• The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority announces the following: GHURA achieved perhaps the highest
    honor of its 58-year history when independent auditor Deloitte and Touche rendered an unmodified (“clean”) opinion
    on both the housing authority’s FY2020 (a) Financial statements and (b) Compliance on three major federal programs.
    Since 2012, the housing authority had consistently received modified opinions on major federal programs but for the
    first full audit year under the current Leon Guerrero/Tenorio administration, it has finally received a clean opinion on
    compliance.

    “Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation to my entire team who worked so diligently to turn GHURA’s
    image around in just under 2 years. Receiving a clean opinion on both our financial statements and compliance is a
    huge achievement considering where GHURA was just a few years ago under a previous governing board. Our
    administration made a concerted effort to stack our fiscal team with even more talent to include 4 Certified Public
    Accountants, a Certified Government Financial Manager and a Certified Government Bookkeeper, all who worked
    diligently with staff to clean up our books. Our goal for FY21 is to become a low-risk auditee. I couldn’t ask for a better
    team to help us achieve the core mission of providing homes to thousands of Guamanians and building better
    communities.”, said GHURA Executive Director Ray Topasna.

    In response to repeated claims that the delay of GHURA’s FY19 audited financial statements adversely impacted the
    completion and issuance of GovGuam’s FY19 financial statements, Topasna stated: “GHURA is highly regulated by
    federal authorities and we met all deadlines set by our federal partners. We do not receive a penny from the general
    fund. That being the case, I’m not entirely convinced that GHURA’s financial statements played a part in delaying
    GovGuam’s issuance. If I am incorrect, someone please point the law out to me. The safety of my staff during an
    unprecedented pandemic will take precedence over GHURA meeting any local deadline which has zero impact to
    GovGuam’s budget projections. As well, only 3 of 4 quarters of the FY19 audit period fell under my oversight. The
    housing authority’s FY20 audited financial statements was issued on time. I also want to take this opportunity to dispel
    disinformation suggesting that GHURA was at risk of being placed under receivership. This was never the case.”, added
    Topasna.

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