Monday, February 11, 2013

Secretary Ikosia instructed to rescind per diem and car rental rate increase directive

FSMIS (February 11, 2013): On February 7, President Manny Mori instructed Secretary of Finance and Administration, Mr. Kensley Ikosia, to rescind his January 22 directive to the departments and offices in which the Secretary indicated per diem and car rental rate increase in the FSM, Pacific island countries, North American cities and Asian countries, which would become effective on October 1, 2013.
President Mori issued his instruction to the Secretary through which he indicated that any step toward increasing government expenditure must be based on “essential need and a careful assessment of priority expenditure”.
“I would need a careful analysis and assessment be made in light of our budgetary constraints and how this increase would impact or effect our efforts and policies to contain and maintain costs only for government essential services”, the President further stressed.
Secretary Ikosia was on official travel from January 26 to February 9.

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