Hiring freeze in effect at DOE
by Nick Delgado
With a $60 million shortfall expected for the current fiscal year, the Guam Education Policy Board has implemented various austerity measures. A hiring freeze has been imposed for positions throughout the entire Department of Education.
As well, the board directed the superintendent to ensure that all travel that requires DOE funds be stopped.
GEPB Chairman Joe San Agustin says the austerity measures are needed because the department will see a $60 million shortfall for the current fiscal year. The cost-cutting measures will be in effect until the board agrees on how the department will spend the $193 million it did receive.
DOE Deputy Superintendent of Finance Taling Taitano said, "What that basically means is that right now procurement has pretty much slowed to just emergencies while we try to determine how we're going to distribute those cuts."