Respicio Calls for Applying Section 30 Provisions to All DoD Personnel, as the Law Requires

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Guam – Senator Rory Respicio is concerned that DoD’s commitment to reimburse Section 30 funds to GovGuam for Marines who rotate through the island doesn’t go far enough.

The commitment was made to Governor Calvo and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo by DoD officials Monday in Washington. But Respicio noticed that their release only mentioned “the Marines”.

Respico wrote to Bordallo Tuesday seeking clarification and Wednesday the Congresswoman responded acknowledging that only Marines rotating through Guam would be covered.

In an email to PNC News, Majority Leader Rory Respicio explains that Section 30 reimbursements should apply to all members of the Armed Forces regardless of their assignment status, because the current agreement between the Departments of Defense and the Treasury makes no distinction between the status of “rotational” or “temporary.”   

In response to an inquiry by Respicio, Congresswoman Bordallo confirmed that the Departments of Defense and the Treasury recently agreed to include reimbursements for Marines on rotational duty (UDP-Unit Deployment Program), regardless of their length of stay on island.  Respicio wants to see this same consideration given to those military personnel who may be assigned to Guam on temporary duty status (TDY).  He is concerned, however, that DoD is not open to granting this consideration.

Bordallo assured the Senator that she would “continue to work with DoD, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of the Treasury to address issues of covering over all Section 30 funding for all service members and federal civilian employees who work on Guam.”

And Respicio said he would continue to work “with the members of the Guam First Commission and our Congresswoman to ensure that all DoD personnel, both civilian and military, who are in Guam for work-related purposes, are fully covered under this arrangement, as the law requires.”

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Respicio Calls for Applying Section 30 Provisions to All DoD Personnel

(Hagåtña, Guam) -Majority Leader Rory J. Respicio was informed today that military personnel on temporary duty (TDY) assignments to Guam will not be included in the Section 30 agreement between the Department of Defense (DoD) and Guam.

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo responded to Respicio’s February 28 letter relative to Section 30 reimbursements for Department of Defense personnel, other than U.S. Marines, rotating through Guam.

Respicio said: “While I am pleased that the Congresswoman and the Governor have made progress on this important issue, and I understand the accounting difficulties and the sensitive nature of some TDY assignments, I hope that Guam will not be shortchanged, and that our Federal Government will live up to the letter and the intent of its own laws.”

Respicio wrote to the Congresswoman and the Governor to express concerns that a Section 30 agreement referred only to U.S. Marines. Respicio asked about “the status of other DoD personnel who may also be rotated through Guam, or assigned to Guam temporarily.”

In response, Bordallo wrote: “As the Administration works out the final details of the U.S. force posture realignment in the Pacific, I will continue to work with DoD, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of the Treasury to address issues of covering over all Section 30 funding for all service members and federal civilian employees who work on Guam.”

Respicio said: “I look forward to working with the members of the Guam First Commission and our Congresswoman to ensure that all DoD personnel, both civilian and military, who are in Guam for work-related purposes, are fully covered under this arrangement, as the law requires.”