OPA to Audit DOA Payroll at Senator Pangelinan’s Request

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Guam – Senator Ben Pangelinan (D), Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Taxation, Banking, Insurance, Retirement & Land (Committee), announced that in response to his request, the Office of Public Accountability will be conducting an audit of Department of Administration payroll and personnel records to identify and determine those classified and unclassified employees who have separated or resigned and have cashed out their unused annual leave. The audit is expected to list the information dating as far back as FY 2003 through FY 2010. The Senator requested the audit in a letter dated October 28, 2010 which detailed the request to perform the audit.

“It is important for the administering of government of Guam employees’ annual leave cash-out provision be based on both the spirit and the letter of the law. Additionally, such benefits should be administered equitably throughout the government of Guam and not only for a select few,” stated the senator. Depending on the outcome of the audit, the senator may move to either establish or change current policies and procedures.

The letter requests the audit findings be communicated to the Committee no later than November 30, 2010 in order for the Legislature to consider this matter during the current term and before the next administration takes office.