Guam – Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio has decided not to file a report with the governor today over what he previously called “shenanigans” of the former Guam State Clearing House Office. Clearing House Administrator Eric Palacios says they have already retrieved a lot of important information and now want to focus on getting the clearing house up and running again.
“At this point there is no public interest in pursuing that matter any further,” said Palacios. The Guam State Clearing House Administrator says they are instead focusing on getting the office fully operational.
As you may recall last week the new staff of the clearing house found that all of the computers had been wiped clean and some even had passwords installed preventing access. This meant the new clearing house staff had no way of tracking hundreds of millions of dollars worth of grants. After the news broke former clearing house administrator Roland Villaverde surfaced with his personal laptop which he claims contained all of the missing files and information. “I believe that we’ve obtained all of the information we possibly could from Mr. Willaverde all of which of course was stored on his personal electronic devices,” said Palacios.
In addition Palacios says the claims made by Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz that all the information needed could be found online, at the Department of Administration and at the Bureau of Budget Management and Research are not completely accurate. According to Palacios there have been agencies that have already come forward with information that was not on the website, DOA or BBMR. “A request for release of funds from GHURA that was submitted in December just last month and then another one was a request for extension by the Department of Public Health and Social Services for a grant that expires at the end of this month you see none of them would’ve been on the website at DOA or BBMR,” explained Palacios.
He says that the most recent information on the website was a grant filed in April of last year and DOA only keeps records of grants that have been awarded and processed into the system. BBMR’s records are also incomplete.
Palacios is still calling out to any agencies, or entities that have information about any pending, or awarded grants that are filed through the Guam State Clearing House to contact his office as soon as possible.