In a letter received yesterday from the US Department of Interior, an award of $207,743 was granted to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on behalf of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) to modernize its facilities.
“We understand the importance of the Medical Examiner’s Office and the services it provides to our island,” said Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho. “When we toured the OCME facilities earlier this year, the Post Mortem Commission realized that upgrading the equipment and tools could help attract a permanent Medical Examiner.”
Although the OCME is not organizationally part of the OAG, the OAG’s Grant Section applied for the maintenance grant less than a month after the Commission toured the facilities in February. Attorney General Camacho is the chair for the Post Mortem Commission, which oversees the OCME.
In a separate grant, the OAG secured $375,000 for a Digital Archiving System that will preserve historical records and convert digitized and paper records into a keyword searchable site accessible to the public. The archive system will include attorney general opinions, legal memoranda, and declassified records that begin in the mid- 1940s when the Attorney General’s Office was under Naval Government jurisdiction.
Members of the Post Mortem Commission Tour the Office of the Medical Examiner Facility on February 06, 2019.