Vice-Speaker Cruz Can’t Believe DOA Took 6 Months to Hire Veteran’s Affairs Employees

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“What happened to their ability to be able to get the Department of Administration to write GG1’s for 106 people over the weekend?” – Vice-Speaker Cruz. 

Guam – Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz can’t believe it took six months for the administration to process gg1’s or the paperwork for veterans affairs employees.

 

 Office of Veteran’s Affairs Administrator Martin Manglona has said that he had to pay $30 dollars out of his own pocket for the salaries for employees that he needed in order to conduct burials at the Veteran’s cemetery. The Administration has said that the Department of Administration had yet to process the employees’ paperwork or GG1’s so Manglona should not have hired or paid them. This also means none of the money Manglona spent will be re-imbursed.

 “What happened to their ability to be able to get the Department of Administration to write GG1’s for 106 people over the weekend? If they were really concerned about the veterans and wanted to accord them the respect that was due them they would hire the people on the spot the same way they were able to do it over the weekend and have people to assist the Veterans Office but to have it linger and say it took six months that really is unbelievable because we know that they’re able to do it over the weekend if they want to for themselves.”

 Cruz says that Manglona also disclosed during last week’s oversight hearing that he himself was not paid for the first several months after being hired.