Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM National Government Computer Systems Policy

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): November 28, 1997 - President Jacob Nena, on November 7, 1997, informed department, office and agency heads about the need for a proper computer and information systems policy beneficial to the FSM Government which is cost effective and compatible with one another.

Due to the lack of a FSM National Government Computer Hardware, Software and Information Systems Policy, a proposed policy was issued under the President's signature on November 17, 1997, for inclusion in the Manual of Administration and the creation of a five qualified member working group to be appointed by the President.

The goal of the policy is to coordinate the selection and purchase of hardware, software and information management systems in order to increase compatibility of the systems intergovernmental and inter-office software allocations; facilitate networking, electronic data transfer and remote communication; minimize maintenance costs, downtime and maximize troubleshooting; and make effective transferable skills.

Nena said that an FSM Software and Information Management working group has been established to develop minimum specifications for desktop computers and peripherals, and other general software applications.

Once established, these specification policies will be applicable to all departments, offices and agencies of the executive branch of the National Government; all recipients of public monies.

This policy does not supersede or waive bidding and relevant Financial Management Act requirements.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356