GUAM’S REORGANIZATION PLAN NEAR

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GUAM’S REORGANIZATION PLAN NEAR

By Steve Limtiaco

AGANA, Guam (October 26, 2000 – Pacific Daily News)---Gov. Carl Gutierrez offered few details yesterday about his executive branch reorganization plan, which is scheduled to be unveiled October 28.

Gutierrez said he did not want to discuss the plan because it is comprehensive and needs to be explained thoroughly.

"It really needs to be walked from the beginning and to look at the vision and the final end product. ... It's really a comprehensive thing. You need to start from the beginning," Gutierrez said.

An executive order issued by Gutierrez in March created the Executive Reorganization Plan.

Officials have said government reorganization is necessary to get the most value from shrinking government revenues.

The governor said lawmakers have been invited to the October 28 meeting, when his office will give an explanation of the reorganization plan, adding that senators need to be involved in the process.

"It's going to take the weighing-in of the Legislature. ... We need to unveil what we have done and where we are headed," he said.

Legislative involvement in the reorganization process was part of a deal brokered between the governor and several senators earlier this month. The deal helped avert a recall election for the governor.

In a letter to the Pacific Daily News this week, Gutierrez said more than 10,000 hours of work have been put into the reorganization initiative.

"We have made a thorough, objective analysis of GovGuam," the letter states.

Attorney General John Tarantino, who has been working on the reorganization plan, told the Pacific Daily News last week that a performance-based budget will be part of the reorganization process.

He also said several new boards might be created, similar to the Guam Health Care Board.

Under a performance-based budget, agency funding is tied to specific goals, which means requests for more money must be supported by those goals.

Some senators last week questioned whether performance-based budgeting can be implemented in a short period of time.

Sen. Kaleo Moylan, R-Dededo, has said it took other places in the United States as long as five years to change from a traditional budget to a performance-based budget.

Gutierrez said Saturday's presentation will show "how sincere we are that we want to reorganize this government to make it more efficient and effective."

For additional reports from the Pacific Daily News, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Pacific Daily News (Guam).

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