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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - They've been asking for it for weeks and it appears lawmakers may finally get that breakdown of the governor's Hay pay raise plan as the Department of Administration today was in the process of compiling 30,000 pages of documents for their review.

Early this afternoon, the Governor's Office released the estimated costs of the base salary adjustments as proposed in the Government of Guam Competitive Wage Act of 2014.

"The numbers were derived from an estimate in the slotting process but that is a moving target, we will have the actual numbers once the slotting is done," explained DOA director Benita Manglona.

The figures are based on the pro-rata of a 50-percent implementation of the pay plan showing a total estimate of $7.4 million. The Governor's Office today says it had a very good reason for not producing the information on demand as it simply was an estimate per agency and because not all components units were submitted on time.

The agency breakdown was simply what lawmakers had requested for in the past two weeks and today Manglona says she didn't that information but of all the documentation that goes into the process. She says DOA's HR staff however will be submitting 30,000 pieces of documents to show senators just how they got the numbers. "The discussion could have taken a different turn and because they want individual slotting and that's not their role, that's the HR role, and if we had provided those information they would be complaining about why did Employee A get this and why did Employee B get a different slotting, and we were trying to prevent that," she said.

In the meantime, she continues to raise criticism over Bill 268 saying it would cost more and changes the proposal to a full implementation. "And the full implementation would have cost $15 million based on the time period from February to September, and that's precisely how deficits are created," she continued.

Speaker Judi Won Pat yesterday said without all the information as requested, lawmakers chose to act in the best interest of the people. Manglona says senators shouldn't have been confused over the governor's plan, noting, "They had an estimate0352 when they passed bill 268 0355 they had an allocation for each agency."

She says instead lawmakers were keen on getting the breakdown of the slotting process which is a more complicated process and something DOA couldn't just provide off-hand. She adds the plan actually contains similar figures to the 2010 plan with some changes include the senator salary increases.

Manglona says while that wasn't in the Hay study, it was included for equity purposes. She ultimately calls Bill 268 an error, adding, "Maybe if they had spent a little more time putting it together and discussing it instead of rushing to pass it on Saturday, they would have find out there was some errors in there."

Manglona says once the breakdown is submitted to lawmakers, it will be up to them to decipher the information and do what they please. She adds legislation actually wasn't necessary to implement the governor's plan and should the governor veto Bill 268, his proposal will go into affect February 14. 

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