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Talauega reminds requested comments on USGAO draft report

Acting Governor Talauega E. V. Ale has reminded all relevant government officials regarding the recently requested comments on the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) draft report by August 17, 2023.

This targets how “US Territory experiences could inform future Federal relief.”

In his general memorandum, the Acting Governor says the GAO is vital in ensuring transparency and accountability in government operations.

ASG must respond to its findings with diligence and accuracy. The U.S. Government Accountability Office is an independent, nonpartisan government agency within the legislative branch that provides auditing, evaluative, and investigative services for the United States Congress.

It is the supreme audit institution of the United States federal government.

The Acting Governor urges the prompt attention and support of all Directors involved in the Covid-19 prevention, response, and relief operations and administering Federal COVID-19 funds to review the draft report thoroughly.

They must provide additional comments in the report on what worked by leveraging pre-existing programs, technical assistance, funding flexibilities, and immediately available funding vs reimbursement.

Also, provide any additional comments on challenges or what did not work on local legislative requirements/delays. As well as recommendations not covered in the draft on how the Federal Government might better address the above challenges in the event of future disasters.

The Acting Governor noted this would allow the government ample time to review the drafts before final submission.

Their insights will assist in preparing the Governor's comments and benefit not only American Samoa but all US Territories in the event of future disasters. American Samoa received nearly half a billion in Covid funding from the federal government.

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