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DOA oversight hearing postponed

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Monday's oversight hearing on the Department of Administration will be postponed. Vice Speaker BJ Cruz had scheduled Monday's oversight hearing to set the record straight and get some long awaited answers from the agency. According to a press release, the Vice Speaker has not received responses to his inquiries from DOA on the Government's ability to pay for the GovGuam employee group health insurance program.

"I am dismayed to rely on a news article to learn that an additional $8 Million is needed to pay for retirees' health insurance benefits and $3 Million additional for line agency employees," Cruz wrote in a letter to Acting Director of the Department of Administration Benita Manglona.

The Vice Speaker added that he has yet to receive a response from Manglona to an April 19th memorandum asking for the date the health insurance contract would be unfunded and a specific plan to fund any shortfall for the remaining fiscal year.  "Cash reports you have approved and transmitted to the legislature indicate that $4 Million has been collected over projections" Vice Speaker Cruz said. "Additionally, you have already suspended implementation of the Hay Study despite $13 Million appropriated by the legislature to fund pay increases for classified government employees."

The oversight hearing was scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2011, however according to staff at the Vice Speaker's office they were informed Manglona will be off island during that time. The Vice Speaker's office is looking to reschedule the oversight hearing during the week of the 18th.

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