Saturday, May 03, 2008

CNMI to be included in DOD Economic Program

NMI to be included in DOD Economic Program
Press Release
Published in the Saipan Tribune

CNMI Resident Representative Pete A. Tenorio announced yesterday that a vital amendment to Department of Defense Programs has been introduced. Sponsored by Guam Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, H.R. 5931, the Joint Guam Projects Oversight Act, includes a section that proposes to include the CNMI and the Virgin Islands in the authorizing legislation for the Office of Economic Adjustment.

The OEA is responsible for the planning, directing, coordinating and managing of DoD economic adjustment programs for communities, areas, and states adversely affected by DoD realignment actions. It also assists local communities, areas, or states with special impact assistance in expanding public service facilities to meet requirements generated by major expansions or the establishment of new DoD installations.

“This is a major step forward in preparing for the relocation of marines to Guam from Okinawa. Even though DOD has not yet released their final plans for the relocation, it is important that the CNMI is eligible for these impact grants,” said Tenorio. “I am thankful to.Bordallo for including this provision in her bill, and looking out for our interests.”

The section is also included in the 2009 Defense Authorization bill that is currently under consideration by House Armed Services Committee.

“OEA grants will be essential for repairs to Tinian's harbor and other infrastructure to support DOD's plans for use of their land. I am very thankful to the Tinian Delegation and Phil Long for bringing this need to my attention,” said Tenorio.

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