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DOA finishing review of Competitive Wage Act appeals

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It's been over a year since the Department of Administration received over 100 appeals on the Competitive Wage Act. And  the results of DOA's review is finally set to be completed by next month.

184 - that's how many appeals were filed from various government agencies over the Competitive Wage Act implemented on Valentine's Day 2014. These requests for review have been with the Department of Administration since June of last year. According to DOA's personnel services administrator Shane Ngata, he wouldn't say DOA is taking long, but rather "the length of time that is needed to thoroughly review them is necessary to make sure they are done right."

These requests for review process allows employees to ask for the pay grade assigned to their position to be re-examined if they believe it should be higher. As we reported, these pay grades were assigned by a hay job evaluation methodology based on job duties submitted in late 2008.

According to Ngata, the 184 requests by employees come from 19 different departments and agencies including the Department of Education, the Guam Memorial Hospital, the Guam Police Department and even DOA itself. We should note close to 1,000 employees with doe filed a request for review over concerns about the change in their step placement and the affect it may have on their seniority. Several of these cases were presented to the civil service commission, but were consolidated into one because the complaints were similar in nature.

So what exactly has been done in the years-plus review process? Ngata says it involves taking a look at each individual request filed, whether there was any merit, seeing if any changes were going to be recommended to the pay grade of each position, and how it would impact the line agency. DOA officials had previously told KUAM News last year that a job review committee was established to help provide recommendations. Ngata says the process itself is "a lengthy one" that DOA has to conduct on top of all the other mandated duties that DOA's Human Resources Division performs.

And while there is no requirement by law to submit the recommendations by a certain date, DOA is expected to release the results of their review in late September.

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