23 Aug 2010

Management faults might hurt American Samoa's chances of getting federal funding

11:45 am on 23 August 2010

An audit of the American Samoa Economic Stabilization and Recovery Office has found faults which have held up the spending of grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The audit identified several causes, including directors who'd prioritised the spending of disaster grant funds over the Recovery Act money, the time taken to process required documents and delays in issuing purchase orders.

The audit found these set backs may hurt the territory's chances of receiving all the funding it is eligible for.

According to the national recovery website, up to June the 30th this year the territory has been awarded 94.2 million Us dollars, of which only 6.5 million has been received.