WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of the Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt today praised President Donald J. Trump for signing S.47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act.
“Acting Secretary David Bernhardt and I both applaud the President for signing this legislation into law, which highlights and incorporates the U.S. territories in a variety of legislative pieces,” said Doug Domenech, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs. “These adjustments and changes bring needed parity and recognition to the territories.”
Portions of the new law relevant to the U.S. territories are as follows:
The Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Insular and International Affairs, and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary’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 supports the Secretary's mission of Fulfilling Trust and Insular Responsibilities through balancing efforts and limited resources towards stronger economic and health capacities, and fiscal accountability in the U.S. insular areas.