To Bolster Health, Education, Transportation, and Water Projects; Provide Critical Maintenance Funds
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 25, 2015) – Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina today announced the release of more than $7 million in grant funding to American Samoa through the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program. The funds support Governor Lolo Moliga’s priorities and much needed improvements to critical infrastructure in the territory.
“These infrastructure projects are vital to economic development in American Samoa as they bolster the territory’s transportation, health, education, and water systems,” said Assistant Secretary Kia’aina. “I am particularly pleased to support the repair of public school buildings as part of OIA’s Insular Assessment of Buildings and Classrooms (ABCs) Initiative. The funding will be used to address high-priority health and safety deferred maintenance items identified in our most recent assessment of school buildings in the territories.”
Grants awarded this week were as follows:
The Department of the Interior is responsible for coordinating federal policy with respect to the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and administering and overseeing U.S. federal assistance provided to the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau under the Compacts of Free Association. The Office of Insular Affairs mission is to foster economic opportunities, promote government efficiency, and improve the quality of life for the people of the insular areas.