2012 Puerto Rico government transition process

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2012 Puerto Rico government transition process
Process overview
Formed November 13, 2012; 20 months ago (2012-11-13)
Preceding Process 2008 government transition process
Dissolved By or before December 31, 2012; 18 months ago (2012-12-31)
Jurisdiction executive branch
Headquarters Department of State
Process executives Kenneth McClintock, Outgoing President
Miguel Romero, Outgoing Executive Director
Dolores Rodríguez de Oronoz, Incoming President & Executive Director
Ingrid Vila Biaggi, Incoming Vice President
Key document Law No. 197 of 2002
Website www.leydetransicion2012.pr.gov
www.transicionpuertorico.com

The 2012 Puerto Rico government transition process is the ongoing process in Puerto Rico regarding the government transition between the outgoing governorship of incumbent Governor Luis Fortuño and the incoming governorship of Alejandro García Padilla, Governor-elect. The process is mandated and regulated by Law No. 197 of 2002[1] and started on November 13, 2012, three working days after the Puerto Rican general election of 2012 as the law requires, once García Padilla was preliminarily certified as Governor-elect by the State Elections Commission.

As expected, the process has unveiled discrepancies between what the incumbent administration portrayed in the media and what the current status of the government of Puerto Rico truly is; in particular its Consolidated Fund, budget balance, labor statistics, and performance and metrics.

Outgoing Committee[edit]

The 2012 Puerto Rico Outgoing Committee on Government Transition is the committee in charge of the transition process on behalf of the incumbent administration of Governor Luis Fortuño. The Committee is composed of government officers from Fortuño's administration, including, as required by law:

Name Position Organization
Guillermo Somoza Secretary of Justice Department of Justice
Jesús F. Méndez Secretary of Treasury Department of Treasury
Juan C. Batlle President Government Development Bank
Juan Carlos Pavía Director Office of Management and Budget
Kenneth McClintock Secretary of State Department of State
Miguel Romero Chief of Staff Secretariat of Governance
Rubén A. Hernández Gregorat Secretary of Transportation and Public Works Department of Transportation and Public Works
Rubén Flores Marzán President Planning Board

McClintock serves as the Outgoing Committee's President while Romero serves as its Executive Director.[2][3]

Incoming Committee[edit]

The 2012 Puerto Rico Incoming Committee on Government Transition is the committee in charge of the transition process on behalf of Alejandro García Padilla, Governor-elect. The Committee is composed of aides and assistants of García Padilla, as follows:

Name Position Remarks
Alberto Bacó Bagué Member former Director of the Economic Development Bank and former Executive Vice President of the Government Development Bank
Celeste Freytes Member former Vice President of Academic Affairs of the University of Puerto Rico
David H. Chafey Jr. Member former President of Banco Popular
Dolores Rodríguez de Oronoz President & Executive Director former Appeals Justice and advisor on Rafael Hernández Colón's Office of the Governor
Ingrid Vila Biaggi Vice President former sub-Secretary of Government for Sila Maria Calderón
Jorge Sánchez[disambiguation needed] Member former rector of the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus
José A. Andréu Fuentes Member former legal officer for Chief Justice Víctor Pons
Juan Acosta Reboyras Member former member of the Board of First Bank Puerto Rico
Juan B. Aponte Member Emeritus Professor of the University of Puerto Rico
Palmira N. Ríos González Member former President of the Commission on Civil Rights
Roberto Pagán Rodríguez Member President of the Puerto Rican Workers Union
Salvador Antonetti Zequeira Member former Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the University of Puerto Rico

Rodríguez de Oronoz serves as both the Incoming Committee's President and Executive Director[4][5][6] while Vila Biaggi serves as its Vice President.[7]

Controversial issues[edit]

In November 16, 2012, the Outgoing Committee admitted in public hearing that the Puerto Rico General Fund was not in fact as robust as previously informed by the incumbent administration.[citation needed] One hearing after, the public hearing unveiled a higher deficit in the Puerto Rico government budget balance for the upcoming fiscal year of $1.1 billion US$ instead of the $330 million that were previously reported;[citation needed] effectively making the deficit almost three times higher than previously reported and unveiling a cash flow insolvency on the Department of Treasury.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Law No. 197 of 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  2. ^ "McClintock espera conocer hoy el comité de transición del PPD". =Elnuevodia.com. El Nuevo Día. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Anuncian comité de transición gubernamental | Telemundo de Puerto Rico canal líder en telenovelas, noticias y entretenimiento | Últimas Noticias". Telemundopr.com. 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  4. ^ "García Padilla anuncia integrantes del comité de transición". Elnuevodia.com. El Nuevo Día. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
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  6. ^ "¿Quién es quién en el Comité de Transición de AGP?". Noticel.com. NotiCel. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  7. ^ "www.transicionpuertorico.com". www.transicionpuertorico.com. Retrieved 2012-12-10.