fund Council have been working to tighten administrative processes which include a more detailed review of applicants in accordance with an OPA audit released last December. According to UOG, all applications in this current cycle have been reviewed and awarded and the Guam Cancer Trust Fund Council has been working with Guam Cancer Care since November 2019 to address issues and concerns with its application which caused a delay in the award.
“The council approved Guam Cancer Care’s application in early February, but Guam Cancer Care has not agreed to the terms of the contract and insists that its contract be backdated to October 1, 2019,” UOG said in its statement.
The Guam Cancer Trust Fund Council is hopeful that Guam Cancer Care will accept the contract terms so funds can be released and to ensure direct services to their clients are not further delayed.
Over the last few months, the Guam Cancer Trust Fund Council has reviewed and approved applications and made awards totaling $1.7M to the American Cancer Society, Edward M. Calvo Foundation, and the Ayuda Foundation for direct service to cancer patients. (press release)