A. Samoa in hot water for spending Covid relief aid on vessel purchase

Pago-Pago (Talanei News) --The use of CARES Act funding to purchase the MV Pago Pago is apparently being questioned by the Inspector General’s Office of the U.S. Treasury.

At a hearing with Chief Procurement Officer Ti’alemasunu Dr. Mikaele Etuale during a Fono session last week, Tuala-uta lawmaker Larry Sanitoa asked about the MV Pago Pago purchase and other projects for which CARES Act money was spent.

He noted that the Inspector General’s Office questioned the boat purchase and he was concerned that the American Samoa Government (ASG) may have to reimburse that spending.