The U.S. Department of Labor has submitted a spending plan to the U.S. Congress for the $50 million dislocated worker assistance included in the recently passed disaster relief bill.
The Office of CNMI Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan also reported that grants are available to support recovery efforts from Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu, and from other natural disasters covered by Public Law 116-20.
The House passed the disaster relief bill in May and the President signed it into law in June.
“This is good news,” Sablan said. “The Marianas has already received grants to help workers who lost their jobs as a result of the typhoons and now there is more funding available.”
The dislocated worker grants can provide employment up to October 2021 to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts.
According to the USDOL, $49.5 million of the newly appropriated funds will be allocated for worker assistance. The remaining $500,000 will go to the Department’s Inspector General to fund audits or to investigate allegations of fraud and improper payments.
Labor officials told Sablan that the Department’s Employment and Training Administration works closely with state and territory governments when the need for dislocated worker resources are identified and encouraged the CNMI Governor’s workforce staff to reach out if they need more money to match the workload. Grant application procedures are explained at https://www.doleta.gov/grants/application_howto.cfm