OPA Flores-Brooks Raises Concerns About Gutierrez’s Bid For the Office She Holds

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Guam – Public Auditor Doris Flores-Brooks is raising concerns about former Governor Carl Gutierrez’s announced intention to seek the Office of Public Auditor as a write in-candidate.

In a release to the media, Flores-Brooks points out that the Office of Public Auditor is a non-partisan position however she notes that Gutierrez is the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Guam.

As a result she writes “Carl’s position directly contradicts the OPA enabling act 1GCA 1903 which states ‘The Public Auditor is a non-partisan office.  No candidate for the position of Public Auditor shall declare a political party affiliation.'”

Flores-Brooks is a republican, but she holds no office in the republican party and runs as a non-partisan candidate, as required by law.

Although Gutierrez has already said that he will resign as Democratic Party Chairman if elected Public Auditor, Flores-Brooks states “Carl’s declaration to remain chairman of his political party will politicize OPA.”

And she points out that :The GAO independence standard requires auditors not start an audit with “preconceived ideas toward individuals, groups, organizations or of objectives of a particular group” and that auditors should disqualify themselves if they are biased by “political, ideological, or social convictions.”

Flores-Brooks concludes that she intends to “keep OPA a nonpartisan agency that continues to issue fair and balanced audits.”

READ Public Auditor Doris Flores-Brooks’ statement in FULL below:

Hafa Adai to all

Appreciate the opportunity to respond:

Carl Gutierrez intends to remain Democratic party chairman.  He said he’ll resign that political post if he is elected Public Auditor.  Carl’s position directly contradicts the OPA enabling act.  1  GCA 1903 states: “The Public Auditor is a non-partisan office.  No candidate for the position of Public Auditor shall declare a political party affiliation.”

Carl’s declaration to remain chairman of his political party will politicize OPA.

OPA’s mission statement, Government Auditing Standards issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Code of Ethics from the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions require that audits assess and analyze government activities with integrity, independence and impartiality.

The GAO independence standard requires auditors not start an audit with “preconceived ideas toward individuals, groups, organizations or of objectives of a particular group” and that auditors should disqualify themselves if they are biased by “political, ideological, or social convictions.”

During my years as Public Auditor, Senators from both parties have commended OPA for producing objective, thorough and unbiased audits.  Legislators continue to ask us to do additional audits and we respond, subject only to staff limitations.  I want to keep OPA a nonpartisan agency that continues to issue fair and balanced audits.

Thank you and Senseramente

Doris Flores Brooks

Hafa Adai to all

Appreciate the opportunity to respond:

Carl Gutierrez intends to remain Democratic party chairman.  He said he’ll resign that political post if he is elected Public Auditor.  Carl’s position directly contradicts the OPA enabling act.  1  GCA 1903 states: “The Public Auditor is a non-partisan office.  No candidate for the position of Public Auditor shall declare a political party affiliation.”

Carl’s declaration to remain chairman of his political party will politicize OPA.

OPA’s mission statement, Government Auditing Standards issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Code of Ethics from the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions require that audits assess and analyze government activities with integrity, independence and impartiality.

The GAO independence standard requires auditors not start an audit with “preconceived ideas toward individuals, groups, organizations or of objectives of a particular group” and that auditors should disqualify themselves if they are biased by “political, ideological, or social convictions.”

During my years as Public Auditor, Senators from both parties have commended OPA for producing objective, thorough and unbiased audits.  Legislators continue to ask us to do additional audits and we respond, subject only to staff limitations.  I want to keep OPA a nonpartisan agency that continues to issue fair and balanced audits.

Thank you and Senseramente

Doris Flores Brooks

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On Aug 3, 2012, at 5:09 PM, “Daleno, Gaynor D” <gdumat-ol@guam.gannett.com> wrote:

Hi Mrs. Public Auditor,

I’ve learned from your office that you’re off island. Wonder whether you would like to comment on Gov Gutierrez’s decision to run as a public auditor write-in candidate. He said there’s been some “laxity” in the OPA.