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FY2020 budget hearings

Sagitea Filoiali’i, the new ASG Workmen’s Compensation Commissioner
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sagitea Filoiali’i, the new ASG Workmen’s Compensation Commissioner, testified last week Friday for the first time before the Fono Joint Budget Committee on his office’s FY 2020 budget proposal of $255,000. The ASG Workmen’s Compensation Division employs seven people....
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson (right) and two other Public Safety officials
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson and two other Public Safety officials appeared Wednesday morning for about 15-minutes for the Dept. of Public Safety’s FY 2020 budget hearing before the Fono Joint Budget Committee. Among the handful of issues raised during the...
The ASPA Operations building in Tafuna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Revenue projection for utility rates for the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) FY 2020 budget proposal is based on the assumption that — among other things — the authority’s board of directors will approve a base rate hike effective next month, collecting just over $...
 ASTCA chief executive officer, Lewis Wolman (right) and chief financial officer, Fala Sualevai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA) chief executive officer Lewis Wolman told the Fono’s Joint Budget Committee that ASTCA is “unapologetic”for the many consultants mentioned in the agency’s proposed FY 2020 budget. Wolman made the statement as part of...
Dept. of Commerce director Keniseli Lafaele
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — Dept. of Commerce director Keniseli Lafaele appeared on Monday before the Fono Joint Budget Committee hearing on DOC’s FY 2020 budget proposal, which includes the Tafuna Industrial Park. Among the questions is the status of the $3.5 million that Am Samoa received from the...
Alfonso Pete Galea’i testifying Tuesday
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Office of Disaster Assistance & Petroleum Management (ODAPM) director Alfonso Pete Galea’i testified Tuesday before the Fono Joint Budget Committee for his agency’s FY 2020 budget of $5.79 million, which includes the Office of Petroleum Management and the American...