27 Aug 2013

American Samoa keen to shed US high risk designation

1:22 pm on 27 August 2013

Three officials of the United States Department of Education are in American Samoa to see if the government is getting itself out of its so-called high risk classification.

The designation has subjected departments which receive funding from the US to more stringent rules in the drawdown of funds and reporting requirements for how those funds are spent.

The team sent from the US is led by Dr Phil Maestri, who is the Director of the Department's Risk Management Service.

The governor said the high risk status, which was imposed ten years ago, was bad for the territory as it has affected the federal government's confidence in the American Samoa Government.