ASG Customs, Tax divisions exceed revenue collection goals says report
Customs and Tax division of the Treasury Department collected more than $12 million during the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, according to Treasury’s third quarter performance report covering the period of Apr. 1 - June 30, 2013.
Under program accomplishments, the report, which was provided by ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili, states that the Customs Division was without a chief customers officer, however, the division was still able to meet its $2 million a month revenue collection goal.
It says Customs Division collected during the third quarter revenues totaling $6.4 million (or $6,402,242) for an average monthly collection of $2,134,081 surpassing their $2 million monthly goal.
At the Tax division, they collected in the third quarter total revenue of $6,477,067 for an average monthly collection of $2,159,022, according to the report.
For program impediments, the report said Treasury's prevalent obstruction to its organization is the lack of resources to carry out mandated functions. “Effective operations are hampered by a lack of manpower,” it says, adding that lack of manpower and qualified staff in various divisions, “hinders our ability to conduct collections of projected revenue owed to the government.”
The report also says that there is a “lack of faith and support from [ASG] departments on paperless purchasing” and only a handful of departments are utilizing the paperless system.
“There has been an increase in the number of Quick purchases versus Purchase requests, a clear indication of bypassing the paperless workflow,” it says.
Treasury Department in conjunction with two ASG agencies launched in April this year, the “Paperless Purchasing” initiative, which is in line with Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s vision on “streamlining the review and approval process” in ASG purchases.
The objective of this initiative is to enable the government to better serve both its counterparts and the business private sector community with efficiency, accountability and transparency.
The digital system is to save the department’s time and money by not having to physically “follow up” on these Purchase Requisitions, Purchase Orders and all the required documentation to process a payment, according to the Treasury in a statement in April.
In its performance report, Treasury Department says its IT division devoted many hours to ensuring that the government’s Paperless Workflow/Purchasing system was up and running with no glitches.
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