Commission Meetings and Hearings
THE COMMISSION’S NEXT PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD APRIL 29, 2021
The Commission will hold its next open meeting on April 29, 2021, at 10:00 am. During this meeting the Commission expects to consider the following claims:
Issuance of Proposed Decisions in 74 claims under the Commission’s Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Program:
GUAM-0022, GUAM-0028, GUAM-0032, GUAM-0059, GUAM-0117, GUAM-0168, GUAM-0236, GUAM-0353, GUAM-0373, GUAM-0482, GUAM-0620, GUAM-0620A, GUAM-0633, GUAM-0635, GUAM-0679, GUAM-0704, GUAM-0711, GUAM-0764, GUAM-0849, GUAM-0901, GUAM-0999, GUAM-1017, GUAM-1022, GUAM-1032, GUAM-1072, GUAM-1073, GUAM-1141, GUAM-1141 A, GUAM-1141 B, GUAM-1179, GUAM-1384, GUAM-1499, GUAM-1520, GUAM-1610, GUAM-1633, GUAM-1752, GUAM-1823, GUAM-1942, GUAM-1997, GUAM-2506, GUAM-2598, GUAM-2728, GUAM-2751, GUAM-2752, GUAM-2758, GUAM-2943, GUAM-2987, GUAM-2991, GUAM-2992, GUAM-3011, GUAM-3059, GUAM-3142, GUAM-3168, GUAM-3221, GUAM-3253, GUAM-3280, GUAM-3363, GUAM-3419, GUAM-3425, GUAM-3432, GUAM-3438, GUAM-3457, GUAM-3491, GUAM-3527, GUAM-3564, GUAM-3569, GUAM-3571, GUAM-3632, GUAM-3676, GUAM-3734, GUAM-3746, GUAM-3789, GUAM-3794, GUAM-3795
Requests for information, or advance notices of intention to observe an open meeting, may be directed to: Patricia M. Hall, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guam Claims Program
STATUS OF ALL GUAM CLAIMS IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE ON OUR WEBSITE. If you want to check the status of your claim please click HERE. This is the most up to date information available. Please review the below information which will help you to understand the information provided in the table. Please note that the Commission is committed to the timely administration of the Guam Claims Program, and is very cognizant of the burdens that delays may impose on claimants in the program. However, the Commission must review and determine the validity of each of the claims it has received before it approves eligible claims for payment. Some claims are relatively straightforward and less time-intensive, whereas others may present complex issues that require extensive factual development or legal analysis.
1. If a Proposed Decision Date is not listed for your claim, that means that you claim has not yet been adjudicated by the Commission. While the Commission’s staff has begun to review and develop the claims for presentation to the Commission, we have adjudicated about 60% of the claims. During the claims development process, a member of the Commission's legal staff may contact a claimant if further information or evidence is needed. While the Commission cannot say at this time exactly when any individual claim will be reviewed, please be assured that we will work as expeditiously as possible to review each of the claims.
2. If a Proposed Decision Date is listed for your claim, but there is not a Final Decision Date or Date Certified to Treasury. This means that the Commission has issued a preliminary determination on your claim which you should have received by mail. Once a claim has been reviewed and it is determined that it is ready for presentation to the Commission, that claim will be scheduled for presentation during one of the Commission’s open meetings. During such meeting, the claim will be presented to the Commissioners by a member of the Commission’s legal staff. The Commissioners will make a determination on each of the scheduled claims. A written decision detailing the Commission’s determinations in each claim considered will be mailed to each Claimant following the meeting. Upon receipt, Claimants will have 15 days to object to a Commission decision. If no objection is filed then after 30 days, the Commission’s decision becomes final and it will then be certified to the Treasury Department for payment.
3. If a Final Decision Date and Date Certified to Treasury is listed for your claim, that means that the Commission has completed its work and it is now up to the Department of Treasury to pay the claim. Once payment is ready to be made the Department of Treasury will contact Claimants regarding the payment. The Commission is not involved in the payment of claims. If you have questions relating to the Government of Guam's payment of these claims, then please refer to their website at warclaims.guam.gov.
If you need further guidance or require that a Commission decision be sent to you, then you may contact the Commission by email at email@example.com.
On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, Title XVII, Public Law 114-328, which authorizes the Commission to conduct a supplemental war claims compensation program for victims and survivors of the attack and occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II and the liberation of Guam by United States military forces. The Act, the relevant portions of which are provided below, covers claims for death, rape, personal injury, severe personal injury, forced labor, forced march, internment, and hiding to evade internment.
Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, Title XVII, Public Law 114-328 (December 23, 2016)
SEC. 1704. PAYMENTS FOR GUAM WORLD WAR II CLAIMS.
(a) PAYMENTS FOR DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, FORCED LABOR, FORCED MARCH, AND INTERNMENT.—After the Secretary of the Treasury receives the certification from the Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission as required under section 1705(b)(8), the Secretary of the Treasury shall make payments, subject to the availably of appropriations, to compensable Guam victims and survivors of a compensable Guam decedents as follows:
(1) COMPENSABLE GUAM VICTIM.—Before making any payments under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall make payments to compensable Guam victims as follows:
(A) In the case of a victim who has suffered an injury described in subsection (c)(2)(A), $15,000.
(B) In the case of a victim who is not described in subparagraph (A), but who has suffered an injury described in subsection (c)(2)(B), $12,000.
(C) In the case of a victim who is not described in subparagraph (A) or (B), but who has suffered an injury described in subsection (c)(2)(C), $10,000.
(2) SURVIVORS OF COMPENSABLE GUAM DECEDENTS.—In the case of a compensable Guam decedent, the Secretary shall pay $25,000 for distribution to survivors (parent, spouse, child) of the decedent living as of the date of the enactment of this Act (December 23, 2016), in accordance with subsection (b). The Secretary shall make payments under this paragraph only after all payments are made under paragraph (1).
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(c) DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this title:
(1) COMPENSABLE GUAM DECEDENT.—The term ‘‘compensable Guam decedent’’ means an individual determined under section 1705 to have been a resident of Guam who died as a result of the attack and occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II, or incident to the liberation of Guam by United States military forces, and whose death would have been compensable under the Guam Meritorious Claims Act of 1945 (Public Law 79–224) if a timely claim had been filed under the terms of such Act.
(2) COMPENSABLE GUAM VICTIM.—The term ‘‘compensable Guam victim’’ means an individual who is not deceased as of the date of the enactment of this Act (December 23, 2016) and who is determined under section 1705 to have suffered, as a result of the attack and occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II, or incident to the liberation of Guam by United States military forces, any of the following:
(A) Rape or severe personal injury (such as loss of a limb, dismemberment, or paralysis).
(B) Forced labor or a personal injury not under subparagraph (such as disfigurement, scarring, or burns).
(C) Forced march, internment, or hiding to evade internment.
Regulations: The Commission has published regulations detailing the procedures for the Commission's adjudication of claims under this program. You may access those regulations at 45 C.F.R. § 510.