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4/22/2016

April 21, 2016- Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks has posted on the OPA's website her audit of the Legislature’s Capitol District Fund. The audit, which was welcomed by the Legislature, found that the funds were used legally and appropriately. The audit report specifically stated, “We found that the Capitol District Fund receipts and disbursements were in accordance with Guam law.” The Capitol District Fund was established for the restoration and renovation of the Guam Congress Building (the old Guam Legislature).

Earlier this year, Adelup officials had criticized the administration of the Capitol District Fund despite the release of financial records that proved these criticisms were unfounded. Several months ago, Rules Chairman Senator Rory J.Respicio posted these records online for the review of the general public and the media. Respicio stated, “I am pleased that the Audit has been quickly completed and, as expected, has given our management of the Capitol District Fund a clean bill of health.” Respicio further noted that restoration of the Guam Congress Building is now underway and should be completed in the next few months. "When this work is finished, the restored Guam Congress Building will be a great addition to the ongoing efforts to revitalize Hagåtña and boost economic growth in our island's capitol,” said Respicio.

4/6/2016

April 5, 2016- Senator Rory J. Respicio has sponsored Bill No. 286-33 to extend the eligibility for one-stop merit pay increases for graduates of the Doc Sanchez Scholarship Program.

Aimed at promoting workforce development, this program provides scholarships to classified government of Guam employees. Up until 2009, graduates of the program were eligible for one step merit pay increases upon graduation.

Under Respicio’s bill, Doc Sanchez program enrollees who graduate after 2009 will now be eligible for the one step merit pay increase. Senator Respicio stated, “If we are going to continue to expect higher efficiency in the public sector we need to support the development, training, and education of the classified workforce. For this reason, I believe it’s important to continue the original incentive structure of the Doc Sanchez Scholarship program.”

For more information, please contact Senator Respicio’s office at 472-7679.

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Attachment: Bill No. 286-33 (COR)

UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified herein.



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