DMWR not affected by shutdown of federal workforce


Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga wants to inform the public her department is not affected by the federal shutdown.
“I am prompted to put this out, because a lot of people are calling and inquiring if DMWR is affected by the shutdown, since over 90% of our funds are federal grants,” Dr. Matagi-Tofiga wrote in an email to Samoa News yesterday afternoon.
She explained that DMWR is not affected, as most of their federal aid is funded under the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs, which are not subject to Congressional appropriation.
Dr. Jack Caslick of the Regional Office for Region I in Portland, Oregon and our Regional WSFR Reviewer in Hawaii Dr. Ruth Utzurrum and Flynn Curren have reassured us that our federal aid is in place, Matagi-Tofiga explained.
"The services and programs that remain operational under the Fish and Wildlife Contingency Plan, include federal aid in Wildlife Restoration and Sport Fish Restoration: the reason is non-lapsing funding sources available and DMWR federal aid falls into these categories," Matagi-Tofiga said.
The federal shutdown is in effect and will remain until US President Barack Obama lifts the order. The shutdown, however, has caused a delay in the issuance of food stamps and WIC checks that are set to be distributed tomorrow
Governor Lolo Moliga's order that applies the federal shutdown to all local government operations fully funded by federal grants went into effect as of midnight, Oct. 2, 2013,
In his memo, the governor instructed ASG employees whose salaries are paid with federal grants to “stay home”.


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