REPORT ON ASG PAYOUTS FROM PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION DUE OUT SOON
Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli, chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, says the committee has completed its hearings on the just over $1 million in payouts of sick and accrued leave for the previous administration.
He said the community might think that the Senate is sweeping this issue under the rug, but that is not the case, and noted that hearings were held this year and no more hearings are needed for this issue.
The senator stated a report is being prepared for submission to the Senate President for review, along with a recommendation for the government to collect money that was paid to any former employee who was not entitled — under the personnel law — to such payments.
Sen. Galeai went on to say the collection of such money is the responsibility and task of the Executive Branch, not the Fono. He did state there were payouts to certain employees who weren’t entitled to them, based on the committee’s review.
TWO LBJ BOARD MEMBERS TO APPEAR FOR CONFIRMATION HEARING
Sen. Saole Mila, vice chairman of the Senate Health/Hospital Committee, has called a confirmation hearing on Thursday at 8a.m. for the last two nominees to the LBJ Medical Center board of directors.
Tofaeono Dr. Victor Williams and Leiataua Leuga Turner were both off island for family emergencies during the Senate confirmation hearing of board members in April this year. The pair will appear Thursday for their confirmation hearing, which was scheduled after a request from Sen. Laolagi F.S. Vaeao to the committee.
Laolagi said only three board members — Mase Akapo, Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Allen and Velega Savali Jr., — have already been confirmed by the Senate. He says he has received word that the board is having problems getting a quorum of three members to make a final decision because one member is off-island.
He pointed out the hospital has a lot of work ahead of them and needs a fully confirmed five-member board to in order to make decisions.
LBJ board members are subject to confirmation only by the Senate.
MALEMO’S NAME SUBMITTED TO THE HOUSE FOR CONFIRMATION
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s appointment of Malemo Tausaga as Director of the Department of Administrative Services was introduced in the House yesterday. It’s expected to be introduced in the Senate later this week.
According to the House resolution, Malemo brings a wealth of qualifications to the position.
Malemo is a 1977 graduate in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and upon returning home from school, he joined the government’s Tax Office in 1978. In 1981 he joined the Budget Office and held positions of ever-increasing responsibility over the years, culminating in becoming Deputy Director of the Budget Office in 2003.
He was then tapped to be its Director from 2008 to 2012 (under the previous administration). The appointee also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Development Bank, including serving as Chairman of the DBAS board for the last three years. Malemo also has experience as a member of the Finance Committee of the Congregational Christian Church in the territory.
“Malemo’s experience in government, and specifically in business and financial management, makes him an excellent candidate for the position of Director of Administrative Services," according to the governor's letter.
A hearing has yet to be scheduled to have Malemo before the House.
PROBLEMS WITH SCHOOLS RAISED IN THE HOUSE
The numerous problems the Department of Education is facing which led to the delay of the new school year was raised in the House yesterday morning by Chairman of the Education Committee, Tuumolimoli Saena Moliga, who noted a hearing should be held so that DOE officials can explain to lawmakers what each school requires for their betterment.
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale pointed out that each Representative should visit the schools within their district to determine what each school needs. (The Senate also raised the matter during their session and have called for a hearing)
It was a DoH inspection of schools which led to the closing of 10 public schools and two private schools. Further site visitations this last Sunday, lead to most of the public schools being closed for another week, as it was noted by the director of DOE that more work needs to be done to bring them up to par. (See story elsewhere in this edition of Samoa News)
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