Bill mandates ethics training for government employees

Sen. Sabina Perez (file photo)

On Monday, Senator Sabina Perez introduced Bill 94-36, which establishes mandatory ethics training for all government of Guam employees in the first six months of employment.

Additionally, the bill mandates that employees participate in a refresher course once every four years, and all existing employees, prior to enactment, will be required to attend the refresher course within 18 months of enactment.

“Bill 94-36 is a proactive investment into our civil service, which in turn ensures government integrity and that resources are used appropriately,” Senator Perez stated. “Ethical behavior is integral to our conception of inafa’maolek and how we treat others, and our natural environment. It is also the cornerstone of an accountable and transparent government, which the people of Guam rely on for critical services.”

The ethics in government program would be provided by the Guam Ethics Commission, or by a provider approved by the Guam Ethics Commission.

Senator Perez thanked her co-sponsors: Speaker Therese M. Terlaje, Vice-Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Sen. V. Anthony Ada, Sen. Frank Blas Jr., Sen. Joanne Brown, Sen. Christopher M. Dueñas, Sen. James C. Moylan, Sen. Telena C. Nelson, Sen. Clynton E. Ridgell, Sen. Joe S. San Agustin, and Sen. Telo T. Taitague.

(Senator Sabina Perez News Release)