JEMFAC held in San Fransisco April 14, 2015

The United States hosted the mid-year Joint Economic Management and Fiscal Accountability Committee meeting in San Francisco on April 17. The meeting focused on education, health and infrastructure projects, in particular reviewing priorities identified by Foreign Minister deBrum and Assistant Secretary of the Interior Esther Kia’aina during her recent trip to the Marshalls. Specific resolutions were adopted by unanimous vote on teacher leave policies and performance. The Government Accountability Office reported on the status of recommendations contained in two of its reports to the U.S. Congress. The JEMFAC members were provided an overview focusing on efforts in addressing Compact decrements, producing reliable date to track progress in education and health and single audit findings. The two sides discussed the U.S. Government Report to Congress as Required by Public Law 108-188 known as the Ten Year Review and Ebeye Special Needs. A representative from BECA International Consultants briefed JEMFAC on “Creating a Successful Compact Infrastructure Program focusing on a proposed new hospital and other capital projects such as an Ebeye sewer and water project”.