Pacific Daily News

HAGATNA, Guam (May 14) – The creation of the public law that created the elected Office of the Public Auditor was a watershed moment for government on Guam, and Doris Flores Brooks has set the gold standard by which all future elected public auditors will be measured.

On Thursday Brooks issued her office's annual report that summarized her agency's work, including the identification of more than $26 million in questionable government spending and waste.

The public auditor has brought accountability to the government of Guam, something that was sorely lacking for decades. It is possible because of the independence inherent in the elected office, which removes the specter of political pressure and interference -- the public auditor is able to do the job without fear of retribution.

This is why it's key that the Legislature support the Office of the Public Auditor. Doing so ensures a greater level of accountability and responsibility throughout government agencies, even when there isn't an immediate audit looming.

As Brooks said: "The mere fact that you know that you're going to be audited tends to make people more conscious they'd better do thing correctly."

May 16, 2005

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