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Amata welcomes $10.6Mil for infrastructure development

Congresswoman Aumua Amata [SN file photo]
Source: Office of the Congresswoman

Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, April 18, 2018 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech’s announcement granting $10.6 million in federal funds to American Samoa for infrastructure developmental needs.

During his visit to American Samoa with Amata to celebrate 118 years since the Territory became a part of the United States, Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech was able to observe first-hand the Territory’s health, social, and economic conditions.

“I am pleased that Assistant Secretary Domenech was able to join us in the celebration of our Flag Day,” said Amata. “Most importantly, I appreciate this commitment to American Samoa’s needs as demonstrated by his presence here with us and the approval of these funds.”

The FY 2018 infrastructure grant is dedicated to specific projects at the wharf, schools, and hospital of American Samoa including the assistance for shipyard training, education and conservation awareness, and licensing for medical professionals.

The OIA has provided in detail, project instructions and requirements to each of the associated departments funded. The following list specify a summary of the projects and appropriations as indicated by the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) through its Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Program:


Department of Port Administration:

  • -          Malaloa Marina Wharf Dock Extension
  • -          Federal Aviation Administration Matching Requirement


Department of Education:

  • -          Tafuna High School – New Building
  • -          Faga’itua High School – Classroom/Cafeteria Building
  • -          New School Busses (4)
  • -          New Elementary School Gymnasiums (2)


Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center

  • -          Labor, Delivery, and Operating Room Renovation
  • -          Nursing Patient Care Services and Healthcare Support Staff Workforce Development and Capacity Training


American Samoa Power Authority, Water Improvements


Department of Youth and Women's Affairs - Tafuna Youth Center


American Samoa Legislative Branch - New Fono (Legislative Building)


Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa



“A special thanks to the Department of Interior and Assistant Secretary Domenech, along with Governor Lolo for his work regarding these funds for American Samoa,” continued Amata. “These funds will make a significant impact in the improvement of our Territory’s infrastructure.”