Vice Speaker Cruz: Joinder Contract Bill Supported by Assistant AG Weisenberger

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Guam – In a continuing series of releases on the importance of  passing his bill authorizing “joinder” contracts, Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz  today issued a release citing the support of Assistant Attorney General John Weisenberger.

In this latest release, the Vice Speaker cites the written comments submitted by Assistant Attorney General John Weisenberger who, in support of Bill # 430 states: “Cooperative purchasing has become a powerful tool for state and local governments because it saves time, money and resources.”

READ Assistant Attorney General Weisenberger’s comments in support of Bill 430 HERE 

Bill #430 would allow GovGuam to enter into “joinder” or “mutual use” contracts with other states and municipalities which would permit the bulk purchase of goods and thus save each jurisdiction money.

READ the USC Media Fact Sheet HERE

In his release, the Vice Speaker also announces that he has written to Acting DOE Superintendent Taling Taitano to urge her to explore ways to enter into “joinder” contracts which he argues could help save “DOE up to 30% on goods it needs to run the department.”

READ Senator Cruz’s letter to DOE Superintendent Taitano HERE

READ Senator Cruz’s release in FULL below:

Cruz to DOE: Find Creative Ways to Operate Within Your Means

(Hagatna-April 15th 2012) “Austere times require austere measures” that is the message to Department of Education (DOE) Acting Superintendent Taling Taitano from Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz in a letter sent Friday afternoon.

Cruz recently introduced Bill No. 430-31 at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services. The measure would allow the Government of Guam to join in mutual use contracts with other states and municipalities to procure goods in bulk, therefore making the goods required to run the government much less expensive.

Assistant Attorney General John Weisenberger in his testimony in support of Bill No. 430-31 wrote the following;

“Cooperative purchasing has become a powerful tool for state and local governments because it saves time, money and resources.”

In his letter to Taitano, Cruz urged the Acting Superintendent to look into ways Cooperative Purchasing could help save the DOE up to 30% on goods it needs to run the department. The DOE should also consider joining cooperative purchasing organizations such as US Communities to see how it could benefit from its services which are at low or no cost.

“As you can see from its high participation rate and significant savings to public entities across the nation, your department and the government as a whole could benefit tremendously by participating in a program such as this.” Said Cruz “I urge you to look into the feasibility of joining this or a similar alliance to create savings for the Department of Education which can be used however the department sees fit.”