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District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
Official Seal of the Office of Insular Affairs
3/10/2017
DOI/OIA

$1.7 Million in Technical Assistance Grants Announced for U.S. Territories and the Freely Associated States Grants for employee benefits, Marshall Islands health care and assistance to tax administrators

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
White House and Interior Senior Officials Host Territory Governors at Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA)
2/24/2017
DOI/OIA

White House and Interior Senior Officials Host Territory Governors at Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA)

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
USVI Flag
2/23/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 23, 2017) – Acting Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula has approved an adjustment payment of $18,173,711 million to the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) for fiscal year 2016 rum excise tax actuals.

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
Northern Mariana Islands Flag
2/21/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 21, 2017) – Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula has approved $5 million in fiscal year 2017 CIP funding for the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) for the repair of fuel storage tanks at the CUC which fail to meet required standards of the American Petroleum Institute.

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
Official Flag of Palau
2/3/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 3, 2017) – The Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula has authorized grant payments totaling $7,542,690 to the Republic of Palau.  Continuing appropriations provided by the U.S. Congress thus far for fiscal year 2017 will support operational activities for the Palau government.  Since the financial provisions of the Compact of Free Association expired in 2009, an annual amount of $13,147,000 has been extended to Palau beginning in 2010. 

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Flag of RMI
1/26/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 25, 2017) – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has released to the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ (RMI) Ministry of Finance Compact of Free Association (Compact) payments totaling $31,503,897 for the period October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

District of Columbia, Insular Affairs, Press Release
U.S. Special Representative Esther Kia’aina and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Special Representative Ralph DLG Torres at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C., at the first 902 Consultations meeting, June 6, 2016.
1/17/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2017) – U.S. Special Representative Esther Kia’aina and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Special Representative, Governor Ralph Torres, transmitted the 902 Consultations Report to Congressional leaders today.  The report is the culmination of eight months of official consultations, informal discussions, and site visits to locations in the CNMI, a U.S. territory in the Western Pacific region.

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
1/17/2017
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 6, 2016) – In all-day meetings at the White House today, Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina, Special Representative for the United States, began the first in a series of official consultations with Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Governor  Ralph DLG. Torres, the Special Representative for the CNMI.  Known as 902 Consultations, the discussions are authorized by Section 902 of the Covenant to Establish the CNMI in Political Union with the United States of America, which provides that the Government of the United States and the Government of the Northern Mariana Islands will consult regularly on all matters affecting the relationship between them, not less frequently than every ten years.

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
11/10/2016
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 10, 2016) – Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina today held an outreach meeting with government representatives from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Republic of Palau, and community leaders from across the U.S. mainland to discuss health care coverage options and encourage citizens of the Freely Associated States (FAS) who live in the 50 U.S. States to enroll in health insurance plans available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Seal of the Northern Mariana Islands
9/1/2016
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 1, 2016) – Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina today approved a $200,000 grant for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to create a team of labor certification technicians and a statistician at the Department of Labor to help collect, compile, and analyze crucial data on the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW) Program, which is set to expire on December 31, 2019.

 

Insular Affairs, Press Release
GDP for American Samoa
8/8/2016
DOI/OIA

BEA: GDP for American Samoa Increases for 2nd Year in Row

Insular Affairs, Press Release
American Samoa Port
7/19/2016
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2016) – Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina today announced the release of more than $9.5 million in grant funding to American Samoa through the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program.

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Special Representatives Discuss Immigration, Labor, and  Proposed Military Activities in CNMI at White House Meeting
6/6/2016
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 6, 2016) – In all-day meetings at the White House today, Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina, Special Representative for the United States, began the first in a series of official consultations with Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, the Special Representative for the CNMI. Known as 902 Consultations, the discussions are authorized by Section 902 of the Covenant to Establish the CNMI in Political Union with the United States of America, which provides that the Government of the United States and the Government of the Northern Mariana Islands will consult regularly on all matters affecting the relationship between them, not less frequently than every ten years.

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Chuuk State Refurbishes Wastewater Treatment Plant
5/27/2016
DOI/OIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 27, 2016) – Chuuk State officials recently inaugurated a newly-refurbished waste water treatment plant to include a conventional sewerage system and reliable pumping and treatment system to service the main island of Weno.  The Chuuk Public Utilities Corporation managed and administered the project using Compact Infrastructure Sector grants totaling $3,845,000. 

Insular Affairs, Press Release
Commonwealth Utilities Corporation
5/17/2016
DOI/OIA

Interior Provides $3 Million in FY 2016 Energy Grants to U.S. Territories

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