American Samoa Gets $18.3 Million From U.S. Interior

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Funds are what remains of annual government grant

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, January 18, 2016) – U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina has released $18.3 million remaining in grant assistance for fiscal year 2016 to the American Samoa government through the Office of Insular Affairs’ Operations Grant Program.

These funds are what remained of the annual $22.75 million needed to support the daily operations of the American Samoa government, the LBJ Tropical Medical Center, the American Samoa Community College, and the High Court of American Samoa. The annual operations grant for American Samoa funds the difference between the island’s budget needs and locally-generated revenue and remains constant each year to support government operations.

"These funds are critical to supporting the operating costs of the judiciary, the hospital, and the public schools for the American Samoan government," said Assistant Secretary Kia’aina. "Interior has a long history with American Samoa and we are pleased to support Governor Lolo and the people of American Samoa."

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