Office of Insular Affairs
FISCAL YEAR 2015 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 8, 2014) - The Office of Insular Affairs is requesting proposals for its Technical Assistance Program (TAP) which provides grant funding for short-term projects intended to meet the immediate needs of the insular areas. Funding priorities include, but are not limited to, projects that foster the development of the insular areas in the following categories:
- Accountability, financial management, economic development, training, education, energy, management control initiatives, safety, emergency, historical & cultural preservation, climate change, capacity building, health initiatives, and outdoor youth initiatives.
$165 Million Payment to the United States Virgin Islands for Excise Taxes
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 5, 2014) – Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina has approved payment of $165 million to the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) for estimated fiscal year 2015 rum excise taxes.
$111 Million for Guam in Section 30 Federal Tax 'Cover-over' Payments
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 4, 2015) - Interior's Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina has approved a total of $111 million in Section 30 federal income tax transfer payments to Guam, including a $71 million advance payment for estimated fiscal year 2015 taxes, a $10 million adjustment for actual taxes collected in fiscal year 2013, and an adjustment payment of $30 million for taxes collected on Guam in previous years.
Interior Assistant Secretary and Federal Officials Meet with Freely Associated States Citizens in Honolulu
HONOLULU, HI – Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina met today with key representatives of the Micronesian, Marshallese and Palauan communities, joined by their Ambassadors, Consuls General and a former Marshall Islands President, to get a better understanding of their experiences and to discuss unique challenges they may be facing while living in the United States. Under federal law, citizens of these three Pacific Island nations may travel freely to the U.S. for work and school without regard for visas, and since the implementation of the Compacts of Free Association beginning in the 1980s, an estimated 15,000 freely associated states (FAS) migrants now live in Hawaii.
Statement of Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther P. Kia'aina on the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam
Washington, D.C. (July 21, 2014) – The Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther P. Kia'aina issued the following statement commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam: "As we commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Guam, another year has passed in which we remember and honor the bravery and sacrifice of those American forces who landed on Guam's shores to restore freedom to the people of Guam and the lives lost in that quest.
President's FY 2015 Budget Requests $678.1 Million to Encourage Economic Activity in U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2014) – President Obama has proposed a fiscal year 2015 budget of $678.1 million for the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA), which works to empower U.S.-affiliated insular communities by encouraging economic activity, building governmental capacity, improving quality of life, and promoting good governance. The budget request includes $92.2 million in annual appropriations and $585.9 million in permanent and indefinite appropriations for fiscal payments mandated by law to U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.
Secretary Jewell Discusses Administration's Work to Strengthen Insular Areas' Economies and Communities at Annual Interagency Group Meeting