OIA Press Releases (2020 to Present)

Assistant Secretary Cantor Highlights Funding to Support Civic Education Opportunities for Students in U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States


Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Carmen G. Cantor today met with high school students from the 2024 Insular Area Close Up Program, a program funded by the Office of Insular Affairs that provides meaningful civic education opportunities for students from the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.

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Assistant Secretary Cantor Participates in 124th Flag Day Ceremonies in American Samoa, Announces $2.5 million in financial assistance for the territory


During her visit, Assistant Secretary Cantor announced $2.5 million in fiscal year 2024 Technical Assistance Program (TAP) grant funds from the Office of Insular Affairs. TAP grant awards totaling $1,488,400 will be awarded to the territorial government and $1,007,161 in TAP funding is distributed to semi-autonomous agencies, an educational institution, non-profit organizations, and the Department’s Bureau of Reclamation for a variety of projects to support American Samoa.

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Office of Insular Affairs Announces Grant Assistance to Support Development of New Hospital Project in Chuuk State, FSM


An investment of $8,486,000 in Compact of Free Association grant assistance is provided in support of the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s efforts toward designing, developing and engineering a new hospital in Chuuk State and will replace hospital infrastructure that was built prior to 1986 or the beginning of the Compact of Free Association relationship.

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Interior Department Applauds Renewed Economic Assistance for Compacts of Free Association


On Saturday, March 9, 2024, President Biden signed into law, H.R. 4366, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024,” which included the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2024. The Department of the Interior today celebrated the finalization of amendments to the Compacts of Free Association, which would provide 20 years of new economic assistance. The $6.5 billion of assistance is critical for economic stability and quality of life for the people of the freely associated states (FAS): the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau.

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OIA Anounces $2.3 Million in FY24 Funds for Four Atoll Healthcare in the Marshall Islands and APIPA


“Every year OIA provides funding to support healthcare for families and communities from the four nuclear-affected atolls, a program we have supported for many years now as a critical piece of our ongoing support to the Marshall Islands. This year we are also supporting the APIPA’s efforts to conduct peer and quality control review of their operations across the islands, a critical role given the important levels of federal funds that are provided to the islands,” said Assistant Secretary Cantor.

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EIC Grants to Territories in 2023


The Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) program provides grant funding to the U.S. territories for energy strategies that reduce the cost of electricity and reduce dependence on foreign fuels. This program is intended to support the Department priority to utilize our natural resources by ensuring American energy is available to meet security and economic needs. A total of $15,935,439, in EIC funds were awarded in fiscal year 2023.

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