22 Dec 2009

GAO officials are to return to American Samoa

10:03 am on 22 December 2009

Officials from the U.S. Government Accountability Office or GAO are expected back in the territory next month as part of their impact study on the mandatory minimum wage increase for American Samoa and CNMI.

David Robinson, the outgoing president of the Chamber of Commerce says he received word from GAO about the team returning in January for the follow up on their study conducted there in August this year.

The GAO report is to be submitted next April to the U.S. Congress.

Last week U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law federal legislation, which includes provisions delaying the next wage hike from May to September of next year.

Mr Robinson says the Chamber is very pleased and supportive of the delay in the next wage increase.

He says this gives everyone time to work on the details of trying to get rid of the escalator clause, it gives the GAO a chance to prepare their report to Congress, and time for Congress to digest fully the report.