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SENATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS ISSUES RESOLUTION COMMENDING U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR’S OFFICE OF INSULAR AFFAIRS AND GRADUATE SCHOOL USA

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Posted on May 16, 2018

The Senate of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has issued a resolution commending the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs for making training opportunities available to their government employees through the Pacific Islands Training Initiative (PITI), a program administered by Graduate School USA (GSUSA).

The Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) was originally established in 1991, through an Interagency Agreement between GSUSA’s International Institute and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (DOI/OIA).

The program serves the Pacific and Virgin Islands by supporting efforts to implement and maintain sound financial management and program performance practices, and has provided a platform for:

• Improving leadership and management capacity;
• Improving economic data and reporting;
• Increasing effectiveness of program results;
• Institutionalizing regional professional organizations and communities of practice; and
• Improving the capacity and capabilities of members of the public sector workforce who serve in critical positions and functions.

In addition to the CNMI, PITI-VITI serves the governments of Guam, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. GSUSA’s Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), a PITI-VITI initiative, was designed by DOI/OIA to address high turnover and capacity-building needs throughout the Pacific and Virgin Islands, producing 121 program graduates since its inception in 2008. An additional 25 ELDP participants will be competitively selected to join the Class of 2019 in August 2018.

“This resolution is a great testament to the fine work in the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States that has been part of our mission for more than 25 years,” said GSUSA President and CEO, Jack Maykoski. He further congratulated the GSUSA PITI-VITI team, including the Hawaii staff, subject matter experts, and instructors who “are such a big part of this success,” and “all those here who support the contract with products and administrative acumen.”

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