Office of the Attorney General to hold Open Government Law Training

December 14, 2021- Tamuning, Guam- As a continuation to its commitment to transparency and ensuring government of Guam agencies are kept abreast of important updates to Open Government Law and providing refresher courses to existing law, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is hosting another round of training beginning tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.

So far, nearly 90 employees from various government agencies have registered for the training titled, Everything You Need to Know About the Open Government Law in Guam. The Solicitor Division of the OAG, charged with providing legal counsel to GovGuam and its boards and commissions, will lead this series of training sessions with Assistant Attorney General Rob Weinberg as its presenter.

The training will include an overview of Guam’s Open Government Law, recent court decisions that have influenced the law, and Opinions and Guidances issued by the Solicitor Division of the OAG that provide an interpretation of those laws. How technology has affected open government guidelines; consequences for failing to comply with those laws; minimum pre-meeting notice and post-reporting requirements; and the differences between regular meetings, special meetings, executive sessions, and working sessions will also be covered.

GovGuam employees interested in enrolling may email rsannicolas@oagguam.org. The training will also be broadcast live on the OAG’s YouTube page for those who wish to learn more about Guam’s Open Government Law.

“The best way to address Open Government violations is to try to prevent them from happening,” said Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho.

The OAG has been proactive in leading training for GovGuam employees, and has also taken action for violations of the Open Government Law. This includes the filing of a lawsuit against members of a local commission for discussing and deciding a pay raise in a meeting closed to the public, the first suit in nearly a decade brought by the OAG pursuant to the Enforcement of Proper Government Spending Act.