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Interior Assistant Secretary Announces Over $300,000 to Protect, Manage and Preserve Coral Reef Ecosystems Critical to Pacific Island Livelihoods, Traditions, and Cultures

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 19, 2014) – Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina today announced more than $300,000 in coral reef initiative grants to American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and Ulithi Atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The funds are made available through the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) Coral Reef Initiative program for various projects intended to help protect and preserve coral reef ecosystems and educate communities and students on management of these natural resources.

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$3 Million in Infrastructure Funds Will Make Improvements in the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Health, Education, Power and Public Safety Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 12, 2014) – Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina today announced nearly $3 million in grant assistance to the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) through the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program. Funds will support critical improvements to the territory’s infrastructure.

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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.

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$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.

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$111 Million for Guam in Section 30 Federal Tax 'Cover-over' Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 4, 2014) - 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.

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Interior Assistant Secretary and Federal Officials Meet with Freely Associated States Citizens in Honolulu

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 22, 2014)– 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.

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