Acting DOA Director Says Vets Operational Budget Not Cut; Overall $60K Increase Proposed

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Guam- Bureau of Budget and Management Research (BBMR) Director Benita Manglona says the Veterans’ Affairs biennial budget for operations was never cut more than 90%.

Manglona is responding to concerns made by local veteran Tom Devlin Wednesday that the current fiscal year budget of nearly $105 thousand dollars dropped to $6,700 dollars for FY 2012 and $ 7,000 for FY 2013. She says if the budget proposal was read correctly, it shows the operations budget was moved to personnel because they added 4 positions to take care of the veterans cemetery needs. She explains the bulk of current operational costs are for contractual services, but that funding will be shifted.

“Their budget actually went up by $146 thousand dollars for personnel, but their operations went down because the money was shifted from contractual services to personnel” said Manglona. “So from 2011 to 2012 budget, their budget increased by about $60 thousand dollars.

Manglona reiterates no cuts have been made from the Veterans’ Affairs Office and it will in fact be getting a $60 thousand dollar increase next fiscal year.