Interior Initiatives to Develop Financial, Leadership Capacity in Pacific and USVI

Participants in Palau learn process improvement through a hands-on exercise from PITI-VITI Instructor Brian Elms, former director of Denver’s Peak Academy (February 2019). Courtesy photo.

Funded by U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA), Graduate School USA has completed the first quarter of the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) program for 2019. The goal of the program is to build leadership capacity, strengthen financial accountability, and support strong fiscal planning in the U.S. Territories.

These territories include: American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the freely associated states: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

During the first quarter of 2019, the program awarded 4,412 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours to 280 participants from all seven island areas through formal classroom training. Additional consultative activities comprised over 4,080 contact hours for approximately 130 recipients. In total, 8,492 hours of training were delivered to approximately 410 participants.

“Sound financial planning and fiscal accountability will always be critical to good governance in successful democratic societies,” said U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary of Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech. “We provide this training to help the U.S. territories and the freely associated states strengthen these important skills.”

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PITI-VITI’s first quarter training activities and workshops, with instructors and locations, are listed below. Additional information on the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives can be found on the PITI-VITI website.

Funding for this program through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs Technical Assistance Program for the benefit of the U.S. territories and freely associated states (also referred to as the U.S. Insular Areas).

March 2019 Workshops and Activities
· Executive Leadership Development Program (USVI) Session III (various Instructors) — Hampton, Virginia