19 Jan 2009

American Samoa lawmaker wants more checks on potential Cabinet appointees

6:37 am on 19 January 2009

An American Samoa lawmaker says Cabinet appointments that come before the House for confirmation should be required to undergo a thorough background check.

Leapai Sipa Anoai believes the House should expand its review of appointments to include background checks that cover medical status, police records and even financial status.

He says this information will provide further details for lawmakers so they would know exactly who the cabinet nominee is.

Leapai says he offered an amendment to the House of Representatives rules and made the suggestion to House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale.

However, he says the Speaker's reply was to leave the decision up to each committee chair.

Leapai says it's just not enough that the cabinet appointee provides a resume and other bits of information.