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Faipule, some with masks
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A measure by the Lemanu and Talauega administration was introduced in the Fono last week prohibiting a member of the Immigration Board from acting as a sponsor and clarifies the terms of Board members. The new bill would amend the Section 41.0203 of the American Samoa...
House members attending yesterday’s Fono Joint Budget Committee hearing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate Joint Budget Committee has requested financial reports for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 from the Lemanu Administration on the total surplus accumulated for each previous fiscal years, how it was spent and if it was Fono approved, as well as if the Fono ever...
Attorney General Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Ala’ilima-Utu (left) and the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Tuimavave Tauapa’i Laupola
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Several senators have serious reservations with the Administration’s bill, which seeks to amend local law by removing the requirement that the Territorial Auditor — who heads the ASG independent agency Territorial Audit Office — shall be a certified public accountant (...
Office of Budget and Planning director Catherine A. Saelua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Speaking at Monday’s cabinet meeting, Office of Budget and Planning director Catherine A. Saelua reminded directors that the government’s final budget for fiscal year 2022 “is the Governor’s Budget” and not her budget. In past budget hearings, some directors — responding...
Rendering of Fono building under construction
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bill revising the requirements for members of the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) Board of Directors was introduced in the House of Representatives this week for its first reading and was transferred to the House ASPA committee for review. The summary of the bill...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Instead of each chamber holding their own respective hearings on the fiscal year 2022 budget the Fono will hold joint budget hearings starting this week. Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman, Sen. Utu Sila Poasa made the announcement during Thursday’s...
Sen. Utu Sila Poasa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Among the legislation introduced in the Fono last week is the ASG proposed final fiscal year 2022 budget totaling $552.78 million. At last Friday’s Senate session, Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Sen. Utu Sila Poasa announced that the committee is...
[l-r] Reps. Avagafono Vaimaga Maiava, Vaioata E. Amituana’I, Titiali’i Kitara Vaiau, Manavaalofa Tutuila Manase, Manumaua Wayne Wilson and Lua’itaua Gene Pan.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Despite a lot of criticism before his confirmation hearing, the House of Representatives has given the green light to Muavaefaatasi John Suisala to serve in the Lemanu and Talauega cabinet after they approved his nomination as Director of the Department of Human and...
Retirement Fund Office executive director, I’aulualo Fa’afetai Talia (left) and ASG Employees Retirement Fund board of trustees chairman, Vaanatiu Tofala Iafeta
  by Ausage Fausia Samoa News Reporter House Representatives are very concerned after they were told that it has been three years since American Samoa launched the Hawaiki undersea fiber optic cable and none of its 200 gigabytes (GIGS) of bandwidth has been sold. According to the director of the...
Vice Speaker of the House Fetu Fetui Jr leading the House Session this past week  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A House hearing with members of the new COVID-19 Task Force is now scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30a.m. This was confirmed by the Chair of the House Health Committee Rep. Andra Tereise Samoa. The hearing has been called after many issues were raised regarding how the Task...

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