Governor beefs up GSA to augment procurement efforts

The General Services Agency (GSA) has been augmented to accelerate procurement matters before the end of the fiscal year.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has directed the assignment of administrative officers (AO) from seven Government of Guam agencies to the General Services Agency (GSA) to augment the GSA staff and assist in the processing of requisitions and other procurement matters.

The deployment of the AOs is an effort to better manage the procurement process for government purchases, prevent further delays, and maximize the expenditure of federal funding prior to the end of Fiscal Year 2019

The agencies where the AOs come from are: Department of Public Health and Social Services; Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center; Guam Department of Labor; Department of Agriculture; Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense; Department of Public Works; and Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities.

According to Adelup, administrative officers who have completed on-base training will be assigned to GSA until Sept. 30, 2019. To prepare the AOs for the temporary assignment, a refresher course for on-base training was held Aug. 7, 2019, at the GSA office.

“The fiscal year will be ending soon and I know there is a sense of urgency in processing requisitions and addressing procurement issues. Efficiency is key in resolving the frequent delays in the government’s procurement processes. This is a temporary solution but we will also work on identifying how we can streamline the strenuous procurement process,” the governor said in a statement.

“There have been too many instances in which government agencies have either lost out on federal funding or have had to return it. The effort is designed to maximize the expenditure of federal funds for programs that benefit our people,” Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio said.