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Interior announces final award of $11.8 Million for American Samoa

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech today announced a final award of $11,833,000 to the American Samoa government under the American Samoa Government Operations grant for fiscal year (FY) 2020. These funds provide critical support to the hospital, the community college, and the judicial system in the territory.
“Secretary Bernhardt and I are pleased to support American Samoa through this program as it helps provide basic government operations and essential public services in the territory,” said Assistant Secretary Domenech. “Every year, the Office of Insular Affairs team works with the American Samoa government to ensure these funds are provided in a timely manner and to ensure continuation of critical public services for the people of American Samoa.”

The funds will be divided as follows:
    American Samoa Government Operations    $ 6,410,634
Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center     $ 4,436,011
    American Samoa Community College         $    762,790
    High Court Operations                $    223,565

Made available each year by Congress, the American Samoa Government Operations grant is provided through the Office of Insular Affairs on behalf of the federal government. The full amount provided by Congress for American Samoa government operations in FY 2020 is $23,665,000. Initial payments of the FY2020 funding totaling $11,832,000 have already been paid to the American Samoa government starting in the Fall of 2019.