16 Jan 2009

American Samoa's FEMA obligations reassessed

2:24 pm on 16 January 2009

American Samoa's Governor has been told by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA that it has reduced the amount of money the territory owes it.

The agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, says instead of the 1.7 million US dollars, American Samoa will now have to pay 439,000 dollars.

The Federal grantor, who froze all funding for American Samoa last year, says as soon as the Territory submits action plans to address deficiencies identified in an audit, certain FEMA funded programmes will be released on a restricted status.

The acting Director of the Department of Homeland Security, Tuala Mike Sala, has welcomed the decision by FEMA.