Secretary Convenes White House Interagency Group on Insular Affairs; U.S. Island Governors and Delegates Discuss Priorities
Washington, D.C. (February 24, 2009) –Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today told U.S. island leaders that he will promote a more active and effective working relationship with them through the White House Interagency Group on Insular Affairs.
More than 80 representatives from the four U.S. island territories and federal agencies attended the plenary session of the Interagency Group, which was established to coordinate federal assistance and activities in the insular areas. The meeting at Interior Headquarters was moderated by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Nikolao I. Pula. Accompanying the Secretary were David Hayes, the Department's nominee for Deputy Secretary; Thomas Strickland, the Secretary's Chief of Staff; and Pam Haze, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget.
"These investments will help strengthen island communities' economies," Salazar said. "Working through the Interagency Group together we can significantly improve the coordination of efforts that are getting underway as part of the Recovery Act. I call on the Governors and Members of Congress to help me ensure that we implement these programs in a manner that fulfills President Obama's vision for accountability and responsibility in government."