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 user 2008-02-27 at 11:17:00 am Views: 61
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    Office supplier protests against GPSS contract
    Business Systems and Supplies filed an appeal at the Office of the
    Public Auditor earlier this month against the Guam Public School System
    regarding the procurement of copiers. On February 7, a procurement
    appeal was made from the failure to respond to a protest of method,
    solicitation or award. IBSS wants to know whether the largest agency in
    the Government of Guam has been properly or improperly procuring

    The local company is the current distributor of canon
    imaging and printing solutions. According to IBSS general counsel John
    Brown, he would like to know whether other companies could participate
    in public bids. He says for years GPSS has been receiving services from
    one copier company, Xerox Corporation, without allowing other companies
    to participate. “It’s been a black hole for a number of years and we’re
    just trying to peer into that black hole to find out how we can take
    part in the bidding process for copier equipment,” Brown explained.

    says the OPA completed an audit for the General Services Agency for
    2003-2004, noting improper procurement practices for a number of
    products to include copiers. With that in mind, IBSS continued to look
    to seek information on how to get involved with bid practices. Since
    2005, the firm has been continue verbal conversations with
    then-superintendent of public education Juan Flores and even continues
    the dialogue with current superintendent Luis Reyes.

    Brown says
    GPSS assured them they would issue out competitive bids, but never did
    so. After following up on their words, IBSS never received responses
    from their inquiries. Because of this, IBSS had to protest the lack of
    response of proper bidding, and then later sent out a failure to
    respond to the protest. This was the last straw and brown felt it was
    best to make an appeal to the public auditor.

    He continued,
    “What we hope to come from this is whatever they’ve been doing, if it’s
    been right – tell us, show us if it’s right. But they refuse to do that
    so far. It really leads to a presumption that it hasn’t been. But that
    is a presumption. This is an opportunity to show that it has been done
    properly. And if it hasn’t been done properly, terminate it. Start with
    a clean slate and let’s go forward with proper procurement.”

    GPSS spokesperson Gerry Cruz says they are currently waiting to receive
    direction from the OPA on how the agency should proceed – he does say
    GPSS will cooperate. “A lot of documentation has already been given to
    the OPA through our office and we’re just waiting for a response from
    them to see where we’re going to go with this case…we’re just waiting
    direction from the OPA, and that’s where it stands at this point,” he
    told KUAM News.