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Senator looking into 'cashing out' trend

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - The practice of resigning for a day in order to cash-out leave pay is under scrutiny not just by the island's public auditor, but by Senator Ben Pangelinan. The Democrat lawmaker has requested a performance audit of the Department of Administration from Fiscal Year 2003 to 2010 to identify employees who have resigned from the Government of Guam and cashed out their leave.

"If this is, in fact, something that is available as a normal course of employment," he told KUAM News, "than everyone should be aware of it and it should be available to everybody."

Pangelinan is hoping the audit will be done by November 30.  He says some solutions could include having employees pay back leave they do not actually use or pay leave time out during the two-week pay periods.  Pangelinan says the practice could result in the shortfall in personnel budgets for public sector agencies.

According to DOA, 342 employees have resigned for a day to cash out leave since 1992.

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