House passes Malemo Tausaga as Director of Administrative Services
In a unanimous vote of 14-0, the House yesterday confirmed the governor’s nomination of Malemo Tausaga as director of the Department of Administrative Services. Malemo is set to appear next Monday before the Senate Government Operations Committee for his confirmation hearing followed by a full Senate vote.
Prior to the House vote was a confirmation hearing by the House Government Operations Committee, chaired by Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Allen, who reminded his colleagues that the nominee is someone who has been serving in the government for many years including being a director of the Office of Budget and Planning during the last four years of the Togiola Administration.
Rep. Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava says he recently visited the government housing facility at the industrial park in Tafuna and found several units to be in terrible condition. He says that while some houses are rented by contract workers, others are being used by ASG agencies.
He inquired about Malemo’s plans with this housing area, saying that the government is always looking for additional land and this property can be used for other purposes by ASG. (Government housing properties are under the care of Administrative Services).
Malemo said most of the units are not in good condition and 17 of them cannot be repaired. He said about 22 units are currently occupied by contract workers, offices by ASG entities or non-profit organizations.
He said it has been suggested to the governor’s office that there’s a need for sufficient funding to carry out a full repair and renovation of the Tafuna housing complex.
All of the other committee members who spoke during the hearing praised the nominee for his long and outstanding service to the government. House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale, who delivered final remarks during the hearing, pointed out that he knows Malemo very well as the pair worked together years ago at the tax office.
Savali says the nominee has also served in the Congressional Christian Church of American Samoa for many years in various posts.
According to Malemo’s resume, he was a tax officer from 1978 until he joined the Budget Office in 1981 as a financial analyst and was promoted through the ranks until 2008 when he was director.
The resume also states that Malemo is a board member of the CCCAS Finance Committee and Treasurer of the CCCAS-Deacons Organization.
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