Treasurer addresses initiatives to manage ASG resources
ASG Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ M. Pili has informed the Senate that the administration is moving forward with initiatives to manage government resources and this includes the Fono’s finance office having access to the ASG IFAS financial computer system.
The information was outlined in Pili’s letter to senators regarding his inability to attend a Senate committee hearing on the administration’s $4.3 million reprogram bill. (Both the Senate and House versions of the bill have been tabled in committee to be taken up next year if the administration so decides to resubmit it again, but the Fono wants it to be a supplemental appropriation.)
In his letter to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Pili pointed out that passage of the reprogram bill will have the government close out FY 2013 in “the black for the first time in the last several years” and it’s through the commitment of the governor and lieutenant governor that “we have attained this significant goal.”
He added that through the government’s concerted efforts, “we are moving towards innovative ways to manage our resources with enhanced collections to target our tax and excise tax divisions, our upgrade to our financial management system, and the paperless initiative that has been launched in all executive levels of government.”
Pili also shared with the Senate that the executive branch is working closely with Legislative Financial Officer, Talalemotu Mauga, to “upload and integrate the Paperless initiative and allow IFAS [financial system] access” for the Fono’s “respective accounts, enabling your financial staff to attain real time data with Legislature accounts.”
(Last week the governor informed Fono leaders that the Legislature “will exercise full authority” of its annual budget, but when all appropriated funds are used up, processing of expenditures will cease until a supplemental budget is approved.)
“These priorities and projects will move us forward to a healthy environment whereby we are strategically managing our financial resources to meet our requirements,” the Treasurer wrote.
Pili noted that with the commitment of his staff and the Treasury Department, “we will endeavor to work closely with our leaders to ensure continuity, accountability and stability for our people and territory.”
Despite the explanation from Pili, senators still want to get written financial reports to prove that ASG is expected to be in the black for FY 2013 and Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie has requested such financial reports including the first quarter of FY 2014, which runs from Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2013.
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