The head of government purchases, Karla Mercado, denied that there is a pattern in the General Services Administration (ASG) to screw trusted employees of the New Progressive Party (PNP) into key positions in the agency a few days after that the electoral ban that prohibits personnel transactions in the Executive branch begins.
The complaints about the movement of personnel in various agencies and public corporations emerged in a virtual conference offered by the representatives of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), Jesús Manuel Ortiz and Ramón Luis Cruz Burgos. Among the agencies in which they alleged there were calls to screw trusted employees into career positions is the ASG, where most of the central government purchases are concentrated.
"No trusted personnel have been moved to career positions, nor have calls been made with" little time ", the calls that have been made began as soon as we received approval from the Office of Administration and Transformation of Human Resources (Oatrh) and the Office of Management and Budget (OGP) and comply with the time regulations, "said Mercado in written statements sent to EL VOCERO .
He recalled that the ASG has been in a restructuring process since 2019, when a new law was signed that centralizes all government purchases in that agency.
"The career vacancies that were approved, and for which there is a call, are those indispensable that were left vacant as a result of pre-retirement and voluntary transition," he mentioned.
He specified that among the vacant positions is that of the director of the Office of the Single Registry of Bidders and others. However, PPD representatives showed calls in the ASG that apply "only to employees of the Executive Branch" for the positions of "Contract Officer", "Administrative Officer", and "Administrative Director".
Mercado reiterated that the OATRH and the OGP approved the opening of the positions and proceeded to publish them. of vacancies.
"By regulation, calls must be open for a term of no less than ten days. All calls met the period established by OATRH and all applications will be addressed through interviews and evaluations by Human Resources personnel. I reiterate, they were published as soon as the relevant agencies gave their endorsement. We couldn't do it before, "Mercado said.
He insisted that the vacant positions "are necessary for the operation and we encourage anyone who qualifies to apply." Mercado has held the position of purchasing manager since June 16, after being confirmed by the Senate.
The legislators of the PPD showed calls from different agencies and corporations that add up to around a hundred seats. They also questioned the fact that – in the middle of the pandemic – a few days were granted so that people could apply.
Other government entities in which there was an alleged movement of personnel are the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, the Puerto Rico Socioeconomic and Community Development Office (Odsec), the Medical Services Administration (ASEM), the Housing Department , the Department of Labor and Human Resources (DTRH), the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), the Land Administration, the Department of Public Security (DSP) and for the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA).  Most of the positions included in calls earn an income between $ 1,200 and $ 5,000 per month.