By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Ethics training for government of Guam employees proposed
Sen. Sabina Perez on Monday introduced a bill proposing mandatory ethics training for all government of Guam employees in the first six months of employment.
Bill 94-36 would also mandate that employees participate in a refresher course once every four years, and all existing employees, prior to enactment, will be required to attend the refresher course within 18 months of enactment.
“Bill 94-36 is a proactive investment into our civil service, which in turn ensures government integrity and that resources are used appropriately,” Perez said.
Guam currently has an existing measure, Public Law 28-76, mandates elected officials and heads of executive departments, boards and commissions to attend ethics in government program provided by the University of Guam or other providers.
“Ethical behavior is integral to our conception of inafa’maolek and how we treat others, and our natural environment. It is also the cornerstone of an accountable and transparent government, which the people of Guam rely on for critical services," Perez said.
The ethics in government program would be provided by the Guam Ethics Commission, or by a provider approved by the Guam Ethics Commission.
The bill is co-sponsored by Speaker Therese M. Terlaje, Vice-Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Sen. V. Anthony Ada, Sen. Frank Blas Jr., Sen. Joanne Brown , Sen. Christopher M. Dueñas, Sen. James C. Moylan, Sen. Telena C. Nelson, Sen. Clynton E. Ridgell, Sen. Joe S. San Agustin and Sen. Telo T. Taitague.