6 Dec 2018

American Samoa prepares for possible federal shutdown

4:50 pm on 6 December 2018

The American Samoa governor has issued instructions to his administration's directors to take precautionary financial measures to mitigate any potential federal government shutdown.

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Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller

Last month US President Donald Trump warned there could be a government shutdown over security on the border with Mexico.

The US Congress faces a deadline this month to fund parts of the federal government.

The potential shutdown has prompted Lolo Moliga to prepare his government for the worst case scenario.

Steps may include a furlough of employees in federally funded departments.

Lolo has already suspended overtime payments.

He said the Director of Budget, the Chief Procurement Office and the Treasurer will now review and scrutinise payment requests for large ticket items.

The governor said federally funded agencies are to inquire with their respective grantors on the impact of a possible shutdown.