BECAUSE OF DEBT, AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT STILL PAYING TOO MUCH FOR SUPPLIES

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 27, 1999 - Samoa News)---It has been almost a year since the American Samoa Government (ASG) lost the right to shop for supplies at the federal government’s General Services Administration (GSA).

The GSA shut off the American Samoa Government for lack of payment. Since then, the government has spent much more than it owed by having to purchase goods at retail prices.

With ASG not being able to purchase goods and services from the General Services Administration, general goods being purchased through the "open market" (vendors locally and off-island) is costing ASG a lot of money.

Most local vendors will not accept a government purchase order. Instead they require payment up front, before goods are delivered.

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