by Krystal Paco
Guam - It was earlier this month the Office of Public Accountability released its audit on GovGuam's largest agency for Fiscal Year 2012.
DOE superintendent Jon Fernandez says the OPA's notes on the reduction in $26 million in federal grants was a result of one time stimulus grant money awarded in FY2011.
Fernandez further explains the OPA's notes on the doubling of employee salaries and benefits.
"What we know about that is that in the prior year what we had done was used some of the ARRA funds to pay for those local expenses and shifted those local funds at that time into a trust account which we are now drawing down that $60 million to do capital improvement projects such as the Southern High School gym and Untalan renovations and all those important projects that we hope to see completed this year," he said.
All in all, DOE did receive a clean opinion despite findings of non-compliance for lack of documentation for sole source procurement, untimely reconciliation of the general and subsidiary ledgers, and unsupported expenditures with non-appropriated funds.
Fernandez says the agency is in the midst of implementing a complex financial management system, which will help address these issues and hopefully lead to cleaner audits in the future.