American Samoa receives initial government operations funding for FY 2021
WASHINGTON — American Samoa Government is receiving $4,667,000 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ American Samoa Operations program, as the initial amount to be paid in FY 2021.This funding provides critical support to the hospital, the community college, public schools, and the judicial system in the territory.
The funding is made available under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act (Public Law 116-159), which remains in effect until December 11, 2020. (Samoa News notes that — as of this date — the final U.S. budget for FY 2021 has not been passed by Congress or signed into law by the president, a similar situation to the American Samoa FY2021 budget.)
“The Office of Insular Affairs team works hard every year to ensure that any available funding – including under a continuing resolution - is transmitted to American Samoa as quickly as possible for its essential government operations,” said U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary Douglas W. Domenech.
The funds will be divided as follows:
American Samoa Government $2,530,000
LBJ Tropical Medical Center $1,750,000
American Samoa Community College $300,000
High Court of American Samoa $87,000
Made available each year by Congress, the American Samoa Operations program is provided through the Office of Insular Affairs on behalf of the federal government. The full fiscal year 2020 amount provided by Congress to the American Samoa government for operations in fiscal year 2020 was $23,665,000. This payment of $4,677,000 is the initial amount to be paid in fiscal year 2021.
For a history of the American Samoa Operations program, read the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) Budget Justification, also known as the OIA Greenbook.