by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Department of Administration contends there is no evidence of illegal or improper bias in the fiscal year 2012 Group Health Insurance Program. Negotiations were immediately stopped when Aetna and Moylan's insurance filed a protest on July 20, alleging bias on the part of members of the negotiation team and alleging the government failed to follow procurement rules.
After submitting a Freedom of Information Act request, KUAM News obtained a copy of the department of administration's response to the protest. Acting Director Benita Manglona responded to the three claims stating that the consultant, The Hay Group, was involved in the process of evaluating the proposals providing a thorough analysis of each proposal to each team member. She stressed that the evaluation of the three proposals by the negotiating team and the consultant was a "dynamic process" and the individuals who participated acted impartially and fairly.
Additionally the Attorney General's Office conducted an investigation and found no evidence of actual or apparent bias, which could be considered illegal or improper among any of the members of the 2012 negotiating team. Manglona denied the protest of the evaluation and the procurement of group health insurance, leaving Aetna the right to appeal the decision.
KUAM News attempted to get comment from Moylan's Insurance's Jerry Crisostomo, but we yet to receive a response.