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Senate President Tuaolo Manaia Fruean
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Fono Joint Budget Committee hearings of the government’s fiscal year 2022 budget ended yesterday, as scheduled. The next step that will be announced soon, is when the committee meets to discuss and debate a final version and present a report to both chambers for a...
ASTCA headquarters in Tafuna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA) acting Chief Executive Officer, Chuck Leota told lawmakers that the government owned telecom, currently doesn’t have a “back-up” system, in case of problems or disruption to the Hawaiki undersea fiber optic cable,...
ASG Budget Office director Catherine A. Saelua
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During a Senate Budget and Appropriations committee hearing yesterday, ASG Budget Office director Catherine A. Saelua said an estimated total of $1.7 million in local revenues will cover ASG salary increases for the last quarter of fiscal year 2021. The increases became...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The local Department of Homeland Security’s (ASDHS) efforts, through its Office of Territorial and International Criminal Intelligence and Drug Enforcement (OTICIDE), to halt the influx of illegal drugs into the territory is hindered by the fact that it does not have...
Attorney General, Fainu’ulelei Falefatu Alailima-Utu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — As the fiscal year 2022 budget hearings continue this week, the question of what action the Fono will take — if any — regarding Executive Branch directors who have not been confirmed by the Legislature still lingers, after lawmakers heard an opinion last week Thursday...
Human Resources director Lynn Pulou-Alaimalo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Human Resources director Lynn Pulou-Alaimalo told lawmakers yesterday that it is a mandate by Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga that set the salaries of Executive Branch directors at $70,000 annually and deputy directors at $65,0000. She made the revelation during...
Rep. Larry S. Sanitoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Based on ASG’s latest financial report for fiscal year 2021, the government is forecasting a possible shortfall of more than $10 million at the close of the fiscal year, but Treasurer Malemo Tausaga told lawmakers that he believes the shortfall will reduce as the...
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...
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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...