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PALIKIR, Federated States of Micronesia (December 4, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)--- The Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia has passed and forwarded to President Jacob Nena for approval a bill to reorganize the executive branch of the FSM government into six major departments.

The reorganization is designed to improve the overall structure and efficiency of Micronesia's national government and to reduce significantly the cost of operations. Cost savings are considered essential as foreign aid from the United States, under the Compact of Free Association, continues to decline.

The Congressional legislation, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 1998, is based on the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Restructure. It requires all current FSM government secretaries and heads of key offices to resign except the Public Defender. President Nena then will appoint officials, some of whom will require confirmation by Congress, to head the reorganized government departments and offices.

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