Vice Speaker Tina Muña Barnes met with Department of Administration Director Ed Birn today regarding her inquiry on GovGuam’s Financial Management System.
The Vice-Speaker had inquired as to why a new FMS is being procured through an Emergency Procurement based on E.O. 2020-44 and 2021-07. Director Birn shared with the Vice Speaker that the original basis for an Emergency Procurement was to avail of the ability to fund this system through the CARES Act. Upon the exhaustion of all funds under the CARES Act, DOA re-initiated this process through E.O. 2021-07 to avail of ARP funds.
To date, multiple entities responded to the RFI by DOA. As such, DOA has then submitted a draft RFP to the Attorney General’s office and is still awaiting the AG’s approval.
Director Birn highlighted that this past year, the outdated AS 400 system, has increased its throughput and processed 2-3x the usual processes. Director Birn shared that the State of Alabama which began the procurement process of a financial management system prior to COVID-19 and then attempted to use Relief Funds were denied by the U.S. Treasury.
GovGuam is finally procuring a financial management system as a result of the increase in processes as a result of the Government of Guam’s response to COVID-19. A new financial management system is much needed to ensure that Government services continue uninterrupted and in a more effective manner.
“We need a new robust system to ensure we can track every cent of our People’s money, improve the procurement process and streamline the Human Resources aspect of our Government of Guam. While every other territory has made strides in this arena, we are 22 years late to the ball game; I’m glad this administration is finally stepping up to the plate” stated Vice Speaker Muña Barnes.
(Vice Speaker Tina Muña Barnes Release)