Clean audit for American Samoa legal aid
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Legal Aid (ASLA) has announced that it has received a clean or unqualified 2017 annual audit opinion from its external auditor, Deloitte and Touche.
ASLA executive director Fainu’ulelei Ala’ilima-Utu acknowledges God’s assistance, the hard work of ASLA staff, accountant May & Associates, and the tapu'aiga of the ASLA Board of Directors.
“Praise God that ASLA has received a timely, clean and unqualified opinion from Deloitte and Touche on ASLA’s annual audit for both financial and compliance, for three years in a row: 2017, 2016, and 2015," Fainu'ulelei said.
"The 2017 annual audit was the hardest of the three, and at one point I considered delaying it because ASLA was very busy with helping Cyclone Gita victims and doing self-inspection for a much larger number of cases for 2017 compared to 2016," he continued.
"ASLA’s clean external audits help justify grantors’ confidence in ASLA’s ability to manage and account for its finances and comply with various regulations.
"ASLA’s free civil legal services help American Samoa’s low income residents obtain FEMA assistance, civil protection orders, child custody, child support, and other benefits.”