Cruz Appeals to Tenorio to Convene Procurement Council to Avert Loss of ARRA Funds


Guam – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz is calling on Acting Governor Ray Tenorio to convene the Guam Procurement Advisory Council [PAC].


The Vice Speaker points out that P.L. 31-93 requires the Governor appoint the members of the PAC within 15 days. The law was passed last September and the Council should have been convened no later than October 15th.

September and the Counil should The Council is tasked with standardizing GovGuam procurement, and making government procurement more efficient.

In a letter to Tenorio, Cruz writes that “the PAC can go a long way towards improving Government procurement.”

READ Vice Speaker Cruz’s letter to Acting Governor Tenorio HERE

In a release, Cruz explains that his appeal is in response to the possibility that Guam DOE could lose as much as $55-million dollars in ARRA funding which has become encumbered by “numerous procurement appeals.”


READ Vice Speaker Cruz’s release in FULL below:

Cruz: Convene Guam
Procurement Advisory Council
For Immediate Release

(March 6, 2012- Hagatna) Convene the Guam Procurement Advisory Council (PAC). That is the message conveyed by Vice Speaker Benjamin J. F. Cruz in a letter transmitted this afternoon to Acting Governor Ray Tenorio.

The letter was in response to numerous procurement challenges, and the possibility that the Department of Education may lose out on $55,000,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds which need to be expended by September 30th 2012.

P.L. 31-93 mandates the Governor of Guam appoint members to the newly created Procurement Advisory Council (PAC) in an attempt to standardize GovGuam procurement, and make government procurement more efficient. The law also states that the council should have been convened 15 days after the bill being signed into law.

“Like you, I believe the PAC can go a long way towards improving Government procurement,” Cruz wrote.  “Please inform me if I can be of further assistance regarding the implementation of the PAC”