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SBA Building Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. —  On Monday Congresswoman Aumua Amata said a surge in reports from the Small Business Administration (SBA) showed a weekly rise in assistance for American Samoa’s small businesses and nonprofits. The total increased by $3 million to $15,226,818. That includes 287 combined loans...
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Pago Pago — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata reminded small businesses that the deadline to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is just days away on June 30th. “Any businesses that still want to access PPP must act right away,” said Aumua Amata. “If so, talk to a lender immediately...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce has requested more information from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on how to include local produce — such as taro and bananas — as allowable products for funding under federal COVID-19 funds, as local farmers were impacted...
ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — ASG Treasury Department has issued a “special release” of the federally funded Economic Impact Payment, or stimulus, checks valued at more than $400,000, correcting an error pertaining to qualified dependents for those who received EIP checks since the second...
Amata and HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson
Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a CARES Act grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of $796,914 for housing-related programs. HUD, led by Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, has now announced several CARES Act allocations for American...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through a May 27th executive order, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said American Samoa would adopt a Hawaii unemployment law allowing local residents whose jobs were impacted by the coronavirus to receive unemployment financial assistance under provisions of the Coronavirus...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga announced last Friday that the US Department of Labor has approved American Samoa’s application under the Employment & Training Administration — awarding $16.26 million through the CARES Act of 2020 to administer the Unemployment Insurance...
People standing in line to cash stimulus checks
A crowd of people seen standing in line outside of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) waiting for the bank to open so they could cash their stimulus checks on Saturday, May 23, 2020. [photo AF]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Instead of paying overtime — with some overtime payments as much as $2,000 per person — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga wants directors to “bring in new people” to work in ASG agencies, with the millions of dollars in federal money garnered by American Samoa since the COVID-19...
Congresswoman Amata with Senator John Kennedy
Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming a weekly update from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that the American Samoan employers have now successfully acquired 100 loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) totaling over $6 million. “I appreciate the...

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