Liberation Day Carnival committee's $300K purchases questioned

OPA: Mayors Council found procurement rules 'impractical'

A recent audit of the 75th Guam Island Fair and Liberation Day Carnival expenditures found a total of $300,000 worth of purchases that either did not have procurement records or were improperly made through sole source method, according to the Office of Public Accountability.

OPA said audits of previous years' fairs have repeatedly detected circumvention of Guam's procurement rules due to the Mayors’ Council of Guam's "ineffective oversight."

"The MCOG believes that following Guam procurement is not practical due to factors including a limited timeframe in planning and executing the fair and lack of annual government appropriations," OPA said in an audit report released Sunday. "Though MCOG may find it impractical to follow Guam procurement, their adherence ensures accountability and transparency of the fair’s activities."

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Records showed that the Guam Island Fair Committee spent $1.5 million for the celebration. Of this amount, $157,000 remained outstanding and had not yet been paid as of December 2019.