Camacho Implements Pay Adjustments

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Guam – Governor Felix P. Camacho is moving forward with implementing pay adjustments as recommended by the Government-wide Position, Classification, Compensation, and Benefits Study Plan, pursuant to PL 30-196. The governor has further ordered all cabinet members as well as DOA to begin the implementation of the program immediately.

Governor Camacho’s intention to move forward with the adjustments went into effect this past October though Executive Order 2010-24 however, concerns from the Civil Service Commission requesting the Attorney General’s opinion on the implementation delayed the governor’s action. The AG’s opinion has since been released showing that the governor’s actions thus far on implementation has been consistent with law.

“Creating fairness and equity within the government has been a longtime goal of this administration,” said Governor Camacho. “I am pleased that the forthcoming adjustments have the full support of the Office of the Attorney General however, I’m even more pleased that we are taking a huge step in ensuring equity and bringing our government up to date with the current market.”

The implementation of these adjustments will be retroactive to October 1, 2010 and will affect more than 5,000 classified government employees who will be transitioned into the new pay structures as recommend by Hay Group Inc. These transitions may result in a pay increase for some employees while others remain status quo depending on where they fall within the new pay structures and according to Gubetnamenton Guahan Compensation Policies and Procedures.

While the adjustments only apply to classified employees, Governor Camacho did submit Bill 469-30 to the legislature that if passed will include unclassified employees into the new pay structure. The legislature has yet to act on the bill.

“The government’s pay scale hasn’t been reviewed and adjusted in more than 19 years. The study shows that the market is about 59 percent ahead of our Unified Pay Plan. My decision is merely a step to rectify that for the betterment of our government and our employees,” said Governor Camacho.

According to the latest presentation by DOA, “The foundation of the compensation program is to attract and retain quality employees with competitive total compensation based on relevant labor markets.  The program and its component plans will be based upon principles of fairness and equity and will be administered with sound fiscal discipline.  The compensation program will reinforce a productive work climate, a culture of accountability and create the desire in employees to want to progress in their careers with the government.”