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Guthertz objects to new buildup contracts

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Senator Judi Guthertz recently addressed a complaint to assistant Secretary of the Navy Jackalyn Pfannenstiel objecting to new buildup contracts that she says doesn't save money for the feds or help the local economy.

In a release, Guthertz says the navy's decision to cancel a longstanding contract with New York-based private firm Rome Research Corporation at the Naval Computer & Telecommunications Station violates Department of Defense promises to promote the Guam economy and fails to save any significant amount of federal money.

Rome Research Corporation currently employs 61 people who live and work in Guam and paid $220,000 in gross receipts tax to GovGuam in 2010 alone.

Guthertz says, "Much as we welcome additional uniformed Navy personnel to Guam, a private sector work force would provide considerably more stability and revenue to the island."

Navy documents suggest that replacing the Rome Research staffers with uniformed personnel will save what Guthertz ironically described as a "whopping" $11,480 over five years, translating to savings of $173 next year and $557 in 2014.

Guthertz added that as a result of new qualifiers demanded by the navy and a new contractor, longstanding employees of the Navy's daycare system lost their jobs after many years of service caring for dependent children of Navy personnel. The daycare system is now administered by Alaskan firm Chugach.

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