Interior Announces $34 Million in Compact Funding for FY 2022 Government Operations in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Last edited 11/12/2021
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WASHINGTON – The United States (U.S.) Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs today announced that $33,732,400 in Compact of Free Association (Compact) funding for fiscal year (FY) 2022 for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) was approved by the bilateral Joint Economic Management and Financial Accountability Committee (JEMFAC) earlier this year. Comprised of U.S. and RMI officials, the JEMFAC annual meeting, as called for under U.S. Public Law 108-188, was held virtually this year.

“We are pleased to report that FY2022 funding provided for under the Compact has been made available to Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands,” said JEMFAC Chairman and OIA Director Nikolao Pula. “For 35 years, the United States and the RMI have been partners under the Compact bringing mutual benefit to both the Marshallese and the American people and Interior is proud to carry out this important responsibility.”

Funding amounts determined by the JEMFAC for FY 2022 are as follows:

Republic of the Marshall Islands Compact of Free Association (Public Law 108-188)

Fiscal Year 2022 Funds









Ebeye Special Needs - Education


Kwajalein Impact Fund


Ebeye Special Needs - Health


Ebeye Special Needs - Capital


Disaster Emergency Fund




The JEMFAC also resolved that the use of Infrastructure Sector assistance would be authorized for preliminary engineering, design, and development of a Project Development Plan for the Roi-Namur to Santo Electric Distribution System Project on Kwajalein Atoll.

The JEMFAC is comprised of five members: Chairman Nikolao Pula (U.S. Department of the Interior); Vice Chair Casten Nemra (RMI Minister of Foreign Affairs); Brenson Wase (RMI Minister of Finance); Dr. Richard Brostrom (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); and Taylor Ruggles (U.S. State Department).

As required under the Compact of Free Association, U.S. Public Law 108-188, the JEMFAC serves to promote the effective use of funding under the Compact agreement. They meet annually to review Compact budgetary spending and determine final funding allocations for each fiscal year. Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs administers these funds on behalf of the U.S. government.

Certain financial provisions of the current Compact of Free Association agreement between the RMI and the United States are set to expire in 2023. Bilateral discussions that began in the last administration are continuing in the Biden-Harris administration.

The Assistant Secretary of Insular and International Affairs and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. OIA also administers a discretionary Technical Assistance Program for all the insular areas. Find information about OIA and its work on, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.



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