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GRTA in the hot seat

Posted: Sep 06, 2018 2:01 PM +10:00 Updated:

The Guam Regional Transit Authority was in the hot seat after a recent audit challenged the accountability of their finances. At an oversight hearing, deputy director Yuka Hechanova clarified that the $50,000 in un-deposited bus fares was deposited by the contractor, only after the audit was published.

Though she's unsure if other funds might be missing, Rick Agustin, executive manager of GRTA responds to the OPA's recommendations, saying he needs to train or hire staff proficient in Excel or QuickBooks. "However, we are very lacking and short of people, we don't have an accountant but however I did find somebody who's an expert on Excel," he stated.

Senator Telena Nelson expressed frustration with management, saying, "It just doesn't cut it you're not meeting your mission statement and I don't know what else to tell you; perhaps my expectation is too high for an executive manager to make sure the transit service is working for the people of Guam."

Officials are scheduled to present solutions to the GRTA board on September 18.

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