ALTHOUGH a number of GovGuam agencies have failed to submit their required Citizen-Centric Report, the Office of Public Accountability said there are also a number of entities that have not only been compliant, but have actually exceeded the minimum requirements.
In its latest report, the OPA said the Guam Power Authority, University of Guam and Guam Community College were recognized by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) for Best Citizen-Centric Reporting.
This award recognizes outstanding Citizen-Centric Reports prepared by a GovGuam entity that meets and exceeds the design elements in Public Law 30-127.
Nominations were made by individuals and rated by a three-person evaluation committee primarily comprised of AGA Guam Chapter members and officers/directors from the private sector.
In December 2013, the AGA Guam Chapter at its general membership meeting presented the three GovGuam agencies with the awards. GPA received the Platinum Award, UOG received the Gold Award, and GCC received the Bronze Award.
This is the second consecutive year that the same three agencies received the award. The ratings were based on the AGA Citizen-Centric Report guidelines.
The Citizen-Centric Report is a four-page reporting initiative created by the AGA to promote and advance communication between governments and their citizens. The Citizen-Centric Report is intended to provide government financial information in a clear and understandable manner, updated regularly, easy to locate, technically accurate in detail, and in a brief and concise manner.
With the enactment of P.L. 30-127, effective Jan. 1, 2010, every director, administrator, president or head of a GovGuam agency, including line agencies, autonomous and semi-autonomous agencies, public corporations, the Guam Mayors’ Council, the courts of the Judiciary of Guam and the Guam Legislature are required to submit a Citizen-Centric Report to the public auditor of Guam and the speaker of the Guam Legislature.
The Citizen-Centric Report is due no later than 60 calendar days after the release of the independent audit report of a government entity for each fiscal year.
“The Citizen-Centric Report provides our citizens with updated, meaningful and understandable information about the performance and financial condition of GovGuam agencies, and is also the agencies’ opportunity to communicate their activities and challenges during the past year,” the OPA stressed.
29 of 53
According to the latest OPA report, 29 of 53 GovGuam entities either fully or partially complied with the Citizen-Centric Reports (CCR) required by Public Law 31-77.
According to the OPA, only 29 agencies or 55 percent fully or partially complied with the CCR requirement.
A total of 53 entities were required to submit a CCR to post on their website, including the Office of the Governor, the Judiciary of Guam and the Legislature.
The number of entities required to submit CCRs decreased from the 59 in prior years as a result of the Governor’s Reorganization Advisory Nos. 5 and 6, which consolidated certain agencies under the Department of Land Management and the Department of Chamorro Affairs effective October 2011.
Unlike the past two years, the OPA said it chose not to send out reminder notices for the fiscal 2012 CCRs as this was the third year of compliance with the reporting requirements per P.L. 30-127.
Following are the results reported by the OPA as of Dec. 27, 2013:
- 24 agencies (45 percent) submitted their fiscal 2012 CCR and posted on their website (full compliance).
- 5 agencies (10 percent) submitted their CCR but did not post on their website (partial compliance).
- 24 agencies (45 percent) did not submit a CCR.
By comparison, in fiscal 2011, the OPA received CCRs from 53 agencies (90 percent compliance), of which six did not post on their website.
The five entities which submitted their CCRs but did not post on their website are: Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities; Department of Parks and Recreation; Guam Fire Department; Guam Police Department; and the Port Authority of Guam.
Of the 24 entities that did not submit a CCR, the OPA reported that the Guam Board of Accountancy has never submitted a CCR for the past three fiscal years, while the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority and the Public Utilities Commission have not submitted their CCRs for the past two fiscal years.
“We encourage all citizens to view the CCRs on the entity’s website or on the OPA’s website, www.guamopa.org,” Public Auditor Dories Flores Brooks said.