Statement on OIA Release of $14.9 million in Compact Impact Funding for Guam
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs releasing $14,906,671 in mandatory Compact impact funding to the Government of Guam. This is a $177,390 increase in mandatory funding from last year for costs associated with providing social services to migrants from the Freely Associated States residing on Guam. The Office of Insular Affairs announced that Compact impact funding to GovGuam for fiscal year 2018 will support the following:
· $6,661,550 for the Guam Department of Education’s School Leaseback Program. Started in fiscal year 2007, the program helps to finance, design, build, maintain, and leaseback four public school facilities: Liguan Elementary School; Adacao Elementary School; Astumbo Middle School; and Okkodo High School. Completed in 2008 and 2009, these schools have served Guam students since. Leaseback payments will be completed by 2023.
· $8,245,121 for GovGuam’s general operating expenses to reimburse costs associated with providing education, public health, and public safety-related services to Compact migrants.
Congresswoman Bordallo continues working to secure more federal Compact impact assistance for Guam and other affected jurisdictions. Earlier this year, she worked successfully with the House Appropriations Committee to maintain $3 million in discretionary Compact impact funding above the mandatory $30 million minimum, divided among Guam and other affected jurisdictions. She also has championed legislation that would increase annual mandatory funding from $30 million per year to the full $185 million per year recommended by the federal GAO watchdog.
She plans to reintroduce an expanded Compact Impact Relief Act to build off the success of her bill in the 114th Congress, which established a clear preference for US citizens by law over Compact migrants for federal housing assistance programs like Section 8 vouchers. The Congresswoman’s forthcoming Compact Impact Relief Act will include innovative policy solutions to address Compact impact and bring more federal money and resources to Guam and other affected jurisdictions.
"The Compacts are an important national security agreement between the U.S. and the Freely Associated States, but continue to cause significant fiscal challenges to local governments. I appreciate the funds released today by OIA Assistant Secretary Domenech for Guam’s share of Compact impact, which will be used for our public schools and to support day-to-day GovGuam operations. While these grants are helpful, the federal government must do more. I continue working in Congress to provide relief for Guam, and I am committed to bringing more federal money and resources to bear to alleviate the burdens the Compacts place on GovGuam’s resources."