Office of Insular Affairs
Interior Assistant Secretary Kia'aina Seeks Climate Change Coordinator for the Office of Insular Affairs to Address Climate Change in the U.S. Territories
and Freely Associated States
MON, JANUARY 26, 2015
Assistant Secretary for the Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina has established a new Climate Change Coordinator position in the Department of the Interior to help leaders of the U.S. insular areas plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change in their respective jurisdictions.
Interior Assistant Secretary Releases $18 Million in Remaining Operational Subsidies to American SamoaWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina released $18 million remaining in grant assistance for fiscal year 2015 to the American Samoa Government through the Office of Insular Affairs' (OIA) Operations Grant Program. These funds are what remained of the annual $22.75 million subsidy needed to support the daily operations of the American Samoa Government, the LBJ Tropical Medical Center, the American Samoa Community College, and the High Court of American Samoa. The purpose of this program is to fund the difference between budget needs and local revenue and remains constant each year to promote self-sufficiency requiring American Samoa to absorb other costs such as inflation.
Interior Assistant Secretary Kia'aina Announces Internship Opportunities in Washington at the Office of Insular AffairsWashington, D.C. (January 8, 2015) – The Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina today announced Summer 2015 openings in the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) for post-secondary level students to participate in an Insular Affairs Internship Program. The program is modelled closely after President Obama's Pathways Program launched four years ago to improve recruiting efforts, offer clear paths to Federal internships for students, and to provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service.
Retired Army Colonel Joins Interior's Insular Affairs Team as Field Representative in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana IslandsWashington, D.C. (January 8, 2015) – The Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina today announced the selection of retired U.S. Army Colonel Harry Camacho Blanco, who was born and raised in the Northern Marianas Islands, to serve as the Office of Insular Affairs Field Representative in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Colonel Blanco is the first person from the Northern Marianas to achieve the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army, and was the CNMI's highest-ranking Army officer.
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.