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Interior provides $2M in supplemental disaster recovery funding to NMI

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) —  U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech has announced that Interior will provide $2 million to the government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to streamline financial management and coordination of disaster recovery funding across local agencies and organizations receiving federal assistance as a result of impacts from Typhoon Yutu.

 “We are grateful that Congress has provided assistance for disaster recovery in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,” said Assistant Secretary Domenech. “On my recent trip to the territory, I could still see houses and infrastructure that were impacted by Typhoon Yutu in 2018. The people of the CNMI will benefit from this assistance to facilitate a complete and thorough utilization of all federal funds made available to assist in disaster recovery.”

The grant made available to the CNMI will also be used to create a transparency website to track and report progress on all federal recovery program awards and recovery activities for the public and other interested parties.

Public Law 116-20, also known as the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019, made funding available to several federal departments and agencies for expenses related to the consequences of recent wildfires, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, typhoons, and other natural disasters. Two million was provided to the U.S. Department of the Interior for the CNMI. The full text of the Public Law is here: https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ20/PLAW-116publ20.pdf

Follow the work of the Office of Insular Affairs on Twitter at @ASIIADomenech.

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