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Prior Service Trust Fund gets $739,500

Posted on Feb 23 2021

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has allocated $739,500 in fiscal year 2021 funding for the Prior Service Trust Fund Administration, which distributes benefits to approximately 700 former employees of the post-World War II, U.S.-administered, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in the Western Pacific

“We are pleased to be able to provide these funds in support of the many elderly in the islands who still rely on these retirement funds for basic needs,” said OIA director and acting assistant secretary for Insular and International Affairs Nik Pula. The Prior Service Trust Fund administers these funds in support of the United States’ ongoing commitment.”  

Employee benefits provided through the Prior Service Trust Fund represent a responsibility assumed by the federal government following the dissolution of the TTPI in 1986. The program serves beneficiaries with five years or more of prior service. The four jurisdictions to emerge from the TTPI were the CNMI, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. The CNMI is a U.S. territory. The latter three are independent sovereign Pacific Island nations who each share a unique relationship with the United States under a Compact of Free Association agreement. (PR)

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