Bill seeks increased accountability when it comes to procurement

Senator James Moylan (file photo)

Senator James Moylan has introduced Bill 90-36 to further promote accountability by amending the mandated reporting requirements by the Guam Services Agency (GSA) when purchases are made through either a Sole Source or an Emergency Procurement process.

The measure amends the current law, which requires an annual report, and changes it to monthly reports instead.

The Sole Source and Emergency Procurement processes bypass a standard and fair bidding procedure. On March 15, 2021, GSA submitted a report to the Guam Legislature outlining all such expenses made between January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. This included purchases made through the federal CARES Act, and the report raised many questions by not only lawmakers but also by several in the community.

“With over $660 million in federal funds heading to Guam, it is vital that we attain more frequent reports, which opens up greater scrutiny in how our government is spending public dollars. We should not wait until March of 2022 to learn of how millions are being spent in April, June, or even September of this year. Lawmakers, and the public alike, have a right to know and more importantly a right to question purchases if needed,” stated Senator Moylan.

He added: “The legislation does not take away the government’s ability to pursue procurement through a Sole Source or an Emergency Procurement process, rather it creates greater accountability in the reporting format. Increasing the frequency of reporting should also reduce questionable transactions since it increases a thorough analysis of the expenditures. Simply said, more eyes are watching more often.”

The legislation also requires a justification summary to be a part of the monthly report, which would provide information on how the transaction was deemed to qualify as a Sole Source or an Emergency Procurement process.

(Senator Moylan News Release)