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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga announced last Friday that the US Department of Labor has approved American Samoa’s application under the Employment & Training Administration — awarding $16.26 million through the CARES Act of 2020 to administer the Unemployment Insurance...
People standing in line to cash stimulus checks
A crowd of people seen standing in line outside of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) waiting for the bank to open so they could cash their stimulus checks on Saturday, May 23, 2020. [photo AF]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Instead of paying overtime — with some overtime payments as much as $2,000 per person — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga wants directors to “bring in new people” to work in ASG agencies, with the millions of dollars in federal money garnered by American Samoa since the COVID-19...
Congresswoman Amata with Senator John Kennedy
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming a weekly update from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that the American Samoan employers have now successfully acquired 100 loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) totaling over $6 million. “I appreciate the...
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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced last week that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications from eligible grantees for  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) supplemental funds (EDA CARES Act...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale (left) and Senate President Gaoteote Palaie Tofau (rught)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With more than $80 million in COVID-19 funding allocated to American Samoa, the Fono leaders have informed Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga that lawmakers are prepared to start a review and approval for the appropriation of these funds. The notification was made in a May 11th...
Congresswoman Amata with American Samoa Chamber of Commerce
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the Committee on Small Business held a forum with a panel of lenders to conduct oversight and examine the Small Business Administration’s implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). “The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck...
Marco Rubio and Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is reporting that the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program continues to advance with a new week’s data reported. American Samoan businesses have now successfully acquired 87 PPP loans totaling approximately $5 million, and the...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata with Health Director Motusa Nua
Washington, D.C. — This past Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed $406,084 in CARES Act funds to expand American Samoa’s COVID-19 testing capacity. This discretionary grant is from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the Health and Human Services (HHS)...
Congresswoman Amata and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a $2,553,194 CARES Act grant for coronavirus relief for American Samoa’s fishermen. The news is part of a national announcement by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allocating $300 million in fisheries assistance. Congress provided this funding...

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