No one is certified as winner, yet transition meetings are starting today
By The Star Staff
Transition committee meetings for Puerto Rico’s incoming and outgoing governing administrations are slated to start today and they will be aired online to help the public take a look at what a potential Pedro Pierluisi administration would look like in 2021.
As a preamble to the hearings, officials from the incoming New Progressive Party (NPP) administration and outgoing NPP administration met last week to discuss the rules that will govern the transition process.
Bayamón Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera Cruz, chairman of the Transition Committee of governor-elect Pedro R. Pierluisi, said the meeting included a discussion with Zulma Rosario Vega, former director of the Government Ethics Office, because for the first time, there will be a transition between administrations from the same governing party.
“The purpose of this talk is to proactively deal with any concerns from the members on different ethical aspects,” he said.
Rivera Cruz added that “issues related to government ethics were addressed with Rosario, it being the first time that a transition process has taken place between administrations of our party.”
Likewise, he said the incoming governing committee has already received 100 percent of the reports from all government agencies and they will be published as they are presented in public hearings.
The official reiterated the incoming government committee’s interest in the hearings being accessible to the media and the general public. For that reason, they announced that the hearings can be accessed at www.transicion2020.pr.gov.
Scheduled to appear today at 9:30 a.m. are agency heads and officials from the Treasury Department, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority of Puerto Rico.
On Tuesday, officials from the Central Office for Recovery and Reconstruction, and from the Department of Housing are slated to testify about what they did during the past four years and what is left pending for the incoming government.
On Wednesday, the incoming government committee will meet with officials from the Department of Health, and on Thursday, with officials from the Department of Education and the Department of Public Safety.
This week’s hearings will culminate on Friday with the presentation from the Labor Department. Hearings then are slated to resume the following Tuesday, Nov. 24.