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Disclosure officer post eyed for DRT

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THE Department of Administration is proposing the creation of a classified position for a disclosure officer at the Department of Revenue and Taxation who will be responsible for managing the flow of tax-related information, among other tasks.

The proposed classified P-graded position will have a corresponding annual salary of $55,488 at the minimum, and $83,232 at the maximum, according to DOA Director Benita Manglona’s proposal.

According to the proposal submitted to the Human Resources Division, the disclosure officer will have a long list of duties, which include serving as “the primary contact for tax information exchanges with federal and local governments” and responding to Freedom of Information requests.

Some of the duties assigned to the disclosure officer were tasked to the tax enforcement administrator.

“In the last few years, the tax enforcement administrator position has increased its duties and responsibilities regarding the monitoring of disclosure requirements,” Personnel Specialist Lora Mojica said in a memo to the HR Division.

“The tax enforcement administrator can no longer assume the extra duties since it is a crucial function of the department,” Mojica added.

The creation of the disclosure officer position was originally proposed by former DRT Director Artemio Ilagan in 2009.

Ilagan said the Internal Revenue Service has always employed disclosure officers to ensure protection of tax returns and respond to tax-related inquiries.

“As transparency in the government of Guam is often sought by the media and the general public, litigation and court system, other local and federal agencies, the need to establish this full-time position is definitely warranted,” Ilagan said in a March 11, 2009 memo to DOA.

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