Palikir, POHNPEI – President Manny Mori has today submitted to the 15th Congress, some of his Cabinet nominations for the various departments and offices of the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia.
President Mori’s letter to Speaker Isaac V. Figir noted that the nominations are based on the Executive Reorganization Bill transmitted the previous week and requested Congress’s patience and “appreciation of the policy considerations reflected in the choices of nominations.”
While the general threshold requirement for a nominee’s selection is his/her competency in the relevant area, President Mori stated that “since these are public offices whose conducts and decisions impact the lives of people, not only are higher standards of behavior expected of their holder, but the public interest also demands that factors such as integrity of Government and the need to separate the pursuit of private interests from the execution of public offices should also be part of the selection consideration.”
Accordingly, the President noted that some traditional nomination considerations like residency distribution of the nominees “are not of particular priority” in the new Administration’s selections.
On the other hand, incumbent holders of some of the offices are being nominated to the same or different offices “where their skills and talents would contribute most to the new Administration’s policy objectives,” stated the President.
President Mori’s submitted nominees are:
Absent from the Presidents transmittal of June 29 are the nominations for the Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Resources and Development, the proposed Office of National Archives, Culture and Historical Preservation. Also awaiting nominations are the posts for Public Defender, Post Master General along with the heads of FSM’s overseas missions.
President Mori’s letter informed the Speaker that nominations for the remaining offices and departments will be submitted “as soon as people are able to confirm their availability to serve.”