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Delegate Madeleine Bordallo, Guam’s nonvoting representative in Congress, said the inspector general’s report raises “significant issues” about MARAD’s infrastructure development programs, but she is glad the agency is working to address the issues.

“I appreciate that MARAD took a cautious approach and has addressed many issues with the infrastructure program as they implemented the Guam Port modernization effort,” she said. “MARAD, working with the Port Authority of Guam and other local leaders, is making significant progress on improving the port to support and sustain economic development and goods during the military build-up.”

MARAD was created in 1950 with a mission “to improve and strengthen the U.S. marine transportation system to meet the economic, environmental and security needs of the Nation,” according to the agency’s website.

The president’s budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year is requesting $365 million for MARAD. The office also oversaw more than $100 million in Recovery Act funds to help improve the nation’s infrastructure and create jobs. It also receives some money from its fellow federal agencies.

“To date, MARAD has received over $263 million in federal funding for port infrastructure development projects from agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration,” the inspector general noted.