Gov Lolo terminates contracts of ASG staff in DC
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has moved to terminate the contracts of two ASG workers in Washington D.C. who had been with the government for several years representing the interest of the previous administration.
In an effort to cut down on costs, Lolo said the two contractors have been informed about the termination and his office will utilize Congressman Faleomavaega Eni when it comes to issues pertaining to American Samoa that are raised in the nation’s capital and other federal agencies.
At the same time, he said, his administration will review the need for such ASG representation in D.C. to see if it’s necessary to establish an office there permanently— depending on available funds.
According to the fiscal year 2013 budget for the Governor’s Office, ASG’s Washington D.C. legal counsel is contracted for $80,000 to provide legal representation and services on various issues including minimum wage, White House initiatives, congressional initiatives and other issues.
The second contract worker, is the governor’s Washington D.C. representative who provides lobbying and contract services between the governor and the federal government, and is not limited to the U.S. Department of Interior, according to the budget document.