Oversight That Works

Puerto Rico’s protracted economic depression — and the draconian measures implemented to combat the resulting fiscal imbalances — have eroded the island’s government capacity to perform at all levels and created fertile ground for unscrupulous actors to engage in fraudulent behavior.  Severe austerity programs implemented since 2006 have led to: drastic budget cuts in numerous key agencies, high employee turnover, low morale amongst public servants and limited resources across the board.

COFINA and the “Good Enough” Restructuring Doctrine

On February 4, Judge Laura Taylor Swain issued (1) A Memorandum Opinion and Order Approving Settlement Between Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation (the “Commonwealth – COFINA Settlement”) and (2) A Memorandum of Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in Connection with Confirmation of the Third Amended Title III Plan of Adjustment of Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation (the “POA Confirmation Order”).

Put Puerto Rico First

During the past few months a narrative has taken hold, on both sides of the political spectrum, that Puerto Rico is “using federal disaster relief funds to pay bondholders”. This narrative is wrong and dangerously simplistic.

Puerto Rico’s Unfinished Business After Hurricane María

It has been a little over a year since Hurricane María fractured Puerto Rico’s infrastructure and its demographic and economic landscape. Currently, all the critical infrastructure—electricity, water, telecommunications, schools, and hospitals—is functional.

Transforming the Recovery into Locally-led Growth: Federal Contracting in the Post-Disaster Period

In the wake of the devastation resulting from hurricane María, the United States Federal Government mobilized numerous emergency relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Traditionally, Federal disaster response has been thought of as the “silver lining” that stems from a catastrophic event, given the millions of US Government dollars that are pumped into the local economy.

El informe del GAO

Recientemente la Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) publicó un informe sobre la deuda de Puerto Rico. Los hallazgos principales del informe no deben sorprender a nadie.

El costo social del plan fiscal

Seis miembros de la Junta de Control Fiscal (“JCF”), aprobaron el Plan Fiscal para el gobierno de Puerto Rico el pasado 19 de abril. En términos conceptuales, el Plan consiste en la implementación de (1) un programa de reformas estructurales; (2) un programa de consolidación fiscal; y(3) un programa de reconstrucción financiado por el gobierno federal.

Plan fiscal 3.0

El pasado 12 de febrero el gobierno de Ricardo Rosselló presentó la tercera iteración de su Plan Fiscal para Puerto Rico. En términos generales, esta versión del Plan tiene tres componentes principales: (1) Una revisión del escenario económico base tomando en consideración la asignación de fondos federales para la reconstrucción de la infraestructura destruida por el huracán María