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Oversight board denies extra Yule bonus for court workers


The Financial Oversight and Management Board denied the reapportionment of $1.8 million related to the General Courts of Justice’s request for a $400 Christmas bonus to eligible employees in addition to the $600 Christmas bonus that all government employees already receive.

By The Star Staff


The Financial Oversight and Management Board has approved funding to pay Christmas bonuses to public workers but declined to pay an extra sum requested for court employees.


The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sought the reapportionment of $69.7 million under the General Fund, Special Revenue Fund (SRF) and Federal Fund (FF) budgets for the purpose of funding the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Christmas bonus to government employees.


“After reviewing the request, and pursuant to the Oversight Board’s authority, the Oversight Board partially approves the request,” according to a letter signed last week by the oversight board that was sent to OMB Director Juan C. Blanco Urrutia.


The oversight board denied the reapportionment of $1.8 million related to the General Courts of Justice’s (GCOJ) request for a $400 Christmas bonus to eligible employees in addition to the $600 Christmas bonus that all government employees already receive.


The GCOJ had separately requested that the oversight board approve $5.5 million in additional funds to cover utility costs.


“The estimated funds available from underspend in GCOJ’s payroll planned to pay for the additional $400 Christmas Bonus must instead be used to cover other important budgetary needs, such as the cost of utilities,” the oversight board said.


The FY2024 Certified Commonwealth Budget includes an appropriation of $41 million under the custody of OMB to cover Christmas bonus payments to government employees. In support of its request, OMB identified $18.5 million within agencies’ FY2024 Payroll and Opex budgets, consisting of $14.2 million in General Fund monies and $4.3 million in SRFs.


OMB also identified $13.6 million in federal funds, for a total of $69.7 million identified funds.


“Please note that the Oversight Board does not review or approve FF reprogramming requests,” the oversight board said. “If funding is available, and consistent with federal regulations, expenses should be covered with existing budgetary assignments.”

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