Monday, April 22, 2013

CDC grant assistance of $355,603 to the FSM Government awaits Congressional action

FSMIS (April 22, 2013):The FSM Government is in receipt of a grant award totaling $355,603 from the US Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for an ongoing tobacco control and diabetes prevention project under the FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSA).

The grant is to fund certain components of the project within the budget period of March 31, 2013 to March 30, 2014.

This project had been approved for a duration of 5 years starting March 31, 2009 with specific terms and conditions along with progressive annual reporting and monitoring requirements between the FSM DHSA and CDC.

As a "foreign financial assistance", the FSM Congress must approve the acceptance of the grant assistance before the department can use the funds based on specific sections of Title 55 of the FSM Code.

The request for approval by Congress was made on April 18 as indicated in a letter to Speaker Isaac V. Figir by Vice President Alik L. Alik. dated the same day.

Congress will have its sixth special session beginning on April 29, 2013.

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