Published: Saturday, 17 June 2017 14:00
Written by US Department of the Interior
Additional $123.9 Million for Palau Compact Review Agreement Proposed
US Department of the Interior
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 23, 2017) – President Donald Trump today proposed $591.9 million for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) for the benefit of the U.S. Territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Freely Associated States of the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands through the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA). The budget request for OIA includes $84.3 million in discretionary appropriations and $507.6 million in mandatory funding. Additionally, the budget requests $123.9 million of discretionary Department of Defense appropriations to be transferred to the Department of the Interior to support enactment of the 2010 Compact Review Agreement with Palau. The Palau Compact is an important element of the Pacific national security strategy.
“While we continue to support all of our U.S. insular areas, we have long been striving to meet our commitments to the Republic of Palau,” said Acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula. “President Trump’s strong support for the Palau Compact shows that he recognizes the strategic importance of our U.S. Territories and the Freely Associated States.”
"The Territories and Freely Associated States are absolutely critical to the strategic readiness of the United States, and they are part of the fabric of who we are as fellow Americans," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "President Trump's budget proposal makes it abundantly clear that these lands, often on the front lines of escalating tensions, are under our protection and serve vital importance. The President’s budget balances these priorities and commitments to the Insular Areas with his promise to make government work for the taxpayer again and support a balanced budget by 2027,” Secretary Zinke said.
The President's budget allows Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs to carry out its core mission of empowering insular area communities by improving quality of life, creating economic opportunity, and promoting efficient and effective governance. The funding allows OIA to continue providing grants for technical assistance, implementing sustainable energy plans and invasive species control.
Published: Saturday, 17 June 2017 13:54
Written by Kpress
June 2017 - The Pacific Community’s Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga has announced the appointment of Lara Studzinski as the organisation’s new Regional Director, Micronesia.
Ms Studzinski, who started in the leadership role at the end of April, brings significant expertise in projects and programmes management with over 15 years of service in the international development field.
She joins the Pacific Community (SPC) from the Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) where she played a key role in the management of funds for several grantees across four Micronesian countries.
Prior, she worked with SPC’s Public Health Division for six years, strategically ensuring the division’s strong financial management, reporting, grant management, human resources management and systems development.
Ms Studzinski holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Ohio State University.
Having worked and lived in the Micronesia region for eight years, Ms Studzinski’s experience and knowledge of Micronesian member countries and territories will stand her in good stead as she assumes this senior position and provides a valuable contribution to SPC’s efforts to strengthen engagement with its members and partners to enhance the relevance and effectiveness of is work.
Ms Studzinski is based at SPC’s Pohnpei Office in the Federated States of Micronesia.