Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks told PNC last week that her office had begun conducting an audit of FESTPAC that was prompted by some “hotline tips”.
Guam – Governor Eddie Calvo says he’s open to the OPA conducting an audit on the Festival of the Pacific Arts as long as it doesn’t cause any delays. FESTPAC is scheduled to begin on May 22nd. On Friday Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks told PNC that her office is conducting an audit of FESTPAC that was prompted by some “hotline tips”.
“As far as I’m concerned the Public Auditor’s role is to account to ensure the best practices of managing and finance so I invite it,” said Governor Calvo adding, “The only issue I have at this point is that I’m hoping that because of the time tables involved with FESTPAC it’s coming up real quick that there won’t be any delays.”
Brooks told PNC that given the amount of money involved with FESTPAC she wants to be sure that the right controls are in place to ensure money is spent according to Guam law. According to GVB’s website on FESTPAC they budgeted $13 million dollars for the festival. This includes $6 million from GovGuam, $5 million in-kind and $2 million in cash from sponsors.
The Public Auditor could not say what exactly the hotline tip was about but she did say it would be a two phase audit. The first phase is being conducted now before any real money is being spent and the second phase will be conducted after money is spent.
So with FESTPAC around the corner and a financial audit now looming is Guam ready? The Governor certainly thinks so. “They have been moving at a tremendous pace you can see what is happening in Hagatna right now they’re working on a feverish pace on so many of the facilities down there. So I’m very confident that we’ll be able to make the deadline,” said Calvo. The governor says he’s confident that Guam will be able to host the best Festival of The Pacific Arts to date come May 22nd.