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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Procurement Controversies -- Guam

Report says procurement broke Guam law
Governor's Chief of Staff George Bamba and government chief procurement officer Claudia Acfalle broke Guam law when they approved a Port Authority of Guam community outreach program, according to the Guam Office of the Attorney General.

The job needed to go through a separate procurement process, the attorney general's office said, and noted the procurement also appears to violate federal grant regulations.

The governor's office should consider taking "appropriate action" against Bamba and Acfalle, according to the attorney general's office, and Bamba should be "admonished" for allowing a contractor to be paid for a service or product that was not delivered.

AG: Bamba should be admonished
While the AG's Office found that there wasn't a conflict of interest that would constitute ethical violations under the procurement law by Bamba or Port General Manager, Glenn Leon Guerrero.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Phil Tydingco determined that the procurement of the Community Outreach Program by the General Services Agency at the direction of Bamba violated Guam law because the acquisition of the program was beyond the scope of the original procurement of the Port Master Plan and should have been a separate procurement of professional services.

The AG's Office has also recommended that the Office of the Governor consider having procurement training for those staff directly involved with procurement.

AG's review of the Port Authority of Guam procurement process

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