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Port management discusses need to move procurement forward

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - A day after Ed Ilao failed to garner enough votes to be confirmed by the Guam Legislature, the very board he was appointed to serve on met early this morning. The Port Authority of Guam's board discussed ongoing procurement matters including the procurement of the container x-ray system at the port which was mired in controversy over allegations of sole sourcing to a company affiliated with Ilao.

"This equipment is a year and a half behind in procurement, nationally it was a requirement that Guam and the Port of Guam through Customs have this capability. It has not happened and unfortunately it's gotten marred in all this other non sense that has been going on, we need to procure it," said general manager Joanne Brown.

She reiterated there was never any attempt to sole source. She has since asked staff to once again address the procurement with the local General Service Agency and in the event that fails to happen, she suggested an alternative to instead pursue federal GSA action which the port's federal grant partners have concurred they have the ability to.

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