DCCA consolidates offices to cut costs

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Posted on Mar 16 2020

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The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs temporarily reorganized and relocated a number of the divisions and programs under the DCCA in attempt to scale down operational costs.

“We decided to…temporarily reassign…employees to programs that are in most need of additional support during this time, and to perform work that is beneficial to the community but not require significant operational cost,” said DCCA Secretary Robert H. Hunter.

In addition, Hunter stated that DCCA is working to transfer locally funded employees to federally funding sources. Details of how they intend to do that is still unclear at this point.

Hunter said that DCCA is keeping a close eye on the operation of their offices, vehicles, while meeting with staff to ensure that the federal grant programs remain well-managed and legal mandates are carried out.

Hunter stated that DCCA is trying to balance its commitment to its employees, while also implementing cost-cutting during this crucial economic period. He added that he understands that every employee and every program and service will “need to step up and make the temporary changes necessary to see costs brought to a bare minimum.”

“I am extremely proud of the work we do and of our department staff who, time and time again—whether it is recovery after a super typhoon or facing the challenge of a world health crisis and associated economic crisis—step up to the plate to do what is necessary to see us back to a better place,” said Hunter.

The divisions and programs that are affected are the Chamorro-Carolinian Language Policy Commission, CNMI Respite Service Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture, Child Care Licensing Program, DCCA Sports Program, and the Office of the Secretary.

More information on new contact information for the affected offices will be provided to the public early this week.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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