U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs Director Nik Pula met with Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Governor Ralph Torres this week to discuss challenges in disaster recovery efforts, Medicaid funding shortfalls, and labor issues in the CNMI.
According to a release from the OIA, Director Pula also presented more than $2.4 million in grants, bringing the total OIA grant funding support for the CNMI in fiscal year 2019 to about $14.4 million.
While on the island of Saipan, Director Pula is also going to meet with the CNMI Secretaries of Commerce and Labor, the Acting Governor’s Authorized Representative who is the local administrator of federal disaster assistance programs, and FEMA officials.
In addition, Pula will also visit the Capital Improvement Program office and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation.
Director Pula stated: “Assistant Secretary Domenech and I will continue to support the CNMI as much as possible through grant funding and working with our federal partners. We are also pleased to see the recently approved 2019 Disaster Relief Act that provides additional support for the CNMI and others at this critical time.”