ON GUAM: FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE INQUIRY INTO BABAUTA
GUAM — Federal investigators are on Guam this week interviewing several island leaders in their probe of Department of the Interior assistant secretary for insular affairs Tony Babauta. A month after contacting him, University of Guam president Dr. Robert Underwood says the Inspector General's Office of DOI paid him a visit as part of the ongoing investigation into the federal official.
Underwood told KUAM News, "We had two agents who came in and they asked a series of questions and interviewed me and a couple of other staff members." And the investigation doesn't stop there, as the IG also made its way to Adelup interviewing Governor Eddie Calvo on Tuesday. "I was interviewed by the Inspector General's Office," the chief executive confirmed, "and of course at this time, these questions that were asked I'm not privy to give my answers. It's an ongoing investigation."
The Office of Inspector General is conducting an investigation into Babauta's travel as well as reviewing grants that were awarded by the Office of Insular Affairs. Babauta has since been placed on administrative leave. Over a million dollars of those grants were awarded to UOG, but as he's previously noted, the university itself it not under any kind of investigation.
"They asked questions about specific grants and we think we have the answers and we think it will hold the university up very well," continued Underwood. Underwood says the interview went on for over two hours in which investigators asked for certain documents and financial reports. He wasn't sure when the OIG would be leaving but had previously indicated they would be here for a week.