General Accounting Office
Issues Affecting U.S. Territory And Insular Policy
The United States faces a complex set of
policy issues with its principal territories-American Samoa, Guam, the Northern
Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, and
Puerto Rico. The issues involve political,
economic, and organizational relationships
between the federal government and the
territories in Such areas as political status;
treatment under federal policies, laws, and
programs; economic and financial assistance; and representation and oversight.
GAO believes federal policymakers in the
Congress and executive branch will likely be

challenged to further clarify policy toward

the territories and to enhance federalterritorial relations. GAO is providing infor-

mation and views which are intended to

contribute to the debate on whether further
policy guidance is needed.

FEBRUARY 7, 1985

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