OPA reminds GovGuam employees not to solicit Christmas ‘gratuities’

Public Auditor Benjamin Cruz

Public Auditor Benjamin Cruz has sent a reminder to all government of Guam agencies reminding them about the Guam law that forbids the acceptance or solicitation of gratuities and kickbacks.

In his message to department heads, Cruz writes that it has come to his attention that “vendors doing business with the Government of Guam are being solicited for contributions for office Christmas parties.”

“As the year comes to a close and holiday festivities come into full swing,” states the message “the OPA would like to remind all Government of Guam agencies of the provisions in law with respect to gratuities and kickbacks.”

The specific references to the provision on gratuities and kickbacks were cited and sent to all GovGuam agency heads.

According to 5 GCA §5630 (d), any government entity and/or employee that solicits or receives favors or gratuities from a potential or contracted vendor is in breach of ethical standards.