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Office of Public Accountability holds First Hearing in JFK Appeal

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More than two dozen JFK students attended today's procurement appeals hearing in hopes that they would receive some good news about the construction of a permanent JFK.  But they'll have to wait until the end of the month as the appeals process will take some time.
 
Much to the dismay of JFK students that are waiting on the construction of a permanent campus, a procurement appeal filed by the Guam Community Improvement Foundation is going to take some time.  The organization is appealing the denial of its protest against the government's awarding of a construction contract for the permanent JFK to International Bridge Corporation.  During today's status and scheduling conference, both sides were already arguing the issues.
 
Assistant attorney general Ben Abrams said, "One bidder shouldn't be allowed to view in any shape or form the confidential proprietary information of the other bidder contained in the proposal."
 
Hearing officer Anthony Camacho granted the GCIF's request to require the Attorney General's Office to submit the request to seal documents in writing and also gave the organization's attorney time to respond. There was also a dispute over the next hearing date.  While Abrams asked for an expedited timeline, the Foundation has asked for additional time as Attorney Randy Cunliffe, who represents the organization, will be unavailable participating in a criminal trial.
 
"The main thing is just that our client hired Mr. Cunliffe to handle this matter," Attorney Jeff Cook stated.  "Mr. Cunliffe is the only person really who has been doing the work on this case and the client wishes it to be Mr. Cunliffe who is representing him at the hearing."
 
Abrams requested the next hearing be held on September 25, but Cook said Cunliffe, his law partner, wouldn't be available until the 28th, which apparently isn't soon enough for the government.  Said Abrams, "Their whole idea is to protract this out as far as they can."  Camacho responded, "Mr. Abrams, this isn't the time for argument it's time to schedule," to which Abrams said, "But to try to stipulate something to them to have something on the 25th I think you've seen evidence from Mr. Cook's comments that he's not going to be receptive of that but on the other hand it doesn't matter to Mr. Cook if we waive the time within which we have for response by the 28th if we make a waiver of that and I'm willing to put in writing by tomorrow at this time then I see no reason why we couldn't have it on the 25th."
 
A pre-conference hearing will be held on September 28.

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