Cash flow issues are challenging the Guam Department of Education’s capacity to distribute their paychecks early.
For the last few months, GDOE has been paying its employees every other Wednesday rather than the GovGuam standard of every other Friday.
A memo sent by GDOE spokesperson Isa Baza told the agency’s employees that their payday will revert back to every other Friday due to the burden on the general fund caused by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez told Phill Leon Guerrero on K57 that the agency paid its employees two days earlier to help them avoid issues with going to the bank and other errands that have been difficult to do during the pandemic.
He says GDOE continues to receive allotments from the general fund.
“I don’t want to be an alarmist. We are getting out general fund appropriations on a regular schedule. We are monitoring our special funds. We are hearing about the special revenues. We might be challenged as we get through the end of the fiscal year. Given the fact that we’re still trying to pay our vendors and balancing all those obligations, it just seemed to be the most conservative approach to get back to our regular payday and let our employees know so they’re aware,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez reassures that GDOE employees will continue to be paid on time.