Guam – District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood stopped the new management at the Guam Solid Waste Authority in their tracks following accusations that the federal receiver is withholding information.
On Friday, the District court received a 28- page report from the newly hired management team for the Guam Solid waste authority but according to the federal receiver an initial review of that report revealed “numerous accuracy issues with several numbers in error.”
G.B.B. representative David Manning informed the court that they have yet to meet with the new management to address the inconsistencies but did share that there are substantial numbers in error in the operations section and some omissions in the report.
GSWA General Manager Greg Martin in explaining their “Transition Action Plan”, fired back stating that the federal receiver was only giving what they wanted to give and that information exchange has not happened to the degree at which they believe it should.
The insinuations had Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood concerned as it would be grounds to hold the federal receiver in contempt. Determined to get to the bottom of the accusation Judge Tydingco-Gatewood requested for specifics of what information was allegedly being withheld.
GSWA Comptroller Enrique Vinas responded that 7 out 13 items pertaining to historical data was not provided by the federal receiver. Specifically information regarding reserve bank accounts, customer delinquency rates, GSWA fund balance,GSWA’s cash position, savings from E-billing customers and GovGuam unpaid bills.
He pointed out that there is a six month gap between June 2017 to October 2017 in financial documentation which is the primary reason for the information not being provided. However, when Judge Tydingco Gatewood asked if he had followed up with the federal receiver about the missing information Enrique had admitted he had not.
In light of this Tydingco-Gatewood stopped GSWA in their tracks pointing out that the “accusations are not holding true” she ordered the parties to meet and confer as the situation of contempt presented to the court is not accurate.
In addition to this, Tydingco-Gatewood ordered the federal receiver to provide a transition readiness report indicating how ready the new management team is for transition in June. The report is due on April 20th.