Monday, September 22, 2014

PMU issues Invitation for Bids re Two construction Projects in Pohnpei State, FSM

Mrs. Changeina Masang appointed FSM Honorary Consul in the Republic of Palau

FSMIS (September 22, 2014): Mrs. Changeina Masang, Chuukese by birth, married and residing in Palau for several years, has been appointed the Honorary Consul of the Federated States of Micronesia in the Republic of Palau by President Manny Mori. 

President Mori made the appointment on September 18th pursuant to Article X of the FSM Constitution and Title 10 of the Code of the FSM and in accordance with Chapter 3 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963, as stated in the commissioning document. 

President Mori' appointment requires acknowledgement and giving of credence by the President of the Republic of Palau in order for Mrs. Masang to be able to carry out the duties and functions of her appointed office.  

Vice President Alik informs Congress of $11,121,580 FY14 Supplemental Education Grant

FSMIS (September 22, 2014): Federated States of Micronesia Vice President Alik L. Alik provided Congress information on the approved Supplemental Education Grant for the FSM National Department of Education, the College of Micronesia-FSM, and the education departments for the States of Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap and Kosrae for the period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
The distribution of the money is as follows:

FSM Department of Education    $428,812
College of Micronesia – FSM      $683,346
Chuuk State DOE                        $4,226,201
Kosrae State DOE                        $1,212,251
Pohnpei State DOE                      $2,814,872
Yap State DOE                            $1,756,098

Total:                                          $11,121,580

The availability of the “Notification of Grant Award” document was indicated through a September 10, 2014, communication to FSM Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Asterio Takesy, from Mr. Nikolao I. Pula, Diretor, Office of Insular Affairs, United States Department of the Interior. Enclosed with the communication was the notification document itself.

President Mori appoints Associate Justice Johnny Acting Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the FSM

FSMIS (September 22, 2014): On September 11, 2014, Federated States of Micronesia President Manny Mori appointed Associate Justice Ready Johnny as Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia.

President Mori wrote to Justice Johnny, " In view of the vacancy in the office of the Chief Justice of the  FSM Supreme Court, the President  has the constitutional duty to appoint an associate justice of the Supreme Court to perform the duties of the office pending the appointment of a chief justice".

He went on to say, "Therefore, pursuant to the authority vested in me as the President of the FSM under Article XI Section 4 of the FSM Constitution, you are hereby appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia until the court vacancy is filled".

The vacancy came about when the late Chief Justice Martin G. Yinug passed away on August 31st in Yap State, leaving the Supreme Court with only two other Justices -- Associate Justice Johnny and Associate Justice Beauleen Carl Worswick. 

According to Mr. Kohsak Keller on September 22nd, Chief Clerk of the FSM Supreme Court, Acting Chief Justice Johnny will continue to be based in Chuuk State. The Supreme Court will coordinate between the main Office in Palikir and the Chuuk Office on matters that require ACJ Johnny's attention. 

For inquiry, contact the FSM Supreme Court Palikir Office at 320-2357 or email

FSM Telecommunications Corporation seeks for a System Administrator

FSM Telecommunications Corporation
Vacancy No: 06-14 
Opening Date: 09/22/2014 
Closing Date: 10/07/2014

Position & Salary

Systems Administrator
$30,000USD minimum per annum. Higher salary may be considered based upon qualification.


FSM Telecommunications Corporation P.O. Box 1210
Pohnpei, FM 96941

The Systems Administrator shall reside in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, where the Corporation is headquartered. The position requires occasional travel to other FSM states.


Associate’s degree or higher in computer science, computer information systems or a closely related field, or the equivalent in professional work experience. He/she should have a minimum of five (5) years work experience in systems or network administration. The incumbent should have the ability to exercise a high degree of professional initiative and autonomy, as demonstrated in his/her record of employment and performance.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Systems Administrator shall be responsible for the operation of the Corporation’s information and communication technology systems. The position primarily requires the applicant to perform IT systems administration duties that are related to the installation, maintenance and support of IT systems servicing FSMTC customers and staff. The Systems Administrator will be involved in the implementation and support of a broad array of IT systems, including but not limited to critical business applications, servers, workstations, network infrastructure, storage arrays, virtualisation technologies, email, database and website systems. The incumbent will be required to perform root cause analysis of problems, troubleshooting of incidents, documentation of systems and preventative maintenance. The successful applicant will provide clear feedback and require sound communication skills between customers, peers and management. The incumbent is responsible for assisting both FSMTC customers and staff, providing technical support and guidance in solving both hardware and software related problems. The Systems Administrator reports directly to the Information Technology Manager.
The Systems Administrator will in particular:
  1. a)  Manage and support the Corporation’s critical line of business applications.
  2. b)  Install and maintain server hardware and software deployments.
  3. c)  Maintain reliable operation of IT services, including IP networks, email, DNS, websites, etc.
  4. d)  Perform preventative maintenance and updates on systems and networking equipment.
  5. e)  Administer aspects of Windows Active Directory domain including user and email management.
  6. f)  Monitor system performance and event logs, taking corrective action when necessary.
  7. g)  Administer various server OS including Windows Server, CentOS and Oracle Linux.
  8. h)  Support, mentor and where necessary, manage junior technicians on relevant systems.
  9. i)  Provide customer service and support for the various services offered by the Corporation.
  10. j)  Troubleshoot and resolve customer incidents quickly and efficiently, minimizing downtime.
  11. k)  Develop and maintain detailed documentation of systems, networks, processes and their relationships.
  12. l)  Provide after-hours support as needed on a 24-hour basis, particularly for emergency problem resolution for the Corporation’s data and communication systems.
  13. m)  Perform other related duties as assigned.
How to Apply

Applications can be obtained from any FSMTC office or on our website at Applications, CV/resumes and reference letters can be submitted to Ludick Edward, HR Manager, via email to or via post to the above address.
FSMTC Headquarters P.O. Box 1210 Pohnpei, FM 96941
Phone +691 320 2740
Fax +691 320 2745
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Over $600 Thousand SAMHSA grant awarded to nine service providers in the FSM

On September 4, 2014, Dr. Vita A. Skilling, Secretary of the Federated States of Micronesia  Department of Health and Social Affairs, approved the use of the $644,178 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block grant to nine applicants to provide prevention and treatment services on substance use throughout the FSM states as recommended by the FSM Behavioral Health and Wellness Advisory Council.

From August 29th to September 3rd, the FSM Behavioral Health and Wellness Advisory Council met in Kosrae State to review and hear justifications from the applicants regarding their funding proposals. More than twenty percent of the grant was awarded to four Non-Government Agencies to provide drug prevention programs and the rest of the grant was designated to the National and State Behavioral Health and Wellness programs to provide treatment counseling, community prevention and administrative services.

The United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awards to FSM this type of grant every year to prevent the risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs that cause social problems, diseases, harm, injuries and death. The SAPT Block grant will be available from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

For inquiry, call the Department at 320-2619 or email Mr. Kerio Walliby via

To our valuable recipients of FSM Updates from our blogger, corrections

I wish to bring to your attention that there is an error in the previous article released about 2 hours ago regarding the SAMHSA grant for the FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs.

The title of the article incorrectly states that the grant amount allocated amongst 9 "service providers" in the country is "over $600 million". The correct amount is "over $600 Thousand", or as specified in the body of the article.

The FSMPIO begs your pardon for incorrectly reporting to you earlier today. The correction has had been made on other media platforms. Hope the correction has been properly noted with our information users.

Have a great weekend.