3 Apr 2007

Big public sector reform proposed in Guam

7:10 pm on 3 April 2007

The government of Guam could save 50 million US dollars a year if it accepts two bills that propose re-organising public agencies.

The Marianas Variety reports senator Frank Ishizaki saying the bills would mean the removal of some department heads with the agencies consolidated under a single department.

He says the immediate cost savings will be made in this way.

Senator Ishizaki says it might take five years to fully realize the cost savings offered by the reorganization bills and the long-term benefit would result from staff cutbacks.

The bill allows for the creation of a department of public safety that would consolidate Guam's police, fire, corrections, and youth affairs departments, and others such as the office of highway safety and airport and sea port police.