Category Archives: Press Releases

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Board of Trustees Member- Kosrae represent

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Mr. Nena C. Ned of Kosrae State was confirmed by the FSM 20th Congress to serve as member of the Federated States of Micronesia Social Security Board of Trustees, representing the state of Kosrae. Pursuant to section 701 of Title 53 of the Code of the Federated States of Micronesia, the President shall appoint the members of the Board of Trustees for the FSM Social Security Board, subject to the advice and consent of congress. Mr. Ned has professional experience and qualifications which make him a suitable candidate to serve as a member of the FSM Social Security Board of Trustees. He was once a long time member of the program Board of Trustees in 1997 to 2003. Mr. Ned not only served as Board member to FSMSSA, but also to other entities in both the State and National level back then. Additionally, he had worked for the nation ever since 1980’s and presently he is the General Manager for Kosrae State Terminal & Stevedoring Company. Obviously, he had been serving the FSM and State government for a long time now. Mr. Nena Ned owns a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice along with other certifications of accomplishments. Personally, Mr. Ned’s hobbies include fishing and baseball.

 


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FSMSSA Administrator presents at R&D Conference

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FSM Social Security Administrator Alexander R. Narruhn attended the FSM Resources and Development Conference at the Pohnpei State Governor’s Conference Hall on August 15, 2018. It was a nation-wide meeting coordinated by the Department of Resource and Development, involving relevant offices at both national and state levels, with participation from civil society and the private sector, to address issues impeding concerted efforts for social and economic development in the FSM. The objective of the conference emphasized the need to work together for better results.

The purpose of the conference resulted in the need to sharing ideas and agreeing on specific means to contribute toward coordinated implementation of activities to support our overall goals for social and economic development. In line with that, it occurred that presentations were given by different government agencies, both national and state levels, as well as other NGO’s.

FSMSSA Administrator delivered his presentation on overall operations of the program. He touched on the history of the FSM Social Security and discussed the financial statements, wage earner counts and the history of Social Security taxes. History of Social Security Program went way back since 1968 with its establishment under Trust Territory times. Fifteen years later after the dissolution of the Trust Territory Times, it then became the FSM Social Security Administration. Its governing body consisted of the Board of Trustees, a representative from each State level, as well a National representative and Administrator as Ex-Officio. The program manages to be giving out benefits until today, with the number of beneficiaries increasing every month. As far as social security is concerned, there are 6,000 plus beneficiaries today, mostly whom have exhausted their shares but by law, benefits can never be stopped until death or the other requirements regards to certain benefits. FSMSSA tax division tries its best as well to collect as much as possible, even with the challenge of delinquents and so forth. The challenges never seem to cease, yet, Program Admin kept trying for what is best for the program and its people.


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FSMSSA Administrator joins Leadership Conference in Pollap

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FSM Social Security Administrator participated in the Northwest Leadership Conference in Pollap, Chuuk on April 9-11, 2018. Present at the conference were Congress Speaker Simina, Congressman Robson U. Romolow (representative of Northwest Islands), traditional and government leaders of Chuuk State. Administrator Narruhn was invited by Speaker Simina to participate in the event, whereas, a presentation on Social Security matters was presented. Administrator Narruhn presented on the types of benefits offered, which included Retirement, Disability, Spouse and Children, Lump Sum and Foreigners. The processes for each claim were as well presented as well as eligibility criteria on each certain type of benefit. Questions and concerns were raised from the public regards to claim processing and other uncertainties including the number of beneficiaries benefiting from the system as up to date. Currently, FSMSSA is serving 6,640 plus beneficiaries.

 


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FSM Social Security hosting Administrator’s Conference

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The unity conference between 3 Social Security Administrations, namely FSMSSA, ROPSSA, ROPCSPP and MISSA took place in Pohnpei on May 17-18, 2018. Present at the conference were MISSA reps including Administrator Saane Aho, Deputy Administrator & COO Bill Joseph, IT Manager Jr. Joseph and Amelia Timon, Finance Manager. ROPSSA was represented by its Information System Specialist Mr. Jonathan U. Eberdong and Mr. Elliot Udui from the Palau Civil Service Pension Plan (CSPP). FSMSSA Administrator Alexander R. Narruhn and Deputy Francky Ilai were both present along with other staff including Internal Auditor Win Thomas, Tax Admin. Officer Catherine Jonas, IT Manager Midion Neth Jr., Pohnpei Branch Manager Leon Panuelo Jr., Claim Officer Kerman Alten, Comptroller Teresita Dayao, and Executive Assistant Luan Laverne Gilmete. At its onset, Chairman of FSMSSA Board of Trustees Mr. Jack Harris conveyed the welcoming remarks by welcoming everyone and shared the happy day’s greetings to everyone present, then guided the conference to proceed. Following self introductions, the first presentation was given by FSMSSA Deputy focusing on the system’s operations and financial status, even specifically to all its functions serving its beneficiaries and all citizens of the FSM. Exchange of ideas and discussions of unclear business took place as well. When there seemed to be misunderstandings, questions were then raised and exchange of ideas was done. Following FSMSSA was the presentation from ROP, Civil Service Pension Plan (CSPP) delivered by Mr. Udui. As mentioned, the CSPP is a defined benefit program and membership of the plan refers to Palauans and Micronesians who are employed by the National and State Government. In place of a Social Security plan in Palau, they also have this pension plan. No difference than the other Social Security pensions, requirements seemed to be similar. The last presentation for the day was given by the MISSA Administrator Saane Aho sharing almost the same topics from previous presentation along with theirs system’s struggles and hardships. Discussion on their reforms and experience studies was shared as well as its results. There was then another discussion and exchange of ideas on management and so on. Conference was back in session and was opened with the Database Migration presentation given by ROPSSA rep, IT Manager Jonathan. The presentation was focused on the new database migration, that both MISSA and FSMSSA were interested going the same path, when ROPSSA has completed their project. It was obvious that the database migration is being worked on by ROPSSA, so the presentation was to help promote the positivity and handful of the new database compared to what is being used now. With the agreement being made between the two Social Security Administrators, when ROPSSA is completed with their migration project in March, training should take place and there will be sharing for the cost as well. ROPSSA would be migrating to the new database by March 2019, so by then they would be ready to show, and have FSMSSA and MISSA hook up. Until then, training for the new Database shall be ready, as the migrated system will be in place. A round table discussion took place after the presentation where they exchanged questions and answers regarding the Database Migration. All ended with an understanding of what was being discussed. Last presentation of the day was on Investments, delivered by Mr. Ross Fowler, CEO, fi360 Pacific, who assists with the Assessment for FSMSSA Portfolio. Mr. Fowler advised all Social Security Programs on how to assess themselves for improvements. All representatives from MISSA, FSMSSA, ROPCSPP came to an agreement that next meeting/conference should be held in Palau, after the Migration of new Database. It was quite clear why Palau should be the next host following the idea that by that time, the Database should be up and running and it could be a good chance for MISSA and FSMSSA to actually see the completed system while in Palau.

 


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FSMSSA Tax Admin. Officer leaves for good

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Miss Catherine Jonas of Korsrae had been serving FSM Social Security Administration for 5 years as the Tax Admin. Officer. Over the course of her years serving the people of the FSM, she had excelled in her duties and always opt for better outcomes. She had been a great employee and had excelled in her field as she showed competent in her work and very dependable. Catherine was surely an asset to the program and it was sad to have let her go, but it was the best choice for her future. It was indeed a very hard decision for her to make, yet, for her good reasons, she had to move on. It was a great opportunity having her and learning from her as she served the program so well. On behalf of the whole FSMSSA Administration and Staff, we thank you for your years of service with us. With sad hearts, we let you move on and wish you best of luck in your future endeavors.

 


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FSMSSA selects Mr. Jimmy Mori as Chuuk Branch Manager

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The position of Chuuk Branch Manager was vacant beginning of June 2018 due to the retirement of previous Manager, Mr. Domingko Asor. After a careful selection done by FSMSSA administration, Mr. Jimmy Mori was fortunate to be the individual that best suits the position. His qualifications and especially experience of work in the field of Social Security terms exceeds, leading him to become the new Branch Manager. Mr. Mori was hired at Chuuk Branch Social Security office on November 19, 2001, as the Technical Specialist. He was tasked to be the Assistant Branch Manager for a while until he became the Branch Manager on June 18, 2018. Jimmy had shown dedication and effort in his line of work ever since he began serving the system. With all that, all was paid off that he is now the new Chuuk Branch Manager. Jimmy is a very outgoing and caring person with a personality that shines among his family, friends and colleagues. He has a heart to serve the elders of the FSM, especially the beneficiaries of Social Security. FSMSSA congratulates new Chuuk Branch Manager, Mr. Jimmy Mori.

 


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Chuuk State Branch Manager Domingko Asor retires in 2018

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Domingko Asor served FSM Social Security Administration as Branch Manager for Chuuk Branch Office over 6 years. He began working for the program on February 13, 2012. Upon reaching age 65 in June of 2018, Mr. Asor is now retired and no longer serving the FSM Social Security Administration. With 6 years of service, Mr. Asor showed loyalty and dedication in his line of work as the Branch Manager in years. He opted to manage Chuuk Branch office with care and served the people of Chuuk as satisfactory defines. The struggles of a Manager were not easy, yet he managed to serve until his retirement. FSMSSA wishes to convey humble gratitude to Mr. Asor for all the dedicated services contributed to the program and all the people of Chuuk over the past 6 years. Mr. Asor remains part of the program still, as he is now a full time beneficiary to be receiving monthly benefits.


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