Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday that their office in American Samoa will be closing with all FBI operations and investigative efforts there being consolidated into the Honolulu office.
The decision, officials say, was made by the U.S. Congress citing budgetary reasons.
“The FBI is committed to continuing our investigations into issues of national security and federal criminal activity on American Samoa,” said Vida G. Bottom, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Honolulu office. “However, budgetary realities can no longer justify staffing an office on American Samoa full time.”
The Honolulu office already conducts investigations on several other islands in the Pacific where no permanent FBI office exists in the Pacific, including Tinian, Rota, Kauai, Lanai, and Molokai. .
The FBI’s American Samoa office opened in 2006 as a satellite of the Honolulu field office.
It will be phased out gradually over the next few months as equipment and supplies can be moved to Honolulu.