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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 11, 1998 - Samoa News)---The government workforce needs to be down-sized, American Samoa Governor Tauese Sunia believes. But he has no immediate plans to implement any dramatic Reduction in Force or lay-offs. Instead, he said that he will be implementing several options, including privatization, as his first step to reduce the territorial government’s payroll.

Presently, the government workforce numbers 4,000 to 5,000, including career service workers, contract workers, elected officials and gubernatorial appointees. The payroll is in the neighborhood of $70 million per year.

The Governor believes reducing payroll costs is vital to making the government financially stable, adding that privatization of government functions is one of the initiatives which he will be pushing for during his second year in office.

Governor Tauese did not give details on which areas of the government he plans to privatize, but noted that he has identified seven specific potential privatization targets.

He said that the privatization will not take place immediately, but would get underway before the year was out.

Governor Tauese plans to share the issue Monday with lawmakers when he addresses the Legislative during its Third Regular session.

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